Blueberry Poppy Seed Pancakes

Spreading Love & Blueberry Poppy Seed Pancakes

1 Corinthians 13:1-3 (erv)

I may speak in different languages, whether human or even of angels. But if I don’t have love, I am only a noisy bell or a ringing cymbal. I may have the gift of prophecy, I may understand all secrets and know everything there is to know, and I may have faith so great that I can move mountains. But even with all this, if I don’t have love, I am nothing. I may give away everything I have to help others, and I may even give my body as an offering to be burned. But I gain nothing by doing all this if I don’t have love.

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I’ve been thinking so much about how we’re the 1st generation to know what it means to “hide behind a screen”. In the past, people who wanted to say things had to have a real conversation with someone else. We all tend to forget that here’s still a human being on the other end of our words. With everything that’s so public now, there’s sometimes 1000s of humans reading and engaging with them.

For those who don’t know me outside of this screen, I’m really awkward in real-life convos. Yesterday I was writing an email and I found myself saying things that I would probably not say in person. Terms like “I love you friend”, “I’m so thankful for you”, and even “I’m praying for you!” were scattered across my page, and I kept thinking how nice it was to be able to say those things comfortably.

We’re a generation that has everything at our fingertips. We have more power than anyone before us, and with that comes the opportunity to spread hate and hurt. But there’s also a chance to spread LOVE. What if we decided to use our platforms for good? What if decided to say the good things we’re too scared to say in real life. Often, we say nothing when there’s a chance to be kind, yet we jump at the opportunity to criticize and hurt. Let’s reverse that.

I know that we live in a tough time; violence is becoming more prevalent and fear is taking the place of joy. That won’t be solved by a simple instagram comment. But, maybe it will – over time? Maybe people can begin to feel less judgement and more love? Maybe there will be a generation, some of your kiddos even, where people turn to this platform to seek support when they’re struggling with mental challenges. I don’t know, but maybe. I know it can’t hurt to spend time and energy validating people instead of victimizing them.

Where there’s something bad, there’s always something good. It’s often hard to see and it takes a new perspective and a focused lens, but it’s there. We can find and do good here. Instead of getting into a virtual argument over politics and gun laws and religion, remind someone they’re important, they’re smart, they’re pretty, and they’re loved. Because laws and opinions don’t change people, only love does that.

Write

What opportunities do you have to spread love today?

Pray

Ask the Lord to reveal how He wants to use your heart in the life of someone else today.

Blueberry Poppy Seed Pancakes

5 minPrep Time

5 minCook Time

10 minTotal Time

Serves 4-5 Pancakes

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Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup spelt flour
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1.5 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup or honey
  • 2 teaspoons poppy seeds
  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • 1/3 cup plain greek yogurt
  • dash of salt
  • non-stick spray

Instructions

  1. Heat electric griddle or skillet to medium heat and spray with non-stick cooking spray
  2. In a bowl, combine flour, baking powder, salt, and poppy seeds
  3. Once mixed, add in syrup, extract, egg, almond milk, and apple sauce and mix gently until combined
  4. Pour batter evenly onto skillet and cook for 2 minutes on each side, or until lightly browned
  5. Combine blueberries and greek yogurt, mashing the blueberries gently with a fork
  6. If too thick, add a few drops of almond milk
  7. Layer greek yogurt mixture in between pancakes
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