Cinnamon Raisin Walnut Bread

High Highs and Low Lows & Cinnamon Raisin Walnut Bread

Proverbs 3:26 (erv)

You can trust the Lord to protect you. He will not let you fall into harm.

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“For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.” I’ve always liked that quote, which turns out it’s actually a law of physics (insert funny remark about girl who hates science). During some personal development and devotional time this weekend, God showed me something interesting about emotions and feelings.

It’s okay to experience the lows, and the low-lows… because every action has an equal and opposite reaction. If we want to experience life at its best, we also have to go through life at its worst. Every thing that’s great has the potential to also cause us extreme sadness.

So do we hide from that thing so we don’t have to experience the lows? Personally, I think living that way sucks. It’s like substituting the feeling of “it’s terrible every once in awhile” to “it’s below average every day”. Do we hide our mess? We can; but I’ve found that I end up prolonging the mess and causing a cyclone along the way because being inauthentic perpetuates those negative feelings.

So what do we do? Allow God to bring us through the lows and trust Him to restore the highs. Life is full of ups and downs, the highs will come back, and so will the lows, because everything that brings us extreme joy will at some point bring us to the other extreme as well. Faith, marriage, relationships, family, work – all come with the unwritten rule.

In the mean time, I encourage you to own your mess. OWN IT! You don’t have to pretend to be perfect, to have it all together, or to be in a perpetual state of bliss! God uses both times of struggles and times of strength to glorify His promises, and there is no shame in being at either point in your life, because before you’ll know it, you’ll be at the other point.

Write

What pieces and parts of yourself have you been hiding or ashamed of?

Pray

Offer your entire self to the Lord today, and allow Him to work in you and through you for His glory.

Cinnamon Raisin Walnut Bread

5 minPrep Time

30 minCook Time

35 minTotal Time

Serves 1 loaf

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Ingredients

  • 2 cups spelt flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened apple sauce
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/2 cup sweetener of choice
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Spray a loaf pan with non-stick cooking spray
  3. Combine all ingredients and mix gently
  4. Pour batter into loaf pan and bake for 30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean from the center
  5. When bread is done, allow to cool for 10 minutes
  6. Cut into 10 slices
  7. Store leftover slices in an airtight container in the refrigerator
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