Apple Pie French Toast

January 6 – Depending on God & Apple Pie French Toast

Ephesians 6:10 (nirv)

Finally, let the Lord make you strong. Depend on his mighty power.

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I have a terrible habit of trying to do it all on my own; I’m not one to ask for help. It’s probably a lot of pride, mixed with the desire to control, with a sprinkle of perfectionism. Whatever the reason, I’ve gotten really good at doing it on my own – or at least that’s what I’ve convinced myself.

But the truth is, I haven’t. I’ve gotten really good at pretending that I can do it on my own. But most days, I feel stressed, overwhelmed, isolated, and not good enough. I’d like to say that those feelings were a thing of the past, and share how I worked through them, but in all honesty, this is still very much an issue for me, and something I spend time praying over and trying to work through almost every day.

It should come as no surprise that I struggle with depending on God just as much as I struggle with depending on others. I think that if I just keep trying, fit in just one more hour of work, read one more self help book, take one more exercise class, then I’ll be strong enough to do it on my own. I’ll get it done without the help of anyone.

When we moved into our last house, we went to Ikea to swap out our old, cheap furniture with new, cheap furniture. It was one of those “fill the car to the brim” kind of trips; my favorite. After a long day of shopping, my hubby fell asleep early, and I was left with tons of new stuff that I was dying to see put together and decorated. So I opened a piece of furniture and decided to see what I could accomplish with picture instructions and that very small tool that gives you an immediate hand cramp.

I was 50% of the way done when I decided this was way easier than I thought, so I abandoned the instructions, turned on some trap music, and really got to work to finish that entertainment center. That’s when it happened; one of my pieces wouldn’t fit. I pushed and pulled and bent, and then the piece broke. Just as I was at the height of my crying and swearing fit, my husband woke up. He took one look at the piece, flipped it over, and showed me how it would have fit, had I not been so convinced that I didn’t need any help figuring it out.

God sees us overworking and overextending ourselves. He sees us beating our heads against the wall. He sees our frustrations and fears. And He also sees how easily the piece fits if we would just ask for His help. No matter how hard I work, or how strong I get, my strength could never even come close to God’s strength. He wants us to depend on His power, because He knows it’s all we need to be strong. He has the answers we need.

Learning to rely on someone else can be really difficult. It takes a lot of work in humility and faith. But if there’s anything worth doing that hard work for, it’s God strength and power.

Write

Think about a time that you successfully trusted God’s strength and power instead of your own. Did you give up control of the situation by choice or out of necessity? How did it feel to give up control and rely on God? What was the outcome of the situation?

Pray

For complete surrender and dependence on the Lord.

Crockpot Apple Pie French Toast

15 minPrep Time

3 hrCook Time

3 hr, 15 Total Time

Serves 1 French Toast Casserole. Serving Size 1/4 Casserole

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Ingredients

  • 2 large apples, cored and sliced
  • 1/2 loaf fresh baked bread
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 cups unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup or raw honey
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon apple pie spice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • non-stick cooking spray
  • walnuts and raisins for topping (optional)

Instructions

  1. Turn crockpot to low and spray with non-stick cooking spray
  2. Cut bread into large slices and line the bottom of the crock pot with them - it’s okay if some of the pieces are overlapping
  3. Lay apple slices across the top of the bread
  4. In a large bowl, combine eggs, almond milk, spices, vanilla, and syrup/honey and mix until completely scrambled
  5. Pour egg mixture over bread and apples, ensuring every piece is covered
  6. Put the lid on the crockpot and cook for 3 hours
  7. Top with optional walnuts and/or raisins before serving
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Tips & Tools

I love this french toast bake because it’s so easy to set it and forget it… until the house starts filling up with the delicious smell of apple pie! For this recipe, I used a loaf of the fresh baked multi-grain bread from the bakery section of Costco. I actually pulled it out of my freezer – the other half was used to make stuffing on Christmas. If you buy a fresh loaf of bread and don’t know what to do with the other half, you can store it in a freezer ziploc bag in the freezer and use it for the next applicable FaithFull Mornings recipe, or for another meal!

If you prefer to use your favorite pre-sliced loaf of bread, you’ll just want to be conscious of the amount of liquid that you add. If your bread is sliced thin and already has a lot of moisture in it (white bread, for example), you’ll want to add slightly less almond milk to your mixture so that it doesn’t get soggy. If you’re using a more dense bread, such as gluten-free, you may require a little more almond milk. If you notice that the liquid doesn’t cover the entire crockpot, or you see that it’s dry/beginning to burn throughout the cooking process, you’ll want to add more.

I find the apple pie spice at my local grocery store, but it’s also available through trusty Amazon Prime.

If you want a little extra sweetness, you can drizzle a little additional maple syrup on the top of your french toast, but typically, this is really moist and delicious when it comes straight out of the crockpot, so I don’t even think the extra syrup is necessary!

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2 Comments

  • Reply Carie Sauders January 6, 2019 at 9:07 pm I am really loving these recipies and devos! Today's verse struck me hard. I feel like I have my hand in a million things and I feel so overwhelmed. I am reminded today to pause and ask God to help me an guide me. Moving forward I need to really seek out His perfect and pleasing will first so that I can avoid the feeling of being in over my head. I know Jesus has better for me.
    • Reply Olivia Grist January 8, 2019 at 3:42 pm Girl yes! Story of my life - I feel like I'm always running on empty because I'm trying to do ALL THE THINGS! It's such a breath of fresh air when I can muster up the courage to hand all of that over to Jesus!

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