Happy Friday! How has your week been? We’re three weeks in and have just 10 days to go. How are you doing with the challenge?
Today I’m thrilled to be joined by my dear friend Kate Motaung. Kate and I met almost three years ago in the wonderful Five Minute Friday community, which she now hosts. That means that every week she invites dozens of writers to free-write for five minutes on a prompt she provides, and then link up their blogs and encourage other writers who have linked before and after them. I can’t tell you what an incredible community this is. If you’re new to blogging or feel lonely in this big online world, please go check out the FMF crew. I’ve made some of my first and closest online friends there, and they have continued to be my biggest cheerleaders as I prepare to launch Full into the world. And Kate, in particular, has become such a dear friend to me. I’m so happy to have her here with us today.
Shall we dig in?
Fun Breakfast Idea
If you’re looking to mix-up your breakfast rotation, here’s an idea from our guest to fill you up.
If I were honest about my favorite breakfast, I would name something like chocolate chip pancakes or Belgian waffles … but since we’re aiming for somewhat healthy here, I think I’ll go with Egg-in-a-Hole. (Okay, it’s not super healthy, but at least it includes some protein, right?)
I first learned about Egg-in-a-Hole from The Pioneer Woman’s website, and it’s been a hit in our house ever since! (Asheritah’s note: we call these egg-in-a-basket, and I just had to laugh out loud at The Pioneer Woman’s diatribe on this very topic. Do you make these? If so, what do you call them?)
Snack on the Go
In a rush? The short devotional from our guest is a “spiritual snack” to keep you going until you find time to sit down and feast on Scripture.
One passage that the Lord has been impressing upon me in recent weeks has been Proverbs 3:5-6:
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.
God has been teaching me about the wonderful freedom that comes with trusting in Him and not leaning on our own understanding. It’s a hard practice, but it can bring such peace!
FEAST at the Table
If you have more time to linger at the breakfast table, open your Bible with me and let’s dig into God’s Word using the FEAST method.
Focus on God: Begin by asking God to help you read this passage with fresh eyes and to see His beauty in the text.
Engage the text: Read Proverbs 3:5-6. Write out these verses in your journal. What word is repeated? Underline in. Number the three directives given in this passage. How are all three related? How are they different? Look up the original Hebrew for the word “acknowledge.” Did you know this word yada is the same Hebrew word used for sexual intimacy in marriage? How do the meanings relate? What does it mean to “acknowledge” God in all our ways? (For my thoughts on this correlation, skip down to #5 in this article.) What does the writer say God will do when we trust Him, lean on Him, and acknowledge Him? What does this passage reveal about God’s character?
Assess the main idea: Summarize the main idea of the passage in a single sentence.
Spark transformation: Is there a situation in your life that you need to entrust to God? In what ways can you acknowledge Him in your daily activities?
Turn to God in worship: This Proverb tells us that we should be seeking a personal, intimate relationship with God, getting to know Him deeply in everything we do each day. That the Creator of the world would invite us to know Him at such a deep level is humbling and thrilling. Take time today not just to thank Him for this privilege, but also to draw near to Him, quieting your heart and mind to simply enjoy His presence and asking Him for a deepening relationship with Him.