Brown Sugar Pop-Tarts

Practicing God’s Presence & Cinnamon Sugar Pop-Tarts

1 Corinthians 10:31 (erv)

So if you eat, or if you drink, or if you do anything, do it for the glory of God.

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A question that comes up daily during my time in prayer: God, why do I struggle so hard to connect with you? Yesterday, my prayer was no different. But in that moment, a visual of me making today’s recipe to photograph it came to mind, and I was instantly overwhelmed with the tasks I had to accomplish. My thoughts shifted from my time with God to my always present list of things to do.

Do you ever feel like you’re getting a message from God, where you can kind of make out the words? It’s as if a text message popped up on your phone while on the lock screen, so you can quickly read it? You can repeat the thing that you “heard”, even thought it wasn’t audible? That’s what immediately followed my thoughts about making the recipe; a response from God about all the tasks that were now stealing my focus. That doesn’t mean our time together has to be over.

Honestly, I used to believe that God wasn’t being realistic with us in terms our time. I would hear about people who spent hours in prayer and wonder why God only really connected with the people who didn’t seem to be productive in any other area of their lives. It had never dawned on me that those who really connected with God didn’t only spend their days alternating between reading the Word in a comfy chair and kneeling before God in prayer. Sure, those things are definitely part of it. But so is incorporating God into the every moments of life.

While we’re on the subject of all the incorrect things I used to believe, I also assumed that glorifying God was for the benefit of others, especially non-believers. Of course, it definitely is. But the act of glorifying God is also for my benefit. In Greek, the word used for glory is doxa, which literally translates to “evokes good opinions”. And the word evoke means “to bring to mind”. Glorifying God allows me to call His goodness to mind; to focus on it.

Brother Lawrence compiled a famous collection of writings that are now known as The Practice of the Presence of God. In his writings, he speaks about making God a part of his every moment. He believed that prayer and connecting with God was simply an act of practicing His presence.

“[This is] the most excellent method I have found of going to God… doing common business without any view to pleasing [people], and as far as I am capable, doing it purely for the love of God.

It is a great delusion to think that the time of prayer ought to be different from other times. We are strictly obliged to adhere to God in the time of action, just as we are to adhere to prayer during the season of prayer.

My prayers are nothing other than a sense of the presence of God. My soul is simply insensible, at that time, to anything but divine love. When the appointed time of prayer has passed, I find no difference because I still continue with God, praising and blessing Him with all my might, so that I might pass my life in continual joy…(pgs 56-57)”

So back to my original question; Why do I struggle so hard to connect with God? Because God and life aren’t separate. God is life. We only have one because of the Other. We have to stop limiting our time spent with God to the few minutes we spend in the Bible and start recognizing the incredible place He holds in our every moment. When we acknowledge His permanent presence in our lives, we’ll begin to naturally connect with Him, throughout both our quiet times and our times of chaos.

Write

How can you begin practicing God’s presence in your life? Spend some reflecting on your daily tasks and makes notes of how/when you can choose to focus on and glorify God.

Pray

For an awareness of God’s constant presence in your life.

Practicing God’s Presence & Cinnamon Sugar Pop-Tarts

40 minPrep Time

15 minCook Time

55 minTotal Time

Serves 4 • 1 Pop-Tart Each

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup + 1 tablespoon whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 tablespoon granulated sweetener
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1/2 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1 egg
  • dash of salt
  • 1/2 cup cold water

Instructions

  1. Mix 1 cup flour, granulated sweetener, and salt
  2. Add in coconut oil and mix using an electric mixer on medium speed until flour forms crumbles
  3. Separate egg, setting the egg white aside
  4. Combine egg yolk with water and whisk
  5. Add egg to flour mixture and mix until dough is formed
  6. If dough is too sticky, add in additional flour, 1 tablespoon at a time
  7. Separate dough in half and wrap each half in plastic wrap
  8. Chill in the refrigerator for 20 minutes
  9. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper
  10. Roll dough out onto a flat, lightly floured surface
  11. Cut into 8 equal size rectangles
  12. Place rectangles on parchment paper and brush egg white onto the top of each
  13. In a separate bowl, combine brown sugar, ground cinnamon, and vanilla extract
  14. Spoon brown sugar mixture onto the top of 4 rectangles and cover with the remaining rectangles, egg wash side down
  15. Using your fingertips, pinch along the sides of all pop-tarts to seal shut
  16. Brush egg whites onto the top of each pop-tart
  17. Return to refrigerator for 10 minutes to chill
  18. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees
  19. Bake for 15 minutes
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Nutrition information is calculated using the zero calorie sweetener, Swerve, as the granulated sweetener option.

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