Quinoa Breakfast Bowl

Worship Without Expectation & a Quinoa Bowl

Luke 7:37-38 (nirv)

There was a woman in that town who had lived a sinful life. She learned that Jesus was eating at the Pharisee’s house. So she came there with a special jar of perfume. She stood behind Jesus and cried at his feet. And she began to wet his feet with her tears. Then she wiped them with her hair. She kissed them and poured perfume on them.


I’m not a historian, but here’s what I know about the conditions of when Jesus was alive: it was hot, the ground was covered in sand, and the only way to get around was on foot. That makes someone like me say, “I’m staying home”. But the woman from our scripture today doesn’t stay home when she hears that Jesus is in town. She gets ready and she walks to him.

When she gets there, Jesus is sitting at the table, which she most definitely doesn’t have a place. So she kneels down and she interacts with the only part of Jesus that was available to her; His feet.

I can’t begin to tell you how frustrated I would be. I had just walked forever away in the heat to thank Jesus and worship Him for forgiving my sins, only to have a place next to His feet? But the woman wasn’t frustrated. She was in complete awe of His presence, and filled with so much joy that she couldn’t control her tears. She understood that worshipping our Savior wasn’t about her and her experience, it was about Him.

The woman knew that what Jesus did for her, and for all of us, was a gift; a gift that she was completely undeserving of. When she left her house that day and trudged through the heat, she did so with the purpose of offering thanks to Jesus. When she got to His feet, that’s exactly what she did. She wasn’t just content to worship at His feet, she was overjoyed.

I would have felt ignored, foolish, and entitled to more. But she knew that the interactions we have with the Lord aren’t in our control, they’re in His. She understood God’s character and His goodness. She trusted that He was using her position (literally!).

Then Jesus, being who He is, not only acknowledged her presence, but recognized her actions and reaffirmed her forgiveness. He did this in front of those who were judging and looking down on her. Her took her from her position at His feet and He elevated her, because she was faithful. You can read the full story in Luke 7:36-50.

To worship is to show adoration. That means that our experience is removed from the equation. Worship isn’t about how God responds to us, it’s about how we respond to Him. When we go into worship with the expectation of a certain outcome, it’s not really worship. It’s when we’re delighted to sit at the feet of Jesus, to simply be in His presence, that worship fulfills its true purpose.


Reflect on and write about these questions today: Does my worship have expectations attached to it? When I worship the Lord, does it come out of a heart of a gratitude or am I looking for something to gain from it? How can I demonstrate my gratitude to God for what He’s done in my life?


For a heart of complete gratitude.

Quinoa Breakfast Bowl

5 minPrep Time

5 minCook Time

10 minTotal Time

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  • 1/2 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1 egg + 1 egg white
  • 1/2 cup kale, spinach, or other greens, torn into small pieces
  • 1/8 teaspoon each salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons sliced avocado (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh salsa (optional)


  1. Heat a skillet over medium heat and spray with non stick spray
  2. Add spinach and cooked quinoa and cook for 1 minute
  3. Crack eggs in a bowl and scramble with salt and pepper
  4. Pour egg mixture into skillet
  5. Cook for 2-3 minutes, stirring consistently, until eggs are cooked
  6. Top with fresh salsa and avocado

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This bowl is such a filling breakfast, and it’s loaded with all the nutrients you need, and nothing you don’t! Featuring tons of protein, healthy fats, and whole grains, this is the new breakfast bowl of your dreams!

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