God is faithful

He Remains Faithful & Chocolate Covered Strawberry Waffles

2 Timothy 2:13 (nlt)

If we are unfaithful, he remains faithful, for he cannot deny who he is.

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Read that again. 2, 3, or 10 more times if you have to. I’ve read and re-read this passage. I’ve practiced saying it in front of the mirror. I’ve chanted it, even as my mouth was saying words I didn’t feel or actually believe. God is faithful to us, because that’s who He is.

The greek word for faithful is pistos, which also translates to trustworthy. It’s in God’s nature to be trustworthy. Have you ever thought about what’s in your nature? Maybe you’re really organized (jealous!) and keeping a tight schedule or a clean mudroom comes without trying. Maybe you’re really patient (again, jealous!) and rarely lose your temper on a packed highway during rush hour. Think about your natural qualities, and then put them on steroids. That’s how God’s faithfulness is.

When I first became a Christian, I had so many feelings of fear toward God. I thought that He was a God who punished because of my behaviors. Even now, I have to remind myself that repayment and revenge aren’t in God’s DNA (if He has DNA?).

God’s actions are not a response to mine. His behaviors aren’t conditional on mine. God is who He is regardless of who I am, or who you are.

Newton’s Third Law states that for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. Don’t go thinking I’m knowledgable or anything, I totally had to look that up on Physics Classroom. But I’m pretty sure that God is the best proof of that law. When I push Him away, He pulls me closer. When I express hate, He loves harder. When I am faithless, He is faithful.

Write

Do you ever fear that God’s actions and love are dependent on yours? If so, how does this make you feel? How does this verse change those feelings? Does it offer you reassurance and hope, or bring you comfort and peace?

Pray

For God’s faithfulness —-note* this is a great day to simply worship and offer praise through prayer!

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Waffles

2 minPrep Time

10 minCook Time

12 minTotal Time

Serves 1 • 2 Large Waffles or 4 Mini Waffles

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Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup spelt flour
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon pure maple syrup/honey
  • 1/4 cup fresh strawberries, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons dark chocolate chips
  • dash of salt
  • non-stick spray

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat waffle maker and spray with non-stick spray
  2. Chop strawberries up into small pieces
  3. In a bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and salt and mix
  4. In a separate bowl, combine egg, applesauce, almond milk, syrup/honey, and vanilla and mix
  5. Combine wet and dry ingredients along with chopped strawberries (set aside some for topping if desired)
  6. Spoon batter into waffle maker
  7. In a small microwave safe bowl, heat chocolate chips for 30 seconds at a time, mixing in between, until melted
  8. Dip waffles into chocolate, or use chocolate to drizzle waffles
  9. Top with remainder of strawberries
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Tips & Tools

There are so many ways to chocolate-up these waffles! In the photos, you’ll see a few different options. If you have trouble using the chocolate chips and prefer to use almond bark, it’s a great alternative (in terms of looks and decorating, not so much nutritionally). The outline and drizzle were done with chocolate chips, the dipped waffle was made with almond bark. The nutrition info is calculated using the semi-sweet chocolate chips.

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