Hash Brown Bowl Recipe

Resistance Training & Hash Brown Bowls

Psalm 32:8-9 (tpt)

I hear the Lord saying, “I will stay close to you, instructing and guiding you along the pathway for your life. I will advise you along the way and lead you forth with my eyes as your guide. So don’t make it difficult; don’t be stubborn when I take you where you’ve not been before. Don’t make me tug you and pull you along. Just come with me!”

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I love this translation of this passage. It’s so detailed; I can picture God in my mind, saying these words. Have you ever done something, or attempted something that felt as if it was doomed from the beginning? Like every step was met with complete resistance? I know I have.

Resistance is a word God put on my heart before I started writing this. Simply put, resistance means an opposing force. In exercise and on the teeter-totter, that’s a good thing. But when it comes to chasing a new dream or completing a task, not so much. At least it doesn’t feel that way. But can resistance be a good thing?

This could just be me being dramatic, but I feel like I’ve met resistance in a lot of the big things I’ve attempted to do in my life; like everything was working against me. As I laid on the floor this morning, wondering what’s next for the millionth time in my life, this word popped up in my mind. I started to ask questions like “what does experiencing resistance actually mean?” and “where does resistance come from?”

I used to only believe that interference came from the enemy, but I’m learning that sometimes, it can also come from God. Have you ever had a plan that didn’t go right, only to find out later that it was a blessing in disguise? I’ve fought so hard for things that never worked out, and only afterwords, I realized that it wasn’t what was best for me.

God protects us and guides us, even when we put up our best attempts to follow our own agendas. I think we become attached to certain ideas and plans and they become our identities. We pursue them and fight for them, even if they’re not in our best interest. In the hustle to maintain control, we overlook the resistance we’re facing and never stop to ask where it might be coming from, and why it’s there.

Sometimes, the enemy does place resistance in our lives because our plans align with God’s, and that’s the opposite of what he’s working for here on earth. But other times, God is placing that resistance in our paths so that we take a step back and examine it.

I’m a firm believer that most thoughts don’t come out of nowhere, but learning to discern God’s voice can be a huge challenge, even for the most established Christians. So how can we determine where resistance is coming from? I’m glad you asked! I’m certainly no expert on listening to God (or anyone for that matter), but I’ve found a few ways that lead me in the right direction.

Prayer. Spending time in prayer is literally communicating with God. My husband and I try to live by the idea of “being a good asker”. The only way you can be sure you won’t get something is to never ask for it. If we want answers and direction from God, we have to ask Him! He’s not unapproachable and He’s certainly hasn’t used our lives to write the greatest mystery of all time. It brings God joy for us to live according to His will and glorify Him, so we can be sure that He’s not keeping secrets from us that will help us to do that.

Reading the Word. This one seems a bit obvious, but in the moments of making choices, it often isn’t. If you’re not sure about the thing you’re facing resistance on is in God’s will for your life, check out what the Bible has to say about it. As Christians, we believe that the Word is the Truth, so there’s nowhere better to look when trying to find out your truth.

Others. Often times, God will use the voice of others in my life to speak truth. It’s important to make sure that these people also have an active, ongoing, intimate relationship with God, because if they’re not speaking to Him, He’s probably not speaking to them about you and your situation. But when you find another believer or a group of believers that you can trust, bring your situation to them and ask their opinions. Also ask them to pray for you and with you. There are times that I’ve read scripture and had no idea what God wanted me to do with it, until a day or so later a friend brought up something that was addressed perfectly by that verse. God prepares us for what we need, and sometimes, that’s aiding and supporting a sister.

The last thing I want to share is that life doesn’t have a timer. When we leave this earth, we’re going to live for eternity. In my own life, I’ve found that when ideas and decisions appear to be urgent and pressing, they’re typically not from God. The same way that when you go into a car dealership and the salesman tells you it’s the a weekend offer only, the enemy wants us to act without thinking, and he certainly doesn’t want us to follow the steps above. If you’re meeting resistance and can’t find answers or direction, God might be simply asking you to wait and to trust Him.

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Are you currently facing resistance on something you’ve been working toward or dreaming about? Have you sat down with your plans, the Word, and an open mind?

Pray

For clear discernment of God’s voice and His desires and plans for your life.

Hash Brown Bowls

5 minPrep Time

25 minCook Time

30 minTotal Time

Serves 2 • 2 Hash Brown Bowls Each

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Ingredients

  • 2 cups shredded hash browns
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons shredded cheese
  • chives
  • salt
  • pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Spray baking ramekins or muffin tin with non-stick cooking spray
  3. Fill each ramekin or muffin with 1/2 cup shredded potatoes, pressing firmly into the bottom
  4. Bake for 15 minutes
  5. Crack eggs in a bowl and scramble with seasonings
  6. Pour egg mixture evenly into each bowl
  7. Top with shredded cheese
  8. Return to oven for an additional 10 minutes
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The nutrition information is calculated using Ore Ida Shredded Hash Browns.

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