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January 11 – Getting Hurt & Bell Pepper Slices

Matthew 5:11 (nirv)

Blessed are you when people make fun of you and hurt you because of me. You are also blessed when they tell all kinds of evil lies about you because of me.

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When I initially read this scripture, I thought about those people that are prosecuted specifically in the name of the Lord; missionaries and martyrs. I think we live in a time where it’s easy to see how people could be hurt for their religious beliefs. Unfortunately, over the last decade, we’ve all been witness to terrorist attacks from extremist religious groups. We’ve read horrible reports of missionaries that have been brutally murdered while trying to share the name of Jesus in nations where it’s forbidden.

But when I looked at this verse more closely,  I realized it’s speaking to all Christians, not just those that are in the way of physical harm. The part of this scripture that makes me stop and think is the last 3 words in each sentence: because of me.

Kindness doesn’t come from me, it comes from Him. The same goes for love, patience, acceptance, understanding, forgiveness, grace, vulnerability, and so many other qualities that I’m able to display only because of Him. But those qualities aren’t always easy to possess out in the world. In fact, bearing any resemblance of Jesus can be incredibly scary because it opens us up to the possibility of being hurt.

When I let someone go ahead of me in traffic and they don’t wave, it hurts.
When I pour out my heart in a social media post and I get an insensitive or critical comment, it hurts.
When I choose to forgive my husband and he offends me again, it hurts.

I’m one of those people that gets hurt easily. I often pretend that I don’t, but the lack of kindness in the world bothers me, hardcore. In the past, I’ve attempted to keep my heart guarded, but as a Christian, that’s not what God’s calling me for.

Now I can see that it doesn’t take big injustices to be hurt “in the name of Jesus”. In fact, it’s the response to those little acts of kindness that can hurt the most. Constantly reminding myself that those small things aren’t about me, they’re about God, helps a lot. Reminding myself that their responses aren’t about me, they’re about the life they’ve walked through also helps.

I’ve heard people say that being a Christian is being the hands and feet of Jesus. I think we’re also meant to show the heart of Jesus. This is to encourage you to keep going; even when it hurts. Continue to offer kindness to those that don’t notice. Continue to help those that don’t appreciate it. Continue to meet hate with love. It might not feel like it right now, but those opportunities are blessings. 

Write

Think of a time that you’ve been hurt or made fun of because of your faith, or your behavior that resulted from your faith. How did you feel? Have you changed your behaviors because of that hurt? Does this verse change your perspective around that incident? Why or why not?

Pray

For renewed faith and hope in God’s promises.

Bell Pepper Slices

5 minPrep Time

5 minCook Time

10 minTotal Time

Serves 1

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Ingredients

  • 2 eggs
  • 1 medium bell pepper
  • 1 tablespoon shredded cheese (optional)
  • Salt and pepper to taste (optional)
  • Non-stick cooking spray

Instructions

  1. Cut bell pepper into 2 rings, removing the center and seeds
  2. In a skillet, spray non-stick cooking spray and heat over medium heat
  3. Place each pepper ring in skillet and cook for 1 minute on each side


  4. For Sunny Side Up Eggs
  5. Crack and drop 1 egg into each pepper ring (some will escape from underneath, this is normal!)
  6. Sprinkle salt, pepper, and shredded cheese onto eggs
  7. Allow to cook for 4 minutes or until egg whites are cooked to desired


  8. For Over Easy Eggs
  9. Crack and drop 1 egg into each pepper ring (some will escape from underneath, this is normal!)
  10. Sprinkle salt, pepper, and shredded cheese onto eggs
  11. Allow to cook for 4 minutes, and then flip over and cook for 1 minute
  12. 

!For Scrambled Eggs
  13. Crack eggs into a bowl and scramble with cheese, salt, and pepper
  14. Pour eggs into pepper rings
  15. Allow to cook for 5 minutes or until egg has completely solidified on the bottom, then flip over and cook for an additional 3 minutes
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Tips & Tools

I’m currently obsessed with all the copper cookware – and the frying pan below is pretty great – just incase you haven’t seen me talk about it yet. I’m always super skeptical of the advertised benefits of all things (I don’t want to say I’ve bought into one too many informercials and become jaded, but….) so I wasn’t expecting this to really be non-stick, but it IS! If you’re using one of these pans, the non-stick cooking spray isn’t necessary for this recipe!

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2 Comments

  • Reply Kara January 11, 2019 at 5:28 am I’m so happy I found your website. Your faith inspires me. Starting my day with your writing on the Lord and the Gospel has given me such comfort. The recipes are the cherry on top!
    • Reply Olivia Grist January 19, 2019 at 7:01 am You are so sweet girl! I'm so excited to see what God does in your heart and your life this year! Thanks for reading! :)

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