Peanut Butter Cheesecake Baked Oats

Identity in Jesus & Peanut Butter Cheesecake Baked Oats

1 Corinthians 12:5-6 (erv)

There are different ways to serve, but we serve the same Lord. And there are different ways that God works in people, but it is the same God who works in all of us to do everything.

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If you’ve been reading FaithFull Mornings over the course of this year, it will come as no surprise to you that I write about not feeling good enough a lot, because often times, I don’t feel good enough. I struggle with this often, more often than I ever imagined as a kid.

It’s funny to think that as kids, we imagine that being an adult will be better, easier in some way. I used to imagine all the times that I thought I needed to be “on” would disappear and fade away as I got older. It turns out, that didn’t happen, and the desire to be good enough only increased.

As a Christian, I’m slowly learning to trust the identity that Jesus has given me to be my “qualifier” in life. I’m letting go of all those beliefs that I can earn or learn to be enough. And instead, I’m focusing on loving myself as I am, and the people who love me as I am.

During this journey, I’ve really leaned into devotionals and books that have helped me grow, and below, I’m sharing one that’s really made an impact for me: Scary Close-Reflections For Finding True Intimacy by Donald Miller. I hope it leaves a similar impression on you.

“Performance Anxiety in Real Life

SOMEWHERE ALONG THE LINE I think many of us buy into a lie that we only matter if . . . We only matter if we are strong or smart or attractive or whatever.

It makes me wonder if this isn’t the reason I’ve struggled with a kind of performance anxiety. I’m not talking about the kind of anxiety you get before you have to give a speech or something. I’m talking about the fact I’d rather be alone or with a close friend than have to make small talk at a party. It’s exhausting to me and I feel like I’m acting in a play about life every time I have to do it.

I can trace my need to perform and impress people back to some of my earliest memories. Dad left just as I was coming into my own, I suppose—and my mother, sister, and I were feeling abandoned and neglected. In a way, being the only male, I felt like I had to be a bit bigger and better of a person than I was. This was foolish, of course, but kids don’t process reality objectively.

So it was during this season I developed a strange desire to convince people I was intelligent. For whatever reason, it became important to prove to my mother and sister, not to mention friends of the family, that I was smart and could handle things.

The problem is, I wasn’t exceptionally smart. I hated school, had no interest in books, and never did my homework.

Much of the time I’ve spent trying to impress people has been a waste. The reality is people are impressed with all kinds of things: intelligence, power, money, charm, talent, and so on. But the ones we tend to stay in love with are, in the long run, the ones who do a decent job loving us back.”

Write

Who or what do you try to be that you’re not? What are some of the things you attempt to find your identity in?

Pray

For God to replace all the roles and titles that you attempt to find your identity in.

Peanut Butter Cheesecake Baked Oats

5 minPrep Time

30 minCook Time

35 minTotal Time

Serves 1

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 teaspoon sweetener of choice
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon cream cheese
  • 1 tablespoon peanut butter

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. In a bowl, mash banana using a fork
  3. Add oats, almond milk, sweetener, and baking powder to bowl and mix
  4. In a separate bowl, combine cream cheese and peanut butter (you may want to melt peanut butter slightly by microwaving for 30 seconds)
  5. Spray an oven-safe bowl with non-stick cooking spray
  6. Pour half of the oats into bowl, spread the cream cheese mixture on top, and cover with remaining oats
  7. Bake for 30 minutes
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Tips & Tools

If you don’t have peanut butter, almond butter works great for this recipe as well! Nutrition information is calculated using whipped cream cheese.

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