Cannoli French Toast

His Heart & Cannoli French Toast

Luke 1:45 (msg)

Blessed woman, who believed what God said, believed every word would come true!

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Friends, we’re going deep today.

Here’s the truth: I strayed away from religion and Christianity most of my young adult life. I believe, like a lot of others, that it was filled with judgement, that it was black and white, that there was no room for you if you were anything less than perfect. So I made the choice to stay away. I married a man who loves Jesus, who has never stopped loving Jesus, but who has made mistakes in his life, as we all have. Through the trials he faced, dealing with addiction and self-growth, he never stopped loving Jesus, he never stopped talking to Jesus, and he never felt unworthy of Jesus’s love for him. Because of this, and the influence of so many other incredible people in my life, I began forming what is now my faith, my belief system.

I try to live my truth, my entire life, very openly, very freely, without editing my beliefs, and I do this because I only started to believe in Jesus, to follow Him, and eventually accepted Him because of the love my less-than-perfect husband has always had for Him. It wasn’t because of the protestors threatening me to Hell if I didn’t change my ways, and it wasn’t because of the cruel comments left on Instagram and Facebook photos. It was because I believed that through all of my flaws, through all of my beliefs, that Jesus met me right where I was. He didn’t ask me to hide, to lie, or to shy away. Humans had asked that, even demanded it, but Jesus never did. Of course there are challenges that come with being a Christian that cause us to grow and change, but that’s only because of conviction from Him, and because our hearts are changing. If and when that happens to you, you’ll know. It won’t necessarily make it any easier, but you’ll be certain it’s for good reason.

But no matter what I believed in, what I read, what I was told in church, I couldn’t help but notice the very judgmental Christians that still made their feelings very clear on lots of topics, so because I’m human, there has always been some doubt in my mind. “Can it really be that easy? Maybe I’m wrong, maybe Jesus doesn’t love me just because I’ve accepted him. Maybe the billboards, the Facebook comments, the protestors with the signs condemning me are right.”

It wasn’t until I sat in the rows of church one particular week that I felt connected to the love and truth that comes only from Jesus, and it’s the perfect elevator pitch for giving your life up to Him. But it’s a message that’s not told nearly enough. It’s the message of loving others, having empathy, forgiving others, holding back judgement, and remaining humble – because Jesus did, and still does. It’s the message that there is only 1 person who is qualified to judge and condemn, but doesn’t.

I’ll be very honest with you guys. The thought of death scares me. Like scares me to the point that I could cry on command. Seems confusing, right? I love Jesus, I believe in Him, I know where I’m headed when this life is over, but I’m still completely terrified. Maybe it’s a control issue, maybe it’s the fact that no one really knows what that looks like, maybe it’s totally normal and lots of Christians just don’t say it. Either way – it’s how I feel. But for the first time in my life, on Sunday, hearing that message, I had this moment where my heart wanted to explode at the thought of meeting Jesus one day. Just pure excitement, nothing else. I know it sounds very childish and probably nuts, but I had this vision of just jumping into his arms for a hug, and feeling this love that I can’t describe. Like if you combined the love I feel when my dad hugs me, the love I feel when my husband holds me, the love I feel when my dogs cuddle me, and the love I feel walking around Target all wrapped into one. That kind of love.

If you’re reading this and you’re not a Christian, don’t let the beliefs of others scare you away from the only One who matters. I can honestly tell you that just a few short years ago, I stood where you stand. I didn’t believe, not one bit. Even worse, there was a point when I believed enough to utter the phrase “I hate God”. There is nothing that you can’t come back from, and there is no possible way that you’re being judged by anyone who matters. I encourage you to learn, to research, to reach out if you have questions. If you decide it’s still not for you, at least you have a better understanding of what the crazy Christians believe, right?

And if you are a believer, but know someone who isn’t (you can probably look around and find a few!), don’t be afraid to approach them with the message of love and compassion and acceptance before anything else. After all, isn’t that what we get the privilege of hearing about Jesus doing over and over and over again?

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Ask the Lord to use you in reaching those who don’t yet understand His heart.

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For someone in your life that isn’t a believer yet.

Cannoli French Toast

5 minPrep Time

5 minCook Time

10 minTotal Time

Serves 1

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Ingredients

  • 2 slices thick bread
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 tablespoons ricotta cheese
  • 2 teaspoons mini chocolate chips
  • 1 teaspoon syrup or honey
  • non-stick cooking spray

Instructions

  1. Spray air fryer or skillet with non-stick cooking spray and heat to 400 degrees or medium heat
  2. In a bowl, combine ricotta cheese, syrup/honey, and chocolate chips and mix
  3. Set aside
  4. In a separate bowl, combine egg and ground cinnamon and whisk
  5. Cut the crust off all edges of bread
  6. Spread the entire ricotta mixture across the top of one slice of bread
  7. Cover with the second slice like a sandwich, and press down firmly
  8. Tear off small pieces of the sandwich and dip into the egg mixture, then drop into the air fryer or skillet
  9. Cook for 3-4 minutes, stirring frequently
  10. Sprinkle with powdered sugar before serving (optional)
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