Healthy Lemon Ricotta Pancakes

The Things Above & Lemon Ricotta Pancakes

Colossians 3:2 (nirv)

Think about things that are in heaven. Don’t think about things that are only on earth.


When I was first learning to ski, I had a bad habit of looking down, directly at my skis, instead of out in front of me. My ski instructor probably had to remind 50 times to keep my eyes up. On one of our trips up the mountain on the lift, we had a few minutes to talk. He told me something simple, that should have been obvious, but until he said it, I hadn’t realized it. “You start to move in the direction that you’re looking. If you don’t want to find yourself down on the ground, stop looking there.”

SUPER. PROFOUND. Right? This doesn’t just apply to skiing, obviously, but everywhere we’re going. Where you look changes what you see. And at the risk of sounding obvious, I’ll say this; if we don’t like what we see, maybe we need to start changing what we’re looking at.

When I read this verse, I decided to make a list of all the things that are in Heaven. It should be noted that this is a very human list, created by the ideas and concepts I understand from reading the Word. There’s obviously a lot more in Heaven than we could ever think of or even imagine, but I needed to at least get a mental vision board ready to focus on before I can change my thinking.

So, I present you with said mental vision board: in glitter letters at the top “Heaven” with a big heart sticker. Then, ever-so-delicately-cut out images from magazines and books, in no particular order: Jesus, love, understanding, peace, joy, freedom, and safety.

One of the things I started to ask myself during the time I spent thinking about this verse was what causes me to think about the things that are only on earth? And what are those things? Back to the drawing board for another list!

Things that I tend to focus on that are not in Heaven: relationship struggles, marriage fights, finances, success, searching for purpose, health concerns, and comparison. As a result of focusing on those things, I often find myself dealing with anxiety, fear, sadness, regret, and jealousy.

The outcome of thinking about the things on earth is typically negative. But the good news is that the outcome of thinking about the things in Heaven is always positive. There’s never been a time when I’ve put my focus on the things of Heaven, yet ended up with the outcome from the things on earth.

So why do I find myself constantly doing the thing that produces the negative outcome? Sin, I guess. And as much as I want to get upset with myself for falling victim to that thinking yet again, I don’t have to. Neither do you. It’s as simple as looking up every time you realize that you’re staring at the ground again.

Changing our thinking is a lifelong process, it won’t happen once and for all until we reach eternity. But in the mean time, we can get a lot better at realizing what’s causing us to stumble, and changing our perspective sooner each time.


What are some of the negative things you find yourself feeling? Can you attribute those to thinking about a particular thing or things? What steps can you take to identify when you begin to think about the things on earth, and what are some of the thoughts you can replace them with? In your journal, create your own list of “the things of Heaven” based on your readings, time spent with God, and anything that’s on your heart.


For your negative, earthly thoughts to be turned into positive, Heaven-focused thinking.



Lemon Ricotta Pancakes

5 minPrep Time

6 minCook Time

11 minTotal Time

Serves 4 • 3 Pancakes Each

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  • 3/4 cups spelt flour
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup part-skim ricotta cheese
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened apple sauce
  • 1/2 tablespoon honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon lemon extract
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice


  1. Heat a skillet or griddle over medium heat and spray with non-stick cooking spray
  2. In a bowl, combine flour, baking soda, and baking powder and mix
  3. In a separate bowl, combine all remaining ingredients
  4. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and mix until combined - the batter will be thick
  5. Spoon equal amounts of batter onto skillet and cook for 2 minutes and 30 seconds on each side

Tips & Tools

The batter will be thick – this is totally normal! When flipping the pancake over, I like to gently pat down the top of each because these are really fluffy!

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