French Toast Recipe

God is Accepting & Toasted Coconut French Toast

Matthew 14:28-29 (erv)

Peter said, “Lord, if that is really you, tell me to come to you on the water.” Jesus said, “Come, Peter.” Then Peter left the boat and walked on the water to Jesus.

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Every time I read this story, I’m reminded of who I get to be with God; myself. Most of us have an approved version of ourselves that we bring out depending on the situation. Maybe you’re more reserved and professional with your work friends, or you’re more fun and free with your college friends. I used to think I needed to be my most put together self when I talked to God. I would use words I’d heard in church, say things I didn’t mean, and try to “trick God” into believing that I was a model Christian. It was actually this scripture (among many other things) that turned that belief on it’s head.

When Peter made the request to walk on water, he had already committed to following Jesus. He’d given up his job and the stability of his every day life. He’d seen Jesus do miracles. Just hours earlier, he watched Jesus turn 2 fish and 5 loaves of bread into enough food to feed over 5,000 people. Yet, in this moment, he still had doubts.

There are two things that stand out to me in this verse. The first is the boldness that Peter uses to present his request, and the second is the lack of surprise and hesitation in Jesus’ response. When Peter questioned Jesus, He didn’t do it with fear or guilt – he made his request courageously, because he trusted Jesus. When Jesus responded, it wasn’t out of obligation, and He wasn’t caught off guard. He knew Peter completely, with all of his doubts and disbeliefs, just like He knows you and me.

There are so many incidents that I’m not sure what God’s will is. So many times, I think maybe some idea or plan is coming from God, but I’m just not certain. And for some reason, I become afraid to ask God for confirmation. But Peter has given a template to use when our beliefs need to be strengthened.

“Lord, if that is really you,…..”

We get to bring our real, doubting, honest, sometimes faithless, sinful selves to God – exactly as we are. And He not only loves us and accepts us, He continues to oblige when we ask for proof of His power. Peter isn’t the only one who had the courage to ask God to see His power. “Then Moses said, ‘Now show me your glory.’” (ERV, Exodus 33:18)

God wants to share who He is with us. He allows us to experience Him in unexplainable, life-altering ways if we simply ask.

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Do you have any questions or doubts on your heart that you’d like to bring to God? If so, use your journal to write them out.

Pray

For any doubts or disbeliefs that you’re facing. You can also pray for someone else in your life that may be dealing with doubts or questions.

God is Understanding & Toasted Coconut French Toast

5 minPrep Time

5 minCook Time

10 minTotal Time

Serves 1•2 Pieces of Toast

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Ingredients

  • 2 slices of bread
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons canned coconut milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon coconut extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1/2 ripe banana
  • maple syrup (optional)

Instructions

  1. Heat skillet over medium heat and spray with non-stick spray
  2. Combine egg, coconut milk, cinnamon, vanilla, and coconut extract in a bowl and whisk
  3. Place coconut flakes on a plate or shallow bowl
  4. Dip each piece of bread into egg mixture on each side and then roll in coconut flakes
  5. Cook in skillet for 2 minutes on each side
  6. Serve with chopped banana and maple syrup
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Tips & Tools

One of my favorite breads to use for french toast is Udi’s Gluten Free Multigrain Bread. I don’t even follow a gluten free diet, but the taste & texture of this bread is a winning combo, and turning it into french toast makes it even better. It’s got the perfect density to soak up the egg mixture without getting soggy. I’ve found that the most affordable place to buy this bread is Costco, but it’s also available at tons of other locations. You can find where it’s sold locally on their website.

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