almond pancakes

Anger & Almond Cakes

James 1:20 (erv)

Anger does not help you live the way God wants.

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Yesterday, I came home after a long day. I was tired, hungry, and knew I still had a lot of stuff to get done. I let our dogs outside in our front yard, and we weren’t out there more than 60 seconds before another dog walked by. Our dogs aren’t normal, well-behaved dogs. They’re little monsters. They have a lot to say when there’s another dog on the other side of the fence.

Our girl, Pineapple, likes to run violently up and down the fence, chasing them from the inside. She was running through mud, barking her face off, and I lost my patience. In the meanest, loudest voice I could muster, I screamed her name and took a big step toward her. At that exact moment, she must have been mid-run or off balance, because at the sound of my angry scream, she got startled and somehow injured her leg.

She let out a big cry and started shaking from head to toe. Her ears went back, her tail went down, and she sat down at my feet, whimpering. And immediately, my heart broke into a million pieces. Did I cause this? If I hadn’t yelled at her, would those events have happened the way that they did? Did my scream come at the exact moment that her little paw was bent the wrong way or her leg was pivoting? I’ll probably never know.

But what I do know is that because I let my emotions and temper get out of control, I have to wonder. It may have happened either way, and I would certainly feel bad that’s she hurting, but now I have the added guilt that this event is a direct effect of my anger.

And this made me realize more than ever that anger is an emotion that doesn’t serve us, or enable us to serve others. The moment the incident happened, I forgot that I was angry. The barking, the mud between her toes; none of it mattered.

Please hear me loud and clear when I say that I absolutely do not believe that God punishes us for our thoughts or actions. However, I do believe that He allows us to learn from the things we’re walking through.

Controlling my emotions, especially anger, is something I’ve struggled with for as long as I can remember.  I’ve read books, meditated, prayed; it helps, but it’s never changed me. Today, as I sit here writing this, my girl is spending the day at the vet, in tons of pain, getting poked and x-rayed. And I’m down the street, at the coffee shop, just waiting, because there’s nothing else I can do. That’s the thing about anger; it usually dissipates quickly, and we’re left with the consequences of it.

Sometimes, we have to look our struggles in the face instead of avoiding them in order to grow from them. I wish that face wasn’t my sweet girl’s, but I know that God’s been prompting me to battle this challenge long before this happened, and maybe it just took this event for me to be ready.

Write

What are some of the struggles you face? Spend some time examining them against the Word and then looking at the details of your life to see how God could be prompting you to face them and reflect on them.

Pray

For God’s guidance and leadership in working through the personal challenges you face.

Almond Cakes

5 minPrep Time

5 minCook Time

10 minTotal Time

Serves 3 • 2 Pancakes Per Serving

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 banana
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • non-stick cooking spray

Instructions

  1. Heat electric griddle or skillet over medium heat and spray with non-stick cooking spray
  2. Using a fork, mash banana until smooth
  3. Add eggs and extracts to bowl and mix
  4. Last, add flour and baking powder and mix until smooth
  5. Spoon batter onto hot griddle or skillet and cook for 2 minutes on each side, or until lightly browned
  6. Top with desired toppings
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These guys are a lot more delicate than traditional pancakes, so use caution when flipping them and moving them!

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