So I received an email this week that kind of summed up some things I have had bouncing around in my head. I thought it definitely shareworthy so I included it below. I found out it is off another friend’s blog that I had not seen recently so sorry for stealing:)
And then below that you will find a recipe for some super yummy pancakes that we tried out tonight and thoroughly enjoyed. Someone requested the recipe and I thought everyone might benefit. Little bit boring post but maybe I can offer more later this weekend:) Thanks for stopping by!
“Pay Attention” by Carolyn Mehaney…
Mothers are responsible to mold and shape lives; to raise children who, in the words of G.K. Chesterton, “require not so much to be taught anything as everything.”
“I might as well be at the controls of a moon shot,” reflected one mom, “the mission is so grave and vast.” And so it is. The training and discipline of our children in the fear the Lord is an awesome task, demanding of our full attention (see Deut 6:5-9).
That’s why, if there’s one concern I have for this generation of mothers, it is the potential for distraction.
Blogs, facebook, twitter and texting allow moms at home to stay connected with the outside world like never before; the Internet makes it possible for women to contribute skills and gifts to the church and the marketplace, while at home with their children. These are all tremendous blessings, and when used wisely, can bless and serve our families and glorify God.
The Proverbs 31 women, long before the Internet, managed a wide range of tasks for the good of her family and community. (But did you notice what time she woke up each morning?) Depending on a woman’s capacity, gifting, personal discipline, as well as the ages and number of children, there may certainly be room for other things.
But we must be watchful that these “other things” don’t distract us from our primary task of mothering. We must walk carefully through this season, with all its opportunities, and make the best use of our time with our children.
Truth is, we can’t effectively train our children on the side. We can’t discipline them here and there. We can’t teach when we’ve got a free moment. We can’t mother intermittently.
Inconsistent training is ineffective training.
If we are distracted by projects or pleasure, we may miss valuable teaching moments, opportunities to encourage, disobedience that requires discipline, or a chance to show affection. These moments, once lost, are gone forever.
So ladies, may I encourage you, as I do my own daughters, to give training and discipline your first and full attention. Walk carefully, and keep your eyes on the mothering road.
More thoughts tomorrow.
3 cups whole wheat flour (I used half white/half wheat)
3 Tbsp sugar
3 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp baking soda
3/4 tsp salt
3 beaten eggs
3 cups milk
6 Tbsp oil
Mix dry and wet ingredients separately and then stir together just until combined. Add more milk to thin batter if needed. Cook on hot buttered griddle. Makes about 20 pancakes. (It made a lot of batter. I saved some pancakes and about half the batter for later:)
Enjoy, I think I am going to heat up some of the leftover ones for a late night snack:)