Blueberry Waffle Batter

Distractions During Prayer & Blueberry Waffles

Jeremiah 33:3 (csb)

Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and incomprehensible things you do not know.

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I become distracted really easily. I have a really difficult time focusing on most of the things I’m doing, including prayer. I used to get really frustrated by this, and I started to think that maybe something was wrong with me. The constant thoughts floating around in my brain while I was supposed to be talking to the Creator of the universe became a source of guilt for me.

A few months ago, I read a devotional in the Bible App, Presence-Filled Prayer: Experiencing God in Prayer, that really changed my outlook and offered me some peace about the distractions I seem to always be facing during my time in prayer.

The First15 author of the devotional writes, “He showed me that maybe these wanderings aren’t so random. Maybe my mind brings to the surface those things that trouble it. Maybe these musings could actually reveal something about myself that goes deeper than what I’m willing to admit – deep enough to unveil a picture of what I truly care about – of what my priorities might be.”

Psalm 139:1 says, “Lord, you have seen what is in my heart. You know all about me” (NIRV). Since God knows more about us than we know ourselves, it makes sense that He would be the one to help us uncover some of our deepest thoughts and desires. Those things we’ve been hiding, avoiding, and trying to pretend don’t exist; God wants to help us uncover them and bring them out into the light.

The devotional author goes on to say, “Rather than scrambling behind my thoughts trying to clean them up, maybe I need to take some time to investigate them with the help of the Holy Spirit. And maybe I have a God who’s good enough to enter into my mess with love and grace, and help put the pieces of my thoughts together to form something beautiful.”

I used to feel embarrassed and ashamed of my constant distracting thoughts during my prayers, but now, I’m interested and intrigued. Having the smartest One in the universe examine my thoughts and help me understand them is pretty exciting; it’s like the best self-help course I could ever attend.

God has a lot of really cool qualities, but one of my personal favorites is His acceptance of us, exactly as we are. We live in a world full of “always-trying-to-measure-up” but still never enough; isn’t it comforting to know that God doesn’t expect that of us? That He’s not only willing to dive into our mess with us, He’s going to lead the way?

Write

Today, spend some time talking to the Lord and keep your journal nearby. Write down all the thoughts that come to your mind during your time in prayer.

Pray

For guidance and understanding in examining your thoughts and desires.

Blueberry Waffles

5 minPrep Time

10 minCook Time

15 minTotal Time

Serves 1•3-4 Mini Waffles

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Ingredients

    Waffles
  • 1/4 cup spelt flour
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened apple sauce
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp pure maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup fresh blueberries
  • dash of salt
  • non-stick spray
  • Glaze
  • 2 tablespoons plain greek yogurt
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Combine egg, almond milk, apple sauce, maple syrup, vanilla extract, and blueberries in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth
  2. In a separate bowl, mix flour and baking soda together
  3. Add the wet mixture to the dry mixture and stir just until combined
  4. Heat waffle maker and spray with non-stick spray
  5. Pour batter into waffle maker and cook until done, about 2-3 minutes
  6. Top with additional blueberries and vanilla glaze
  7. Glaze
  8. Combine ingredients and mix
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Tips & Tools

As always, if you don’t have a waffle maker, this recipe can be used to create delicious pancakes on a griddle or skillet! Be sure to use non-stick cooking spray before spooning the batter onto the hot surface.

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