Banana Bread Oatmeal

January 16 – Making Plans & Banana Bread Oatmeal

Acts 5:39 (nirv)

But if their plans come from God, you won’t be able to stop these men. You will only find yourselves fighting against God.

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I have a few trusted friends that I bring plans and ideas to before I get started on them. I really value their opinions and input, and just knowing they’re praying over these plans along side me brings me comfort.

When I first had the idea to write this year-long devotional and recipe guide, I shared it with my friend Chelsea and asked for her feedback. She responded with a ton of encouragement, and a really simple answer. Pray over it. Pray over all the details, all the question marks, and all the plans.

With every step I took toward creating FaithFull Mornings, I had more and more decisions to make – book or blog, breakfast or dinner – there were so many ideas to sort through. Every time I updated Chelsea on the project and shared the current decisions I was facing, she always offered the same helpful wisdom; pray over it and God will lead you there.

There’s a reason she didn’t waiver on her feedback and input; she understands that when God is involved in a plan, it doesn’t fail. As Christians, we have the promise that we’re constantly and forever connected to God through the Holy Spirit, and we communicate with Him through our prayers. When we spend time praying about our plans and we allow God to lead us through them, we can rest in the fact that the weight of those plans isn’t sitting on our shoulders alone.

Anytime I read something, visualizing it is always really helpful for me. When I read this verse, I imagine God as a big, strong bodyguard. He’s the protector of this journey, and anyone that’s fighting against my plans isn’t just fighting against me, they’re fighting against him too. And one thing we know about God is that he doesn’t lose.

While writing these devotionals, I’ve had to remind myself daily that God and I are in this together. When I wanted to quit, when I got scared, when I allowed fear and doubt to trick me into believing that this isn’t important or valuable; I leaned into this verse and chose to trust in God’s “bodyguard status”.

And while I wholeheartedly believe that God wants us to succeed, that doesn’t mean He always agrees with our plans. Sometimes, God leads us away from the things we thought we were meant for. Other times, He makes adjustments in the details or the way those plans are carried out. If that happens, that doesn’t mean that you or your plans have failed, it means that you chose to let God work in and on your life.

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What are some of the plans that God has placed on your heart and in your life? Maybe it’s being a mom to tiny humans, starting a business that offers employment in your area, leading a small group at your church, writing a book, or simply being a walking example of Jesus in your local grocery store. Whatever it is, take the time today to recognize that the roles in your life weren’t given to you by accident; that these are plans from God. Write down the plans that God places on your heart today.

Pray

For those plans that have been revealed to you, and God’s constant leadership and guidance in pursuing them.

Banana Bread Oatmeal

2 minPrep Time

5 minCook Time

7 minTotal Time

Serves 1

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon chopped walnuts or pecans (for a nut allergy, you can swap with raisins or omit)
  • 1 teaspoon pure maple syrup or raw honey (optional)

Instructions

  1. In a sauce pan, bring the almond milk and water to a boil
  2. Add oats in and return to a boil
  3. Once boiling, reduce heat to medium-low, and cook until liquid has mostly evaporated (usually about 3 minutes), stirring frequently
  4. Add in the cinnamon and vanilla extract, stir, and allow to simmer for an additional minute
  5. Remove from heat and spoon oatmeal into a bowl
  6. Cut banana into small chunks
  7. Top with banana, chopped nuts, and optional syrup/honey
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Tips & Tools

This recipe is super easy to make, so I’ll just leave you with 1 tip. I always skip the extra syrup topping, and add a spoonful of greek yogurt on top instead! If you’re feeling adventurous, go for it!

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