Homemade French Toast Sticks

A God-Sized Hole & French Toast Sticks

Psalm 27:8 (erv)

My heart told me to come to you, Lord, so I am coming to ask for your help.

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Most of us have gone through seasons of “less God time”. Whether it’s intentional or unintentional, there are times that we devote less of ourselves to walking with the Lord. Some of us might take a step away completely. I’ve done this in my own life, multiple times.

A few years ago, when we were in the middle of our infertility battle, I became incredibly angry with God and His plans. I felt betrayed, punished, and unloved. It was hard for me to believe God’s promises about His good plans for me, or that He was even good. I didn’t see or feel any of that; I only felt disappointment and pain.

The more that I started to believe those lies, the further I pulled away from God. Eventually, I cut off communication all together, or so I thought. I walked right by the shelf in my office that held my Bible and journals. I stopped going to church. I told myself that if God wasn’t going to help me through this, then I didn’t need Him.

Most people reading about this can probably see that God wasn’t causing the problem – but I couldn’t. Once I decided to cut off communication with Him, things didn’t get better. In fact, they got harder. I felt worse; more isolated and overwhelmed than ever before. I thought of going back – back to church, back to prayer, back to the Word… but how could I? I had thrown my hands up and walked away. 

As things became more difficult, my desire to seek God increased. Still, I let my pride and the shame I felt about being so angry with God keep me away. It took months for me to finally reach the end of myself and eventually return to God. I never would have believed this statement before, but the sadness I felt over experiencing infertility was nothing in comparison to the ache I had in my heart when I was “living without God.”

God has permanently attached Himself to us. A deeper attachment than our minds can recognize or fathom; He attached Himself to our souls. We were designed to live in connection with God. Whether we realize it or not, we need that connection. If we don’t go to God to find it, we attempt to get it from other people and things.

This attachment is the reason your heart longs for something you can’t find. It’s the pulling you might feel when you walk by your Bible. It’s the quiet whisper you might hear when it’s been hours, days, weeks, months, or years since you’ve connected with the Lord. It’s the thing our world is missing.

Our hearts are like a puzzle, and the center piece is a very specific shape. It can only be filled with one piece. Sometimes, we can’t even see what the picture is supposed to be without the center. Other times, we can build the edges and fill in some spaces, but we can’t complete the puzzle without that center piece. We might try to use other pieces in that space, but nothing fits. We were created with a God-sized hole.

At the risk of sounding cheesy, I’ll say this: listen to your heart. Your mind might be filled with pride, fear, doubt, questions, or anger… but your heart is leading you home. God communicates with us through that attachment in our hearts. If you put aside those thoughts in your mind and allow your heart to lead, you’ll likely find yourself back in the arms of Jesus. And just like the Prodigal Son (read this devotional here), you won’t be met with disappointment or frustration, you’ll be embraced with love.

Write

If applicable, reflect on a time that you “took a step back” from God. What brought you to that place, and what eventually lead you back to the Lord? If you currently find yourself in this place, can you identify anything that you might be using to fill that God-sized hole in your heart?

Pray

About anything that’s on your heart today.

French Toast Sticks

5 minPrep Time

6 minCook Time

11 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 2 slices of bread
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons coconut sugar
  • non-stick cooking spray
  • maple syrup (optional)

Instructions

  1. Heat air fryer on 400 degrees and spray with non-stick spray
  2. Pour coconut sugar into a bowl and set aside
  3. Cut the crust off the bread, and then cut each slice into 3 equal “sticks”
  4. In a bowl, combine eggs, almond milk, vanilla extract, and ground cinnamon and mix well
  5. Dip each stick into egg mixture and drop into air fryer
  6. Cook for 3 minutes and flip over. Cook for an additional 3 minutes
  7. Immediately place french toast sticks into coconut sugar and toss around until covered
  8. Serve with maple syrup for dipping (optional)
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Tips & Tools

I use the air fryer at least 3 times a week, and it really does have a way of making food taste and feel unhealthier than it. It’s so easy to set it and forget it; and I can use that time to make other things (or lets be honest, clean up the 100’s of dishes I create during every single cooking session). This air fryer is probably my favorite kitchen appliance, and it’s so versatile. Bagel holes are just the beginning; sweet potato fries, burger, chicken tenders, cheese sticks… I’ve even made eggrolls in this magic kitchen appliance!

If you don’t have an air fryer, you can make this in a skillet on the stovetop! Heat 1 teaspoon of coconut oil in skillet over high heat until pan is extremely hot. Lower heat to medium and drop french toast sticks into pan, cooking for 2 minutes on each side.

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