Apple Cinnamon Bread

Putting God First & Apple Cinnamon Bread

Haggai 1:5-6 (csb)

Now, the Lord of Armies says this: “Think carefully about your ways: You have planted much but harvested little. You eat but never have enough to be satisfied. You drink but never have enough to be happy. You put on clothes but never have enough to get warm. The wage earner puts his wages into a bag with a hole in it.”

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This week, we’ve been talking about lies. Have you ever believed the lie that you’re too busy for God? Too rushed or time in the Word? Too overbooked for prayer? If so, you’re not alone.

This probably makes me weird and unrelatable, but I have the most energy first thing in the morning. When I wake up, I eat breakfast and I’m ready to dive into work and being productive. Honestly, each day, it’s a struggle for me to open my Bible instead of my laptop. And I tell myself lies like, “If I get my work done early, I’ll have all afternoon to focus on the Bible, and prayer, and all the things!”

Then 2 o’clock rolls around, and my mind is everywhere. I’m feeling that afternoon slump, and the caffeine wore off hours ago. Those are the days that I don’t make God a priority in my life. I try telling myself that I was productive in other ways, that I earned money to provide for the things I need. But scripture reminds us that others have tried to get by with the same lies, and it didn’t go so well for them.

The Jews struggled with the same ideas; they were too busy for God. When the Babylonians took over Jerusalem, the Jews were forced out and sent to Babylon. The Temple was ruined during the takeover. Fast forward: God rescued them and returned them home to Jerusalem, and they jumped right back into life. They rebuilt their homes, planted their crops, found jobs – a super productive group of people. But they forgot all about one thing: God’s Temple. Or I guess you can say, God Himself. Everything in their little town seemed to be up and running, but God’s Temple, the place He refers to as His House (verse 9) is still left sitting in ruins.

Isn’t it funny that just like the Jewish people in today’s scripture, we assume that we have to choose between God and productivity? We do in fact have to choose, but it’s not the choice that most of us make. There’s only one choice that leads to complete satisfaction and fulfillment; and it’s not work. When we put our work first, we only receive what we can provide, which is very little. But when we elect to put God first, and we make Him our priority, we receive what He provides, which is far greater than anything we can ever earn or produce.

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Do you ever find yourself putting work or the desire to be productive above your time with and dedication to the Lord? If so, why do you think that is? Is it possible that you haven’t placed your complete trust in Him to provide everything you need? Spend some time reflecting on this today.

Pray

Ask God for His help in defining your priorities today.

Apple Cinnamon Bread

5 minPrep Time

30 minCook Time

35 minTotal Time

Serves 10 Slices

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Ingredients

  • 2 cups spelt flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened apple sauce
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/2 cup sweetener of choice (granulated or liquid is fine)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 large apple
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • Glaze
  • 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened apple sauce

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Spray a loaf pan with non-stick cooking spray
  3. Combine all bread ingredients in a bowl except for the apple
  4. Chop apple into small cubes and gently fold into bread batter
  5. Pour batter into loaf pan and bake for 30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean from the center
  6. When bread is done, allow to cool for 10 minutes
  7. Combine all glaze ingredients and pour into a ziploc bag
  8. Cut the tip of one corner of the bag and drizzle glaze across the top of bread
  9. Cut into 10 slices
  10. Store leftover slices in an airtight container in the refrigerator
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