Strong and Steady & Pumpkin Spice Latte Oats

Titus 3:5 (cev)

He saved us because of his mercy, and not because of any good things we have done. God washed us by the power of the Holy Spirit. He gave us new birth and a fresh beginning.

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I’ve been traveling a lot lately, and truth be told, it’s difficult for me to stay committed to reading the Bible and regular time spent in prayer when I’m traveling. However, one of my favorite times to pray is when I’m flying; probably because of the lack of control I feel.

During my most recent flight, I had a moment where I almost felt guilty praying. I felt bad that I hadn’t shown up to be with God with days; re-approaching Him like nothing had happened felt wrong. I felt undeserving of His time.

I tried to imagine how hurt and upset I’d be if the roles were reversed; if anyone in my life went days without speaking to me or acknowledging me and then tried to show up like everything was normal. It sounds funny, but I got upset at my husband even imaging that he were the one who did that in this made up situation.

But just as quickly as those feelings of guilt came on, a feeling of peace followed. In those moments, I felt the Lord reassure me that He’s different. He’s different than me, different than you, and different than any human. His response and reactions aren’t like mine would be.

The definition of steadfast is “resolutely or dutifully firm and unwavering (dictionary.com).” That’s the Lord; He’s steadfast. He’s unchanging. He’s reliable and trustworthy, strong and committed, and filled with love for us.

Not consistently showing up to a relationship with Him certainly affects me, but it doesn’t affect His love for me. He’s the same, today, tomorrow, and always. If you’ve felt far away from Him or let too much time pass between connecting, it’s okay to go back – right now. There’s no hard feelings waiting for you; only acceptance and love.

Write

How long has it been since you’ve really connected with the Lord? How do you feel when you allow too much time to pass between conversations with Him and time in the Word?

Pray

Ask the Lord to reassure you of His unwavering love and commitment to you.

Pumpkin Spice Latte Oats

5 minPrep Time

30 minCook Time

35 minTotal Time

Serves 4

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Ingredients

  • 2 cups old fashioned oats
  • 1.5 bananas
  • 1/4 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1 tablespoon espresso powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sweetener
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray baking ramekins with non-stick cooking spray
  2. Mash banana in a bowl until it reaches a smooth consistency
  3. Add all remaining ingredients and mix until combined
  4. Pour oats evenly into ramekins and bake for 30 minutes
  5. Top with whipped cream before serving (optional)
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