Cinnamon Roll Oatmeal Recipe

Finding Hope in Sadness & Cinnamon Roll Oatmeal Bake

Psalm 42:11 (icb)

Why am I so sad? Why am I so upset? I should put my hope in God. I should keep praising him, my Savior and my God.

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For most of my life, moments (or days/weeks/months) of sadness have entered my life, and they always seem to come out of nowhere. But the more it started happening, the more I started to pay attention to the specifics and tried to identify the source. When I really looked at it, it was pretty simple to see what was happening – the more I took my eyes off of Jesus, the more I experienced what appeared to be unprovoked sadness.

I realized that my eyes were constantly focused on other things – and where I was fixing my eyes, I was putting my hope. The Biblical definition of hope is to wait or to expect. Even the things that are healthy and productive can become a source of sadness when I begin to expect something from them.

When our hopes are tied to worldly things, the only outcome is disappointment and sadness. And even when our sadness isn’t due to placing our hope in the “wrong things”, the only way out of that sadness is continued hope in God.

When life gets hard, and circumstances come our way, it’s easy to take our eyes off of God. It’s easy to let doubt take over. And before we know it, we’ve placed our hope in something else, just to feel better. But that something else, whatever it is, can only lead to more sadness when given the responsibility that was only meant for God.

Whatever you’re walking through, whatever is causing you sadness, there’s a place to find the hope you need to continue; in the arms of God. Choosing faith over something tangible that promises comfort or relief is never easy, and I don’t mean to make it sound like it is. Trust me, I know the struggle; I know the trying to eat-drink-smoke-shop-exercise my way out of sadness. And I know it doesn’t work; as I’m sure you do as well.

The good news is that our God has made promise after amazing promise for us to put our hope in. We don’t have to look very far to find a reason to expect something wonderful from Him, and to praise Him. Sometimes, it simply takes a reminder of where we should be looking for hope to get back on the right path. Other times, it’s not quite as easy. But one thing is certain; just a little bit of hope in Jesus is better than a lot of hope in anything else.

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Have you ever experienced “random sadness” and been unsure of where it’s come from? Or can you identify a time that you’ve put your hope in someone or something other than God? What was the outcome? What steps can you take to work toward identifying when you’ve taken your gaze off of Jesus?

Pray

For Jesus to be your only source of hope.

Cinnamon Roll Oatmeal Bake

5 minPrep Time

20 minCook Time

25 minTotal Time

Serves 1

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1/2 ripe banana
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 6 tablespoons unsweetened almond milk + an additional teaspoon for topping
  • 1 tablespoon chopped nuts
  • 1/2 tablespoon cream cheese

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Spray the inside of a baking ramekin with nonstick cooking spray
  3. Using a fork, mash banana
  4. Add all remaining ingredients except for cream cheese and 1 teaspoon of almond milk and mix until combined
  5. Spoon mixture evenly into ramekin and bake for 20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean from the center
  6. Mix cream cheese and 1 teaspoon of almond milk and drizzle on the top of oats before serving
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I love recipes like this one because it can easily be doubled for family, or for leftovers tomorrow! If you do opt to make more of this, increase everything except for the baking powder – you can leave that at 1/2 teaspoon.

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