Breakfast Monte Cristo Recipe

Getting Well & Breakfast Monte Cristo

1 Chronicles 16:11 (icb)

Depend on the Lord and his strength. Always go to him for help.

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Recently, I saw a quote on Pinterest that said, “Have you prayed about it as much as you’ve talked about it?” It made me stop to think about all the things that were on my heart in that very moment. All the worry, the concerns that always sit in the back of my mind, the fear, the anxiety; all of it. And for the first time in, maybe ever, I stopped to genuinely reflect on how much of that I’ve actually prayed over.

We’re lead to believe that it’s normal to live with and face constant turmoil of some sort; that’s just life, right? But the truth is that, as humans, we’re not properly equipped to handle any of it on our own, so when we’re just sitting in it, we’re literally not doing anything to improve our situations. In fact, God is the only One strong enough and powerful enough to actually help us with our problems. Yet, we often try everything else and talk to everyone else before we go to Him. That is, if we do anything at all.

I can rattle off a list of 15 things that are challenging me, worrying me, etc. in the drop of a dime, but when I sit down to pray, I’m often speechless. And not in the awestruck kind of way. I can’t think of a thing to pray about, but my brain is filled with uncertainties.

Which brings me to the question that I have to ask myself; do I really want God’s help? Do I believe that He can help? That He will help? What’s preventing me from seeking Him in these times of turmoil?

I don’t know. This probably isn’t a very good devotional, because it’s doesn’t really have an aha moment at the end. What I do know is that there’s a story in the Bible of a man who had a similar struggle. And by similar, I mean nothing alike, but let’s look at it.

In John 5, we learn about a pool in Jerusalem that was believed to heal sick people. The thought was that when the water was stirred up in the pool by the angels, the first person to enter it would be healed from their ailment. Sick people lined the sides of the pool, waiting. And not just sick people, but really sick people. Crippled people. Homeless people. When Jesus arrives, He sees a man who He knows has been sick for a really long time. And He asks him, “Do you want to be well? (v.6)”

Instead of responding with a simple yes, the man decides to explain himself. “Sir, there is no one to help me get into the water when it starts moving. I try to be the first one into the water. But when I try, someone else always goes in before I can (v.7).”

Even when face-to-face with Jesus, the man doesn’t ask for His help. When Jesus initiates the conversation, the man doesn’t accept His help. If you go on read verse 8, Jesus had to command this man to get up and walk. Did this man want to be well? Did he believe Jesus could heal him? We don’t know why he didn’t ask for help, or even accept Jesus’ first offer, but we can see the end result when Jesus got involved in this man’s struggles; healing.

Every day, we face things that we can’t handle alone, yet we try to. Or, we bring our problems to social media, to family, maybe even to our prayer groups. But do we bring them to God? And I’m not just talking about once. 1 Thessalonians 5:17 says to “pray without ceasing.”

Our God loves us, and He cares about anything and everything that’s on our hearts and our minds. He wants to help us, to heal us, and to change us. But often times, He’s asking us if we want to be well. We can be the ones to start the conversation. And even if healing or change doesn’t come immediately, prayer has another benefit that will; peace.

Write

What circumstances or challenges are you facing that you feel hopeless in? What do you need help with or healing from that you haven’t surrendered to God? In your journal, write down any of the things you haven’t brought to Him in prayer.

Pray

Spend today praying over your journal list and asking for His help and healing.

Breakfast Monte Cristo

5 minPrep Time

10 minCook Time

15 minTotal Time

Serves 1 Monte Cristo

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Ingredients

  • 2 slices of bread
  • 2 slices of deli ham
  • 1 slice of swiss cheese
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup almond milk
  • 1/4 cup blueberries
  • non-stick cooking spray

Instructions

  1. Preheat skillet to medium heat and spray with non-stick spray
  2. Crack egg in a bowl and mix with almond milk
  3. Dip bread into the bowl, making sure it's completely covered
  4. Place on skillet and cook for 2-3 minutes on each side
  5. Once french toast is cooked, place slices of ham on one of the bread slices
  6. Cover with swiss cheese, top with blueberries, and close with the second piece of bread
  7. Cook in a panini maker or a skillet until all ingredients are warm and cheese is melted
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Nutrition information is calculated using 2 slices of Ezekiel Sprouted Grain bread.

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