Samoa Cookie Oatmeal Bake

Recognizing the Voice of God & Samoa Cookie Oatmeal Bake

John 14:16-17 (erv)

I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper to be with you forever. The Helper is the Spirit of truth. The people of the world cannot accept him, because they don’t see him or know him. But you know him. He lives with you, and he will be in you.

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Another honest moment; I’m still really unorganized. I look around and I can’t even see the floor. Boxes are covering every square inch of the space I get to call home. But it’s a blessing. I get to call somewhere home. I get boxes on boxes filled with useless and unnecessary things on things. I get to be unorganized and still complete the work I love doing.

Today, I’m sharing another devotional that I completed awhile back and found really helpful: How to Recognize the Voice of God by Karen Jensen Salisbury. It’s a really close look at learning to hear from God and recognize His voice. Below, I’m sharing day 3 of the devotional, “Believe that you Hear Him”, but I can’t say enough about the entire 7 day plan that can be found in the Bible app.

“In my own life, when I saw that Jesus said, “My sheep hear my voice,” I started believing that I could hear His voice. And if you can hear a voice, you can follow it, right? If a friend of yours calls out to you from across a dark room, “Come this way!” and you hear his or her voice, you can follow the sound until you find your way out. It’s the same with hearing the Lord’s voice; and the Bible says that you do hear it.

So you might as well start saying, “I hear His voice and I follow Him.” You might as well get into agreement with God’s Word.

Too often I hear Christians say things like, “I can’t hear the voice of God,” or “I don’t know if God is talking to me or not.” But that’s not what the Bible says. It says we do hear His voice! It says we know Him!

When you know someone, you recognize their voice and you know the intent of their heart. It’s time to start believing the intent of God’s heart toward you is always good and that you do know Him and hear His voice.

Then you need to listen. By that I mean stop and spend time in God’s presence—reading His Word, praying—so He is free to speak to your heart and lead you. Don’t be so wrapped up in your busy life that you give God no place to talk with you.

To get good at hearing His voice, I encourage you to spend more time with Him. Spend more time reading the Bible, meditating, listening, and praying. Some of us have a pretty good daily devotional habit. If you don’t, you need to establish one. Read the Bible every day!

You might even need to put a little extra time in if you’re desperate. Instead of reading two or three scriptures, read an entire chapter. Or find verses that pertain to what you’re believing for and spend time reading them and mediating on them until faith comes (Romans 10:17).

Spend a little more time praying, and be sure to listen – don’t do all the talkingPrayer is two-way conversation between you and God, and He’s the one who knows everything! You already know what you know; listen to find out what He knows.”

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Do you struggle to hear or discern the voice of God? If so, how does this devotional change your perspective?

Pray

For the ability to clearly hear and discern God’s voice.

Samoa Cookie Oatmeal Bake

10 minPrep Time

30 minCook Time

40 minTotal Time

Serves 1 Oatmeal Bake

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon caramel extract
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1 tablespoon dark chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper
  3. Spread coconut flakes on parchment paper and bake for 5-7 minutes until coconut is toasted
  4. Watch coconut closely as it tends to burn really easily
  5. Spray a baking dish with non-stick cooking spray
  6. In a bowl, mash up banana using a fork until consistency is smooth
  7. Add oats, almond milk, baking powder, and extract and mix until smooth
  8. Add toasted coconut and dark chocolate chips and mix again
  9. Spoon oatmeal mixture into baking dish and bake for 30 minutes
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Tips & Tools

If you really want this to taste like a Samoa Cookie, you can mix a tablespoon of caramel sauce with 1/2 tablespoon toasted coconut to top your oatmeal bake.

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