Cinnamon French Toast Recipe

Being Present in the Present & Butter Cinnamon French Toast

Matthew 6:34 (easy)

So do not have trouble in your mind about what might happen tomorrow. Tomorrow will have its own problems. It is enough for you to be thinking each day about the problems of that day.

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I have battled anxiety for most of my life. I’m just not an easy-going kinda girl. For as long as I can remember, I’ve felt anxious on and off throughout nearly every day. In the more recent years, I decided that I didn’t want to be controlled by my anxiety anymore, and I started seeing a therapist to help uncover the source of my anxiety and teach me to control it.

One of the most helpful exercises I’ve ever done sounds fairly simple, but it really put things into perspective for me. On a plain, cheap sheet of Walmart notebook paper, the source of my anxiety was uncovered: the future (and the past too).

My therapist asked me to keep a notebook during the week in between our sessions of all the times I felt anxiety and what it was triggered by. I wasn’t excited about doing this, because typically, my anxiety comes out of nowhere and seems like it’s attached to nothing. But I learned through this exercise that wasn’t at all true.

Over the course of the next week, I started to write down my anxious moments. But when I moved to the second part of the question, the “what’s triggering it” part, I felt stuck for a minute. I was just scrolling social media, how could that cause me anxiety? I was only looking in the mirror, why would that be a trigger? And then I started to pray and write and brainstorm over those anxious moments and that’s when I learned that 99% of the time, my fears and worries weren’t about the right now, they were about the future, or disappointments of the past.

It’s very rare that a current moment causes me anxiety; unless I’m opening an email that contains test results, or walking up to a stage to speak, or skiing down a hill in Colorado, I’m okay right now, in this moment. It’s all the moments to come that bring me fear and uncertainty and when I think about them.

That’s why Jesus tells us not to focus on the problems of tomorrow, but instead, look at today. The ironic thing about worrying is that it’s hardly ever about something that actually happens. Instead, the really bad things typically blindside us. There’s no planning and preparing for the uncontrollable. There’s only anticipating that something will go wrong, or turning our lives completely over to God and trusting in His promises to protect us. But if we choose to go with the first option, we’ll spend our whole lives in constant fear of what might go wrong, causing us to miss all the beautiful moments that went right.

But if we choose to trust God’s goodness and His promises, we can rest and allow our hearts to be filled with joy. Then, when the unexpected does arise, we’re more equipped to withstand the pain or fight through the struggle. It’s similar to exercise; if we properly train and strengthen our bodies, we’re ready to run or fight if we need to. But if we over-exercise and wear ourselves out before the fight even begins, we’re too exhausted to show up properly.

These every day moments that we’re spending with the Lord are the only preparation we need for the problems that lie ahead. Knowing that, we can all rest from worrying about the problems of tomorrow and focus on what He has for us today.

Write

What are some of the things you frequently find yourself worrying about? In your journal, create a list of the times you’re experiencing anxiety, and what’s triggering it. Read through each one and decide if it’s something that needs to be focused on today, or if it’s something you can turn over to the Lord for the future.

Pray

For the ability to be present in the present.

Butter Cinnamon French Toast

2 minPrep Time

8 minCook Time

10 minTotal Time

Serves 1 • 2 Pieces of Toast

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Ingredients

  • 2 slices bread
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • non-stick cooking spray
  • maple syrup (optional)

Instructions

  1. Mix all ingredients in a bowl except for bread
  2. Heat griddle or skillet over medium heat and spray with non-stick cooking spray
  3. Dip each slice of bread into egg mixture, making sure the slice is completely coated
  4. Cook bread for 4 minutes on each side, or until browned
  5. Serve with maple syrup if desired
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This recipe is crazy easy, and brings me back to my childhood favorite; butter cinnamon toast… but with a grown-up twist. That is, if you can call french toast grown-up. For this recipe, I used Udi’s Gluten Free Multigrain Bread. I really love making french toast with this bread because it’s thick and it does a great job of soaking up the egg mixture, but it’s still soft and moist.

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