Stuffed French Toast

Finding Satisfaction & Strawberries & Cream French Toast

Matthew 5:6 (erv)

Great blessings belong to those who want to do right more than anything else. God will fully satisfy them.

Read

I’m currently reading Full: Food, Jesus, and the Battle for Satisfaction. It’s a deeper look at the battle that so many of us face with our food, and what we’re actually searching for when we reach for that tub of ice cream or third slice of cake.

In this book, the author Asheritah Ciuciu, presents several different verses that talk about finding our satisfaction in God. Our verse from today is the last verse she presented, and along with it, she gave an amazing perspective. For the rest of our devotional today, I want to share with you her insights and breakdown from about this scripture.

Full by Asheritah Ciuciu, Chapter 4

“…In order to be satisfied in God, we must first hunger and thirst for Him.

The Greek word for blessed here means ‘the highest good, to be supremely blessed, happy, fortunate, well off.’ It’s interesting here that Jesus ties together satisfactions to our hunger and thirst for righteousness. He’s saying that if we’re craving anything else, we will never really experience true satisfaction. No matter how much we eat, no matter how monies cookies, how many buffet lines, how many late-night escapades, we will never truly be satisfied as long as we are craving something other than Him.

If we desire God, if we hunger and thirst for righteousness, He promises that not only will we get to taste His goodness, but that we will be satisfied. The Greek word for satisfied here actually means ‘to gorge.’ This is surprising to me, because gorging has always carried with it a negative connotation. We have probably all experienced at least one time in our lives when we gorged on food, when we tasted something that was soo good that we kept eating and lost all control, until we had more than we could take. Jesus is using this exact word to help us picture the immense satisfaction that is ours in God when we hunger and thirst for Him instead of empty food. That’s mind blowing to think about.”

Whether or not you struggle with food addiction, there’s probably been a time where you’ve tried to fill a void or even just an empty space with food or drink. Isn’t it incredible how unsatisfying something that you’ve spent days, hours, or even just minutes visualizing and anticipating can be? That’s how I know that what I’m looking for, what I need, can’t and won’t be found in the things that fill my body.

But that intense feeling of fullness that so many of us seek, that is often created for a brief moment by a huge meal, that’s the feeling that God wants to provide for us – to truly fill us up. I don’t know how long it will take me to begin finding that feeling through Him only, but I’m really excited to keep growing toward it, because even just the thought of it brings a feeling of freedom that I so badly long for.

Write

Do you ever find yourself to trying to be filled up by food? What emotions typically lead you to the doors of the refrigerator? Joy, sadness, fear, anger, loneliness – they can all drive us to seek satisfaction in the wrong places. What steps can you take the next time you’re tempted to look for that satisfaction in anything other than Jesus?

Pray

For peace and grace as you seek to find satisfaction in Jesus alone.

Strawberries & Cream French Toast

25 minPrep Time

20 minCook Time

45 minTotal Time

Serves 3 Servings

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Ingredients

  • 1 loaf of french bread (unsliced)
  • 1 cup strawberries
  • 1/2 cup cream cheese
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • non-stick cooking spray

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Cut slices into loaf of bread 3/4 of the way through, without cutting completely through
  3. Chop strawberries into small pieces and combine with cream cheese
  4. Spoon cream cheese mixture into the spaces between each slice of bread
  5. Crack eggs in a bowl and mix with almond milk and vanilla extract
  6. Pour egg mixture over bread and allow to soak for 20 minutes
  7. Bake for 20 minutes and serve immediately
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