Cereal Bar Recipe

Waiting on the Lord & Homemade Cereal Bars

Lamentations 3:25-26 (easy)

The Lord does good things for people who wait for him. He is kind to everyone who looks for him. It is good when people go on hoping. It is good when they quietly wait for the Lord, because he will save them.

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One of the things that no one told me prior to becoming a Christian is that following Jesus often feels like a lot of waiting. It seems that I’m always asking God and myself one question, over and over again… How much longer?

But I’m learning that this relationship isn’t stagnant, just because it doesn’t feel like it’s moving forward. I fail to recognize the growth that’s taken place in my heart and in my life because of the work that God’s doing. It’s easy to become frustrated with myself when I focus on what I feel like I’m still missing, or when I’m reminded of how much further I have to go. God, however, witnesses the progress that I’ve made and that I’m making, and He knows exactly where the journey will lead us next.

Before becoming a Christian, I went through quite a rebellious stage regarding God. I was convinced that He wasn’t real, that even if he was, I didn’t need Him. There was even a point where I hated the God that I didn’t even believe existed; talk about contradicting feelings, huh?

Then one day, God planted a seed in my heart and I had an undeniable desire to explore more, to learn more, to get to the bottom of the mystery. At first, it wasn’t necessarily a desire to believe as much as it was a determination to prove to myself that I wasn’t missing out on anything. But literally overnight, my eagerness to disprove my need for God turned into a longing to know Him. It was a longing that I couldn’t really explain or even understand. But it was, and still is, so real.

That was over 7 years ago. And I still find myself with that longing, to know Him. Have you ever been friends with someone, or dated someone that was just ultra mysterious? Like there’s always another layer to them that’s just out of reach? You feel like you know a little bit, but there’s so much more to know… and you can’t stand the not knowing? That’s the best way that I can describe my relationship with God.

For years, I’ve been asking how long? When will I know you deeper? When will this longing to know you be satisfied? And just recently, I’ve realized that while the longing for Jesus might have been an overnight thing, the process of sanctification is not.

It’s exactly that; a process. And one of the most important distinctions to make is the person you were before the longing for God formed in your heart, and the person you became after. While I still have so much growth and maturing in my faith to look forward to, I know that I’m not the person I was before that seed was planted. God has started the process and the longing for Him that wasn’t once there (or not evident or realized, at least) is proof of that.

Philippians 1:6 reminds us that God has started a good work in each of us, and that He will see it through until completion. So the answer to the ongoing question of how long is irrelevant. Whether it’s 5 minutes, 5 years, or 5 decades, our only job is the same; continue seeking Him and wait for Him to fulfill His promises.

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Spend some time reflecting on who you were before you knew Jesus versus who you are now. If you’ve been a Christian from early on, think about the changes that God’s made in your heart as you’ve grown with Him. Write down what comes to your mind and keep it available to remind you of all that God’s doing in times of discouragement.

Pray

For a patient heart that is content to wait on the Lord.

Homemade Cereal Bars

5 minPrep Time

30 minCook Time

35 minTotal Time

Serves 8 • 1 Cereal Bar

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Ingredients

  • 2 cups cheerios
  • 1/4 cup creamy almond/peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • non-stick cooking spray

Instructions

  1. Line a brownie pan with parchment paper
  2. Heat peanut butter and maple syrup in a saucepan over medium heat, stirring continuously until melted and blended
  3. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla and cheerios until combined and coated
  4. Press the cereal mixture evenly into the pan
  5. Lightly spray clean hands with non-stick cooking spray and press down the top of the mixture to create a flat surface
  6. Place pan in the freezer for 30 minutes
  7. Cut into 8 bars

Nutrition

Calories

447 cal

Fat

33 g

Carbs

28 g

Protein

14 g
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Tips & Tools

You can use any cereal you might have in the pantry for this recipe. I chose Cheerios to give them a basic but delicious flavor – but don’t be afraid to think outside of the box! The nutrition information is calculated using the multi-grain cheerios.

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