Greek Yogurt Parfait

January 17 – He Already Knows You & a Yogurt Parfait

Psalm 139:1 (nirv)

Lord, you have seen what is in my heart. You know all about me.

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One of the lies that makes it way into my mind almost daily is this: God must hate me. That’s no small assumption. Thankfully, it’s simply not true. Although it’s a constant struggle to identify when this lie is making it’s way back into my thoughts, the entire chapter of Psalm 139 proves that it’s untrue.

Every time I act in a way that’s unlike Jesus, I notice this thought process starting. It’s as if I had this really good reputation with God, and then I shocked Him with my misbehavior. The truth is that I do have a really good reputation with God, and so do you. But it’s not because of anything we’ve done; it’s all because of what Jesus did for us. I could never shock God or do something to make Him hate me, because He’s already seen my whole heart, and my whole life.

Verse 13 goes on to say, “You created the deepest parts of my being. You put me together inside my mother’s body.” God doesn’t just know us deeply and fully, He created us. He made us to be exactly who we are. He sees what’s really in our thoughts and our hearts, and what’s really behind our words and actions. The craziest part is that in spite of all of that, He loves us.

If you’re anything like me, you may have a bit of a checkered past. Maybe you’ve done something small that you feel shame over. Maybe you’ve done something really big that’s convinced you that you’re not worthy of God’s love. Or maybe you’ve been doing big and small things your whole life, and you’ve reached the point where you’re sure that God hates you.

The story of the original sin in the Garden of Eden seems to repeat itself over and over again. And while the sin shouldn’t be ignored, I think it’s just as important to focus on the behaviors immediately following the sin. In Genesis 3:6, Eve ate the fruit (sin). Verse 8 is where the tone is set for our post-sin behavior. “Then the man and his wife heard the Lord God walking in the garden. It was during the coolest time of the day. They hid from the Lord God among the trees of the garden.”

From the very beginning, the initial reaction was to assume that God was disgusted with us, and that assumption lead to the way most of us handle sin today. Step one, feel shame. Check. Step two, hide. Check, check. Step three, let the shame and isolation create strong opinions about God’s character. Nailed it.

Friends, I know this cycle well. But it’s not what God wants for us. Whatever you’ve done, you’re doing, and you’re going to do; God already knows. And He made the decision long ago to love you anyway. Once we let go of the idea that our behaviors influence God’s heart, we can step out into freedom. That freedom takes away our shame. As the shame disappears, so does the desire to hide. And that’s when a relationship with Jesus becomes life-changing.

Write

What areas of your life or behaviors are causing you to feel shame? Can you identify some of the behaviors or thoughts you have when your operating from a place of shame versus a place of grace and love? How does this verse change your thoughts around shame and hiding?

Pray

For God to reveal any lies you’ve believed about His character and love for you.

Yogurt Parfait

5 minPrep Time

15 minCook Time

20 minTotal Time

Serves 1 with Leftover Granola

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Ingredients

    Parfait
  • 1/2 cup greek yogurt, divided in half
  • 1/2 cup blueberries, divided in half
  • 1/2 banana, cut into pieces and divided in half
  • Chewy Granola
  • 1 1/4 cup old fashioned oats
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 tablespoon raw honey
  • 1 tablespoon almond butter
  • 1 tablespoon powdered peanut butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon raisins (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon chopped pecans (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. In a bowl, combine all ingredients for granola and mix well
  3. Place granola on a baking sheet and cook for 5 minutes
  4. Allow granola to cool for 10 minutes
  5. While granola is cooling, start your parfait
  6. Spoon half of the greek yogurt in a mason jar (or just a cup, if you’re not feeling super hipster this morning) and top with half of the fruit
  7. Add 2 tablespoons of the granola, then repeat

Nutrition

Calories

707 cal

Fat

30 g

Carbs

95 g

Protein

21 g
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Tips & Tools

If you prefer your granola to be a bit crunchier, you can increase the cooking time to 10 minutes. You can use any fruit you’d like to make this parfait, so go with whatever you have available or the things you love! Store the granola in an airtight container – but don’t worry, it won’t be sitting around too long! We’ll use the leftovers in another recipe this week.

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