Blueberry Pancake Recipe

January 9 – Taking Responsibility & Greek Blueberry Pancakes

Galatians 6:5 (nlt)

For we are each responsible for our own conduct.

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I’m about to share one of the most ridiculous, first-world problems I’ve ever complained about. Before I do, I realize how silly this must sound; I realize how silly this is. But I also know that I’m not the only one who lets the completely unimportant, trivial things cloud my thoughts and even change my behavior.

Cue ridiculousness: There’s a parking space behind our condo that I consider “mine”. It’s not officially designated for anyone, but because it’s basically a part of our driveway, I’ve always taken ownership of it. And then…

A few months ago, a new couple moved into our complex, and they started stealing my spot. I immediately became angry, and the battle for the parking spot began. Each time I came home to see one of their cars in the spot, I got angrier. I started saying things like “I hope that tree falls on her car while she’s parked there.” Okay, it wasn’t something like that… that’s exactly what I said.

One day, I witnessed the thief in action; she was pulling out of her garage and into my spot. That’s when I realized that they were leaving their garage empty, just to take the spot. If you’ve ever lived in the city, you know that parking is at a premium, so every free space counts. When I learned that they were doing this, my anger went from warm to boiling.

I started devising a plan to be as terrible as I could. When I saw them outside, I gave them hateful glares. If I took out the trash, I left the can pulled out just enough that it needed to be pushed back in before driving out of the spot. It took everything in me not to egg their cars (believe me, I thought about it).

I was flying home from my parents house over the holiday season, and I started brainstorming topics that I wanted to include in this devotional. As I was praying over the things in my life that God could use, I thought about that parking spot, and the behavior I was exhibiting because of it.

I’m not kind enough or humble enough to tell you guys that I don’t think the neighbors are wrong; but I realized that how I was acting was also wrong. I was using their behaviors to justify my own. I was making excuses. I was blaming others.

That’s when God revealed (probably for the 100th time) to me this simple, and incredibly hard thought; my behavior is my responsibility. No one can cause me to do anything. And I realized that I don’t just use this excuse when it comes to the parking space. I do it all the time.

I said awful things to my husband because he doesn’t listen to me.

I flashed my middle finger on the highway (true story) because he cut me off.

I didn’t give 100% at work because they take advantage of me.

These are just small examples, but they’re my responsibility.

I said awful things to my husband because I’m prideful.

I flashed my middle finger on the highway because I haven’t learned to control my temper.

I didn’t give 100% at work because I acted irresponsibly.

I’m not suggesting we all walk around feeling shame about our actions and behaviors. But I think it’s a good idea to start taking responsibility for them. If we can’t get honest with ourselves about why some of these things are happening, and where they’re coming from, we’re probably not being honest with God about them either. Jesus came to give us freedom from these things, but they’re impossible to surrender if we don’t know or acknowledge that they’re happening.

Now, when I start a phrase with the word I, I also try to make sure the word because is also followed by the word I.

I wished terrible things on you because you stole my parking….

I wished terrible things on you because you sto…

I wished terrible things on you because y..

I wished terrible things on you because I have a sinful heart. I’m sorry.

Write

What areas of your life are you placing blame on others instead of taking responsibility? Write down some of the people you frequently blame or the excuses you often make.

Pray

For clarity and direction in the areas that God’s calling you to take more responsibility.

Greek Blueberry Pancakes

5 minPrep Time

6 minCook Time

11 minTotal Time

Serves 1. 4-5 Silver Dollar Pancakes

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Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup fresh blueberries, divided in half

Instructions

  1. Combine yogurt, eggs, and vanilla extract
  2. In a separate bowl, combine all remaining ingredients (except blueberries)
  3. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and mix just until combined
  4. Allow batter to sit for 3 minutes
  5. Heat griddle or skillet on medium heat, spray with non-stick spray
  6. Spoon silver dollar sized amounts of batter onto hot surface and sprinkle blueberries onto the tops
  7. Cook for 3 minutes on each side, or until lightly browned
  8. Top with remaining blueberries and serve with maple syrup if desired!
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Tips & Tools

A few years ago, my mother in law got me a griddle for Christmas, probably because she could see my pancake obsession growing to an all time high, and it’s been a game-changer! There’s so much extra space to work, so I’m not constantly bumping up the against the edge of a hot frying pan. And I’m no longer standing around cooking one or two pancakes at a time; I’m able to get this whole recipe done in 1 batch, which leaves more time for eating. Below is the exact griddle I have, but this one has been updated to include the copper non-stick cook-top – double win!

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