Spinach Pancakes Recipe

Puzzle Pieces & Spinach Pancakes

Ecclesiastes 3:11 (erv)

God gave us the ability to think about his world, but we can never completely understand everything he does. And yet, he does everything at just the right time.

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Raise your hand if there’s ever been a time that you’ve thought God wasn’t up to speed on the happenings of your existence? No? Well, if you didn’t raise your hand, you should probably be the one writing this! But if you can relate, you’re not alone – and this verse is for you.

I’ve been questioning and critiquing God’s timeline since the beginning of my very own timeline. I wonder if He knows what He’s doing. I worry that His alarm didn’t go off to remind Him of that thing I’ve been praying for. I assume that He doesn’t understand my heart or made a mistake.

But time reveals all things. I’m learning that when I don’t understand what God’s doing, I just need to wait a little longer. Everything is always clearest in hindsight. And while we still may not always get the outcome we desire, or we may not understand exactly why things happened as they did, it’s always made clear that God was never confused or unaware of our circumstances.

One of my favorite displays of God’s presence during a difficult circumstance is in Genesis 16. Hagar is an Egyptian slave to Sarah, the wife of Abraham. You might know Sarah’s story as the first case of infertility. For years, she longed to give Abraham a son, but was unable. Finally, she decided to do what she felt was the next best option; give him her slave, Hagar, to take as a second wife and have the children that she couldn’t.

Let’s pause here for a second: have you ever said something or done something that you didn’t really mean, or actually want to happen? It might have started out of as the trying to do the right thing, but your heart wasn’t really in it, and before you knew it, the idea spiraled into reality? I’m not a historian or a theologist, but I am a woman who’s often unsure of her emotions and feelings, and I suspect that’s what happened here, with Sarah.

Once Hagar becomes pregnant, Sarah seems to regret her decision and begins to treat her badly. Hagar runs away and God notices. He sends an angel to comfort her and guide her back home. Genesis 16:13 says, “She [Hagar] gave a name to the Lord who spoke to her. She called him “You are the God who sees me.” That’s because she said, “I have now seen the One who sees.”

Hagar returns home, only to be kicked out a few years later by Sarah, who then finally did have her own child. Again, Hagar found herself crying in the desert. And once again, God noticed. “God heard the boy crying. Then the angel of God called out to Hagar from heaven. He said to her, “What is the matter, Hagar? Do not be afraid. God has heard the boy crying as he lies there. Lift up the boy and take him by the hand. I will make him into a great nation (Genesis 21:17-18).”

When I was young, I used to love puzzles, but I wasn’t very good at them. I would dump the entire box on the table and set the box with the final image right next to it. I would start my work by finding the corners; easy. But inevitably, things started to get hard. Even though I had a clear image of what I was trying to get to right in front of me, I couldn’t seem to make the pieces work. I couldn’t see how they fit into place. Eventually, my dad would jump in and save the day; he always seemed to know exactly where to put each piece.

That’s kind of how life is. We think we know what we’re supposed to do and how it’s supposed to look, but we can’t seem to get there. And while my dad is nearly perfect, (anyone else a daddy’s girl?) God has an even better view of the entire picture, and He doesn’t even have to think about how the pieces fit. He simply knows, because He’s the One that created the beautiful, final image.

There are times when it feels like we’ve gotten way off track from the final image we thought we were creating, but it turns out that what I thought was a flower is actually a dog, wearing a sweater. Instead of trying to control what the final result looks like, allow God to reveal where the pieces fit, in His way and on His timeline.

Write

What are some of the circumstances in your life that cause you to question or doubt God’s timing? Today, find a story in the Bible that the main character had to wait (or should have waited) on God’s perfect timing, and journal about how they dealt with it, and what the outcome was for them.

Suggestions:

Sarah’s infertility (Genesis 15-21)

Moses in the desert (Deuteronomy)

David in hiding (1 Samuel 23)

Naaman’s healing (2 Kings 5)

Job’s sufferings (Job)

Habakkuk waiting on the Lord’s response (Habakkuk)

The disciples after Jesus’ resurrection (John 20:19-23)

Thomas waiting to see the resurrected Jesus (John 20:24-29)

Pray

For trust in God’s ability and desire to perfectly place all the pieces of your “puzzle”.

Puzzle Pieces & Spinach Pancakes

2 minPrep Time

3 minCook Time

5 minTotal Time

Serves 1 • 6 Pancakes

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Ingredients

  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup baby spinach
  • 1/4 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1/4 cup cottage cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon honey, syrup, or granulated sweetener
  • 1 teaspoon almond butter (optional)

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat skillet or electric griddle and spray with non-stick spray
  2. Combine all ingredients in a blender
  3. Pour battle onto skillet in 6 even circles
  4. Cook for 90 seconds on each side
  5. Serve with almond butter drizzled on top
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The nutrition info is calculated using the zero calorie granular sweetener, Swerve, 2% cottage cheese, and one teaspoon of almond butter.

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1 Comment

  • Reply Ashley April 25, 2019 at 10:22 am Do you have any neighbors that you could share your recipes with!? My neighbor and I like to share things when we try something new or just want an opinion on a new recipe. I know you said there isn’t enough for a big organization, but maybe some homeless shelter could direct you if you told them the amount? Just a thought!
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