Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.
This was the first verse that I (Melissa) ever committed to memory. It’s a good one because it’s always applicable because if you’re like us, there is always something to worry about. When I was a kid, my parents joked that I must sit around thinking up things to worry about. I was the very nervous, worried child. What can I say? It runs in the family. Thankfully, adulthood and Christianity has changed that considerably. I wish I could say that it was taken care of completely because I’ve realized that God is in control of all and I have therefore submitted all my worries to Him. That would be nice. Maybe one day. But for now, we have this verse.
Lately, we have had a lot of changes going on around here. Changes that could affect all aspects of our lives; our children, our marriages, our homes, our blog. While it would be easy to worry about these ginormous (maybe?) changes, we realize there is nothing that we can do. The absolute BEST place for us to be, no matter what, is right smack in the middle of God’s will. And the best way for us to get there, is to just go with Him. Just go with it. Whatever it is.
We both, Melissa especially, have the tendency to immediately start planning whenever the hint of a problem or change might arise. Planning for all the possibilities and the what if’s and the how’s and the why’s. Sometimes, that can become overwhelming and we just drown in it all. Because it wasn’t really meant for us to be doing in the first place. We are praying and trying to take captive those thoughts and desires to plan out every aspect of every situation that could possibly arise. Instead, and especially, when there are just too many possibilities and too many what if’s to handle, we are choosing to give it to the Lord. To go to Him, first with thanks and worship, and then to give Him our burdens. To ask for a peace and clarity and to only move when He says move. Because otherwise, we are just stumbling, blindly, onto a path that may not be intended for us.
So when life starts pressing in and all the decisions seem too much to bear, give it to Him. Go to Him and praise Him and thank Him and worship Him. Then give it to the one that was made to carry it all. And breathe.
-Heather and Melissa
Mocha Brownies with Kahlua Whipped Cream
For the brownies:
3/4 cups sugar
1 cup all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 square unsweetened chocolate
2 tbsp butter
1.2 cups whole milk
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cups brown sugar
1/2 cups sugar (additional)
4 tsbp unsweetened cocoa
1 cup cold espresso
For the whipped cream:
1 cup heavy cream
1/2 powdered sugar
3 tbsp Kahlua
- For the brownies: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease an 8×8 pan and set aside.
- In a large bowl, whisk together 3/4 cup sugar, flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
- In a small bowl, melt the chocolate and butter in the microwave. In a measuring cup, combine the milk and vanilla.
- Add the dry ingredients alternately with the milk mixture to the chocolate and stir until combined. Pour into the greased pan.
- In a small bowl, combine the brown sugar, the 1/2 cup sugar, and the cocoa powder. Sprinkle evenly over the batter. Pour the cup of cold espresso on top. Do NOT stir.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes. We topped it with homemade Kahlua whipped cream.
- For the whipped cream: Pour the cream into the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment and whip on high until peaks start to form. The cream will begin to look somewhat thick and will start to hold its shape.
- Add the sugar and Kahlua and whip on high until stiff peaks form. When you take your whisk attachment off, a peak of whipped cream should stand straight up on the end. This is how you know you are done. It is possibly to overbeat your whipped cream and it will still taste ok, but will begin to separate. You don’t want this. Trust us. Enjoy!