Good Moments & Peanut Butter Banana Quesadilla

James 1:17 (cev)

Every good and perfect gift comes down from the Father who created all the lights in the heavens. He is always the same and never makes dark shadows by changing.

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Are you one of those people who loses moments of joy because you’re consumed with fear? Or maybe it’s not fear that fills you up completely , but anxiety that slowly creeps in and fills the empty spaces? I guess I’m a little of both. Or a lot.

See, I struggle to enjoy really good moments because of the fear of what’s just around the corner. Some people call this “waiting for the other shoe to drop.” I’m also never fully present in those good moments because I’m trying to anticipate what’s next. I know I talk about anxiety a decent amount here in these devotionals, and I want to be clear about what that really means, if I haven’t already. Anxiety is rarely ever centered around living in the present. It’s worrying about what happened in the past or what’s to come in the future.

Let’s pause right here and do a mini-exercise. If you’re someone who struggles with anxiety, stop and think about one of your recent anxious moments. What was/is it about? What was the topic? There’s a pretty good chance that it doesn’t make one bit of difference in regards to this very moment. There are very few people who are facing something real in the next several seconds or minutes, and if they are, they’re probably not experiencing anxiety, because it’s probably full-blown terror.

I laid in bed last night, next to my husband and our 3 dogs, and everyone was perfectly snuggled. Those cute little puppy snores were coming from our Chihuahua and I had a feeling of complete happiness; like I wouldn’t change anything in the world, even if I could. It felt as if everything was exactly as it should be. But just seconds later, I started to think about how soon enough, it would all come crashing down. I couldn’t believe how many negative thoughts entered that space before I could even blink my eyes. How is it possible to feel totally content and incredibly anxious in the same breathe? What happened?

I thought about the future. I imagined the days when things would look different, and I tried to plan for them. I mentally began preparing for what was to come, while simultaneously wishing I’d spent more time in that space with the people I loved most. All the things that took me away from that perfect, present moment flooded in, and it took me a few seconds before I’d realized what happened.

Once I did, it took a conscious, intentional effort to snap out of those thoughts and return to where I was. It’s not easy to stay grounded and rooted in the truth that God and His gifts are good. That every moment He gives us are in fact a present, crafted for our joy, our growth, or His purpose. These perfect moments aren’t meant to evoke fear, they’re meant to be recognized as a gift of love and celebrated with gratitude.

If we don’t start to see the good moments as gifts from the Lord, we’ll never be able to fully celebrate His goodness, observe His kindness, or express gratitude for the things He’s done/doing.

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Do you have something in your life that simultaneously causes you joy and anxiety? What situations cause you to feel like the other shoe is about to drop?

Pray

Ask the Lord to help you live in peace as you slowly and steadily live in the wonderful moments He’s given.

Peanut Butter Banana Quesadilla

2 minPrep Time

4 minCook Time

6 minTotal Time

Serves 1 Quesadilla

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Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon peanut butter
  • 1 banana
  • 1 tortilla
  • 1/2 tablespoon mini chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Heat a panini maker or a skillet over medium heat
  2. Lay a tortilla out flat and spread peanut butter across one side
  3. Cut banana into slices and lay across the top of peanut butter
  4. Sprinkle on chocolate chips last and fold the empty half across the top
  5. Place in panini maker for 2-3 minutes, until chocolate is melted and outside of tortilla is lightly browned
  6. If using a skillet, cook for 2 minutes and then flip over for an additional 2 minutes
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Nutrition info is calculated using a Food For Life Ezekiel Tortilla.

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