Lets Have A Muffin And Talk

As I made muffins this afternoon, I was thinking about how many times that I have met with a friend at a coffee shop with a coffee on the table and a muffin in my hand.

There's something about muffins. Especially when they are warm. God bless the people who ask if you want the muffin warmed up when you order one. I have had so many joyful, laughter-filled, serious, heart-to-heart conversations with dear people in my life over coffee and muffins.

So, maybe lets you and I have a conversation today.
Maybe, wherever you are, you can sit with me at my table and have a muffin.
I'll make you coffee, although I can't promise that it will be as perfect as a coffee from your favorite coffee shop.
But come sit with me at my table, I'd love to have you.


If you were at my table today, here is what I'd say...




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Today was slow moving.

My mom was here with me for a few days and today she left. Whenever she visits, its like I get a pep in my step and I go to all these places and check off all of the tasks that I have been putting off for weeks because honestly its just exhausting doing all those things with a toddler to drag along.
But today she left, and it was a reminder that everything was going to fall back to what it was. Slow days, feeling unproductive, getting things done at very limited increments. 


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But then my mom left and my daughter was asleep and I just sat down, and I prayed, and I turned on music, and I worshiped.

I made muffins, because I love making muffins.
And I got a text message that a dear friend of mine was going to come over with her daughter. 

And then I had someone to share my life with, and my muffins.



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The day I described sounds pretty great, doesn't it?
It was.
And at the end of the day, here I am, sitting with you at my table while eating a muffin, understanding why my slow days and my jam-packed days leave me feeling so different.

Can you see it?

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The days where I have someone watching my daughter are great, and much needed! But the shock of a different agenda for the day and a packed-full schedule finds me throwing all of my other priorities out of the window because I'm in a race towards the front door and if my daughter starts crying before I close it behind me, I've lost.

I focus so much on all there is to do and get done that I forget what I need most.
Sometimes thats eating breakfast, but its always spending time in worship with God.

And I've noticed this pattern a lot throughout my life, its shown in different ways and different circumstances, but so often I allow a change in pace or difference in location take precedence to my relationship with Jesus.
A busy day, a move, a circumstantial change, a simple vacation. Even the smallest of things can set my mind off track and have it go a mile a minute.
But God is telling me to rest.
Wait.
Sit.
Stop.
Just for a moment.
Be with Me.


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When busy-ness seems more life-giving than sitting down to read a short paragraph of Scripture and thank God for the day, or having a cup of coffee and a muffin with a friend because they need support - thats when I need to readjust and remind myself that God is my sustainer, the giver of life, my portion, my all in all -  and not tell myself that I have a better and more successful life if my day is packed full with things to do.
Being busy is not a sin, but when we start to place our value of busy-ness over our value of a relationship with Jesus, there is where the sin begins to form.



And you know whats funny? I felt the yearning. I heard the call. 
"Spend time with Me"
"Talk to Me"
"Read about Me"

I don't want to ignore it anymore.

So when my mom left this afternoon, I pulled out my Bible and I read and I prayed, and I rested.
And after a while I got up and I made muffins and shared them with a friend. And we talked about what has happened in our lives this past week and you know what we realized? Last week when we got together we were both feeling pretty low and hopeless, unsure of when God was going to pull us through...this week, today, we got to share how God was giving us both a glimmer of hope, being faithful even in the hard places.

And thats the difference. 
When we allow God to pour into us, we pour His goodness and grace out.
We let God permeate our hearts and He begins to renew our souls.


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So, as you are finishing up eating your muffin, here's what I know.

God is constantly calling us back to Him. We can only truly find rest in Him. When I spend time with Him, everything else that happens during the day isn't as huge anymore, because I feel rested and I feel held, and I feel content.
And a lot of times its hard. Its hard to spend time with God when you feel like He isn't there, or when you feel like you don't know how or what to say. And so we worship, we sing praises to our God. Because its not always about emotion, sometimes we need to sing anyway, even when it hurts, even when everything inside of us feels emotionless, even when every other outside voice screams no.

I want to let my praises fill this temple - my home, my body.
Because He is good.



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So, if you're going to be having a muffin with me, its only fair that I share the recipe with you :)
This recipe is from Against All Grain its dairy free, grain free, and refined sugar free and they are absolutely delicious. Danielle Walker creates amazing recipes fitted for those who have food allergies and sensitiveties, and chronic illnesses. I highly recommend any cookbook from her!
These muffins were delicious and moist, despite being made with almond flour - the recipe asks you to put 2 cups of water into a bake-proof dish and to put that dish in the bottom rack of your oven while the muffins are baking. 
The steam from the water helps these muffins to rise well and stay moist! It makes such a difference!!
I hope you all enjoy eating these muffins with me :)


ORANGE-CRANBERRY MUFFINS

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 eggs at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 2 1/2 cups blanched almond flour
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup palm shortening
  • 1 tablespoon coconut flour
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 1/2 cups whole fresh cranberries

INSTRUCTIONS


  1. Preheat the oven to 350℉
  2.  Place a heatproof dish filled with 2 cups of water on the very bottom rack and position another rack in the center of the oven.
  3.  Place all the ingredients, except the cranberries, in a high-speed blender or food processor in the order listed and blend for 30 seconds. Scrape down the sides, then blend again until very smooth.
  4.  Stir in the cranberries.
  5.  Grease a 12-cup muffin tin or line with paper cups. Spoon the batter into the cups, filling each 2/3 of the way full.
  6.  Place the muffins in the oven on the center rack and bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean.


enjoy :)





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