Cinnamon Roll Bread Pudding Recipe

High Expectations & Cinnamon Roll Bread Pudding

Mark 11:23-24 (easy)

What I say is true. A person could say to this mountain, “Move and throw yourself into the sea.” Then it will happen like he says. But he must not let other ideas come into his mind. He must really believe that those things will happen. If he does believe it, God will do those things for him. So I tell you this. When you pray to ask God for anything, believe in him. Believe that you have received that thing. Then you will have whatever you have asked for. 

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Last week, we looked at growth, and ensuring that we have the proper expectations, based on Jesus’ words, about the process of maturing and improving. But today, we’re going to focus on a different kind of expectation.

Often times, my expectations are high; much higher than they should be. But when it comes to God’s power, and His passion for using it to create and orchestrate good in my life, my expectations are way, wayyyyyy too low.

Maybe you’re the same way? Do you tend to expect the bad to happen? Are you waiting for the other shoe to drop? Do you subconsciously view your prayer requests as a way to simply counter-balance all the negative things you’re expecting to happen around you? Or do you pray half-heartedly, without expectation that God will actual hear you and respond to your request?

When it comes to expectations, Jesus teaches us that we should have huge ones when it comes to the power of God, and the power of belief in Him. Can you imagine telling a mountain to move, and having it actually move? You can’t, right? Me either. And that’s the problem. Where there’s disbelief, there’s no expectations. And that’s how most of us live our lives and say our prayers.

We go into our conversations with God with a back-up plan, at least I do. I ask for something while preparing myself that it won’t happen. We’re so afraid to allow ourselves to have hope in anything or anyone, that we’re unaware of one of the greatest character traits of a God that we claim to know and love. Our fear of being vulnerable and out of control is keeping us from approaching God with expectation and boldness.

Back in January, one of our devotionals looked at a story about a man whose son was possessed by a demon. The man approached Jesus, asking for healing for his son. He said, “If you can do anything, please have pity on us and help us.” And Jesus responded by saying, “Why did you say, ‘if you can’? All things are possible for the one who believes (Mark 9:22-23).”

This is an area that we’re supposed to have high expectations, which in turn provides us a huge amount of hope. This is a gift; knowing that God is good, that He desires to answer our prayers and help us. But until we start believing, we won’t start seeing. So today, I challenge you to look around at all the good things in your life, and in the world and allow those things to be the foundation of your expectation for God and His mighty power.

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Do you approach God with expectation? Are your prayers filled with boldness and belief, or are they riddled with doubt and fear? How does this passage change your mindset when it comes to expectation?

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For a prayer life that’s overflowing with expectation, hope, and belief.

& Cinnamon Roll Bread Pudding

40 minPrep Time

40 minCook Time

1 hr, 20 Total Time

Serves 4 • 1/4 Recipe

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Ingredients

  • 1 package cinnamon rolls (8)
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 tablespoons chopped nuts
  • 2 tablespoons raisins
  • non-stick cooking spray

Instructions

  1. Bake cinnamon rolls in the oven according to instructions on package
  2. Spray a casserole dish with non-stick cooking spray
  3. Tear baked cinnamon rolls up into small pieces
  4. In a separate bowl, whisk eggs, almond milk, and vanilla extract together
  5. Add raisins and nuts to egg mixture and pour over the casserole dish of cinnamon rolls
  6. Allow to soak for 30 minutes
  7. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees
  8. Bake for 40-50 minutes until cooked through
  9. Drizzle icing from cinnamon roll package across the top before serving
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The nutrition information is calculated using Pillsbury Cinnamon Rolls with Icing.

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