Breakfast Boat Recipe

The Heavy Burdens & Breakfast Boats

Matthew 11:28 (nirv)

Come to me, all you who are tired and are carrying heavy loads. I will give you rest.

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Jesus often provided excellent visualizations for his teachings; I think this is one of them. Ever helped someone move into a third story apartment? If so, you know what it feels like to carry a heavy load. When we’re dealing with something much less physical and much more mental, we kind of feel the same way at the end of the day, don’t we?

Jesus knew that even during a time when things required much more physical strength – walking everywhere, building homes without equipment, etc. – that it was the people’s thoughts that wore them out. The same thing applies today. Even the most physically demanding jobs pale in comparison to the loads our brains carry every day.

But it doesn’t have to be that way. Did you know that you can bring anything to God? There’s nothing that’s “off-limits” with Him, and the belief that there is can be incredibly damaging.

Keeping a secret, or shunning a thought creates an added burden to something that’s already heavy. When we start to believe that a certain thought, desire, or need qualifies us as “a bad person”, we tuck it away and hope it doesn’t come back up. But it always does, doesn’t it? It’s like when you’re trying not to laugh. Something that wouldn’t normally even be funny sends you into an all-out belly laugh.

I used to think I wasn’t allowed to feel a certain way or think a certain thing, and when I did, I would think something along the lines of “that’s terrible, stop thinking that” and try to put it away. But it would always resurface, and every time it did, I tried harder and harder to push it back down. I went shopping to distract myself, I abused food to find pleasure, I abused exercise to gain control. None of it worked, and eventually, I found myself feeling more shame than before because of the behaviors I used to try and cover it up.

Our thoughts are uncontrollable, and they’re actually really useful in helping us to determine what we’re really feeling. There’s no harm in a single thought, but there’s lots of harm that can come from acting on those thoughts in unhealthy ways.

2 Corinthians 10:5 says “We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” (NIV)

Thoughts come in all shapes and sizes, often without our consent. It’s our responsibility to examine those thoughts with Jesus. Hiding them brings shame and attempts at self-regulation. But sharing them with Jesus and identifying the real root of them brings us rest.

Write

Identify some of the thoughts, desires, or needs that you’ve been burying and trying to hide. Write out the ones that you can think of in your journal.

Pray

For the release of those heavy burdens to Jesus’ wisdom and grace.

Breakfast Boats

5 minPrep Time

45 minCook Time

50 minTotal Time

Serves 1

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Ingredients

  • 1 acorn squash
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 strip of bacon or 1 sausage link
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • salsa (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  2. Using a fork, poke small holes on the surface of the entire squash
  3. Place squash in a baking dish and bake for 20 minutes
  4. Remove squash from the oven, slice in half
  5. Sprinkle salt, pepper, and minced garlic across the top and continue baking for an additional 15-20 minutes, or until soft
  6. Remove squash from oven, allow to cool for a few minutes
  7. While cooling, make bacon/sausage according to package and prepare the 2 eggs, scrambled
  8. Once cooked, cut bacon/sausage into small pieces and combine with eggs
  9. Using a fork, scrap out the seeds and center of the squash
  10. Place egg mixture in the center of half of the squash and return to oven for 5 minutes to warm
  11. Serve with salsa
  12. Store remaining half of squash in the fridge to repeat this meal or make a delicious lunch/dinner this week.
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Tips & Tools

This recipe seems complicated, but don’t let the long instructions fool you! It’s so easy to make bake the squash while doing something else around the house, and then it’s just a few minutes to actually prepare your meal!

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