Cinnamon Roll French Toast Recipe

Give and Take & Cinnamon Roll French Toast

Job 1:21 (icb)

He said: “I was naked when I was born. And I will be naked when I die. The Lord gave these things to me. And he has taken them away. Praise the name of the Lord.”

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Here’s a little secret; I’ve always disliked this verse. At least the second half of it. I’ve made every attempt not to think about it. I like to avoid focusing on the idea of God taking things away, or allowing difficulties to happen. It changes my view of Him. Yesterday, I wrote about the good nature of God’s character. But today, when I see this verse, it throws all of that into question. But, let’s do the hard thing and dig into this concept; I think we’ll learn something from working through it.

The truth is that sometimes, God does take things away from us. he removes things, and even people, from our lives, and when He does, it’s devastating. Most times, it’s not clear to us why He does it, but there’s one thing we can be sure of. God’s number one priority for us is to know Him.

1 Timothy 2:4 says that, “God wants all people to be saved. And he wants everyone to know the truth.” Sometimes, in order for that to happen, God removes things from our lives. We are constantly bombarded by distractions; and even the “distractions” that are positive and good can pull as away from seeking and knowing the Lord.

As Job said, we come here naked, and we’ll die naked. I think it’s important to look at the meaning of the word naked. Striped away. Without possessions. Without distractions. In the beginning and in the end, we’ll have only one thing that matters: our Creator. In the middle, however, we become preoccupied from what’s important. And sometimes, God removes those things from our lives.

Over the years, I’ve heard countless stories of people finding God when their other things were removed. A family member sought God when his health left him. A friend gave her life to Jesus when her marriage ended – or so she thought. It turns out that God doesn’t always take things away for good! A fellow blogger surrendered her plan to God when she lost her full-time job (which is how she became a blogger!)

And as I mentioned above, we’re also reminded that nothing is too big or too permanent for God. Even in the tragic cases of death, it’s not forever. Because of the Cross, death is only permanent in this world. Sometimes the things and people that God gives us are for a season. And we can find peace in knowing that whatever and whoever He puts in our lives is placed perfectly for the experience we need to have, the thing we need to learn, and the greatest good of everyone involved. And if/when He takes it away, its for the same reasons.

For the last few years, I’ve felt like God has been consistently removing things from my life; jobs, passions, hobbies, relationships.. And for awhile, I wondered why He was punishing me. But slowly, I’m beginning to see that He’s allowing me time and space, distraction-free, to see the only Thing that matters; Him.

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Has God removed anything or anyone from your life recently? Even though it might be painful, can you try to look for ways that God might be challenging you to focus on what matters most?

Pray

Thank the Lord for the distractions He’s taken away that were blocking your view of Him.

Cinnamon Roll French Toast

30 minPrep Time

30 minCook Time

1 hrTotal Time

Serves 6

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Ingredients

  • 12 slices bread
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 5 eggs
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 tablespoons cream cheese
  • non-stick cooking spray

Instructions

  1. Cut the crust off of all bread slices
  2. Lay 4 slices of bread flat, overlapping the edges
  3. Push the edges down so that each slice molds together
  4. Spread butter across the bread and sprinkle with cinnamon
  5. Repeat 2 more times, using all the bread slices
  6. Roll the first row of bread into a roll
  7. Move the roll on to the 2nd row and roll it up inside of the 2nd roll
  8. Repeat that process with the 3rd row of bread
  9. Place cinnamon roll in a round baking pan with high sides, such as a springform pan
  10. Mix eggs, almond milk, and vanilla extract and pour on top of cinnamon roll
  11. Allow to sit for 20 minutes
  12. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  13. Bake for 30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean from the center
  14. Place cream cheese in a ziploc bag and manipulate it with your fingers so that it becomes pliable
  15. Cut the tip off of ziploc bag and drizzle cream cheese across the top of the cinnamon roll
  16. If you find that cream cheese is too thick, you can add a few drops of almond milk to the ziploc bag
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If you don’t have a springform pan, you can also use a small saucepan like this one to bake this cinnamon roll. Be sure to use a potholder when touching the handle!

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