Banana Bagel Smash Recipe

January 4 – God Provides & Banana Bagel Smash

Genesis 1:29 (nirv)

Then God said, “I am giving you every plant on the face of the whole earth that produces its own seeds. I am giving you every tree that has fruit with seeds in it. All of them will be given to you for food.”


Right before this verse, in Genesis 1:26-27, God made the very first humans. As far as we know, He was a newbie at this whole “giving life” thing; it was His first time. So He was probably a little confused on how to take care of us and what we needed, right? It sounds silly to say that, doesn’t it? Of course God knew exactly what we needed before we were ever created! So why do so many of us walk around in fear that He doesn’t?

This verse reminds me that before Adam and Eve even had a second to rub their eyes, look around, and take it all in, God provided them with food; the only thing they really needed at the time, other than a relationship with Him and each other. In fact, in Genesis 1:11, 3 days before the first human was made from the dust, we can see God start to prepare for our arrival by creating plants with seeds in them – the same plants that He lovingly and willingly gave Adam and Eve (and ultimately, all of us) in today’s scripture.

I think the seeds in these plants are a key part of God’s gift. He could have easily cooked up a hot meal; maybe an unlimited breakfast buffet? But he chose to give us plants with seeds, because those seeds will continue to grow new plants; providing new food. 

Before we even knew we needed food to eat, God gave us a lasting solution. He provided what we didn’t know we needed without our request. We didn’t have to beg Him, we didn’t even have to remind Him. That’s who God is. 

I often function under the lie that God doesn’t know what I need, that if I forget to pray for something, or if my prayers aren’t sincere enough, He won’t provide. While it’s easy to get caught up in anticipating and planning for our needs, it’s even easier to allow God to handle them. Genesis 1:29 is the first time, but definitely not the last, that God provides us with proof that we can trust Him. That takes a lot of pressure off of us, doesn’t it?

The verses in Matthew 6 about worry are quoted and taught over and over again. “I tell you, do not worry. Don’t worry about your life and what you will eat or drink. And don’t worry about your body and what you will wear. Isn’t there more important things for the body than clothes?” (v. 25) I think this is Jesus reminding us of what God already proved long ago, in Genesis 1:29. 

Matthew 6:31 goes on to say “So don’t worry. Don’t say, ‘What will we eat?’ Or, ‘What will we drink?’ Or, ‘What will we wear?’. This truth provides us with the freedom of knowing that our needs are met. It allows us to live boldly, knowing that we’re provided for. And it allows us to live faithfully, knowing that God is the one who provides because of who He is and the way He cares for us.


In his book 2 Chairs, Bob Beaudine shares 3 questions that we can ask ourselves about any worry or situation we’re facing: Does God know my situation? Is it too hard for Him to handle? Does He have a good plan for me? 

In your journal, create a list of things or situations that bring you worry. Next to each item, answer those questions. Do this as much and as often as necessary. 


For God’s peace over the things you listed in your journal today.

Banana Bagel Smash

5 minPrep Time

5 minCook Time

10 minTotal Time

Serves 1 Bagel

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  • 1 bagel of choice, sliced in half
  • 1 medium banana
  • 1 tablespoon creamy peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil


  1. Heat skillet over medium heat and add coconut oil
  2. Slice banana into thick pieces
  3. Place banana into skillet and cook for 2 minutes on each side, or until carmelized
  4. Toast bagel to desired level
  5. Spread peanut butter on both sides of bagel and top with banana slices
  6. Smash bagel back together to create a gooey fried banana sandwich

Tips & Tools

You can use any flavor or brand of bagel that you’d like, but if you’re looking for suggestions, Dave’s Killer Bread Boomin Berry Bagels are a favorite in our house! I typically buy these at Sprouts, but I’ve found their most affordable at Walmart. You can follow the link for your local Dave’s Killer Bread retailers! These bagels can be stored in the freezer until you’re ready to use them again. As long as they’re sealed tightly, they hold up really well!

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  • Reply Carie Sauders January 4, 2019 at 1:12 pm I'm having a lot of "ah ha" moments with these devotionals. Today it occurred to me that I've wondered why God created us to require nourishment in the form of water and food. Why did he create us to just be able to live without consuming food? I am reminded of the verses "That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life - whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn't life more than food, and your body more than clothing? Look at the birds. They don't plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren't you far more valuable to him than they are? …….. So don't worry about these things, saying, "What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear? These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your Heavenly Father already knows all your needs." Matthew 6:25-32 He gave us the need for physical sustenance to remind us of our need of spiritual sustenance. It is a daily reminder that all things come through Him and Him alone. I am so grateful! Thank you for this today :)
    • Reply Olivia Grist January 8, 2019 at 3:43 pm Now I'm having AHA moments; such a cool way to look at it, and a really great representation for those "invisible" spiritual needs!

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