Pear Toast Recipe

January 10 – The Faith Muscle & Peary Toasty

Acts 3:6-9 (nirv)

Peter said, “I don’t have any silver or gold. But I’ll give you what I do have. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, get up and walk.” Then Peter took him by the right hand and helped him up. At once the man’s feet and ankles became strong. He jumped to his feet and began to walk. He went with Peter and John into the temple courtyards. He walked and jumped and praised God. All the people saw him walking and praising God.

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If you aren’t familiar with this story, I definitely suggest checking it out in Acts 3:1-16. The man mentioned in the scripture above was a crippled beggar who sat outside of the same gate every day, asking for money. I bet he had no idea that his entire life was going to change on that particular day. When Peter and John walked by him, he asked them for money. Today’s scripture is how this event went down.

Of course it’s really cool to think about what happened for this man – both physically and spiritually – but when I read this scripture, my thoughts immediately go to the role that Peter and John play in his story. I guess I should say, my thoughts immediately go to their faith.

Faith is an interesting concept; it’s something that a lot of us think that we have, and most of us probably do have some faith – but do we have complete faith? By definition, the word faith means complete trust or confidence in someone or something. Is that what you have with God? Complete trust and confidence in Him?

The more I meditate on the concept of faith, the more I find myself praying for more of it. I want the type of faith that Peter and John display in this story. Isn’t it incredible that they were so confident of their strength and power in Jesus that they had this man get up and walk in an instant? They didn’t have a short sidebar to come up with a plan B incase the man wasn’t healed. There was no back-up plan, because they knew that there was no back-up plan necessary.

Peter and John chose to take Jesus at His word, and because of that, this man was not only healed, but God was also glorified. “All the people saw him walking and praising God.” Verse 10 goes on to tell us that “they (the people) were amazed at what had happened to him”.

Hebrews 11:1 is where the best definition of faith is found, in my opinion. “Faith means being sure of the things we hope for. And faith means knowing that something is real even if we do not see it.” ICB

Maybe you’re like me – maybe you’re kind of a natural skeptic and having faith doesn’t come easily to you. I feel you, girl! This is one of the areas I’ve struggled the most as a Christian. What do I do if I don’t have faith? Do I pretend? Do I fake it til I make it? Is something wrong with me?

Here’s the really great news; faith is like a muscle that can be built and strengthened – and God’s already given us all the tools we need to do that; His Word, Himself, and plenty of life circumstances that require the use of that muscle. Building and strengthening faith comes from spending time in scripture, spending time in prayer, and exercising faith.

As believers, we’re called to be a light – to make something visible. Peter and John made God’s power visible to this man, and all those who would see his transformation and hear his story. With faith, we can all do the same.

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Read the following verses: Mark 4:37-40, Matthew 6:30-34, and Matthew 8:5-10. Which type of faith do you have? What examples can you think of that made you pick the one you did? —Adapted from the Building Your Faith reading plan on the Bible App

Pray

For a strong, unwavering faith.

Peary Toasty

5 minPrep Time

10 minCook Time

15 minTotal Time

Serves 1. 2 Slices

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Ingredients

  • 2 slices of bread of choice
  • 1/2 large pear
  • 1/2 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon chopped walnuts
  • 1 teaspoon raw honey
  • coconut oil or coconut oil spray

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper, or use a silicone baking mat
  2. Slice pear into thick slices and lay across cookie sheet
  3. Spray or drizzle pears with a tiny bit of coconut oil
  4. Cook pears in the oven for 4 minutes on each side
  5. Turn oven to broil and broil pears for 2 minutes on each side to make slightly brown them *Be sure to remove parchment paper/baking mat before putting them in the broiler!
  6. Toast bread and spread greek yogurt evenly across toast
  7. Place pears on toast and sprinkle chopped walnuts evenly
  8. Drizzle honey and enjoy warm!
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Tips & Tools

For this recipe, I used multigrain sourdough bread from Trader Joes. While I prefer sprouted grain bread, I’ve found that the density of sourdough is pretty perfect for toast that’s getting smothered, in ordered to keep it from getting soggy! Once you’ve made this recipe, you can store this bread in the freezer if you aren’t going to use it right now. You’ll see bread used throughout the entire FaithFull Mornings plan, so don’t let this go to waste! Make sure it’s sealed tightly, and when you’re ready for your next slice of toast, you can grab it from the freezer to use!

My absolute favorite brand of Greek yogurt is Fage 0%. I eat this yogurt exclusively because I think it has the best taste of all the yogurts! For the coconut oil spray, I buy the Trader Joes Coconut Oil Non-Stick Baking Spray.

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