honey roasted peach bowl

Thoughts & Honey Roasted Peach Bowl

2 Corinthians 10:5 (erv)

and we tear down every proud idea that raises itself against the knowledge of God. We also capture every thought and make it give up and obey Christ.

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A few months ago, I started trying to practice meditation using a guided app. I’ve tried in the past and given up… a bunch of different times, so I knew it wasn’t going to be easy. But I was still somehow surprised when I realized just how many thoughts I had at every given moment.

It was discouraging at first, all the thoughts. I realized there was never a clear space in my brain. I couldn’t remember that last time I thought about nothing; that time probably didn’t exist. I remembered this verse, and I think I might have laughed out loud. Capture every thought? How could I ever keep up? How could I ever change my thinking with so many things rushing around? It was like trying to stop traffic on a 6 lane highway at rush hour.

But the more I practiced meditation and the more I prayed over this idea, I realized that it wasn’t necessarily about changing my thinking, it was just about evaluating it. Thoughts come out of nowhere sometimes, and we can’t really do much to stop those them from coming on. But we do get to decide what we do with those thoughts.

I’m really guilty of allowing my thoughts to control my behaviors and actions, and in reality, there nothing more than ideas. They don’t need to hold a space or demand action if I don’t allow them to, and the only way to be sure if they’re valuable or healthy or truthful is to weigh them against the Word.

That’s what Paul means when he tells us to capture every thought. He isn’t instructing us to completely control our thinking because we’d spend our whole lives just trying to prevent thoughts. But he is telling us that if a thought stop long enough to give us a glimpse at it, to hold it up to the truth, so that we can evaluate it.

Underneath all the instruction in the Bible, I believe wholeheartedly that God wants us to know we’re loved and accepted. He isn’t trying to change who we are, He’s healing us from the sin and brokenness that have taken over our world. One of the ways we can begin to do that is to examine our thoughts and decide where they’re coming from.

Write

Have you tried meditation or a similar technique for examining your thoughts? Journaling is another great way to collect thoughts and ideas and reflect on them. In the time that you’ve been journaling or meditating, what have you learned about the majority of your thoughts?

Pray

Ask God to lead you in reflecting on your thoughts and ideas today.

Honey Roasted Peach Bowl

5 minPrep Time

10 minCook Time

15 minTotal Time

Serves 1 Bowl

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Ingredients

  • 1 peach
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup cottage cheese
  • 2 tablespoons chopped walnuts or pecans

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil
  3. Slice peach in half and spoon out the center and seed
  4. In a bowl, combine half of the honey, vanilla extract, and cinnamon
  5. Brush mixture across the inside of each peach half
  6. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until soft
  7. Spoon cottage cheese into a bowl and place peach halves on top
  8. Sprinkle pecans/walnuts on top and drizzle with remaining honey
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