Baked Oatmeal Bars

Encouragement & Coffee Creamer Oatmeal Bars

1 Thessalonians 5:11 (nlt)

So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing.

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At the very beginning of the year, I decided that I wasn’t going to focus on any New Years resolutions, and instead, simply focus on doing my best and growing each day. In fact, I even made an instagram post about it. But, not long after that, God put a devotional from the Bible app right in front of me that I felt called to click on: One Word That Will Change Your Life by Jon Gordon, Dan Britton, and Jimmy Page.

It was a short devotional, only 4 days long, but it certainly gave me a new perspective on setting my intentions for the year ahead. As I prayed over the word that God wanted me to focus on for the year, a lot of different ideas came to mind, but for once in my life, I practiced patience because I wanted to be sure of what God was leading me to. After a lot of prayer and meditation, the word that stuck on my heart was encourage.

I think that one of the reasons God laid this word on my heart is because it’s the thing I so badly need in my own life. As someone who works from home, in a creative industry, lives in a new city without a lot of relationships, and tends to be more isolated than I’d like, I crave encouragement. It’s easy to feel alone and unsupported in my ideas and goals. Each and every word of encouragement that I receive means the world to me.

One of the ways we break out of isolation is to look at our own struggles and recognize that others have them too. When we can look at someone else and say “me too”, we build a connection. I know that I’m not the only who desires and needs encouragement, and I believe God is asking me to give a little of what I know lifts others up.

I talk a lot about social media and the impact it has on our self-worth. I often find myself feeling liked or disliked based on the amount of virtual likes I do/don’t receive. I hate that. And I know I’m not the only one who struggles with that. Because social media is basically my “office”, I decided to start offering encouragement there. Something as simple as a like or comment instead of just scrolling by can change someone’s day. When I enjoy reading a blog post or think that someone’s caption is well-written, I try to let them know. When someone announces their engagement or pregnancy, I try to congratulate them. If someone shares a new business venture or talks about something they’re working on, I try to support them. It probably seems like a small gesture, but it might mean so much to them.

Believe it or not, I save every single message and comment that I receive about FaithFull Mornings. It’s in a special album in my phone for when things feel really tough. When that photo just won’t work, when I can’t think of a thing to say, when I post a link for new subscribers to sign up and no one does – I go back to the encouragement I’ve received, and it reminds me to keep going.

God gives us people to lift us up and support us, and He gives us the opportunity to do the same for others. Never underestimate the power of sharing a simple positive thought, and the effect it might have on someone’s life.

Write

What are some of the ways that you feel encouraged? Can you think of a few ways that you can offer encouragement to others? Create a plan to offer encouragement to at least one person each day.

Pray

For a heart that seeks to build others up.

Coffee Creamer Oatmeal Bars

5 minPrep Time

35 minCook Time

40 minTotal Time

Serves 4 • 1/4 of Recipe

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Ingredients

  • 1 ripe banana
  • 2 cups old fashioned oats
  • 1.5 cups unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/4 cup coffee creamer (flavor of choice)
  • 1/2 tablespoon maple syrup or honey
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees
  2. In a bowl, mash banana
  3. Add in remaining ingredients and mix well
  4. Spray an 8x8 baking dish with non-stick cooking spray
  5. Spoon mixture into dish and spread it evenly across
  6. Bake for 35 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean
  7. Cut into squares
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Tips & Tools

The largest pan you want to use for these is an 8×8 (brownie pan) – but you can absolutely use a smaller pan to create thicker bars. Keep in mind, they will take longer to bake if you opt for a thicker bar (smaller pan).

The photo features one bar (one serving) cut into 3 smaller pieces. I opted for a little drizzle of almond butter across the top, but these are good without it too!

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2 Comments

  • Reply Jan February 26, 2019 at 10:03 am A friend from church told me about your blog and how much she enjoyed it. She told me "not only do you get a devotion but recipe for breakfast! She is a young gal but has a lot insight!" So I signed up, my friend and I are quite a bit older than you (60's) but you truly have a gift from the Lord in sharing what He is speaking to you. Thank you for encouraging us to encourage others as you do us!
    • Reply Olivia Grist February 27, 2019 at 6:37 am You are too sweet - thank you for your kind words!

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