Date Night with War Room

December 29, 2015

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If you have been following along with this blog for long then you know or may be learning that I am a busy stay at home mom of four lovely children under the age of six. My husband and I in fact have been married only five in a half years and he recently picked up a job that doesn’t allow him a lot of hours with us at home. To say the least date nights have become fewer and fewer as when he does have days off we normally spend it out and about with the kids. Occasionally though we get the kids to sleep then find a good movie,and watch it on our couch. We love having some sweets to accompany ” movie date night.”

I had heard of a particular recent film called “War Room” and even saw a clip of it at church which peaked my curiosity of the movie. I knew it was about a woman who was struggling in her marriage and being a mother and seeking God and prayer through her struggle so I was intrigued to watch this movie and find out what would happen. My mother-in-law and father-in-law happened to see “War Room” in theaters and loved it so much they called us up and referred it to us, stating it was powerful and had actually come out on DVD that day. So off to Walmart I went to find the movie. I saw that the movie was immediately displayed on a front display.

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Right behind that were these Peanut and Plain M&M’S® Chocolate Candies near the check out aisle. I picked up a Red and Yellow mini canister as one contained peanut M&M’S® Chocolate Candies  and the other plain.

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Next I went to the back of the store and found the Coca-Cola for classic Coke products and bought a Coca-Cola 6 pack.

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After getting the 6 pack I ventured to the aisle in the middle of the grocery department under the sign that read “Popcorn” and found Orville Redenbacher (the 6 pack Movie Theater Popcorn box).

I also found out that if you buy the four following above items together in one transaction (War Room movie, Peanut and Plain M&M’S® Chocolate Candies, Coca-Cola 6 pack, Orville Redenbacher 6 pack Movie Theater Popcorn) between now and 2/2/2016 and snap a photo copy of your receipt you can submit this copy at uploadreceipt.com/movienight and receive a $10 VuDu Movie code by e-mail (Limit 1 per person, while supplies last). Your receipt must be submitted by 2/9/2016. Awesome deal, plus you get to enjoy great food. SCORE!

I thought it would be neat to also gather some supplies to make homemade brownies as I am a brownie lover. I had made brownies with coffee in it before but wondered what it would be like to add Coca-Cola into the ingredients so I thought I would give it a try and had the following delicious recipe whipped up below and it only took about 10 mins for the prep time and 30 minutes to bake.

Homemade Coca-Cola Brownies

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup of melted butter
  • 1/2 cup of Cocoa Powder
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cup of All Purpose Flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup of Coca-Cola

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First of all preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

Then put 2 cups of sugar in a bowl

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Next add 1 cup of melted butter, mix these together

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Add in 1 1/2 cup of the All Purpose Flour and mix

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I poured in the 1/2 tsp of baking powder and 1/2 tsp of salt and mixed this into the liquid

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Gradually mix in the 1/2 cup of Cocoa Powder

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Next add 4 eggs and blend this in

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Finally I added the 1/4 cup of Coca-Cola and mixed these all together in several strokes

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When the batter was done I placed it in a greased 9 x 13 inch glass pan and placed it into my oven for 30 minutes.

Once these were out of the oven I allowed them to cool for a half hour before cutting into them.

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I thought the Coca-Cola in it sweetened the otherwise rich cocoa powder making the brownies more tolerable for me to eat. They were a hit with my husband and I as we enjoyed them with our new movie War Room movie.

What War Room Taught or Inspired My Husband and I with:

As I mentioned in my first paragraph, my husband and I have only been married 5 in a half years, have four children and he has a new and third shift job, meaning fewer date nights (usually once a month). My husband and I talked about how the “spark” in our marriage has died meaning it takes A LOT of effort to want to be with each other. I told him that when he is with the kids I am normally in “get me out of here mode” or romance seems interrupted with kids around and our thoughts drift to their needs therefore not allowing a whole lot of room for meeting each other’s needs or love languages.

We both expressed frustration with how we had not been intentionally in God’s word or in prayer, but that these kept getting put on the back burner daily. This made us sad to realize and we both verbally agreed that we had not been putting God first and each other second since kids. We had both been putting ourselves and the kids first, which is not how God designed relationships and marriages.

My husband came up with the idea of a “Prayer Journal” as inspired by War Room, where Elizabeth in the movie wrote her prayers and placed these on the wall of her closet or “War Room.” I found an empty journal in one of the nightstand drawers and together we wrote out our individual prayers, with space before it to place a check mark or date for when the prayer was answered. The prayers we wrote are actually ones that we believe will take a while to have answered as these were areas we were weakest in (namely selfishness, putting God first, better money management/spending, etc) but we know God will answer them in His time.

After writing out our prayers we took a look at each others prayers and prayed for one another. We even read some scripture together and for several nights now have attempted to at least pray together like we use to before children and we have seen already a new opening in our marriage and we find ourselves “noticing” each other again. We praise God for His answered prayers already through the inspiration of this movie.

Our prayer journal now sits on a shelf in the front of our living room for each other to take a look at and pray over when we pray.

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I highly recommend this movie to anyone, from single, married and widowed as it opens up the grounds for learning the power of prayer in all areas of our lives.

How are you or people you know keeping marriage alive? I would love to read your thoughts in the comments below.

 Be sure to check out other ways War Room has inspired others and don’t forget to check out the $10 VuDu movie code offer.

 

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  • Amber Edwards December 29, 2015 at 11:45 am

    War Room would be the perfect movie to watch for Date Night! I love the idea of using a prayer journal to track our prayers for improving our marriage! #client

  • Dressed2dNines December 29, 2015 at 2:32 pm

    The prayer journal is an awesome idea! I’ve not seen this movie but it sounds like one to watch!

    http://www.dressed2dnines.com

  • Whitney 'Nic' James December 29, 2015 at 2:51 pm

    I love this post! I’ve been wanting to see that movie for a while now. You’ve inspired me to watch it this holiday season for sure. Thanks!

    ~Whitney
    http://www.whitneynicjames.com

  • Carrie @ Curly Crafty Mom December 29, 2015 at 5:05 pm

    Coca-Cola brownies sound SO good! There is a Coca-Cola cake that I love at Cracker Barrel. I have not heard of this movie (where have I been?), but I am going to put it on my ‘to watch’ list!

    Carrie
    curlycraftymom.com

  • Ginger Wroot December 29, 2015 at 6:21 pm

    You’re so stylin’ in those glasses! The brownies look quite lish!
    –Ginger

  • Della December 29, 2015 at 10:30 pm

    I really want to see this movie. I have heard that it was really good. A prayer journal sounds like. Great idea.

    Della @ Della Devoted
    http://www.delladevoted.com

  • Shannon December 29, 2015 at 10:39 pm

    I love a good relaxing movie date night! Those brownies look so yummy!

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeat Soles

  • Christie December 29, 2015 at 11:25 pm

    Wow, Coca-Cola brownies sound awesome! Great idea, Rachel. It sounds like you and your hubby are great communicators and that is so important. I love movie nights! That movie War Room looks amazing. I can’t wait to see it! I recently saw the trailer for ‘Miracles from Heaven’ and it looks like an inspiring movie, too. I teared up during the trailer! You might enjoy that, too, but it doesn’t come out until 2016.

    Christie
    The Closet by Christie

  • Becky @ bybmg December 30, 2015 at 5:00 pm

    The prayer journal is such a great idea. Date nights at home are a must with little ones!

  • Valerie February 19, 2016 at 12:28 am

    That was such a great movie! I love this post and all the tips you gave here to make a great date night.