Hope Is Alive Today

I've decided that it would be appropriate for me to call this month of March, Muffin Madness.

I had some yummy blueberries that needed to be used up, so I've got a healthy breakfast muffin for you, and I wanted to share with you all something that a friend said a few days ago while praying for my husband and I. His words have been mulling around in my brain ever since, and I think was he said will stay in my heart forever. This post is really just my thoughts in response to what our friend said to us, and I really needed to hear these words more than anything.  - 


That when Jesus was put to death on the cross, his family, friends, and disciples were disappointed and discouraged. They thought that they weren’t going to see the other side. What they had put their hope in, wasn’t what they thought it was going to be. How could The Messiah, The Savior of the World, die on the cross? They didn’t get their miracle.



But we know what happens.

Three days later He rose. He was alive. He is alive. He is alive right now.

And so hope is alive. Because He is alive.
We have hope because Jesus defeated death.


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I don’t know where you are right now, but I think we all know that the waiting is hard.
The suffering, the pain, the confusion..it’s hard.

Maybe you’ve waited too long for something and there is no end in sight, or maybe you’ve been stuck in your situation for so long that you don’t even know what a regular life looks like, maybe you’ve felt so lost that you don’t think anybody sees you anymore or that anyone even cares.

I can’t say when or how God is going to redeem your situation but I can say with confidence that He is. I’m confident that He is actually doing it right now as I type. Because God is not passive, He is not selfish, and He is not careless. He is actively pursuing our hearts at every moment, bringing us closer to Him with every step we take even when it’s in the trenches. He goes deep down in the valley with us, would go to the ends of the earth just to be with us. He cares about every moment of your life and loves you an unfathomable amount.

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3 days later Jesus walked out of the tomb and revealed himself to his disciples and they didn’t even recognize him. And you know what I think? I think that the disciples didn’t recognize Jesus right away because they lost hope. The waiting is a battlefield and they let it win in their hearts. They saw Jesus die on the cross and they believed it was the end, the hope that they had was lost. But that’s not the story! He is alive!


And I know that you and me do the same. We let the unanswered prayer, the length of our situation, and the deafening silence tell us that there is no hope of deliverance.
But we have an advantage that the disciples didn’t - we know how the story ends. We know that Jesus rose from the grave and conquered death. We know that He is seated at the right hand of God and has washed our sins clean through his perfect sacrifice. We know that because of the resurrection we now live with the Holy Spirit inside of us, we have hope inside of us because we have Jesus inside of us.

We can have hope knowing that God is the redeemer of all things. And I know that when we look back on times in our life we will see that things didn’t turn out the way we planned, but it actually turned out better.


His ways are so much better.


I want to live in confidence knowing that hope for every day and every situation is tangible. And it’s all because of Jesus.


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As we are getting closer to Easter, I pray that this same hope would well up in me and pour out onto everything that seems hopeless or confusing or frustrating. I pray that with each day we would all feel drawn near to Jesus through our realization of the greatest sacrifice that He has given for us. We can know Him, we can be near to Him, we can talk to Him.

Maybe you can even have a muffin with Him too :)



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BLUEBERRY OATMEAL BREAKFAST MUFFINS

Ingredients:



  • 1 cup (8 ounces) plain Greek yogurt
  •  1/4 cup milk
  •  1 large egg
  •  1 teaspoon vanilla
  •  1/3 cup honey
  •  1 cup (3.5 ounces) old-fashioned rolled oats
  •  3/4 cup (3.75 ounces) whole wheat flour (I use white whole wheat flour)
  •  1 teaspoon baking powder
  •  1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  •  1/4 teaspoon cinnamon (optional)
  •  1/4 teaspoon salt
  •  1 to 2 cups blueberries or chocolate chips
  •  4 tablespoons butter or coconut oil, melted


Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Line a 12-cup muffin tin with liners or grease with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl or liquid measuring cup, whisk together the yogurt, milk, egg, vanilla, and honey.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together the oats, flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Add the blueberries or chocolate chips and toss to combine.
  4. Add the yogurt mixture and the melted butter or coconut oil to the dry ingredients, and stir until just combined (don't over mix or the muffins might be dense).
  5. Portion the batter evenly among the muffin cups. Bake for 14-17 minutes until the tops spring back lightly to the touch.
  6. Let the muffins cool for a few minutes in the tin and then remove them to a cooling rack to cool completely. These muffins freeze very well or keep at room temperature for a few days (well-covered in a tupper-ware or bag).





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