Today I’m thrilled to introduce you to Amy Kratzer. Many of you already know her, but for those of you who don’t, she is the founder of Girl Set Free, an ethical lifestyle brand dedicated to abolishing human trafficking and injustice around the world. And their online shop and website is launching November 1! Woo-hoo!
But not only is Amy a super-smart online entrepreneur with heart, she’s also a very dear in-real-life friend. We’ve laughed together and cried together, prayed together and worshiped together. She’s the real deal, y’all.
So after today’s Bible and Breakfast, make sure you head over to visit Girl Set Free on Facebook to follow the countdown to their grand opening (and give her some encouragement and prayers!). You’ll also find sneak peeks and giveaways over the next three days to end with a fabulous Facebook party. How fun!
Fun Breakfast Idea
If you’re looking to mix-up your breakfast rotation, here’s an idea from our guest to fill you up.
My favorite breakfast is a farm fresh egg just under medium well on a toasted slice of Ezekiel sprouted whole grain bread with havarti cheese and fresh avocado. It’s packed full of nutrients and I have found this to be the best energy breakfast for those long work days. If I need a quick breakfast to go, I blend frozen strawberries, a banana, chai seeds, 12 oz almond milk and a scoop of vegan strawberry Shakeology.
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.
I remember making my youngest daughter breakfast when she was six years old. When I called her to the table, she didn’t come. When I turned the corner to make sure she heard me, I found her standing in the living room, swaying back and forth with her hands up and eyes closed as she fully engaged with her Abba Father to the praise music I had playing. She was worshipping him in full abandon and I will never forget that moment.
I’ve been in a season of sorrow and healing and seemed to have lost some joy along the way. I didn’t even realize this until recent. I was gently reminded by my sweet girl (who is now 19) that joy comes in the morning. When I joyfully sing of my Saviors lovingkindness, joy fills my heart and I’m reminded that He has always been my strength.
A passage that has been speaking to me recently is Psalm 59:16:
But as for me, I shall sing of Your strength; Yes, I shall joyfully sing of Your lovingkindness in the morning, For You have been my stronghold And a refuge in the day of my distress.
He rescued me, redeemed me and set me free. When I rise, I will sing of His lovingkindness. May thankfulness be on my lips and worship in my heart the moment I wake.
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 quiet your mind and your heart to focus on Him.
Engage the text: Read Psalm 59. Write down any observations that immediately come to mind. Read the superscript (the italics before verse 1). What were the circumstances surrounding this psalm? If you’re using a study Bible, you may notice a cross-reference to 1 Samuel 19. Turn there and read that chapter to understand the context. In 1-2 sentences, summarize what happened. Psalm 59 was written probably around the circumstances surrounding 1 Samuel 19:11. What does this psalm say about the way David responded to life-threatening events? How did he handle fear? How did he grapple with uncertainty? What do verses 9 and 16 say about the state of David’s heart during this tumultuous time in his life? What attributes of God does David find comfort in during this time (see verses 16-17 especially)? Was God faithful to protect David? Review 1 Samuel 19:18-24 and describe God’s deliverance.
Assess the main idea: Write out the main idea of this passage in a single sentence. What do this story and the psalm together say about God’s faithfulness in the midst of life’s difficult circumstances? Make the main idea precise, concise, and memorable.
Spark transformation: What is going on in your life right now that makes you want to run and hide? Read through Psalm 59 once more, this time personalizing it to your situation in life.
Turn to God in worship: The first half of this psalm is predominantly a prayer and the second half is predominantly an assurance of God’s deliverance. As you pray this psalm to God, bow down to Him in worship, entrusting your life and all the details of your circumstances to Him, and declaring your trust in His deliverance.