Sheet Cake Pancakes Recipe

Responsibilities & Holy Sheet Cake

1 Timothy 6:20 (cev)

Timothy, guard what God has placed in your care! Don’t pay any attention to godless and stupid talk that sounds smart but really isn’t.

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This morning, I cried long before the sun came up. That’s a rough start to the day. I set my alarm for 4 AM, because I was too tired and too uninspired to write my newsletter last night. My oldest dog has been diagnosed with a terminal disease of the liver, and most days aren’t great, but today was extra challenging. I looked around at the piles of half-filled moving boxes and even bigger piles of things that have no home yet. And I cried.

When I opened my Bible (app) and read this verse, I could easily replace the name Timothy with Olivia. Maybe your name fits well in here too? As soon as I filled my name in this verse, I felt God asking me this question: Olivia, what if you start to look at these things as gifts to care for instead of responsibilities to dread?

I spend a lot of time wishing and praying away a lot of the circumstances I’m facing, and when I do that, I’m missing out on the growth, the knowledge, the character building, and even the joy that God’s prepared for me through the things He’s placed in my care. The things that I often don’t want to deal with or face are the things hand-picked for me by God, who knew that there was no one else for the job.

So, instead of asking God to take these things away, I’m going to start asking Him how I can best care for them. The relationships in my life that are challenging are my responsibility. The to-do list that often feels never-ending; mine. The overflowing inbox, the work I enjoy but often feel overwhelmed by, the writing that feels uninspired sometimes; all in my care. And that’s just off the top of my head.

But God doesn’t ask us to care for these things alone. After all, the world and everything in it is His. He wants us to care for our responsibilities with His help; learning from Him, seeking Him, and glorifying Him in the process. When we flip the script and begin to look at our lives from that perspective, those responsibilities, chores, and duties become less of a burden and more of a gift.

Write

Make a list of the things that feel like “work” or burdens in your life. Spend time praying about each item on your list, and as God reveals something new about each thing, write it down in your journal.

Pray

For a change of perspective so that you might see responsibilities as gifts from God instead of burdens.

Holy Sheet Cake

5 minPrep Time

15 minCook Time

20 minTotal Time

Serves 4 • 1/4 Sheet Cake

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup spelt flour
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened apple sauce
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
  • dash of salt
  • non-stick spray
  • Optional
  • Greek yogurt
  • chopped fruit

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Combine eggs, apple sauce, extract, syrup, and almond milk and mix
  3. In a separate bowl, combine all remaining ingredients
  4. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and mix until combined
  5. Spray non-stick cooking spray into your sheet cake pan and pour batter evenly
  6. Bake for 15 minutes or until pancakes are cooked through
  7. Spread greek yogurt and fruit across the top (optional)
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Nutrition info does not include optional toppings. If you’d prefer to simply use butter/syrup on top of your pancakes, feel free to leave your sheet cake un-iced!

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