Dragon Fruit Smoothie Bowl Recipe

The Reason for Pain & Dragon Fruit Smoothie Bowl

2 Corinthians 7:10 (easy)

People need to become sad in the way that God wants. When they are sad like that, it causes them to turn away from the wrong things. It causes them to turn to God, who saves them. And they will never be sorry that they did that! But this world makes people sad only because they have troubles or pain. It does not make them sad in a way that leads them to God. When the world makes people sad like that, it only causes them to die.

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Sometimes, God will allow sadness, pain, distress, and struggles in our lives. For me personally, it’s one of the hardest things to talk about with non-believers, or those who are skeptical. Our entire faith is built around the love of God, and our human minds associate love with lack of pain. So it can be pretty difficult to answer questions about why God allows terrible things to happen if He loves us so much.

But if you’ve ever loved anyone really intimately, you probably know that sometimes, doing the right thing because of love will often cause that person pain, or at least discomfort. Parents, you probably know this more than anyone. There’s a funny Youtube video that shows a compilation of tons of little kids screaming, crying, and throwing a fit, and underneath each tantrum, the reason why is listed; things like “I wouldn’t let her put the toaster plug in her mouth” and “I took away the dog food he was trying to eat”. Of course these things are funny, but they also make for an incredibly elementary example of how we often respond to the pain, real or perceived, that God allows in our lives.

If you’ve ever sat through a baptism event at church, you’ve probably heard the different stories of how people found Jesus for the first time, or returned to Him after running away. Stories about addiction, disease, loss, divorce, jail, and injury typically make up their stories. The sad truth is that there’s very few people who come to Jesus and realize their need for Him without some type of struggle or great pain. When we’re allowed to believe that we don’t need Jesus, we believe that we don’t need Jesus.

And above all else, God’s greatest mission is to save everyone. He doesn’t want to lose anyone. 2 Peter 3:9 says that, “He is restraining himself on account of you, holding back the End because he doesn’t want anyone lost. He’s giving everyone space and time to change (MSG).” And in Ezekiel 33:11, “When sinful people die, it does not give me any joy (NIRV).” If allowing us to suffer and experience pain saves our souls, God loves us enough to allow it.

In fact, we can see God practicing this in real time through the life of Jesus. He allowed Lazarus to die when He could have come sooner to save him. But instead of rushing to his side, Jesus intentionally stayed where He was for another 2 days before going to him. By then, he was dead. But Jesus rose Lazarus from death, strengthening the faith of his sisters and bringing belief to everyone who heard about it (John 11).

Jesus allowed the disciples to experience extreme fear as their boat crashed against the waves. But once He arrived, he calmed the storm and even allowed Peter to walk on the water with Him, which gave them even more belief in His identity. “Then the followers in the boat worshiped Jesus and said, ‘You really are the Son of God’ (Matthew 14:33 ERV).”

If you’re sitting in a type of pain that you can’t believe God is allowing, or if you’re suffering through something that you thought God would save you from, remember that it may look dark to you, but there is no darkness for God. He knows and sees the outcome of this pain and suffering, and He wouldn’t allow it without knowing that it can strengthen you, build your faith, erase your doubt, or soften your heart toward Him. Bring your sadness to God, because He wants to save you. It might not be in the way that you’re hoping for; it will be even better.

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Are you currently experiencing any sadness that you wish God would take from you? Or can you recall a time of sadness like this in your past? How can you/did you use that pain and suffering to lean in to God and trust Him?

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That God will use the pain and sadness in your life to draw you closer to Him.

Dragon Fruit Smoothie Bowl

5 minPrep Time

5 minTotal Time

Serves 1 Smoothie Bowl

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Ingredients

  • 6 ounces frozen dragon fruit
  • 1/2 medium frozen banana
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • Chewy Granola
  • 1 1/4 cup old fashioned oats
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 tablespoon raw honey
  • 1 tablespoon almond butter
  • 1 tablespoon powdered peanut butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon raisins
  • 1 tablespoon chopped pecans
  • Optional Toppings
  • Greek yogurt
  • Fresh fruit

Instructions

    Granola
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. In a bowl, combine all ingredients for granola and mix well
  3. Place granola on a baking sheet and cook for 5 minutes
  4. Allow granola to cool for 10 minutes
  5. Smoothie Bowl
  6. While granola is cooling, make your smoothie bowl
  7. Run acai packet under cold water for 10 seconds
  8. Remove from package and add to blender, along with banana and almond milk and blend until smooth
  9. You may need to scrap down the sides of the blender with a spatula if anything gets stuck
  10. Place smoothie in a bowl, top with 1/2 cup granola, a dollop of yogurt, and fresh fruit (optional)
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The nutrition information for this recipe is calculated using 1 dragonfruit smoothie pack from Pitaya Plus, 1/2 cup of Sprouts bulk granola, 1 kiwi, and 1/4 cup Fage 0% plain greek yogurt.

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