It’s truly amazing how God blesses us even when we feel undeserving of it. Really, He’s blessing us all day every day, but we notice it most when we’re broken and fully dependent on Him. Just recently, my car was hit while parked on the street and totaled. I had no idea what really happened until five days later when I finally got in touch with the cop who left a note on my car. At first, I was really stressed out because I wasn’t paying comprehensive coverage on my car and definitely didn’t have any money to fix it or get a new one.

In a situation that may seem unfortunate, God will always bring blessing.

If I was not so confident in the Lord, my loving Heavenly Father, it’s possible that the people around me could have left me wavering, unsure if He would provide. But I knew. There was a point, before I knew if the person that hit my car had insurance, that I started planning ahead and looking for a new car. My friends would say, “don’t get too ahead of yourself, you don’t know what’s going to happen.” There is some wisdom to that, but at the same time I had such faith in the Lord knowing He was going to provide for me and that what others may see as unfortunate was actually a blessing in disguise.

We tend to forget that God is good and only that. Even before I found out that the person who hit me had insurance, I was declaring that no matter the circumstance, God would bring goodness out of it. In a situation that may seem unfortunate, God will always bring blessing. It just may not be in the shape or form that we want it to be in.

God did provide me with a new car and I am extremely grateful. I’m so thankful for a Provider that takes care of me for no reason other than love.He blessed me greatly a year and a half ago when I moved to Lancaster, PA all the way from Washington State. I’ve been grafted into an amazing community here and have been submerged into a food culture that I’m still getting used to. I remember the first time I tried baked oatmeal, for instance. I had no idea people baked the stuff! Growing up in Washington we boiled milk and oats and just like that you had a filling, but boring, breakfast. I will never make oatmeal like that again.

Which leads me to today’s recipe: Peanut Apricot Baked Oatmeal. Welcome to Amish Country.
*Note: You can eat this in a bowl served with milk/yogurt or cut them and eat as bars.

Peanut Apricot Baked Oatmeal

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By Casey Campbell Published: June 23, 2013

    It's truly amazing how God blesses us even when we feel undeserving of it. Really, He's blessing us all day every day, but we notice …

    Ingredients

    Instructions

    1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 8x8'” square pan
    2. In a small saucepan melt the butter. Combine the rolled oats, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt in a medium bowl.
    3. Add in the eggs, milk, vanilla, honey and butter.
    4. Stir in the peanut butter and dried fruit.
    5. Bake for 30-35 minutes. Let cool completely before cutting if eating as bars or serve warm with yogurt or milk.

      Casey Campbell is a professional baker/pastry chef in the heart of Lancaster, PA. She is passionate about bringing people together through a nourishing meal and using her talents to share the gospel. For her, the kitchen is a place of worship and prayer.