Honey Protein Pancakes

Giving to God & Honey Protein Pancakes

Malachi 3:10 (nirv)

“Bring the entire tenth to the storerooms in my temple. Then there will be plenty of food. Put me to the test,” says the Lord. “Then you will see that I will throw open the windows of heaven. I will pour out so many blessings that you will not have enough room for them.

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A few years ago, our home church in Columbus, Five14 Church, started a giving campaign to get the necessary funds to build their very own church campus. I distinctly remember sitting in the fold-up chairs that morning, wishing I had slept in or made an elaborate breakfast instead of getting ready and attending a sales pitch. But over the course of that hour, something changed in my heart and my husband and I both walked away from that service ready to start tithing.

Prior to that, we dropped whatever cash and coins we had in the buckets each week, and we saved our $20s for the Christmas and Easter services. I had never really learned what the Bible said about tithing, or it’s purpose. I honestly thought that the pastors stood on the stage each week and talked about giving in an effort to earn more money for the church.

In part, that’s true – everything requires funding and financing – so the church definitely does use the money they receive to continue their mission and message. But as Christians, when we tithe, we’re giving our money to God, not the church. What He chooses to do with it isn’t part of the transaction.

God calls us to trust Him with what He’s already given us. It’s funny when you say it that way, isn’t it? We all struggle to trust God with the things He’s already gifted to us; our health, our relationships, our families, our plans, – and yes, our finances.

God knew we would struggle with this – which is why He asks for our faith and our obedience in it. He doesn’t actually need our money, He wants our hearts. A believer that’s willing to give back 10% of what God’s given to him shows that his love for money isn’t greater than his love for God. It shows that his faith in God is greater than his faith in himself. It shows that God’s will and plans are superior to his own will and plans.

At the beginning of that giving campaign, we sat down and we calculated what 10% of our annual income would be. When we saw the number, we were terrified, but in an effort to trust God, we decided to commit to giving that amount each year. The campaign was for 2 years, and we agreed that if it wasn’t working, we could stop when the campaign ended. That was over 3 years ago.

Not only were we able to give our 10% comfortably, our 10% continued to grow as we continued to give. In the years that we’ve been giving to God, our income has increased by 59%. Truthfully, this makes me uncomfortable to share, but I’m doing so in an effort to be a voice of faith in a world of doubt.

When we left that church service back in 2015, I was excited to give to God, but if I’m honest, I truly never believed He would actually fulfill His promises to give us more. But that’s what God does, it’s who He is: He teaches us, stretches us, and rewards us. The increase in income has been incredible, and such a blessing, but it’s nothing in comparison to the growth we’ve experienced through the process. It’s kind of ironic that we cling to things so tightly, but when we finally loosen our grip, God not only takes care of what we’ve given Him, He gives us more.

At the bottom of this topic, buried under the talk about money and percentages, is trust. It’s a topic that comes up a lot, but that’s because the Christian faith is centered around it. In order to practice obedience in any area, a foundation of trust in God’s goodness must be present. In the beginning, I didn’t have that trust – but through this process, God established it by showing me that He is trustworthy. He’ll do the same for you – put Him to the test.

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Do you tithe regularly? Why or why not? If you do, what have you learned through the process of giving to God? If you don’t, what’s keeping you from doing so?

Pray

For a generous heart that loves the Lord above anything else.

Honey Protein Pancakes

2 minPrep Time

5 minCook Time

7 minTotal Time

Serves 2 • 4 Pancakes Each

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Ingredients

  • 3/4 cups whole wheat flour
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup cottage cheese
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened apple sauce
  • 1/2 tablespoon honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Combine eggs, cottage cheese, apple sauce, honey, and vanilla and mix
  2. Add in remaining ingredients and mix just until combined - it’s normal for batter to be lumpy
  3. Spray skillet or griddle with non-stick cooking spray and heat over medium heat
  4. When cooking surface is hot, spoon batter on to create silver dollar sized pancakes
  5. Cook for about 2 minutes, and gently flip to the other side to cook for an additional 2 minutes
  6. Serve with additional honey, maple syrup, berries, or other desired toppings
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Tips & Tools

These are dense – in a good kinda way – and still fluffy! There’s nothing more disappointing than making what looks like a delicious pancake, only to have it flatten out before pulling it off the skillet. Not today! But they are also delicate, so you’ll want to be gentle when flipping them!

The best part is that because of the eggs and cottage cheese, these pancakes are packed with protein, and only around 300 calories per serving (using 2% cottage cheese and whole wheat flour). So, enjoy these guilt free, because there’s no need to apologize for eating (and serving your fam) and delicious, healthy stack!

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