Stop, Drop, and Pray!

A few days ago, I got really overwhelmed!  So many roles to play and so many things to do!!!  It was early evening, but I felt like going to bed right then.  My husband was watching TV in our bedroom and I went in and sat on the bed.  He asked what was wrong and I told him I was feeling overwhelmed.  He actually said to stay there.  Then HE TURNED OFF THE TV and went out, giving me his man cave, for a much needed, moment of silence.  (He knows how I sometimes need solitary confinement).  Wow!  I really appreciated it and took the opportunity to “Stop, Drop, and Pray.”  I dropped down on my knees and told the Lord my troubles.  Peace began to fill the places of chaos in my head as I talked to my Heavenly Father.  What a healing tonic!

After a few moments of prayer and relaxation, I went downstairs a different person.  I didn’t feel overwhelmed any more.  I still had the same amount of things to do, but somehow, prayer had narrowed my focus to what was really needful and important to do on God’s path.  I took a quick walk around the block to “Connect with nature, Calm the mind, and Call upon God.” (as taught by yours truly).  I returned home with renewed energy and excitement, and made a healthy breakfast-dinner  (my word for making a breakfast menu for the evening meal).  I chose to create from scratch, even creating gluten-free pancakes using quinoa and brown rice.  Delicious!  (See my recipe below).

After supper, I called my brother and sister in law.  My brother had emergency surgery Christmas eve and is on a long road to recovery  My sister in law is now a constant caretaker and I know how that feels having taken care of my first husband through brain cancer.  I enjoyed talking with them very much and even though there were many things to do, I felt in no hurry.  Since my decision to Stop,  Drop, and Pray, only the worthwhile, seemed worthy of my time.  The day ended beautifully and I was fulfilled.

This is one of many examples of how prayer and the connection to our Higher Power can help us.  Here are some of the benefits when we Stop, Drop, and Pray in our day:

  • Comfort to a sad or troubled heart
  • Direction/Inspiration
  • Protection
  • Peace
  • Clarity/Focus
  • A feeling of Love from Above

Whatever your religion or belief, I recommend you start and end each day with prayer, and that you “Stop, Drop, and Pray” throughout your day as needed. In this you can find a healing, Heavenly balm.  by JoLyn Holladay

Image of woman praying came from: http://hopeforwomenmag.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/bigstock-Praying-woman-28344392.jpg

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“Finding Abundance through Gratitude”http://essentialanswers.me/product/finding-abundance-through-gratitude/

“Finding Places and Spaces of Peace.”http://essentialanswers.me/product/places-and-spaces-of-peace/

Gluten-Free, Quinoa Pancakes

Note:  The batter will be made in the blender in order to chop up the dry grains used.

1 & 1/2 cups of Buttermilk  (or stir 2 Tablespoons vinegar into Milk as a substitute)

3/4 cup dry, uncooked Quinoa or combination of gluten-free grains (I prefer approx 1/2 cup Quinoa and 1/4 cup dry, brown rice).

2 Tablespoons Cornmeal

2 eggs

2 Tablespoons oil

2-4 Tablespoons honey depending on how sweet you like it

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 Tablespoon baking power

Some gluten-free flour if a thicker consistency is desired.

Put buttermilk in blender, add Quinoa (and other dry grain if doing a combination) and turn on highest speed.  It will make a loud noise as it chops the dry grains, especially if you use brown rice.  Keep it chopping while in a separate bowl you beat eggs, add oil, honey and mix well. Then add salt, baking soda, and cornmeal.  Don’t add baking powder yet, but start heating griddle. After tasteing the milk /Quinoa mixture to make sure it is ground well, add egg mixture to it, (minus the baking power) and mix a little on low, turning it off to scrape the sides a couple times.  Last of all, add the baking powder.  As it reacts with the buttermilk (or vinegar if you did the substitution), it will raise quickly and overflow, so you’ll want to transfer at least some to a mixing bowl with a pour spout (Pampered Chef is my favorite).  Make sure griddle is hot.  I spray with a non-stick spray and add a little oil to the griddle each time before pouring the pancakes.  The batter will be quite thin, Turn over as the bottom browns and batter sticks together well enough to flip. You can simply lift an edge to look if your not sure.  Add some gluten-free flour to the batter if you want it thicker.  These are soooo delicious with a little butter,whipped cream and/or syrup.  I can hardly make them fast enough, as my family is fighting over them as they come off the griddle.

My granddaughter eats a gluten-free diet.  I made some for her and she couldn’t get enough.  She wanted some to take home but THEY WERE ALL GONE!  On a sad  note:  One of my older children did not like them as they don’t taste EXACTLY like regular pancakes.  You can’t please them all and that’s OK!

p.s.  You may share this recipe with others, but please attach my name (JoLyn Holladay) and website (essentialanswers.me). Enjoy and contact with questions/comments (as long as they’re nice LOL).

 

 

 

 

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