Cinnamon Roll Waffles

January 7 – Giving Up Control & Cinnamon Roll Waffles

Psalm 27:14 (nirv)

Wait for the Lord. Be strong and don’t lose hope. Wait for the Lord.

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Have you ever tried to control God? Or at least had the desire to? Insert the “hand-up, pick me!” emoji here. The thing is, I didn’t realize that’s what I was doing – at least not consciously. Maybe you’re in the same boat?

For years, I’ve been expecting my relationship with God to move on my timeline, and when it didn’t, I went through a whole range of emotions. I wanted Him to speak when I was ready to listen, to act when I prayed, and to pour out His love when I wanted and needed to experience it. But that’s not what faith is, at least not entirely. Having a relationship with Jesus certainly allows for those things sometimes, but the opportunity to remain faithful comes during the times of silence and the times of waiting.

Before I became a Christian, the ideas and beliefs I had about having a relationship with God were based solely on what I heard others saying, and the experiences others wrote about. Once I made the decision to follow Jesus, I still had those beliefs, and they made me think that my personal relationship with the Lord was supposed to move at a certain speed, that I was supposed to feel certain things, or that I would experience certain revelations.

When my reality didn’t meet my expectations, I was faced with a choice; trust the Lord, or start to doubt Him. I’d probably be a more reputable Christian blogger if I told you that I chose trust. But I’d also be less honest, and probably less relatable (I hope?). The truth is that those unmet expectations still cause me to doubt the significance of my relationship with the Lord. But when I refocus my eyes back to Jesus, He shows me that He’s in control. That definitely applies to circumstances and situations, but it also applies to how our relationship progresses and what He chooses to do in my heart and in my life.

Here’s the thing; love, salvation, and forgiveness are immediate and universal for all believers. But everything else can and often does take time. That doesn’t make a single letter in The Word any less true. A large part of being a believer is waiting. Moses waited 100 days to see dry ground. Sarah and Abraham waited 100 years to have a baby. The disciples and early followers of Jesus waited 3 days to see their savior defeat death forever.

That truth sucks for me, because patience is not a strength of mine. But it’s one that God wants me to learn, and I truly believe it’s a large part of the reason that our relationship hasn’t immediately become what I know we both want it to be. God’s not withholding connection or “taking it slow”, He’s teaching me patience and showing me what it means to put my hope in Him. He’s teaching me faithfulness by asking me to believe without seeing. He’s asking me to wait for Him, and His timing.

Maybe you’re also in a season of waiting; whether you’re waiting for a deeper, closer connection with the Lord, a positive pregnancy test, a negative blood test, a restored marriage, a phone call that’s long overdue… be strong. If there’s anyone worth waiting on, it’s the Lord.

I often try to remember that just because I’m waiting to experience something doesn’t mean it hasn’t already happened.

Feeling God’s love is different than being loved; I’m already loved. So are you.

Feeling forgiven is different than being forgiven; I’m already forgiven. So are you.

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Can you think of an area that you’re trying to control because you’re tired of waiting? What would happen if you released that thing, person, or relationship to the Lord, and allowed Him to take care of it in His timing? What’s keeping you from doing that? What steps can you take to work on releasing that control?

Pray

For a patient heart that waits on the Lord.

Cinnamon Roll Waffles

5 minPrep Time

5 minCook Time

10 minTotal Time

Serves 1, 2 Mini Waffles or 1 Large Waffle

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Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup spelt flour
  • 1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/2 tablespoon unsweetened apple sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon raw honey
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • dash of salt
  • 1 tablespoon chopped walnuts
  • maple syrup (optional)
  • Cream Cheese Glaze
  • 1 tablespoon cream cheese
  • 1 teaspoon unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon raw honey

Instructions

  1. Heat waffle maker and spray with non-stick spray
  2. Combine all ingredients except for walnuts in a bowl and whisk until there are no clumps
  3. Pour batter into waffle maker and cook until done (around 2 minutes for mini size)
  4. While waffles are cooking, combine all ingredients for glaze and whisk until blended
  5. Top waffles with chopped walnuts, cream cheese glaze, and maple syrup if desired
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Tips & Tools

I know I’ve mentioned the Dash waffle maker before but I just love it so much, and since some of you are new, I wanted to share it again! Of course, any waffle maker you have at home will work for this recipe. If you don’t have a waffle maker and want to get one of your own, the Dash is my favorite because it cooks the waffles perfectly each time, and it’s SO affordable.

If you’re not in the market for a waffle maker, you can totally make these into pancakes by cooking them on a griddle over medium heat. You’ll want to flip them over once the sides start to bubble, it should take about 2 minutes on each side for silver dollar sized pancakes.

I’ve also talked about Spelt flour before, but again; if you’re new, this one’s for you! I’m such a huge fan of this flour because in my opinion, it’s much lighter and less dense than whole wheat flour. If you don’t have spelt flour, you can most definitely use whole wheat or any other flour that you have on hand. The liquid ratio for this recipe may vary depending on the flour you use. If you opt for whole wheat flour, you’ll probably need around 2-4 additional tablespoons of almond milk or water. I have only tested this exact recipe with spelt flour. If you want to try the spelt flour and you’re planning to follow along with FaithFull Mornings 2019, I promise it won’t go to waste!

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