Apple Nachos Recipe

Joined to Jesus & Apple Nachos

John 15:5 (nirv)

I am the vine. You are the branches. If you remain joined to me, and I to you, you will bear a lot of fruit. You can’t do anything without me.

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I woke up with a really anxious heart this morning. Truthfully, my husband and I went to bed last night in the middle of an argument. It’s the same one we’ve had dozens of times; the kind of topic that feels like you’ll probably die, old and gray, still fighting about.

Admittedly, it’s so easy to become discouraged in this world. I was so unfocused during my devotional time that I couldn’t even collect my thoughts, so I pulled out my journal and wrote down everything that was on my heart and bothering me. Let’s just say that it wasn’t a short journal entry.

I started to pray over my list, which came out more like, “God, what do I do about all of this?!” My heart and my mind immediately went to this scripture.

When I don’t know what to do, what to say, or where to even begin, God gives me an easy solution. Come to Him. Connect with Him. Bring it all to Him.

Becoming overwhelmed with problems, circumstances, and worries is almost effortless; fortunately, so is running to Jesus. Often times, it’s just a matter of making an intentional choice to remain close to Him. It doesn’t always make all of our problems go away, but it does give us peace and comfort.

One of my greatest (super first world) frustrations is technology issues. When my internet stops working, it sends me into panic mode. Right away, I call the cable company and report my issue to Brad, who promises that he’s sending someone out. Although technically nothing has changed yet, and my internet is still not working, I immediately feel better knowing that someone is working on a solution to my problem. And it’s not just any someone, it’s someone smarter than me, who knows what they’re doing, and has a plan to fix it.

Jesus knows that we don’t know how to fix our stuff; most of the time we probably don’t even know what’s wrong. He’s not telling us to get it together or even answering our requests with a 12-part tutorial. He’s telling us to come to Him, to stay connected to Him, and He’ll give us all that we need in this life. I have a really bad habit of separating Jesus from my “real life”. It’s like I have two categories; my prayer time and my life time, and it’s almost as if I forget that the two can (and should) cross over.

In the verse above, Jesus mentions the fruit that we’ll bear by staying connected to him. He’s referring to the fruit of the Holy Spirit; love, joy, peace, patience, goodness, kindness, gentleness, and self control (Galatians 5:22-23). I don’t know how to solve any of the things from my journal list this morning, but I do know that strengthening these traits can only improve on them. Luckily, I don’t have to develop and strengthen these things on my own; my only job is to remain joined to Jesus. On a morning that’s filled with worries, that’s one thing that’s totally freeing.

Write

Create a list of 5 ways that you can remain joined to Jesus throughout the day today.

Pray

For something that’s on your heart this morning.

Apple Nachos

5 minPrep Time

5 minTotal Time

Serves 1

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Ingredients

  • 1 large apple
  • 1/2 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons granola
  • 1 teaspoon raw honey
  • 1 teaspoon shredded coconut

Instructions

  1. If you’re using homemade granola, follow the recipe listed on January 17th
  2. Remove core from apple and cut into slices
  3. Lay apples flat on a serving dish
  4. Place greek yogurt in the center of apples
  5. Sprinkle granola and shredded coconut across the entire dish
  6. Drizzle honey on top
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Tips & Tools

If you had the yogurt parfait on Thursday, you probably already have your granola prepared from then. If you don’t, you can grab the recipe here – or you can use store-bought as well! The toppings on this dish are optional and totally customizable. I know everyone likes something a little different; my mom would rather starve than eat anything coconut. Make these recipes your own, I won’t be offended – promise!

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2 Comments

  • Reply Bethany Long January 19, 2019 at 6:50 am This is just what I needed this morning! I am going to start writing down what’s heavy on my heart on paper and then just pray about it, instead of being the planner I am and trying to plan how to fix it!
    • Reply Olivia Grist January 19, 2019 at 7:00 am Girl, yes! This is a huge struggle of mine too and it's still difficult for me to not immediately dive into "fix it mode" but just being conscious of it has helped me so much! I hope it helps you too!

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