Some of you may giggle as you read this post and some of you may just think I’m nuts. I’m okay with either today and I’ll tell you why. Today’s post is called Release, Recognize, & Recommit, because that’s exactly what I did today. Because it was beneficial to me, I realize it may help YOU TOO, so I’m sharing.
I just started homeschooling my 6 & 15 year old two weeks ago (“with my master distracter 4 year old in tow too). You can imagine that this is a BIG CHANGE for all of us, but I’m doing it because of BIG, BOLD inspiration. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not against public school, I’m just for, FOLLOWING WHAT GOD HAS ASKED ME TO DO! For us this year (especially for the 15 year old), home school is the right thing. It is not however, the easy thing to do. Anyway, this morning we started out great, even making homemade pancakes from scratch in the shapes of characters (see my own recipe below). Our academics were going well too, but about 11:00 a..m., things started to go sour and south!!!! (fighting, bad attitudes, opposition). I started getting frustrated and was afraid I was going to lose it and scream! I thought, “If I feel this coming up and I know it needs to get out, how about “choosing to scream,” instead of “losing it to scream!” So, I left the little ones in the care of big ones for about 5 minutes. I drove to the back of a church parking lot just around the corner (where there were no other people), and setting in my car, I RELEASED my negative by screaming for just a minute!!! Whew that felt good! After I got that out (in a place where it couldn’t hurt anyone), I RECOGNIZED all of the things that had gone well with home school that morning, where it had started to go south, and why. Then, having replaced the negative with positive, i RECOMMITTED to GO FORWARD IN FAITH!
You can RELEASE negative (in a way that won’t hurt others), RECOGNIZE what went right and what went wrong in a situation, then RECOMMIT to the the most important people and purposes! (See my Honey Wheat pancake recipe at the end of this post)
If you enjoyed and found empowerment in this post, you may be interested in my audio, Recognize, Remove, Replace, which you can find on my website essentialanswers.me at
JoLyn’s Honey Wheat Pancakes
1 and 1/4 Cups white flour
1 and 1/4 Cups wheat flour
2-3 cups milk
4 Tablespoons vegetable oil
3 Tablespoons Honey
2 Tablespoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
Whip eggs. Add 2 cups milk and whip some more, Add oil and honey and blend well. In a separate bowl combine dry ingredients (white flour, wheat flour, baking powder, and salt). Gently whip dry ingredients into liquids. Mix well breaking up large lumps but don’t over beat (can make them tough). Heat a griddle to medium/high heat. (pre-spray with a cooking spray, and/or a use a little vegetable oil). Note: as baking powder starts to expand, the batter will thicken. Depending on the flour you have used, you will probably need to add 1/2 to 1 cups of milk for the right pouring consistency. I recommend thinner than thicker for lightness! Pour approx. 1/4 cup for each pancake onto the heated griddle, After the bottom becomes brown and bubbles on top start to pop, turn over to brown the other side.
We actually pored the batter into silicone molds of character shapes! I have also used this recipe for waffles! Enjoy with your family!
I am JoLyn: a wife, homemaker, mother, mentor, motivational speaker, and a disciple of Christ! I seek to raise the hope, happiness, & positive energy of all I meet! I would love to meet you, if even by phone. I am offering a FREE, 30 minute Mentor call (if you haven’t mentored with me before). You can contact me to schedule at 716-427-3224.