Cinnamon Toast Crunch Donuts

Expectations & Cinnamon Toast Crunch Donuts

2 Kings 5:11 (nirv)

But Naaman went away angry. He said, “I was sure he would come out to me. I thought he would stand there and pray to the Lord his God. I thought he would wave his hand over my skin. Then I would be healed.”

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Naaman was a commander of the army; he was a powerful, important man. But he had leprosy. In that time, leprosy was a shameful disease that meant uncleanliness. Those who had the disease were shunned from the Temple and cast out from society.

Naaman here’s about a prophet that can heal him through a servant girl in his household. He goes to the king with a request for healing, and the king gets upset because he can’t heal him and doesn’t want to be seen as the giver of life; a title that only belongs to God. But Elisha, a prophet, hears about this and uses this as an opportunity to glorify God. He sends for Naaman.

When Naaman arrives at his house, Elisha doesn’t even come out to meet with him. Instead, he sends out a messenger with simple instructions: wash yourself in the Jordan River seven times, and you’ll be healed. As we can see, this isn’t exactly the response that Naaman was expecting.

Imagine going to great lengths to get an appointment with a special doctor for a serious illness, and when you finally arrive for your appointment, the receptionist prescribes a bath and sends you on your way. That probably something like what Naaman was feeling. He became upset, and he decided to dismiss the instructions given to him.

We can see from his dialogue exactly what was going on in his mind; unmet expectations. “I thought, I thought, I thought.” When I read this passage, I wanted to shake my fist at Naaman and tell him that he was being crazy! He was letting his pride keep him from being healed! Since he was unable to heal himself, who was he to even set expectations about the process to begin with?

But Naaman isn’t that different from you and I, is he? How many times to we enter into a situation or interaction that’s out of our control with a bullet-point list of expectations? I know I do. All. the. time. I often fail to realize is that my expectations, my principles, and my pride keep me from being healed of my flaws and prevent me from growing through my struggles.

My faith journey goes a lot like this: I realize something is wrong and deny it for far too long. Eventually, I make peace with the fact that I need to work on something after I come up with a plan on how to fix it. Then, I pray about the solution I’ve come up; not necessarily the problem. I’ve set expectations about how the process will go. When God fails to answer my prayers, I get upset and become entitled. I make the mistake of thinking that I humbled myself by admitting my problem and praying about the solution. What I’m really doing is wrapping my desire to control up in different packaging. But that’s not how God rolls. If we could fix ourselves, Jesus’ death on the Cross would have been pointless.

We can’t trick God into doing things our way, and we shouldn’t want to. There’s a reason that things are the way that they are in the first place, and it’s not because God didn’t have a handle on things without our help. Instead of bringing our expectations to God, we need to bring ourselves. Our time in prayer isn’t a meeting with investors that want to see a business plan. We can show up with our problems that feel and look so unfixable, and wait for God to provide the solutions, because He will. Without expectations, we’re able to see how beautifully and perfectly God works in our lives through His power only.

Write

What have you set expectations about recently? Have you been frustrated or angry because any of those expectations went unmet? How can you approach the situation differently in order to see God’s solutions instead of your own?

Pray

For a mind free from expectations so that you can witness God’s great power.

Cinnamon Toast Crunch Donuts

5 minPrep Time

10 minCook Time

15 minTotal Time

Serves 2 • 3 Donuts per Serving

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup cinnamon toast crunch cereal
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 tablespoons plain greek yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Glaze
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tablespoon unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/4 cup cinnamon toast crunch cereal

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees
  2. Spray a donut pan with non-stick cooking spray
  3. Combine all donuts ingredients in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth
  4. Pour batter evenly into donut tin, about 3/4 of the way full
  5. Bake for 10 minutes
  6. In a small bowl, combine vanilla extract, powdered sugar, and almond milk
  7. Glaze may require additional powdered sugar, depending on the consistency you'd like to achieve
  8. Spread glaze across the top of each donut and sprinkle additional crushed Cinnamon Toast Crunch
  9. Allow to harden for 5 minutes before serving
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If you want to make this just a tiny bit healthier, one of my favorite alternatives to powdered sugar is Swerve 0 calorie confectioners sugar.

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