Something from Nothing & Raspberry Cheesecake Bars

Genesis 2:7 (erv)

Then the Lord God took dust from the ground and made a man. He breathed the breath of life into the man’s nose, and the man became a living thing.

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Have you ever stopped to think about where you came from? As Christians, it’s a pretty basic part of our foundation to believe that God created us, but have you ever really thought about God creating you; individually, unique, intentionally? Sometimes, when I think about it, I’m not sure necessarily sure I believe it. It seems crazy, that the God of the universe sat down (or maybe He was standing?) to make me.

But He did. And in order to really understand our titles as “children of God”, meditating on this truth is so important. Today, we’re exploring that thought a little more by using the reading plan “66 Ways God Loves You” by Jennifer Rothschild – found in the Bible App. Keep reading for an incredible insight on how God turned you and I into something – someone – from nothing.

In Genesis God Fashions Me with His Hands

In the beginning God created. He said, “Let there be light” and there was light! He spoke it. He commanded it. He just said it and it was! He called into existence that which had never existed before.

Every word became our world. Stars and planets. Shimmering sunshine and fierce lightning. Mountains and oceans. Forests and animals. Birds and sea creatures. Towering trees and tiny flowers. God’s voice initiated all creation. All except man. God did not speak man into being because man was different—man was loved.

“The Lord God formed man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and man became a living being” (Genesis 2:7 mev). Our beautiful Creator stooped down and got the dirt of this earth on His hands to give us life. God used His hands, His touch, to craft us—the crowning jewel of all His handiwork. And after He formed man, He gently fashioned a woman from the rib of Adam with those same hands. He lovingly shaped her to reflect the beauty of her Creator.

God could have spoken you and me into existence, too. But He chose that we—His beloved ones—would bear His fingerprints. His touch separates us from all created things. It honors us above all other created beings. His touch on our lives constantly reminds us that we are loved.

You aren’t just the result of God’s verbal command to some genetic matter. You are the result of the loving Hand of God that reached all the way from heaven to touch you and make you His own. And He is still reaching and still touching you. “God saw all that he had made, and it was very good” (Genesis 1:31). Can you see His fingerprints on your life?

Write

In your journal, create a list of 10 things that help you to see God’s love for you. If it helps, you can use this as your #1: God created you intentionally and with purpose.

Pray

Today, we’ll pray the prayer from Jennifer’s Devotional: “Thank God today for His loving touch, and ask Him to keep creating you to be the beautiful person He loves.”

Raspberry Cheesecake Bars

20 minPrep Time

30 minCook Time

50 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup granulated sweetener
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened apple sauce
  • 1 3/4 cups flour of choice
  • 1 package cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup syrup or honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup fresh raspberries
  • non-stick cooking spray

Instructions

  1. Spray a brownie pan with non-stick cooking spray
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  3. Mix granulated sweetener and apple sauce until combined well
  4. Add in flour until it becomes a crumbly mixture
  5. Press into the bottom of the pan evenly and bake for 15 minutes
  6. In a small saucepan, combine raspberries and 2 teaspoons syrup/honey
  7. Heat over medium-high heat and stir consistently until berries begin to break down and liquify
  8. Lower heat to medium and continue to stir until it becomes mostly liquid
  9. Bring to a boil and then lower heat to simmer
  10. Cook for 15 minutes, stirring every few minutes
  11. In a separate bowl, mix cream cheese, remaining syrup/honey (1/3 cup), extract, and egg using an electric mixer (or by hand) until completely combined
  12. Spread mixture across the top of baked crust
  13. Spoon cooked raspberries across the top of cream cheese mixture
  14. You can use the tip of a butter knife to create swirls in the raspberry mixture (optional)
  15. Return to oven and bake for an additional 15-20 minutes
  16. Allow to cool for 30 minutes in the refrigerator before serving
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