PB&J Baked Oats

God’s Plan & PB&J Oatmeal Bake

Luke 2:21 (nirv)

When the child was eight days old, he was circumcised. At the same time he was named Jesus. This was the name the angel had given him before his mother became pregnant.

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Sometimes, God asks us to trust Him and believe Him when the details He’s providing seem more than little crazy. If we look back to Luke 1:26-38, we can read about one of those types of conversations between Mary and the angel, Gabriel. “You will become pregnant and give birth to a son. You must call him Jesus (v. 31).”

First, can we just stop to look at what we know so far? Mary is a virgin; she makes sure that the angel is aware. “How can this happen? I am a virgin (v. 34).” Not mention that an actual, real-life angel appeared to her. I don’t know about you guys, but I’d be trying too hard not to pee my pants to have any type of logical conversation. But not Mary; she agrees by saying, “I will serve the Lord. May it happen to me just as you said it would (v. 38).” Not only does she agree, she remembers the name the angel gave her for the baby.

Let’s take a second to recap here: although we don’t know Mary’s exact age, we can assume that she was young; younger than most of us. She’s a virgin, preparing to get married, and an angel (I can’t be sure of this, but he was probably glowing, and floating, and might have even had low-key choir music playing in the background) comes to have a casual chat about becoming pregnant – with the Son of God. As far as we can see, the angel only mentions the name Jesus one time.

At least 9 months and 8 days go by (probably more) before the circumcision and naming of the baby take place. Yet, we see very clearly that the name Mary heard one time from the angel was given to the baby; Baby Jesus.

God might present us with promises that seem impossible, unlikely, or off-plan (our plan, that is), but that doesn’t make them less true or less important. We don’t get to decide very much about the course of our lives, but we do get to choose how we’re going to respond to God when He comes to us. Will we listen to Him, trust Him, and take note of His plans? Will we soak in the details He reveals to us and take them in stride, knowing His goodness and love is the foundation for everything He does? As we wait to see what the Lord has planned for our lives, we can learn from Mary and her response to God’s promises.

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When God reveals His plans/promises to you, do you take in all the details and listen with an attentive heart? Or do you respond to God more like Sarah did (read Genesis 18:9-15)? How can you be more like Mary in response to God’s voice?

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For a deep level of trust in God’s promises.

PB&J Oatmeal Bake

5 minPrep Time

30 minCook Time

35 minTotal Time

Serves 4 • 1/4 Baked Oatmeal

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Ingredients

  • 2 cups old fashioned oats
  • 2 bananas
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup berries of choice
  • 2 tablespoons powdered peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Spray a casserole dish or brownie pan with non-stick cooking spray
  3. Mash banana in a bowl using a fork
  4. Add all remaining ingredients and mix well
  5. Pour into baking dish and bake for 30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean from the center
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