Cottage Cheese Crepes recipe

Sanctification & Cottage Cheese Crepes

1 Corinthians 12:14-18 (msg)

I want you to think about how all this makes you more significant, not less. A body isn’t just a single part blown up into something huge. It’s all the different-but-similar parts arranged and functioning together. If Foot said, “I’m not elegant like Hand, embellished with rings; I guess I don’t belong to this body,” would that make it so? If Ear said, “I’m not beautiful like Eye, limpid and expressive; I don’t deserve a place on the head,” would you want to remove it from the body? If the body was all eye, how could it hear? If all ear, how could it smell? As it is, we see that God has carefully placed each part of the body right where he wanted it.

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I’m back on the “you’re loved for who you are” topic today. But that’s because I think it’s a message that’s so necessary. I know, because it’s a message that I need to be reminded of daily, if not more.

When I first became a Christian, I threw myself into as many communities as possible; I joined a church and attended almost every week, committed to a small group on Wednesday nights, and served in the church nursery a few Sundays per month. Everywhere I looked, I was surrounded by Christians, which I thought was a really good thing.

Don’t get me wrong; it was. I needed the positive influence in my life, the uplifting conversations, the change from what my life outside of those communities looked like. But I made a big mistake, right from the beginning. I believed that those people were better than me, and I started to compare myself to them. When I realized I didn’t talk like they talked or laugh how they laughed, I tried to emulate them.

And I ended up feeling like a phony. Not only that, but I found myself constantly measuring myself against them. When I sat in the rows, I focused less on the message and more on the specific way she raised her arms in worship. When I talked to the community I so badly longed for, I found myself concentrating on her choice of words instead of building an actual connection.

I think there’s a false idea among non-believers and new believers that Christians have a different “uniform” they get to wear. And that’s true; believers should look different to the outside world. But that’s a result of sanctification, not salvation. Salvation is instant; the moment you and I asked Jesus to forgive our sins and live in our hearts, our salvation was completed. But sanctification is an ongoing process, a lifelong journey. It starts with salvation, but doesn’t end there. Sanctification is being set apart by God, it’s being transformed to be more and more like Jesus. It results from spending time with Him, walking with Him, and learning from Him.

All believers are at different stages of the sanctification process, and it’s a process that’s guided and directed by God. We can certainly help the process by doing the things mentioned above; studying the Word, spending time with Him, etc., but just like the scripture from today says, “God carefully places each part of the body [you and I] where he wants it.”

In her book, Mended, Angie Smith shares her battle with comparison. “At the heart of it, it isn’t even what I see as greatness in them, but rather the way it casts light on the weaknesses I perceive in myself. How much time do I spend comparing, contrasting, evaluating, doubting, and allowing myself to feel like a disappointment when the Lord tells me over and over that He loves me? There will be no measuring stick when we see our Savior face to face (pg. 23).”

I’m sure you’ve heard the saying, “it’s not about the destination, it’s about the journey.” Well, in this case, that’s not true. In our walk with Jesus, it is about the destination and God’s in charge of the journey. Where we are today, who we are today, is exactly who we were created to be. We aren’t perfect, but we will be one day. And right now, we’re in the process, just like every other believers; at our own speed, rate, and pace.

Write

What areas of life do you often find yourself making comparisons in? Where do you most often find yourself focusing on those comparisons? Write down a few affirmations and reminders for yourself that you are exactly who the Lord created you to be. Once you’re done, transfer them to places that you’ll see them when you need them most (a note in your phone, a post-it on your mirror).

Pray

Spend time in praise for the amazing work that God is doing in you each and every day.

Cottage Cheese Crepes

5 minPrep Time

5 minCook Time

10 minTotal Time

Serves 1 • 2 Crepes

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Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 teaspoon unsweetened apple sauce
  • 1/2 tablespoon sweetener of choice
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • dash of sea salt
  • 1/4 cup cottage cheese
  • 1/4 cup blueberries
  • non-stick cooking spray

Instructions

  1. Put all ingredients except for cottage cheese and bluerries into a blender or food processor and blend until smooth
  2. Spray a small frying pan (8 inches) and heat on high until very hot
  3. Reduce heat to medium and pour half the batter into the skillet and immediately swirl it around until it covers the entire pan with a thin layer
  4. Using a spatula, loosen the edges of the crepe, and after about 2 minutes, flip it over
  5. Cook until both sides are browned
  6. Remove from heat and lay flat
  7. Fill each crepe with half of the cottage cheese and blueberries and fold up
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Nutrition info is calculated using low fat cottage cheese and Swerve 0 calorie sweetener.

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