Avocado Toast

January 2 – Vision Boards & Avocado Toast

Proverbs 3:5-6 (nlt)

Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.

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It’s the season for resolutions and vision boards, new planners and transformations; all things that I love. Opening a brand new planner and checking out all the blank pages that are just waiting to be filled with excitement and hustle is a pretty great feeling. When fitness was my primary focus, this was my favorite time of the year because of all the support and encouragement around living a healthy lifestyle.

While I wholeheartedly believe in goal setting and planning for the future, I was also reminded recently of how little space we make for God and His will in our plans. I think for the most part, it’s unintentional. I don’t intentionally exclude Jesus from my planner; I just forget to include Him.

I was sitting in the Denver airport last month, waiting to board my flight, because I’m always there way too early – anyone else? I can’t find a middle ground between basically sleeping there because I arrived so early and running for the gate as they’re locking the doors. So, we decided it’s better to be early. Anyway, I started thinking about my 2019 goals and plans, because I always do my best thinking in the airport, and before I knew it, I had started my vision board.

I started thinking about the new car I wanted to get, because my lease is ending this year. I also started thinking about where we might want to live next; will we stay in Dallas or journey to somewhere new? And I decided that this is the year that I should definitely get some nicer, “classic” pieces of clothing to add to my wardrobe.

When I looked down at what I had written, I realized that none of these plans involved God. I hadn’t even considered Him when making them. So I decided to stop planning, and start praying. I asked God to show me what He wanted me to use 2019 to do. And it was just a few hours later, in the middle of my flight, when I heard Him answer me.

Together, we decided that I was going to:

  • Take a closer look at my spending habits and be more intentional with my spending
  • Clean up my belongings and donate the things that are extra and unused
  • Take responsibility for my behaviors and actions in my marriage; focus on being the type of wife that my husband deserves, regardless of what he does/doesn’t do
  • Stay cognizant of my emotions and mental health, and take the necessary steps to feel good

That doesn’t mean these are the only things I can work on, and there’s nothing wrong with wanting a new car or a pair of jeans, but in my case, these were direct conflicts with the things I felt that the Lord wanted me to focus on right now.

Luke 12:34 says, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” NIV

Whatever we desire becomes our focus. And that focus leads to action. I’ve found that when I’m really focused on achieving something, it’s difficult for me to put a lot of effort and energy into many other things, which is why I think it’s so important to make sure that my desires, focus, effort, and energy line up with what God wants for and from me. I’ve finally started to learn that filling my heart, mind, and planner with God’s will instead of my own is me living my best life, and it’s changing everything. I hope this truth does the same for you.

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If you’ve already made a vision board/goal list for 2019, pull it back out and take a closer look at it. Does it line up with God’s promises and instructions in scripture? Are there any areas that you planned for without consulting Him? If you haven’t set any goals for 2019, write down some ideas that you might like to focus on and use your time in prayer to get God’s opinion on them.

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For your 2019 goals and plans.

Avocado Toast

5 minPrep Time

5 minCook Time

10 minTotal Time

Serves 2 Slices

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Ingredients

  • 2 slices of bread of choice (see tools and tips for my favs!)
  • 1 egg + 1 egg white
  • 2 T mashed avocado
  • dash of Everything But the Bagel Seasoning

Instructions

  1. Crack eggs in a bowl and scramble
  2. Cook in a skillet over medium heat
  3. While eggs are cooking, toast bread
  4. Cut avocado and mash it with a fork (I don't know why, but using a fork is the best way!)
  5. Spread avocado across the toasted bread and top with scrambled eggs
  6. Sprinkle seasoning on each slice of toast
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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 order 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 bread, you can toast it straight from the freezer.

The Everything But the Bagel Seasoning I used is from Trader Joes, but if you don’t have one locally, you can always order it from Amazon. Or feel free to use whatever seasoning or seeds you’d like to sprinkle on top.

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4 Comments

  • Reply Carie Sauders January 2, 2019 at 11:57 am My breakfast was amazing yesterday and so I enjoyed the devotional. Today I discovered that my avacado was rotten :( but I quickly made a substitute of adding baby spinach to my eggs and boy was it delicious! I didn't miss a beat. In reading today's devotional I am struck by having these exact same thoughts come to mind. I will of course pray on them. I've had an empty vision board in my closet for months I have been dying to use. I selfishly wanted to use it for "things" but your idea of being more intentional and putting Jesus in the center spoke to my heart. I can't wait to get started! Have a great day.
    • Reply Olivia Grist January 2, 2019 at 12:35 pm Ahhh avocados can be so tricky! It’s like there’s only one perfect day to use them but I’m glad you were able to improvise and make it delish! And I totally can’t wait to see what God puts on your heart for your goals/plans this year!
  • Reply Bethany Long January 2, 2019 at 8:03 pm I have had some awesome luck with avocados being perfect with my last bag! Hoping this time around is the same! And avacado toast is my jam right now! Also, I made a vision board/ goal board (I typed it up and printed pics but didn’t actually set it up yet) and I added things like “paying off credit cards, and being healthy for me and no one else, and being the best significant other I can be, and then I added these two “daily devotion” and “be who God wants me to be” after reading this, I realized those two things are nice but what do they mean! Lol. So I’m going to now add “PRAY” as big as I can to my board, and also change “be who God wants me to be” to “”ask God who he wants me to be/do for him this year!” And also I think in all areas for the board, I need to kee God in all of those “visions/goals and talk to him about all of them! Even money related ones! Side note, I was so bummed this morning (because I didn’t pay attention) that at 5am I didn’t have this email. Then I realized, it’s 6am my time! ‍♀️ So since I am working out in the am and have to be at work by 6:45, this will be more of a “Faithful Night” devotion for me. And using the morning time to listen to a faith based podcast while I work out! Starting the day and ending the day with Jesus!
    • Reply Olivia Grist January 8, 2019 at 3:45 pm First of all, I'm so obsessed with avocado toast! SO obsessed. I can't stop lol! And I love being able to take a look at those vision boards/goal lists and re-evaluate them from time to time! I think we're constantly growing and learning and it's almost kind of crazy to think that we should only be doing this stuff once a year anyway! Love the things you added to your board!

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