Once again, I am sharing my spiritual and physical food by linking up with Jenn (peasandcrayons), Laura (sprint2thetable), Arman (thebigmansworld) and Meghan (cleaneatsfastfeets) for What I Ate Wednesday.
This week, I am showing a full Sunday of eats.
This week, my church elected a new pastor (which means that neither the old pastor nor the new pastor preached). Instead, the president of my college spoke in my church’s Sunday morning service, and he shared a message that he had recently given in a school chapel service. Although I had heard the sermon before, there were some applicable truths. Using Acts 9, he urged the church to be a congregation of “Barnabas”s–Sons of Encouragement. After Saul’s conversion, Christians were still afraid of him. Yet, Barnabas rescued him. Barnabas saw the life change he had experienced and encouraged the disciples in Jerusalem to accept Saul. Later, in chapter 13, Barnabas accompanies Saul on his missionary journeys. This story does more than show us the importance of being an encouragement to others. Each of us need to find a “Barnabas” to hold us accountable and keep us spiritually on track. Even Paul, who is considered a spiritual giant, learned from the humble friendship of Barnabas (compare Acts 15:36-41 and 2 Timothy 4:11).
God does not expect us to live in solidarity; He created companionship and community. Whether it be a family member, friend, teacher, co-worker or fellow-blogger, have someone to regularly encourage you and check your spiritual health.
My Sundays are pretty simple, and this one was no different. I wake up like a normal school day so that I can take my time getting ready.
This week, The Oatmeal Artist’s weekly theme is red. I tried to make a beautiful apple peel rose on my cinnamon peanut butter oatmeal, but I was not too pleased with how it came out.
I snacked my way through the morning: a pumpkin square after my run, another pumpkin square as “dessert” after breakfast, and a graham muffin right before I left for church (with hopes that I would make it through the whole service without getting hungry…it didn’t work 🙂 ).
I ate lunch (stew with rice, grilled vegetables, yogurt with granola, and a super-ripe banana) in the college cafeteria. This isn’t a typical Sunday lunch for me, but I don’t know what a typical Sunday lunch actually is.
Before choir practice, I ate a plate of my mom’s meatloaf, blue potatoes, and butter beans with corn that she sent back to school with me after a quick trip home on Saturday afternoon. Originally, there were red potatoes too, but I got hungry while working on schoolwork, and I ate all of the red potatoes around 2 o’clock.
Dessert was a cereal bar topped with peanut butter because I am classy 🙂 (Side note: I go through about 2 jars of peanut butter a week, so I taste-test a lot of brands. This was my first sampling of Peter Pan Simply Ground. It was good, but it will never compare to The Best Nut Butter I Have Ever Tasted).
For as long as I can remember, I have eaten a bowl of ice cream every Sunday night. Our church had a prayer service tonight instead of our typical worship service, and it went a little late, so I knew that just ice cream was not going to satisfy my hunger. I topped the bowl with peanut butter and protein granola…and then I ate
some a lot more peanut butter and granola (imagine about 4 oz. of peanut butter and 1.5 cups of granola) because I was still hungry. (Side note: don’t try to save money by buying Aldi-brand strawberry yogurt and protein granola [their regular granola is fine, though]. It is worth the extra $2 for Breyer’s and Nature Valley. Trust me. I learned the hard way).
Before bed, I ate an undisclosed number of pumpkin bars. Hint: Pictures don’t always tell the whole story 😊
Questions for you:
- What did your pastor preach about on Sunday?
- What is your favorite nut butter?
- What foods do you always buy name-brand?
- Bonus question: I ate oatmeal at every meal today. Can you find the oatmeal in the supper that I ate before choir practice?