Sweet Potato Waffle Recipe

It’s Not My Story & Sweet Potato Waffles

John 1:13 (easy)

They did not become God’s children in the usual human way. They were not born because of what any people wanted. They were not born because of what any man decided. No! They were born from God.

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Here’s how I know that the Word of God is active and interactive: sometimes, specific verses will feel like they’re literally jumping off the page at you. They’ll stop you in a moment of panic because you’ve suddenly lost your breath. They answer questions that you’ve never once asked out loud. And sometimes, this comes from a verse that you’ve scanned many times without so much as a second thought. That’s what happened to me when I read today’s scripture from John 1:13.

I don’t talk about this often, and it’s not because I’m embarrassed or ashamed of it. It’s because I haven’t fully worked through it. It’s something that feels very different on different days. Just when I thought I’d accepted it or understood it, when I think I’m over it, it resurfaces in a different way. Before I was born, my biological father left. Almost like he’d vanished into thin air. Except he didn’t, because he had a lot of other children and I lived in a really small town. So once I learned about him, his simultaneous presence and lack there of, was something I was always aware of.

I can’t remember the exact moment that I started writing my story, but it was sometime shortly after that. A story of being unwanted, unaccepted, abandoned. I have incredible parents; a mom who didn’t even question her love and desire for me, despite the fact that she was going to be on her own. And a dad who not only loves me, but chose me. I wasn’t his responsibility, yet I’ve never been anyone but his daughter. But life’s funny that way I guess, we tend to see the people who leave instead of the ones who stay. We focus on the ones who don’t want us instead of being grateful for the ones who do.

And so, my story of despair and abandonment was born. And it only grew from there. It’s funny; sometimes I sit down to write, and I stare at a blank screen for hours. The only time I actually want to do the laundry is when I’m in front of my computer with something that needs to be finished like yesterday. But in this case, the story of being unloved spread through my mind like wildfire; no writers block here.

It’s been a long journey of anger, resentment, confusion, sadness, and pain. But over the past 15 years or so, God and I have been working it out and working through it together. He’s shown me that He’s given me the skill of writing and storytelling, but He doesn’t like the way I’ve spent all these years working on my own story. It’s as if I took one poorly written chapter and tried to create an entire book around it.

God has a different story for me, and He has one for you too. But if I’m ever going to experience it, I have to turn over the bad material I’ve written, put down my pen, and wait for Him to show me what’s already been written about me.

I don’t know how my whole story will play out; honestly, I can’t even see the table of contents. But He’s already shown me the concept and the premise of it. I was never unloved, never not chosen, never a mistake. Instead, I was created with intention. I always was and am desired. I was picked first, not last. And while God’s an incredibly creative guy, He’s written your story based on the same concepts as mine; love.

Write

What parts of your past circumstances do you need to hand over to the Lord today in order to receive His version of your story?

Pray

For acceptance of your past and the hope that God’s given to your future.

Sweet Potato Waffles

7 minPrep Time

3 minCook Time

10 minTotal Time

Serves 1 • 3-4 Mini Waffles or 2 Large Waffles

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Ingredients

  • 1 medium sweet potato
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tablespoon raisins
  • 1 teaspoon almond butter
  • non-stick cooking spray

Instructions

  1. Peel skin from sweet potato
  2. Microwave for 1 minute to soften
  3. Using a grater, grate potato into a bowl
  4. Add egg, vanilla, cinnamon and raisins and mix until combined
  5. Generously spray a waffle maker with non-stick spray and cook for 2-3 minutes
  6. Serve with almond butter drizzled on top
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Tips & Tools

These waffles tend to be very fragile, so you’ll want to use gentle movements when taking them out of the waffle maker!

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