This blog post started out as a simple recipe to share, but midway through, the Lord changed course to speak directly to you.
Earlier today after my prayer time, an immense feeling of worry twice came over me, and I began to question where this could be coming from.
“What are you afraid of? What is your worry?”
These were questions that came to me, but they were not my questions, neither were they petitions in my prayer time.
The Lord then instructed me to write these two questions down.
At the time, I didn’t know why this feeling came over me…but God revealed to me that He was allowing me to feel in that moment what many may be feeling in this season.
1 Peter 5:7 lets us know that we can cast our cares upon the Lord, because He cares for us. God is not blind to the things that make you anxious. I want to assure you of this.
We sometimes experience change in our lives that we’d prefer didn’t occur – things that may change suddenly, like the loss of a loved one, a job, good health, or financial security, to name a few. In the year of 2020, much of the unexpected has abruptly changed the lives of so many in the world.
I want to share with you that, though many of these changes have occurred, all hope is not lost. The Lord understands our weaknesses, our worries, our concerns, and our needs. To those experiencing grief, pain, worry, and situations that have taken your strength, allow the love of the Lord to consume you in the days ahead.
And although joy may seem impossible in your future, the sound of laughter echoes in the air, and the Lord will bring about a new sense of joy in your life (Ecclesiastes 3:4 & 3:11).
This is a season of baking, and many people may be exploring Sugar Cookie recipes.
In exploring this recipe, of course I considered different toppings, frostings, and the like; but, in the taste of keeping things original, I decided to start with the foundation and explore potential additions from there.
Tonight’s baking brought about a joyous experience and a sense of calm, and it also brought exactly what my husband professed that it would: value and rejuvenation! As I baked away, I proceeded on the “normal” course of action, and as I neared the end of the course, I realized that something was missing and that the outcome was not as I had planned.
As a baker, you learn to look for changes and inconsistencies – and for ways to resolve them; but this time, I couldn’t quite put my finger on it right way – much like I couldn’t place the feeling of worry earlier in the day. As the Lord shared with me then, He also shared with me what had happened in my baking: the butter – I missed a stick of butter!
Tying this all together, we often look for a place of resolve to deal with the unexpected changes that occur in our lives. But God is there all along, knowing the changes that we will go through; He will encourage us as we make it to a new place in our lives. He will not abandon us and will surely walk us through to see a new outcome, a new place, and a “new reality,” as my husband says.
Be assured in Christ as you go through this journey and the significant changes in your life. God will be there through them all, and know this: that it will all turn out OK.
2 Sticks Butter, Softened
1 1/4 Cup Sugar + 1/4 Cup Sugar to set aside
1 Large Egg
2 TSP Vanilla Extract
2 1/2 Cups All-purpose Flour
1/2 TSP Baking Soda
1/2 TSP Baking Powder
1/4 TSP Salt
Cinnamon to Dust – Optional
In a large mixing bowl, cream together butter and sugar. I used only 1 stick of butter here (based on my normal cream method – my mind was on auto baker pilot). If you’d like to use 1 stick of butter or 2 here, it will all turn out just fine (we’ll see the outcome below).
Add the egg and vanilla extract, and mix well.
Add in the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Mix until combined.
Roll dough into small circles. Using the 1/4 cup sugar that was set aside, roll dough balls within to cover them with sugar, then place each on a baking sheet 2 inches apart.
Bake for 10-11 minutes, then let cool and enjoy!
During my creaming method, I only used 1 stick of butter. If you choose to use only 1 stick – and if your dough is rolled into larger circles – you may have to adjust your baking time to 15-20 minutes. Cookies will spread evenly and will be a little thicker, yet light, fluffy, and chewy. If you use 2 sticks of butter and roll your dough into slightly smaller 1- or 2-inch circles, cookies will spread evenly and will be light, fluffy, and chewy. Oh, and I dusted a couple of my cookies with cinnamon to add some of that warm seasonal taste!