Baked Oats Recipe

God is Speaking & Maple Banana Baked Oatmeal

Romans 8:14 (erv)

The true children of God are those who let God’s Spirit lead them.


Have you ever met one of those Christians that just seem to be more in tune with God than you are? This happens to me all the time; I’m constantly comparing myself to other Believers and their relationship with God. When I hear things like “God was prompting me” or “I felt lead to..”, I wonder how those people have that kind of connection and why I don’t.

But the truth is that I do, and so do you. As followers of Jesus, we have the Holy Spirit. It was a promise Jesus made to His disciples before He left the earth, and the promise has been passed down to each and every one of us. Jesus even calls the Spirit a friend and a helper. I can always use more friends, and my every day life makes it incredibly evident that I could use some help too.

It’s not a matter of IF I have the help of the Spirit, it’s only a matter of learning to let the Spirit lead, learning to hear and recognize His voice, and choosing to listen for Him. And while I’m no expert in how the Spirit connects with us, there are a few ways that we can look for Him.

Intuitions and gut feelings are one. Sometimes, those unprompted feelings that we get in our hearts or the pits of our bellies aren’t just random. And while it may not always be a sign from God (it could be heartburn or gas), it’s worth at least stopping to examine and pray about.

Another way that we can lead by the Spirit is through the Word. When we open our Bibles to study and spend time with God, the pages that lie before us aren’t random. God’s Word is living and active, which means it can literally speak to us. The Spirit is the one that takes scripture and helps us to understand what God is saying to us.

The Spirit can and will use the voice of other Believer’s to connect with us. Have you ever spoken to someone who knew exactly what to say to comfort you, offer you peace, or even gently challenge you? That’s not the work of a human alone. While I’m sure your friend or mentor is a great person, no one can speak truth, wisdom, and love without the help and guidance of the Spirit.

Last, sometimes creation serves as God’s voice box. The moments that you sit in awe of a beautiful sunrise or a glistening, snow covered mountain are most definitely perfectly arranged by God. And sometimes those silent moments of worship and amazement offer us more guidance and leadership than words ever could.

God doesn’t want us to fumble around, running through the dark, trying to find answers and direction. He wants to help us, and He’s always speaking to us through His Spirit. It takes practice, but if we learn to listen for and discern His voice, we’ll hear beautiful things that we could never imagine.


What are some of the ways that you think God speaks to you? Can you recall any specific times that God used any of the above ways, or a different way to lead you?


For discernment when seeking God’s leadership and guidance.

Maple Banana Baked Oatmeal

5 minPrep Time

30 minCook Time

35 minTotal Time

Serves 4 • 1/4 Baked Oatmeal

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  • 2 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 4 strips bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 2 large bananas
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon maple extract
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup
  • 1/2 tablespoon granulated sweetener
  • non-stick cooking spray


  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Spray an 8x8 pan with non-stick cooking spray
  3. In a bowl, mash 1 and a half bananas with a fork, then combine remaining ingredients and mix until smooth
  4. Spoon mixture evenly into pan
  5. Cut remaining 1/2 banana into slices and lay on top of oatmeal
  6. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean from the center
  7. Cut into 4 squares

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The nutrition information is calculated using Hormel Black Label Lower Sodium Bacon and the zero calorie sweetener, Swerve.

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