Fried Banana Toast Recipe

Staying Stuck & Fried Banana Toast

Psalm 13:1 (icb)

You are the one who put me together inside my mother’s body, and I praise you because of the wonderful way you created me. Everything you do is marvelous! Of this I have no doubt. Nothing about me is hidden from you! I was secretly woven together out of human sight, but with your own eyes you saw my body being formed. Even before I was born, you had written in your book everything about me.

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Sometimes… most times, I feel stuck. Stuck in my circumstances, in my situation, in the challenges and struggles I’m facing. Being stuck is a scary, uncomfortable feeling; it’s one I try hard to avoid at all costs. So when I feel stuck, I begin attempting to work my way out immediately.

In an effort to regain control and alleviate the discomfort, I put my efforts into overdrive. I pull out all the stops. When I feel stuck, my go-to response is to double down. But that rarely work. Have you ever gotten your car stuck in the mud? I have, and my father-in-law will still claim to have back pain because of it. It feels like the most logical thing to do in that situation is to put it in drive and slam on the gas. But when you’re stuck, sometimes hitting the gas doesn’t work. In fact, it often adds to the problem; it takes you deeper.

When I think about it, most of my “regrettable decisions” were made at a time when I felt stuck, and in an effort to become unstuck. When I couldn’t figure out what I wanted to do with my life, I went to nursing school. When I felt unfulfilled, I racked up thousands of dollars of debt trying to buy my way out of it. I’ve started businesses, moved and moved again, signed up for workshops, joined groups, and continuously jumped from one thing to the next before I had time to focus on and feel my “stuckness”.

And now, I often wonder what would happen if I simply allowed myself to stay stuck for as long as God allowed me to? What if I chose to trust that He has me here, in this exact place, space, and situation because I need to be? What can I learn right here and now?

When I’m too afraid to stay stuck, I’m not trusting that the Lord is here with me in this place. Like David in the Psalms, I’ve mistaken God’s silence for His absence. But just like with my, I’m learning (the hard way) that my first instinct to jump into action isn’t always the best response to being stuck. Maybe the only way to truly become unstuck is to do the opposite of what feels true; to shut off the engine and hand over the keys. You’ve heard the saying, “sometimes the only way out is through”?

Even though it doesn’t always (ever) feel like it, God refines us and perfects us while we’re stuck. And He’ll lead us out when it’s time for us to move.

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What areas of your life are you feeling stuck in? Do you find yourself trying to double down and take action on the situation because it’s uncomfortable to stay stuck? What can you learn from where you’re at right now?

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For peace and patience while you wait for God to work in your life.

Fried Banana Toast

1 minPrep Time

5 minCook Time

6 minTotal Time

Serves 1 • 2 Slices of Toast

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Ingredients

  • 2 pieces bread
  • 1 tablespoon peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil
  • 1 banana
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Cut banana into slices and sprinkle with cinnamon
  2. Heat coconut oil in a skillet over medium heat
  3. Fry bananas for 2-3 minutes on each side until they begin to caramelize
  4. Toast bread to desired level and spread peanut butter evenly across each slice
  5. Top with fried bananas
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Nutrition information is based on 2 slices of Dave’s Killer Bread – Thin Sliced. Each slice is 60 calories.

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