Blueberry Lemon Oatmeal

Focusing on Jesus & Lemon Blueberry Oats

Isaiah 29:13 (erv)

The Lord says, “These people come to honor me with words, but I am not really important to them. The worship they give me is nothing but human rules they have memorized.”

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One of the things I think it’s important for all Christians to learn is that living in a godly way should not receive more of our focus than God Himself does. Have you ever met someone who appears to act the “right” way but feels so inauthentic or cold? Like they’re checking the boxes but cringing the whole time? Typically, that’s the result of trying to live by the law instead of living by grace.

Don’t get me wrong, God calls us to become more and more like Christ, and He certainly gives us commands to follow; love others, produce spiritual fruit, and live in a way that glorifies Him. There’s certainly a time for practicing obedience and doing things we don’t always want to do. But at the end of the day, none of those things should be our primary focus.

We often make the mistake of trying to look at life with a godly lens instead of looking at God. There’s nothing wrong with wanting to be a kind person, a servant to others, or a Biblical leader. But when obtaining those things, that title, or that image becomes the focus, it’s still an attempt to fill God’s place in our lives with worldly things.

As someone who’s been working as a “creative entrepreneur” for the last 5 years, it’s pretty normal for me to have a camera in my hand; most of my days get documented. When I started using a professional camera, one of the first things I learned is that a lens changes the way you see things. Sometimes, it makes something appear bigger or smaller than it is. Other times, it makes something appear crystal clear. If I’m not using it correctly, it makes the image foggy. But at the end of the day, the lens is something I look through, not something I look at. The object on the other side of the lens is the focus, and without it, the lens means nothing.

Living a godly life is the result of focusing on Jesus, not the other way around. When our focus is on the things above, using a godly lens is a by-product – it comes naturally and authentically. And when it doesn’t, we’re able to step back and evaluate why without guilt or shame.

If we spend all of our time trying to figure out how to use the lens, we miss out on the beautiful image that’s right in front of us. I’ve made it my goal to focus on Jesus, and every time I do, the lens get a little easier to use.

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Can you think of anything worldly that’s been consuming your thoughts? Is this something that’s masked itself as a living biblically but is still keeping your primary focus off of simply having a relationship with God? What can you do to bring the focus back to God?

Pray

For a relationship with Jesus to always be your primary focus.

Lemon Blueberry Oats

2 minPrep Time

6 minCook Time

8 minTotal Time

Serves 1

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Ingredients

    Oatmeal
  • 1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup blueberries, divided in half
  • Lemon Glaze
  • 2 tablespoons plain greek yogurt
  • 1/2 teaspoon raw honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon lemon extract

Instructions

    Oatmeal
  1. In a saucepan, bring water and ground cinnamon to a boil
  2. Once boiling, add in oats, stir and return to boil
  3. Lower heat to medium-low and cook until water has evaporated, about 5 minutes, stirring frequently
  4. Combine oats, vanilla, lemon juice, and 1/2 the blueberries in a bowl and mix
  5. Top with remaining blueberries and drizzle lemon glaze on top
  6. Lemon Glaze
  7. Combine ingredients in a bowl and mix until smooth
  8. Drizzle across the top of oatmeal
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Tips & Tools

Another recipe that’s easy peasy – my favorite kind! Just like all the other oatmeal recipes, if you don’t have the time/patience to make this stovetop, you can pop it in the microwave for 3 minutes. If you don’t have the lemon extract, you can make the glaze by adding lemon juice to the yogurt mixture instead. The flavor will be slightly different, but still good!

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