When Dad Makes Breakfast.

Jesus said to them, “Come and have breakfast.” John 21:12a

I used this verse countless times as a manipulative tactic to get my kids to eat SOMETHING each morning, wielding an emphatic, “That’s why it’s called ‘break – fast’. Get it? ‘Break. The. Fast’?” During my years counseling as a dietitian in private practice, I shared this little bit of Biblical knowledge with those not-so-convinced of the metabolic importance of a morning’s meal.

Alright, so consider me a breakfast Nazi. But stoking the metabolic engine each morning with a healthful meal lends itself to a long list of benefits – weight control being one I particularly appreciate. http://www.webmd.com/diet/many-benefits-breakfast

Following eight-plus years of home education, my youngest daughter now attends a local Christian high school. Well, by golly, one morning, I chose to make her momma’s extra special breakfast. She entered the kitchen to find a steaming plate of homemade, whole wheat pancakes on the table. My smile was met with a sleepy, but honest, “I don’t want pancakes.”

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When she comes downstairs in the morning now, however, Dad can be found scrambling a few eggs for her at the stove. And, wha-la! She eats them.

Was it the food, the chef, or both? Either way, let it be said around my house that Dad makes breakfast.

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And Jesus made breakfast.

Early one morning after a successful catch of fish, the disciples saw a fire of burning coals on the shore with fish on it and some bread.

Jesus said to them, “Come and have breakfast.” John 21:12a

My dietitian eyes can’t help but take notice of the fact that Jesus offered a nourishing meal of rich protein perfectly coupled with complex carbohydrate. No jelly donuts and chocolate milk here. In fact, gazing more closely, I see that there’s more on the breakfast menu than fish and bread.

Jesus offered Himself.

Jesus said to them, “Come and have breakfast.” John 21:12a

Break. The. Fast. Am I doing without the nourishment of His word and wondering why I feel listless and without the energy to face obstacles throughout the day?

~When Dad makes breakfast it reminds me that I am cherished and worth being served.

~When Dad makes breakfast I am offered what my body needs.

~When Dad makes breakfast my soul is nourished.

“When your words came, I ate them; they were my joy and my heart’s delight, 

for I bear your name, O Lord God Almighty.” Jeremiah 15:16

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