Peanut Butter Pancakes

Removing your Armour & Peanut Butter Pancakes

Jeremiah 29:11 (easy)

I want to do many good things for you’, the LORD says. ‘I want you to become rich and strong, and I do not want to hurt you. I want you to believe that you will have a good future life.

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Here we are again: I’m talking about something I’ve already talked about at least 5 others times – God’s goodness. But before we dive in, I want to address that the majority of the topics I’ve written about throughout this year have resurfaced many times because of the weight that they hold.

At the risk of sounding too easy-going, I’ll say this: I think that religion (as in a relationship with Jesus, not an organized gathering of people) boils down to a few really simple yet deeply complex things; our connection to the Lord, His love for us, our love for others, His death on the Cross, and our belief in His promises both now and for eternity. All of the other things, at least in my opinion, tend to be distractions from the bigger picture.

So if you feel that these topics continue to repeat themselves, you’re not alone. I feel that way too. But if they’re so monotonous, why do I continue to struggle with them? Do you? If you do, stick around here, because I think this is something we’ll continue to wrestle with until the day we we’re with the Lord, face-to-face.

Getting down from my soap-box. Now, let’s chat about God’s intentions for us. They’re always good, always pure, always above and beyond anything we could ever imagine. Do you believe that? In theory, I do – 100%. But in reality? Probably not so much. It’s not a choice I’ve intentionally made, but it’s one that bleeds into most of my actions.

Ephesians 6:10 tells us that we must put on the whole armour that God gives to us. Sound advice, especially since that verse continues on to say, “The Devil attacks us in clever ways, and we need to be strong.” However, do you ever feel unable to take off your armour when you approach God? I think about the times that I approach Him in prayer with a guard, or an armour, around my heart. All of my vulnerability is hidden. My feelings are silenced. My words are just words. My prayers are empty.

We’ve learned to protect ourselves from hurt and pain, from disappointment. We feel safe by remaining hidden. And we forget that it’s safe to take off our armour around God. Which is why we need to continue coming back to the truth that God wants and has good things for us. It’s okay to be vulnerable with Him, because He doesn’t want to (and won’t) hurt us. The only way to flourish in your walk with the Lord is to completely let Him in, which means taking off your armour and dropping your protection.

Write

Do you find it easy to be vulnerable with the Lord? Or do you struggle to take off your armour when you approach Him? Write about your feelings and thoughts surrounding this today.

Pray

Ask the Lord to help you remove your protective armour as your approach Him with complete vulnerability today.

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Peanut Butter Pancakes

2 minPrep Time

2 minCook Time

4 minTotal Time

Serves 10 Pancakes

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Ingredients

    Pancakes
  • 1 banana
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup powdered peanut butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • Topping
  • 1 tablespoon powdered peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 teaspoon greek yogurt

Instructions

  1. Preheat skillet or electric griddle to 350/medium heat
  2. Mash banana in a bowl
  3. Add all remaining pancake ingredients and mix until combined
  4. Spoon batter onto skillet and cook for 1 minute on each side (watch these carefully, they burn easily!)
  5. In a ziploc bag, combine all ingredients for topping and seal
  6. Mix around using your hands
  7. Cut the very edge of the corner and drizzle mixture across the top of pancakes
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