Presence or Presents & Vegan Brown Sugar French Toast

Exodus 33:15 (erv)

Then Moses said to him, “If you don’t go with us, then don’t make us leave this place.”


Moses lead the Israelites about of Egypt. They escaped Pharaoh and his army multiple times. They crossed a dry piece of land as the Lord parted the Red Sea. They traveled and journeyed for years. They were headed to the land that they’d heard about for hundreds of years; the land of Milk and Honey.

But they certainly didn’t make the trip an easy one. They complained and questioned God throughout the entire adventure. They didn’t trust His ways. They didn’t believe in His goodness. They’d escaped death many times, yet their fear was still far greater than their faith.

Eventually, even God was fed up with them. Instead of taking away their promised land, He told them that they could still go, but He wasn’t coming. He even offered to send an angel to go with them. However, Moses wasn’t happy about that. Ultimately, Moses wasn’t in this journey for the promised land or the good life; he had a good life before he left Egypt. Unlike the others, Moses wasn’t a slave and wasn’t treated badly. He was wealthy, safe, and comfortable living in the home of Pharaoh himself.

Moses didn’t care about the destination; he was there for the journey. He wanted to be with God. He wanted to spend time with Him; to be near to Him. He wasn’t looking for God’s promises, He was looking for God. We see this clearly when he says the scripture noted above. “If you don’t go with us, then don’t make us leave this place.” In other words, if you’re not going, I don’t want to go either.

Reading this scripture and these details made me think about what I was really seeking in my relationship with God. Am I looking for Him or His gifts? Presence or presents? Unfortunately, I think more often than not, I’m guilty of running to God with requests and fears. I lean into Him out of need more than out of desire. Seeing how Moses willingly gave up an opportunity to finally reach the place they’d spent decades traveling to has caused me to examine my heart and my motives toward the Lord.

I hope that today, God will use this scripture and story to reveal any areas in your heart that aren’t leading you closer to an intimate, meaningful relationship with Him.


Do you feel that you’re seeking God presence or His presents? How is that behavior displayed in your thoughts and actions?


Ask the Lord to show you what your heart motives are and to lead you closer to His presence.

2 Pieces French Toast

Vegan Brown Sugar French Toast

10 minPrep Time

5 minCook Time

15 minTotal Time

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  • 2 slices bread
  • 1 tablespoon flaxseed
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2.5 tablespoons unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • non-stick cooking spray


  1. In a bowl, combine flaxseed with 2.5 tablespoons water and mix
  2. Place in the refrigerator for 5 minutes until it sets, becoming an egg texture
  3. Heat skillet over medium heat and spray with non-stick cooking spray
  4. Add cinnamon, vanilla, and 1 tablespoon almond milk to flax egg and whisk
  5. Dip each slice of bread into mixture and place on skillet
  6. Cook for 2 minutes on each side or until lightly browned
  7. While cooking, place brown sugar in blender or food processor until it becomes a powdery texture
  8. Add remaining 1.5 tablespoons of almond milk to the brown sugar and mix until fully combined
  9. Drizzle across french toast before serving


You will likely have leftover brown sugar glaze. You can store it in the refrigerator for a few days.

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