What is the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning? Start planning your day? Look at your phone? Check calendar items? I can say I do all three but not before thanking God for waking me up and reading and reflecting on my daily devotion. These quiet and motionless moments alone with God remind me of how precious my relationship is with HIM. It focuses me to be intentional and work on always being near HIM.
As my day begins to be clouded with planning or my mind is racing, I am reminded that I can go to HIM and ask HIM to slow me down. I can have a conversation with HIM to help me refocus. Continual conversation and praising are just two ways that help me stay in communication with God. Some other ways are:
- Rely on HIS word-keep your favorite scriptures nearby. Print them and put them in strategic places and you can be reminded HE is there always.
- Write down your God-incidents and turn to them when you need reassurance during rough times.
- Share it with someone-when God has touched you in a special way tell someone or email or sms them so they can share in your joy.
- Listen to Christian Music-one of my favorite ways. God speaks through lyrics too!
- Be reminded of HIM in everyday tasks-It can be easy to go through the whole day without talking or thinking about God. Every time you brush your teeth, drive, take the trash out or talk to a family member use the time to reconnect with God.
Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
—1 Peter 5:6–7
This is a yummy alternative to traditional oat granola. I served this with Maple Chia Pots, https://themustardseedfoodfaithfeast.com/2016/07/10/maple-chia-pots/ and Homemade Yogurt (coming soon)
- 1 1/2 cups unsweetened coconut flakes
- 3/4 cups sliced almonds
- 1/2 cup shelled raw pumpkin seeds (pepitas)
- 1/4 cup sesame seeds
- 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
- 1 tablespoons chia seeds
- 1/3 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 2 dashed ground cardamom
- 1 1/2 T maple syrup
- 1 1/2 T coconut oil
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 300°F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Put ingredients, coconut flakes through cardamom in a medium bowl.
- Slowly heat syrup, oil and vanilla in a small pot over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until hot and easily pourable, about 1 minute.
- Pour over coconut mixture in bowl and combine. Spread mixture evenly on prepared baking sheet and bake. Turn once halfway through and cook until it is golden-brown and crisp, about 25 minutes.
Makes 3 Cups