Lemon Poppy Seed Pancakes

Unrelatable & Lemon Poppy Pancakes

Matthew 27:46 (erv)

About three o’clock Jesus cried out loudly, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” This means “My God, my God, why have you left me alone?”


Jesus was nailed to a cross, and He experienced a great deal of pain and suffering for us. I know it’s not Easter, but I think it’s so important to continue to look at the Cross and what it represents. But let’s look at more than just physical suffering, let’s look deeper than skin deep.

It’s fairly easy to imagine the amount of physical pain Jesus must have experienced. I mean, I can’t say that I’ve been whipped, beaten, and crucified; honestly, I thought my kidney stone was going to actually kill me. But, I think it’s safe to say that we all have a “worst pain ever” experience, and we know that what Jesus suffered was greater than that.

But for me personally, the emotional pain that Jesus experienced is often overlooked. I assume that because He’s perfect, He didn’t deal with the same emotions that we struggle with as humans, which simply isn’t true. Jesus came to earth as a flesh and blood human, just like you and me.

Sometimes, my prayers feel silly. I find myself praying for inspiration to connect with my Instagram audience, or a traffic-free drive, or the ability to be kind to others through really first world situations that cause me frustration. And I feel like God must find me completely unrelatable. But then I remember that Jesus lived and breathed the same air that I do and He experienced the same emotions that I have.

Nothing is silly, or crazy, or out-of-touch to Him, because He shared the same flesh as us. In Jefferson Bethke’s book, Jesus>Religion, he says, “The cross is God’s way of saying, ‘Me too.’” Isn’t that that the most beautifully stated description of God’s desire to relate to us? He wanted to share in our lives, even if that meant sharing in our suffering.


Do you ever feel alone in certain emotions or experiences? Do you feel misunderstood or like no one gets you? How does knowing that Jesus felt all the same things that you feel help you?


For self-control as you navigate through challenging emotions.

Lemon Poppy Pancakes

5 minPrep Time

5 minCook Time

10 minTotal Time

Serves 1 • 3-4 Pancakes

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  • 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon lemon extract
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons poppy seeds


  1. Heat a skillet over medium heat and spray with non-stick cooking spray
  2. In a bowl, combine egg, yogurt, lemon juice, and extracts and mix until smooth
  3. Add all remaining ingredients to batter and mix until just combined
  4. Allow batter to sit for 2 minutes
  5. Spoon batter onto skillet and cook for 2 minutes on each side

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Nutrition info is calculated using Fage 0% plain greek yogurt.

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