Butternut Blueberry Bread

Value Versus Worth and Butternut Blueberry Bread

Luke 12:6-7 (tpt)

“What is the value of your soul to God? Could your worth be defined by an amount of money? God doesn’t abandon or forget even the small sparrow he has made. How then could he forget or abandon you? What about the seemingly minor issues of your life? Do they matter to God? Of course they do! So you never need to worry, for you are more valuable to God than anything else in the world.”

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How difficult is it for you to see your own worth sometimes? I know that so many of the decisions and choices I’ve made throughout my life were centered around my perspective of value and worth, not God’s. I can’t help but think of how many things would be different in the world if we could grasp just a tiny piece of God’s view of us.

Part of the problem, of course, is that we don’t see ourselves how God sees us. But the other part, possibly the larger part, is that we won’t see how God sees us because we can’t believe it could possibly be true. When I look at my life, even just a snapshot of a single day of my life, I’m reminded just how undeserving I am of God’s love, His mercy, His grace. I can’t fathom the idea that God sees value and worth in me when I mess up royally, minute by minute.

But, when I read a story in the book Mended by Angie Smith, it made me realize that value is different than worth. This story showcases what God sees in us, and encourages us to stop putting stock in anything else. In the beginning of the story, the author, Angie, is hosting some sort of event at her house and a woman from Australia, named Nikki, was there. She showed a picture of her wedding ring, which was apparently massive and beautiful.

It turns out that Nikki’s grandfather used to mine stones in Australia, and he had mined this stone with the woman’s mother. This stone in her wedding ring was the first stone that her mother and grandfather had mined and cut together. When Nikki got married, they had it put in another setting and used it as her wedding ring. Angie was captivated by it and asked her a million questions, one of which was “how many carats is it?”

Below, you’ll find her response, and the rest of the story. I hope it changes your perspective as much as it did mine.

“I actually have no idea. That’s kind of part of the mystery of the stone. I actually don’t even know for sure that it’s a diamond.” She kept talking about some other cool stone it might be, but I had already skipped ahead in my mind to this great jeweler we know. I was making mental notes about setting her up for a little appraisal because I think it’s going to be an oh-happy-day kind of experience, but I’m jarred by the end of her thought.

“…and I made a promise that I would never find out.”

I looked at her with my mouth hanging open, and I was tongue-tied about where to go from there because who in the world has a wedding ring that her mother has worn for her entire life and she can’t find out what it is?

I’ll tell you who.

Nikki, the Australian girl.

She knew I wouldn’t be able to form sentences because this was too good to be true.

“So here’s the story.”

“My grandfather wanted to teach my mother a valuable lesson about the difference between value and worth. So as they cut this stone together, he made her promise she would never find out what its worldly value is. He told her that it wasn’t the amount of money it could fetch, but rather the fact that it had worth. He had mined it on his own land and they had cut it together. That was what gave it worth-not the dollar amount. (Angie Smith, Mended, Pgs. 60-65)”

Our worth isn’t determined by our value. Our worth is based on Who created us, and Who cherishes us. The successes and failures, the earnings, the achievements and accomplishments, along with the really bad moments, days, and seasons, don’t make one bit of difference in our worth. God doesn’t see us as the world does; He sees us as He created us. And how He created us is worthy.

Write

Do you struggle to see your worth or have a hard time believing the things that God says about you? Write down the things that you look for your value in, and compare them to the things that God says. Be as specific as possible in your journal about this, and take time to really reflect on this particular area of struggle.

Pray

For an understanding of your worth, and the ability to see yourself as God sees you.

Butternut Blueberry Bread

5 minPrep Time

30 minCook Time

35 minTotal Time

Serves 6 • 1 Slice Per Serving

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Ingredients

  • 2 cups spelt flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup cooked, mashed butternut squash
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened apple sauce
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup or raw honey
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • non-stick spray

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees and spray a loaf pan with non-stick spray
  2. Combine flour, baking powder, and cinnamon and mix well
  3. In a separate bowl, mash butternut squash using a fork until it reaches the desired texture
  4. Add all remaining ingredients except for blueberries and mix
  5. Add the wet and dry ingredients together along with the blueberries and mix until just combined
  6. Pour batter into loaf pan and bake for 30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean from the center
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Tips & Tools

Make sure that your squash is extra soft before attempting to mash it up for the recipe. If you’re not sure it’s soft enough, pop it into the microwave for a minute or two before starting. It can’t really be “too soft” for this recipe!

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