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Bitterness and Resentments & Pumpkin Ricotta Roll-Ups

Ephesians 4:31 (ceb)

Put aside all bitterness, losing your temper, anger, shouting, and slander, along with every other evil.

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I’m definitely one of those people that remember every wrong that’s ever been done to them. I have memories of things little girls said to me in grade school. I know the names of servers in restaurants and employees in retail stores that have been rude to me. I can still quote back the majority of things my husband has said to me during arguments. What I’m trying to say, is that I don’t let things go easily. That’s pretty much the definition of resentment.

I’ve been thinking a lot about holding on to bitterness lately, and to be honest, I’m not sure it’s something I’m necessarily ready to let go of. I think it’s been a shield I’ve been holding for a long time; a defense system against being vulnerable and allowing myself to get hurt. But recently, God began to show me that my resentments and bitterness aren’t helping me. They are, however, helping the enemy.

I’m sure you’ve heard the quote that says, “Not forgiving someone is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die.” If you haven’t, well… I guess now you have. I’ve heard this said several different times in several different ways and it’s never really resonated with me. But lately, I feel like God has been showing me another way to think about this, and it has much less to do with the other person and a lot more to do with my own personal growth and ability to see myself as “good”.

Here’s the thing: when I think about the wrongs that have been done to me, or that I feel have been done to me, most of them revolve around painful memories regarding my self worth. I’ll give you a few examples; I hold on to a lot of recollections regarding friendships. I had a friend who moved away, and a few times, I made the trip to visit her. But when she came back to our hometown, she never connected with me. I started to believe that she didn’t value our friendship, that she didn’t really like spending time with me, or that I wasn’t important to her. Now, I don’t know whether or not any of that is true, but it caused me to form a belief that I wasn’t a good friend. Another one of my friends had a destination wedding a few years ago, and she invited a lot of people from our “group”, but she didn’t invite me. Again, it created an idea that something is wrong with me, that I wasn’t included for a specific reason.

Now, when I set out to make new friends, or when my friendships reach a fork in the road (a place where I can either put in the effort and pursue this relationship, or let it fade away), these memories pop back up, and the internal exchange begins. “This relationship is probably pointless anyway.” Or, “She’ll eventually learn that you’re not a very good friend, so you might as well just walk away now.”

These are lies that the enemy uses to bring us down, to hinder our growth, and to deter us from feeling seen and accepted. And here’s the kicker: when we collect those resentments, we’re taking all the work out of it for him. We’re collecting rocks in a bucket, and anytime he wants, all he has to do is bend down and grab one, then launch it our direction. We’re already aware of it, expecting it even, so as long as it lands in our general area, we see it and we use it to validate the lies we’ve already started to believe.

When Jesus died on the Cross, He offered us a clean slate and complete freedom. That doesn’t just mean for eternity, it’s available for us right now. We don’t have to carry around those buckets of rocks, just waiting for them to be used against us. We can drop them off, right where we’re standing, and begin to walk away from them. At first, it won’t seem like we’ve made it very far, but eventually, if we continue to move forward and leave those heavy thoughts, ideas, and beliefs right where we set them down, we’ll be able to live without the fear of them being flung at us.

And we don’t have to take that step away alone. Weirdly, carrying around those heavy burdens can feel like a form of comfort and safety, but as we slowly turn them over to Jesus, we’ll realize just how heavy and cumbersome they’ve been.

Write

It may seem counterproductive, but for a minute, write about any of the wrongs that you can think of that you’ve been holding onto, focusing on, or obsessing over.

Pray

Surrender all of the bitter thoughts surrounding the wrong-doings you wrote about in your journal to the Lord today, and ask for His help in letting go of them.

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60

Pumpkin Ricotta Roll-Ups

5 minPrep Time

10 minCook Time

15 minTotal Time

Serves 4 Roll-Ups

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Ingredients

  • 4 slices of thick bread
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin
  • 2 tablespoons ricotta cheese
  • 1 teaspoon honey or syrup
  • 2 tablespoons almond milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sweetener

Instructions

  1. Cut the crust of all slices of bread
  2. Using a rolling pin, flatten out bread slices
  3. In a bowl, combine pumpkin, ricotta, honey, vanilla and mix
  4. Spread pumpkin mixture across each slice of toast
  5. Crack egg in a bowl and mix with almond milk
  6. Mix sweetener and pumpkin pie spice in a separate bowl
  7. Turn on air-fryer to 400 degrees and spray with non-stick cooking spray
  8. Roll each slice of bread up tightly
  9. Dip each roll into egg mixture and then into sugar mixture
  10. Place in air fryer and cook for 10 minutes or until lightly browned and crisp on the outside (you may need to turn the rolls halfway through)
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Tips & Tools

If you don’t have an air fryer, you can pan fry these roll-ups, or bake them in the oven.

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