Espresso Pancake Recipe

Be Still or Fight & Hipster Pancakes

Psalm 46:10 (erv)

God says, “Stop fighting and know that I am God! I am the one who defeats the nations. I am the one who controls the world.”


This verse is and always has been a challenge for me. In fact, it causes me to look at everything I’ve done in life – the decisions and choices I’ve made – and wonder if I should have been fighting or resting. And I’ve spent countless hours trying to determine how to know the difference.

Because there’s plenty of scripture that does encourage us to fight. 1 Timothy 1:18 tells us to “fight the good fight of faith.” And Jude 1:3 says, “I want to encourage you to fight hard for the faith that God gave his holy people.”

So what’s the difference between these commands? How do we know whether to spring into action or take a back seat and wait for God? I’d be lying if I said that I totally understand this, or that I’m following these commands perfectly (or at all most days), but I did spend a lot of time examining and praying over this verse to reach a better understanding of it, and I do feel like through that meditation, I’ve gained some deeper insight.

God says, “Stop fighting and know that I am God!” I think one of the first indicators of a time to stop fighting is when you don’t know that God is God. What I mean by that is that we all tend to “play God” or step on His toes from time to time; from the first sin by Adam and Eve, humans have had the desire to look across at God instead of up at Him. When we forget that God is God, and we are not, we spring into action mode. Without the proper perspective on that, any change or loss of control usually causes us to twist and manipulate in an effort to get it back. We try to fight battles that were never ours to fight.

On the flip side, when we’re fighting with God, in the name of faith, it’s completely different. The other 2 scriptures I referenced both indicate the need to fight for faith. When we’re doing that, God is leading the charge, but we’re called to be His soldiers, and that requires us to fight with grit and determination.

Like most things, this isn’t a simple, one-size-fits-all command. It requires us to look inward, at our hearts, our motives, and the desires that are driving our emotions. If you’re like me (and apparently the Pharisees) and you love a black and white checklist of “do-this-not-that” tasks, you’re out of luck. But the good news is this; the One who knows your heart and your motives wants to help you see what He sees. He helps us to understand when to fight and when to be still. And whether we’re fighting or resting, He’ll be there alongside us. Because even if we’re fighting, we’re never fighting along, and when we’re resting, we’re resting in Him and His desire to handle all things.


Do you find it difficult to determine whether the Lord is asking you to fight or to be still? What are some situations you’ve experienced recently where you had to decide between the two? Spend some reflecting on those situations and using them as a springboard for a conversation with God about how you handled them, and what you might do differently in the future.


For guidance in understanding when to rest and be still, and when to fight.

Hipster Pancakes

2 minPrep Time

2 minCook Time

4 minTotal Time

Serves 1

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  • 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sweetener or syrup/honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon espresso powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • Whipped cream (optional)


  1. In a bowl, combine egg, applesauce, almond milk, sweetener, and vanilla and mix
  2. Add remaining ingredients to the bowl and mix until combined
  3. Pour batter into a mason jar and microwave for 90 seconds
  4. Use caution when removing mason jar from microwave - it gets hot
  5. Top with whipped cream (optional)

Tips & Tools

I made this pancake in the bigger mason jar when cooking it, but then transferred it to the smaller one to eat from. You’ll want to allow more space for it while cooking because it rises quite a bit while in the microwave. The nutrition information for this recipe does not include the whipped cream. I used the Reddi-wip Almond Milk whipped cream in my serving.

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