Overnight Oats Recipe

That Really Real Love & Not-Quite-Overnight Oats

1 Corinthians 13:7 (erv)

Love never gives up on people. It never stops trusting, never loses hope, and never quits.

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This is part of one of the most quoted scriptures at weddings. It makes an appearance in nearly every Christian marriage book. In this version of the Bible, the title of this section is even called “Let Love Be Your Guide”.

But I think that most of us are getting this verse all wrong; myself included. When I read this verse, and the others that go along with it, I see instruction. I see work. I see duty. And that means that I’m really missing the mark on this one.

I spend so much time focusing on the challenges of trying to love this way that I forget that I’m loved this way. Giving this type of love is simply an extension of receiving this type of love. But that’s easy to forget when we’re focusing on the wrong character in the story.

Long before romantic comedies and tear-jerkers like The Notebook made us go “awe!”, God wrote a love story about you and I. When I watch movies like that, I always imagine being the leading character; being loved unconditionally, having all of my needs met, being swept off my feet…. Don’t get me wrong, my husband is great, but we have our fair share of problems that almost always get conveniently brushed past or worked through quickly in the movies. Even though my marriage isn’t quite as dreamy as the ones we see on the big screen, I’m in a relationship with Someone that’s even more important; and He’s even more in love with me than Ryan Gosling is with Rachel McAdams.

What’s even better is that His love is teaching me to love others. I get to love my husband better, love my friends harder, love my family deeper, because of His love. When I think about loving others the way that 1 Corinthians 13 describes, I get exhausted immediately. That’s because that type of love doesn’t come from me – it’s an extension of God’s love that I get to pass on to glorify Him.

And when I’m not doing a great job of loving my people, it’s a pretty good indicator that I need to spend some time reacquainting myself with the One who gives that love. We can’t give what we don’t have. If you struggle to love this way, spend some time asking yourself if you’ve truly allowed yourself to be loved this way.

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Do you feel that you’ve accepted God’s deep, unshakeable, true love for you? If so, do you feel it’s easier to allow that love to spread in the world at certain times, such as after praying or reading the Word? If not, what’s keeping you from believing God’s promises about His unconditional love for you?

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For an undeniable understanding and acceptance of God’s love for you.

Not-Quite-Overnight Oats

5 minPrep Time

30 minCook Time

35 minTotal Time

Serves 1

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • 1/4 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon cake batter extract
  • 1 teaspoon honey or maple syrup

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a mason jar or tupperware container
  2. Shake until everything is mixed
  3. Refrigerate for 30 minutes before eating
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There’s not much to say about these – they’re quick, easy, and delicious. So, enjoy!

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