Finish Stronger-Lessons from the book of Job

Welcome  We are going to look at the book of Job today, specifically chapter 42, where God helps Job finish strong.  In my mid-life, I am certainly hoping and praying for God to help me finish strong, too.  Our recipe today will help you finish strong, or start strong, whenever you choose to eat it.  We have Baked Omelet Muffins, a healthy make-ahead breakfast, lunch, or snack item that is portable and convenient.  Enjoy your weekend-I will see you on Monday.  Disclaimer-I may receive compensation for affiliate links or advertisements seen on this blog post.  See my terms and disclosure page for further information.

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I’m sure Job felt he was losing an uphill battle, but by keeping his faith in God, he was able to finish his life STRONG (Job ch.42.)

Food For Thought  I read the book of Job earlier this year, when I was struggling and thought I was suffering and dealing with trials.  The book of Job is a book that definitely talks about trials and suffering, but there’s so much more to learn when we look closely.  For starters, the book reminds us that no one is spared from struggles in this life.  Job was an upright and blameless man (1:1), yet God allowed him to be tested again and again.  I am far from being described as upright and blameless, so why should I think that I am so much better, that I won’t have to deal with difficulties here on earth.  Another key detail is Job’s integrity.  Integrity is defined as being honest with strong moral principles.  Trial after trial, Job’s friends and family came to him and questioned how he could still honor God and maintain his morals and beliefs.  His wife even told him, very early in the story, to “curse God and die!” (2:9-10-all I can think there is, ‘gee, thanks honey,’ sheesh!)  But Job did not lose his integrity and he did not blame God for his trials.  He rambled, he cried, he complained, he was miserable, and he did beg to die, but he did not speak wickedness or deceit and did not give up his integrity (27:4-6.)  I have suffered FAR less than Job, but have I proven my integrity?  During my struggles, have I blamed God or cursed His name? When chaos and turmoil have entered my door, did I remain faithful and upright?  Only God and I know the answers to these questions, but it is something I have started to think about a lot more during the past year-how do I handle myself during the storms of life?

But there is hope on the other side of the struggle.  I cannot comprehend the extent of Job’s losses. He dealt with so many more things than I have, but his story gives me hope.  I know others that seem to live a life similar to Job.  Suffering and loss seem to be the sum of their existence, and undeserved at that!  Maybe they can have hope too.  We all want to question God’s purpose in these times of trial, and the answer may never be made obvious to us and we may never understand (42:3.)  But like in the book of Job, there is an epilogue to our life.  Chapter 42 brings much hope and enlightenment to Job and his friends and family.  Job remained faithful through it all, which was fortunate for his friends, spared because of Job’s prayer (42:7-9.)  And then, after going through all the “big stuff,” God helped Job finish stronger (42:10-17.)  His life was even more blessed than before. I thank God today that I have been spared “the big stuff-” I have my health, my family, financial stability, and live with peace and freedom.  I pray that I will remain faithful, through all seasons of life, and maybe God will hear my prayers and bless the latter part of my life even more than the first.  Amen!

Today’s Scriptures  I really recommend reading the entire book of Job, to get the full context of the story, but it is a long book.  I read the entire book over several days.  I especially love chapter 42-it’s the “happy ending” Job deserved.  However, reading the entire book gives a better understanding.  My key verses today are 42:10-17.  I underlined words that emphasize the “finish stronger” theme.

“After Job had prayed for his friends, the Lord made him prosperous again and gave him twice as much as he had before.  All his brothers and sisters and everyone who had known him before came and ate with him in his house.  They comforted and consoled him over all the trouble the had brought upon him, and each one gave him a piece of silver and a gold ring.  The Lord blessed the latter part of Job’s life more than the first.  He had fourteen thousand sheep, six thousand camels, a thousand yoke of oxen and a thousand donkeys.  And he also had seven sons and three daughters.  The first daughter he named Jemimah, the second Keziah and the third Keren-Happuch.  Nowhere in all the land were there found women as beautiful as Job’s daughters, and their father granted them an inheritance along with their brothers.  After this, Job lived a hundred and forty years; he saw his children and their children to the fourth generation.  And so he died, old and full of years.

Today’s Recipe  Baked Omelet Muffins  I’m a fan of breakfast (being a fan of food in general, no surprise there) and I choose to eat breakfast every day.  When I was a full-time working mom, I did not have time every morning to prepare a hot breakfast.  Cold cereal, oatmeal, and granola bars did the trick most of the time, but sometimes I wanted a little more.  Discovering portable breakfasts was an amazing thing!  A portable breakfast usually came in the form of a muffin cup, either baked oatmeal or these omelet muffins.  The great thing about omelet muffins is you can vary the ingredients by what you have on hand or what flavors you like the best.  There are probably a million recipes on Pinterest for some type of egg muffin, but here is the way I prepare mine, always incorporating some fresh vegetables for boosted nutrition.  I liked preparing these on a Sunday afternoon, then placing the cooled muffins in a large zip-top bag in the refrigerator to have for breakfast all week long.  The muffins can be eaten cold, but I usually wrapped mine in a paper towel and microwaved for 20-30 seconds.

Baked Omelet Muffins
A healthy portable breakfast full of protein and vegetables.

Baked Omelet Muffins

  • 8 oz. breakfast sausage (ham or bacon also works here, or you can omit the meat)
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 cup bell pepper, diced
  • 1 cup zucchini, diced
  • 16 oz carton of “All Whites” or other liquid egg whites
  • 2 whole eggs
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 cup shredded cheese
  • cooking spray

Heat oven to 350 degrees; spray muffin pan with cooking spray.  Brown sausage in large nonstick skillet, breaking up to crumble.  When cooked through, add vegetables to pan, stirring in with sausage bits (my sausage is very lean, so it leaves almost no drippings in the pan, but drain off the grease if you need to); continue to cook about 7 minutes, or until vegetables are tender and golden.  Set aside to cool.  In large bowl, whisk together egg whites, whole eggs, pepper, and salt.  Add milk and flour, whisking until combined, it will be very thin.  Stir in meat and vegetable mixture and cheese.   Fill each muffin cup with batter-you can fill them full and make 12 large egg muffins or use less in each cup and end up with 18 smaller muffins.  I like my muffins big, so I fill them full, and then place the muffin pan on a baking sheet so egg doesn’t spill in the oven.  Bake 24-28 minutes, depending on the size you are going with; eggs will be completely set when done; however, they will not look “golden brown” because we used mostly egg whites.  Cool in pan about 5 minutes, then remove egg muffins to a cooling rack.  Eat while warm, or let cool completely and place in zip-top bag in refrigerator.  Baked Omelet Muffins will keep for 5-6 days in refrigerator, but they also can go in the freezer.

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