Mothers Day

Mother’s Day & Nothin Bundt Pancakes

Exodus 2:2-10 (erv)

She became pregnant and gave birth to a baby boy. The mother saw how beautiful the baby was and hid him for three months. She hid him for as long as she could. After three months she made a basket and covered it with tar so that it would float. Then she put the baby in the basket and put the basket in the river in the tall grass. The baby’s sister stayed and watched to see what would happen to the baby.

Just then, Pharaoh’s daughter went to the river to bathe. She saw the basket in the tall grass. Her servants were walking beside the river, so she told one of them to go get the basket. The king’s daughter opened the basket and saw a baby boy. The baby was crying and she felt sorry for him. Then she noticed that it was one of the Hebrew babies. The baby’s sister was still hiding. She stood and asked the king’s daughter, “Do you want me to go find a Hebrew woman who can nurse the baby and help you care for it?” The king’s daughter said, “Yes, please.” So the girl went and brought the baby’s own mother.

The king’s daughter said to the mother, “Take this baby and feed him for me. I’ll pay you to take care of him.” So the woman took her baby and cared for him. The baby grew, and after some time, the woman gave the baby to the king’s daughter. The king’s daughter accepted the baby as her own son. She named him Moses because she had pulled him from the water.

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As I looked around for the perfect scripture to highlight for Mother’s Day, I stumbled across this one, and to be honest, it didn’t feel perfect at first. It’s kind of a messy story, with parts that are difficult to think about it, and heartbreaking. But there are also aspects of this story that are beautiful and bring a smile to your face. And while I’m not personally a mother, I’m a daughter. And I know that this kind of relationship brings those moments, both of difficulty and joy, challenge and triumph.

This story takes place when Pharaoh ruled over the Israelites and was worried about their strength and population growth. So, he ordered that all baby boys that were born be killed. A new mother goes to great lengths to protect her baby, by hiding him as long as possible, and then putting him in a basket in the river, in hopes that he’d be rescued. And he was. By none other than Pharaoh’s daughter, the very man who ordered this baby’s death.

Let’s just go to the hearts and minds of these two women and try to speculate on what they were each feeling and thinking. The biological mother was willing to risk her own safety, freedom, and ultimately, her life, to break the law and save her son. And when the time came, she made what was probably the most difficult choice of her life; to put her baby in a basket and leave him in hopes that someone would rescue him and care for him. Not only did she make that choice once, to give up her son for his good, she did it twice. After the daughter of Pharaoh found the baby, she unknowingly returned him to his mother for feeding and care. The mother once again cared for him, and let him go when the time came.

And his adopted mother; she willingly loved a baby boy that wasn’t her own. We don’t have any knowledge that this woman was already a mother, or even had a husband. She gave up her current life to  save someone else’s. She invested her resources by paying the boys biological mother to care for him, something she certainly would have done for free. Scripture says that she asked him as her own.

This is a story of incredible sacrifice by not one, but two women, who ultimately loved the same little boy. One came to know him through birth, and the other through compassion, but they both became his mother. We see a type of love that isn’t created out of who the child is, but instead, who the mother is.

And we may not always realize it, but this type of love is an example of God’s love for us. We did nothing to earn our mother’s love, it’s freely given. The same goes for God’s love. Whether the love you know comes from a biological mother or an adopted mother, it’s a small fraction of how much God loves you, and He uses the amazing women in your life to display that.

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Write 10 ways that you can see God’s love, grace, compassion, and kindness through your mother’s love. If possible, share those things with her today!

Pray

For your mother (or another amazing woman in your life), and whatever she may need.

Mother’s Day & Nothin Bundt Pancakes

10 minPrep Time

15 minCook Time

25 minTotal Time

Serves 4 • 1/4 Recipe

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 teaspoons apple cider or white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 cup blueberries, fresh or frozen
  • 4 teaspoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon grass-fed butter
  • non-stick cooking spray

Instructions

  1. In a bowl, combine vinegar and almond milk and mix
  2. Allow to sit for 5 minutes
  3. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees
  4. Spray a 6 cup bundt cake pan with non-stick cooking spray
  5. Combine flour, baking powder, and baking soda in a bowl and mix
  6. After 5 minutes, add egg, vanilla, applesauce, and 3 teaspoons of honey to the almond milk mixture
  7. Combine wet and dry ingredients and stir until just mixed
  8. Pour batter into bundt cake pan
  9. Bake for 15 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean from the center
  10. Place butter, blueberries, and honey in a microwave safe bowl
  11. Microwave for 30 second increments, mixing in between, until butter is completely melted and blueberries have started to liquify (usually about 1 minute)
  12. Mix blueberry butter and pour evenly over bundt pancake
  13. Slice into fourths and serve
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If you only have a larger bundt cake pan, you can double this recipe to fill a 12 cup pan! Be aware that the cooking time may increase.

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