Blueberry Quinoa Muffins

Just the Way You Are & Blueberry Quinoa Muffins

Ezekiel 36:26 (erv)

I will also put a new sprit in you to change your way of thinking. I will take out the heart of stone from your body and give you a tender, human heart.

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Yesterday’s devotional focused on God’s love and acceptance of us, and today, I want, or I guess I need, to take that a bit further. If you haven’t noticed by now, these daily devotions are just as much for me as anyone else. A lot of what I write about is very current in my faith walk, and obviously, I’m still working through the concept of God’s love and acceptance for me.

One of the things I pray for a lot is a new heart. Even though I spend a lot of time in the Word and trying to be a “better Christian/human”, I still have so, so many flaws.

I’m incredibly impatient, almost every other word that comes out of my mouth is inappropriate at best, I’m judgmental, I gossip… the list goes on. Let’s just say that the Proverbs 31 woman and myself are on opposite ends of the spectrum.

And God promises to change my heart, so why isn’t He? Ezekiel 36:26 doesn’t suggest this is a perk for the lucky Christians, or that if we collect enough tokens throughout life, we’ll end up with a changed heart. No, this is a promise from God. So, what’s the deal?

During my most recent time spent praying about this, I felt different. It was as if a huge burden was instantly lifted from me. I no longer felt an obligation to change. Not that the desire to be better isn’t still there, but the pressure to be was gone. I wasn’t sure why the easy, breezy, lightheartedness came from nowhere, but I wanted to understand why it happened.

As I began to study Scripture, God revealed something to me; one of those little whispers that explains the unexplainable, which is kind of ironic, because those little whispers are basically unexplainable and could earn you a psych evaluation if you share that with the wrong person. Anyway, the revelation was this: God isn’t changing me because He needs me to see that I’m loved and accepted for who I am.

For whatever reason, and without my knowledge, I subscribed to the idea that God would love me more if I became better. That there was something I could personally do or change in myself to earn more approval. God needs me to see that that belief is false, and if He changes me before I learn that, I might go on thinking that something I did lead to His love.

Ephesians 2:8 says, “Saving is all his idea, and all his work. All we do is trust him enough to let him do it. It’s God’s gift from start to finish! (MSG)”

Here’s a few really superficial comparisons; if a person gets married once they get wealthy/famous, will they wonder if their spouse really loves them, or just loves the money? Or if a person loses a lot of weight, and then their crush finally asks them out, was it that they weren’t good enough before?

God doesn’t want us to have any doubts or questions about His love, and He definitely doesn’t want us to believe that we contributed to it. God loves us because of who He is, not who we are, and not because of what we’ve done. Whether our hearts are ever changed (they will be, because He promised) or not, His love doesn’t waiver.

God loves this slightly (completely) offensive, impatient, judgmental, gossiping, average-wife-at-best, sinner today, tomorrow, and always. The heart change and behavior change is a bonus, but not a requirement.

Write

Do you ever feel like you can earn more of God’s love or acceptance by trying harder or doing more? What causes you to believe that?

Pray

For complete acceptance of God’s love.

Blueberry Quinoa Muffins

25 minPrep Time

15 minCook Time

40 minTotal Time

Serves 4 muffins

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Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup dry quinoa
  • 1 tablespoon whole wheat flour
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened applesauce
  • 4 medjool dates
  • 1 teaspoon honey

Instructions

  1. Add almond milk and quinoa to a small saucepan
  2. Bring to a boil and then reduce to low heat and cover
  3. Cook for 25 minutes or until liquid has been absorbed
  4. Soak dates in 1 cup hot water for 10 minutes
  5. Add dates and 1/4 cup of the water to a blender/food processor and blend until smooth
  6. Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees
  7. In a bowl, combine date paste, cooked quinoa, and all remaining ingredients
  8. Evenly spoon batter into muffin tins and cook for 15 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean from the center
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