How do you eat your cereal? (and don’t pretend that there is only one way to eat cereal because I can name at least three)
Growing up, I always ate cereal dry, picking up one piece at a time with my fingers. It wasn’t until college, when Honey Nut Cheerios became my go-to cafeteria dinner, that I learned to put milk in the cereal bowl and eat it with a spoon.
We were all starving, but we were also all in agreement that laundry HAD to be done before we went to supper. After a week of painting, running through the rain, and carrying dusty boxes to get everything ready for camp, we needed to clean our clothes before the laundromat closed. That is why five college girls were sitting on the floor of an outdated laundromat in Columbus, TX.
When I reached into my bag for my journal, I saw the holy grail: five homemade Honey Nut Cereal Bars, squashed and slightly melted. I handed one to each of my companions. Within minutes, our hands were covered in gooey peanut butter, but our stomachs were satiated enough to fold a few more t-shirts.
Saturday evening after supper, I was successfully avoiding real schoolwork.
To begin, I downloaded a bunch of “educational” apps so that I could “review” them for my Educational Technology class (actually I just enjoy playing children’s games). In between trying to create mathematical sentences and type parts of speech, I decided to scroll through my drafts folder.
Lo and behold, I have multiple recipes waiting to be shared. I hope you enjoy National Apple Month with these apple cinnamon bites.
1 1/4 cups flour
3/4 cup oatmeal
2 tbs sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 cup applesauce
1/4 apple, diced
2/3 cup milk
1 tbs lemon juice
2 tsp vanilla extract
extra sugar, for topping
Preheat oven to 450 degrees Fahernheit.
Combine milk and lemon juice. Let sit while completing the next two steps.
In a separate bowl, mix together first seven ingredients (flour, oatmeal, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon)
Stir in applesauce and diced apple.
Add vanilla to milk and lemon juice mixture.
Gradually add wet mixture to dry mixture until completely combined into a sticky dough.
Coat brownie pan and insert with nonstick spray. Evenly spread dough into the pan. Press the insert into the pan.
Bake in preheated oven for 12-15 minutes. Remove from oven.
Set oven to broil. Sprinkle sugar over pan and broil for two minutes.
Today I am taking WIAW back to how I did it week one: showing my daily spiritual and physical food for a whole week. I was convicted last Wednesday morning when I read this statement from the Proverbs 31 Women website: “When I refuse to nourish my spirit with God’s holy Word, I suffer the ill effects of spiritual malnutrition. When I do not have a consistent healthy spiritual diet, it’s difficult to understand spiritual things and to behave in a manner worthy of my calling.”
Last week, my spiritual diet was starved, and I was struggling to show love and grace as a result. Just like I get “hungry-angry” when I don’t have enough physical food, I can get “hangry” without spiritual food. But a healthy diet of spiritual food can help me season my words with grace.
Here is the spiritual nourishment I received this week along with pictures of random afternoon snacks.
Wednesday, October 5, 2016
Spiritual Food: Ephesians 4:1-6
This passage left me wondering, “Do I live up to the life to which God called me? Am I humble, gentle, and patient?” After quickly deciding that I am none of those things, I dedicated my day to humility, gentleness, and patience.
Snack while preparing to present a lesson in my Teaching Bible to Children class: oatmeal in a jar
Thursday, October 6
Spiritual Food: Ephesians 4:1-12
Jesus gives every believer spiritual gifts. Our calling as Christians is to use our spiritual gifts (with humility, gentleness, and patience) to build unity through encouragement and accountability.
Snack at Chick-fil-a with my best friend: “Ice-Dream”
Thursday afternoons with my best friend always provide the relaxing conversation I need.
Friday, October 7
Spiritual Food: Ephesians 4:1-16
As we use our spiritual gifts to build the body, its members will grow in maturity. Rather than being “tossed to and fro” by false teachings, Christians will be conformed to the image of Christ.
Snack at work: Apple and Kind bar
Saturday, October 8
Spiritual Food: Ephesians 4:1-24
Using our gifts to build Christian unity stands in stark contrast to how the world lives. Non-Christians harm themselves and others without feeling shame. Paul reminds the Ephesians to stop living as they lived before they placed their faith in Christ. Now that they are in Christ and maturing, their lives should reflect Christ and be characterized with goodness and holiness.
(Part of my) Snack while taking a mental break to watch the rain: Peanut butter + pumpkin + cinnamon sandwich
Sunday, October 9
Spiritual Food: Ephesians 4:1-32
The Christian is constantly in the process of conforming their life to look more like Christ. Because Christ forgave sinners, we should forgive those around us and “not let the sun set while we are angry.” Additionally, we should change our language to be uplifting to those we encounter.
(Part of my) Snack between church services: Lemon Cream Pie Quest Bar
Monday, October 10
Spiritual Food: Ephesians 5
As we grow to become more like Christ, we should imitate his love. Rather than talking to others with spiteful words (which is so easy for me to do–especially when I am hangry!), we should be “children of light.”
Snack x2: Sheetz Oatmeal Craisin Cookies
Tuesday, October 11
Spiritual Food: Ephesians 6:1-9
Not in the way of eyeservice as men-pleasers; but as servants of Christ doing the will of God
How often do I perform good acts with hopes of being seen by others? Yes, it is good to do these things, but I should be doing them to serve Christ, not to make others see me.
Snack while taking pictures of travel trailers at RV World: Premier Protein Bar
For the sake of authenticity, I must tell you that I only shared one afternoon snack per day. Sometimes, I eat two or three afternoon snacks.
Today for What I Eat Wednesday, I am showing pictures of my meals on Saturday. I wrote the text Saturday morning, and I felt that it gave appropriate “spiritual food for thought” to pair with my comestible activity for the rest of the day.
(hover your mouse over the images to view the captions)
Be anxious for nothing -Philippians 4:6
I seem to quote that verse on a second by second basis, and yet I am so bad at obeying it. I tend to do the opposite and worry about everything.
Right now, it is 4:30 Saturday morning, and this is what I am thinking:
What if I got a failing grade on the speech I gave yesterday?
Will I have enough time to get this assignment done?
What will the cafeteria serve for lunch?
If I swim today, will it give my mind a rest or be too taxing on my muscles?
I told M and K that I would take date-iversary pictures of them this afternoon, but I don’t really know what they want or what their style is.
Did I drink enough water yesterday?
Should I make my WIAW post for Saturday or Monday?
Should I go to the elementary school on Monday to do some prep work for student teaching?
I wonder if I can pick up some extra hours at work this week.
Should I have bought a different type of cake mix to bake for the hall meeting on Tuesday?
Will I pass my licensure tests next month?
Am I prepared to student teach in January?
What am I going to do after graduation?
Am I worrying too much?
I am sure the list could go on for quite a while.
Be anxious for nothing,
But in everything with prayer and supplication
Let your requests be made known unto God.
– Philippians 4:13
I think my problem is that I never really make it past that first line of that verse. I get so worried about not being anxious that I fail to realize that God does not leave me to find my own peace.
God wants me to bring my worries to Him in prayer with thanksgiving. He doesn’t expect me to mitigate my own fears.
…My peace do I leave with you. I do not give it as the world gives. Do not let your heart be troubled or afraid.
– John 14:27
So right now, I am bowing my head in prayer and dedicating myself to a stress-free Saturday. I am going to fervently surrender to God’s grace. Then I will crawl back into bed and rest in God’s peace, eager to embrace His mercies that are new every morning.
Did I spend Saturday completely stress- and worry-free? No. Nonetheless, typing that post did help me put my anxiety into perspective. I must daily hold my life up to the light of eternity and surrender my struggles to God.