Lemon Blueberry Muffins

January 12 – Burning Arrows & Blueberry Lemon Muffins

Ephesians 6:18 (easy)

Always continue to believe God. That will be like a shield that you hold in front of you. It will put out all the burning arrows that the devil throws at you.

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A medical diagnosis. An affair. A job loss. A racist or sexist comment. A failing grade. An unfollow on Instagram. These are all burning arrows. Anything that might cause you to get off course, to question your purpose, or to doubt what God says about you is a burning arrow – and without the proper protection, they can be incredibly harmful.

There’s no question that the devil will throw those arrows; it’s inevitable. I know they’re coming because the Bible tells me they are, so I should be prepared. Yet sometimes, an arrow is heading start for me, and I don’t even try to use my weapons to defend myself. Other times, it even feels like I start running toward it.

If there were actual arrows approaching my direction and I had a shield to defend myself, I wouldn’t allow them to hit me. I’d pick up my shield and put it to use; I think we all would. Yet, God gives us a shield as protection from the devil’s arrows, and so many of us don’t use it. 

Before I was born, my biological father left.
Burning arrow.
With daggers.
And a bomb attached to the end.

At the time, I didn’t really know Jesus. I didn’t have a shield. So I started to believe that I was unwanted, unloveable, and a mistake. Even after I came to know Jesus, that initial arrow and so many after it had already hit me, hard. It took years of spending time in the Word to believe God, but eventually, I started to.

There are still times that an arrow comes out of left field, and I don’t get my shield up in time. God and I have to work together to heal the new wounds, and the old ones that have been opened up again. But the more time I spend with Him, the more I see and feel His help, the more prepared I am with my shield for the next arrow.

The Bible is a shield.
The Cross is a shield.

The next time you’re offended, use your shield.
The next time you’re afraid, use your shield.
The next time you’re feeling unloved, unworthy, unwelcome, or unwanted, use your shield.

What God says about you and I, and what He did for us is a living, breathing, powerful weapon that we have at our disposal. We have the ability to use that weapon against every single burning arrow, and we’re guaranteed to win. So why aren’t we using it? It’s time, friend. It’s time to start using your shield. 

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Can you think of any burning arrows that have hit you recently? What are you feeling as a result of those arrows? Don’t think that because you didn’t have a shield or didn’t use it that God can’t heal those wounds. Believing what God says will begin to erase those damages. Once you’ve identified the cycle of burning arrows -> negative feelings, it’s time to replace them with God’s truth. Find and write out at least 1 verse to combat the arrows you have written down.

Here’s an example of what this might look like:

Arrow -> You’ve gained 20 pounds over the holiday season.
Negative thought or feeling -> “I have no self control and I’ll never be able to get my act together”
God’s Truth ->“The Spirit God gave us does not make us afraid. His Spirit is a source of power and love and self-control.” 2 Timothy 1:7 (ERV)

Pray

Offer thanks and praise for God’s readily available shield from the burning arrows.

Blueberry Lemon Muffins

10 minPrep Time

15 minCook Time

25 minTotal Time

Serves 9 muffins

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup unsweetened apple sauce
  • 1.5 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1 egg
  • 1 mashed banana
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 tablespoon coconut sugar or other granulated sugar
  • 1 cup blueberries

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. In a bowl, mash banana until texture is smooth
  3. Add applesauce, egg, lemon juice, and vanilla extract and mix just until combined
  4. In a separate bowl combine oats, baking soda, baking powder, coconut sugar, and lemon zest and mix well
  5. Combine the wet ingredients with the dry ingredients, add in all but a few blueberries and mix just until combined
  6. Spray a muffin tin with non-stick spray or line with muffin liners (or use the red copper muffin tin!)
  7. Spread batter evenly in tin and top each muffin with an additional blueberry
  8. Bake for 15 minutes or until lightly browned on top and a toothpick comes out clean from the center
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Tips & Tools

Each of these muffins contains around 90 calories, depending on the brands used. When I make these, I typically have 2 muffins with a side of greek yogurt for some added protein!

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