Gluten Free Pancakes

Freedom in Christ & Banana Pancakes

Galatians 5:1 (niv)

It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.

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Another term for the word slavery is bondage. Do you consider yourself in bondage? I didn’t either, until I started to look more closely at my daily activities and behaviors, and I have to be honest, they don’t exactly give off the image of someone that’s living in complete freedom.

When most people think of slavery, physical bondage is the first thing that comes to mind. In some tragic situations that’s exactly what it is, but in 2019, for must of us, slavery is much more about mental bondage. We’re imprisoned by our lifestyles and culture, and our false beliefs about our identities are what keep us there.

Being 4’10’’, it’s always been slightly difficult to dress myself in appropriate clothing. Of course the kids clothes fit, but I’m left wearing a shirt with an owl on it that says “Whoot Ever”. The adult clothes are more my style, but I look like the kid who’s wearing her mom’s outfit. The struggle is oh so real. One day I realized that I could follow fashion bloggers on Instagram who also struggled with this problem, and they would show me where to find clothes that were made for me. Before I knew it, my feed was filled with gorgeous bloggers and their perfectly posed pictures: Starbucks in one hand, looking off camera, laughing at the empty air.

They all looked so beautiful and put together, so I started to study them. At first, it was just their outfits. But then I started to look at the color and style of their hair, their nails, their houses pictured in the backgrounds, their cars… their lives. And I started to think that I needed to embody more of those things.

One day, my husband and I were out shooting content photos for the following week. I came home and checked out my Instagram explore page, and was pretty excited to see that the photos we had just taken looked really similar to so many of the ladies I admired. But then I realized how similar my photos looked to so many ladies. My images were a shell of who I am, at best.

It sounds like a silly thing to be in bondage to; social media. But anything that takes away our freedoms, physically or mentally, is in fact slavery. And that bondage goes so much deeper and wider than social media. So many of the things in our lives take away our freedoms; money, jobs, purchases, financial security, unhealthy relationships, food, etc.

Freedom comes from only one thing; knowing our true identities in Christ. When we know who we are, we stop looking for our identities and purpose in other things. And once we stop giving those things so much power, we’re free to enjoy them without selling our souls to them. Or, we’re free to realize that we don’t enjoy them and happily walk away from them.

If we don’t find our true identities in Christ, even the good things in our lives have the potential to hinder our freedom. Have you ever lost yourself in a relationship? Or given everything to your job, only to cry yourself to sleep at night? What about when you set a goal and work hard all year, but feel empty as soon as you reach it? The things we’re trying to find our identities in can’t stand the weight of the pressure we’re putting on them; because they were never meant to.

Write

What are some of the things in your life that are enslaving you? Why do you think they’ve become a prison cell? What steps can you take to regain the freedom that you have in and through Christ?

Pray

For an identity that’s deeply rooted in Christ alone.

Banana Pancakes

3 minPrep Time

5 minCook Time

8 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • non-stick cooking spray
  • Maple syrup (optional)

Instructions

  1. Heat a griddle or skillet over medium heat and spray with non-stick cooking spray
  2. In a bowl, mash bananas with a potato masher or a fork
  3. Add in remaining ingredients and mix until combined
  4. Spoon batter onto skillet and cook for 2 minutes on each side
  5. Try to only flip these one time as they are slightly fragile
  6. Serve with additional bananas and maple syrup if desired
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These pancakes are so easy, and naturally sweet without any added sugar – although you can always use maple syrup if you want! They’re also gluten-free, dairy free, and almost actually free because the ingredients are so affordable! Before you ask, I actually haven’t tried these in the Dash waffle maker, so I’m not sure if they would hold up as waffles or not – but they definitely make great pancakes!

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