You’re going to love today’s breakfast. And Bible. So if you were thinking of skipping it, don’t. Just sayin’.
Today’s featured guest is Wendy Brunner. Wendy has become such a dear friend to me over the past year, as we’ve walked with each other through the process of writing and publishing our books (her Triggers book has changed families forever. For real. I’m not even exaggerating) and helping women overcome their sugar addictions through a 40-day sugar fast. This dear woman has tenderly guided me and cheered me on as I wrote out the message of Full, each chapter written in my life before it made it into the book; she’s my modern-day Jonathan, and our hearts beat together for women to know the surpassing satisfaction found in Christ alone. I’m so thrilled to have her share her Bible and Breakfast with us today.
Fun Breakfast Idea
If you’re looking to mix-up your breakfast rotation, here’s an idea from our guest to fill you up.
I love the concept of Bible and Breakfast, but here in our home on hectic school mornings I often feel like it’s Bible or Breakfast. No time for both what with packing lunches and stuffing backpacks, and getting kids out the door by 7:40am each day.
But that won’t do, a girl needs both her Bible and her breakfast, and her kids do too. So my new routine is to start the family with a protein packed breakfast with a side of Scripture – to get their physical and their spiritual lives working well. But protein can be complicated, and scrambled eggs gets old real fast. One of our family favorites on a school morning is to make French toast out of frozen waffles.
With all those little waffley indentations, the boys get a huge serving of eggs at the start of their day and so do I. As we finish licking our plates I usually read a portion of Proverbs too. Because, you know as well as I do, while French toast may stick to our ribs, God’s Word is the only thing that can ever truly satisfy!
Frozen Waffle French Toast
1 egg for every waffle
nonstick spray for the griddle
a drizzle of maple syrup
side of strawberries
Snack on the Go
In a rush? Today’s snack from our guest today comprised of Scripture alone, but it’s enough to meditate on until you find time to sit down and feast on it later.
Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.
(By the way, I love that Wendy is putting this into practice by feeding her kids Bible and breakfast, because how will our children learn to feast on Scripture unless we lead them into it by modeling it ourselves? Such a beautiful example of putting biblical truth into practice.)
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: Use the words of Psalm 139:23-24 to focus your heart and mind on God as you begin.
Engage the text: Read Deuteronomy 6:4-7. Today’s text is known as the Shema, based on the Hebrew word for “hear,” and it’s recited as part of Jews’ morning and evening prayers. What does verse 6 say about God’s character? How is this different from the polytheistic culture that would have surrounded the Israelites in Canaan? Today’s passage comes on the heels of the 10 commandments, given in chapter 5. How were the Israelites to remember God’s commandments? What were they to do with them, according to verses 6-7? Write down the central command, found in verse 5. According to this verse, what motivates obedience to God’s commands? What is the significance of this threefold love (heart, soul, strength)? What does Jesus say about all the other commandments in Mark 12:29-31? How does Jesus’ quotation of Deuteronomy affirm our greatest responsibility of love toward God and others? According to Paul in 1 Corinthians 13, how does our love for God affect our love for others?
Assess the main idea: In one sentence, write the main idea of this passage.
Spark transformation: How do you love God with all your heart? soul? strength? Write your answers in your journal. Are you holding anything back from God? If strength represents our physical bodies and soul represents our emotions, personality, and thoughts, are you loving God the way He’s asked you to? Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal to you any area of your life that is not completely surrendered to Him in total adoration, and then offer it to Him, asking Him to help you love Him and others as He desires.
Turn to God in worship: We learn what love looks like when we gaze into the beauty of Love Himself, because God is love (1 John 4:8) and Jesus demonstrated love in laying His life down for us. Read 1 Corinthians 13 again, this time replacing the word “love” with the name “Jesus” (e.g., “Jesus is patient.” “Jesus is kind.”) Take your time with this, and allow the words to direct your heart toward Him in worship. Pause after you say each phrase, and call to mind situations in Scripture and in your own life when you’ve experienced the love of God. End your time in worship by thanking the Father for giving us His Son in love so that we would learn how to better love Him and love each other.
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