That’s Not Good Enough! And Frugal Friday!

Welcome  Today’s story of real life and real faith is based off of one of my ten year old’s recent rants. If we listen closely to our kids, we can learn a few things. And it’s Frugal Friday, so I have a “cheap” dinner of Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Pancakes. Note–I may receive a small compensation from advertisers and affiliate links seen on this blog. For further information, please see my terms and disclosure page.

That's Not Good Enough!
We can reprimand our children during their fits and rants, but often we say the very words they are saying and with just as much attitude.

Food For Thought  I am so thankful for my daughter.  She’s really a good kid.  But like all kids, she can throw some attitude and have a pout fit if the circumstances are right.  She had one of those moments a couple of weeks ago.  Right now, she’s really big into making compromises to try and get more of what she wants.  She uses this a lot at bedtime.  Another area she likes to throw around the compromise is with TV and computer time.  The routine at home is, if she doesn’t have any homework, she can play on her tablet until dinner.  After dinner she has to help with dishes, take a shower, and get her stuff organized and ready for school the next day…lunch, backpack, library books, folders, clothes, etc.  Then she can have about an hour or so of TV until bed time.  One night she was particularly disorganized, took a long time to finish dinner, which put her behind on getting her dish chores done, and so on.  She decided she wanted to watch a movie that was too long for the amount of time left in the evening.  I told her no, there was no time for the movie, but if she hurried, she would get about 40 minutes of TV.  Well, being 10 and full of attitude, she stomped her foot and said “That’s not good enough!”  Yuck!  I hate when any kid does that kind of stuff, but especially my own, who does it so rarely it takes me by surprise.  My next words were “Don’t you ever stomp your foot at me again and you can choose to say thank you for my 40 minutes of TV or you can go to bed now and not watch anything.”  She knows I’m serious.  She said thank you for the TV time and took the 40 minutes.  By bedtime, she was back to her normal self without the extra sass, thank goodness.

Later that evening I was thinking about how, as a child of God, I often throw around these little fits of attitude also.  I wonder how many times God has been trying to bless me and instead I stomped my foot and cried out, that’s not good enough!  To be honest, a lot!  God has given us a home with plenty of “stuff” to fill it up, but yet we want more, bigger or better.  That’s our communication of “that’s not good enough.”  God gave me a place of employment, but in my unhappiness, I was crying out to him, this is not good enough!  I pray for His deliverance from trials and difficulties, knowing I am to have faith and trust, but when I don’t see changes happening right away, I cry out again, that’s not good enough!  The turn around on my current project is microscopic.  Instead of thanking God for all of the blessings, no matter how small, I still say, this is not good enough!  I’m saying I need more, bigger, and quicker miracles happening in my life.  Seriously, I get just as frustrated with God’s answers to my requests as my child did with me the night she wanted to watch a movie and was told no.  But if my behavior is child-like, maybe I can learn a few things from her actions.  First of all, she knew that there was no use arguing, she’s not in charge in this house.  So why do I argue with God?  I’m not in charge, He is, and for good reason.  I need to accept what He’s telling me and leave it at that.  Second, she knew that there would be time to watch that movie on a different day and time.  Likewise, just because  God isn’t letting me “have” something right now, doesn’t mean I won’t be able to get it later on.  His timing, not mine.  Finally, she did not allow those ten minutes to ruin the rest of her evening, she moved on.  I’m really bad at this one.  I can’t let things go very easily.  I can let one of life’s circumstances kick me down for a long time, fouling up my mood, my actions, and my spiritual behaviors.  So, as I parent my child to help her learn priorities and respectful behavior, my Father in Heaven is helping me learn about my own priorities, having obedience to Him, and trusting that what He provides will always be good enough!

Today’s Scripture  is from Matthew chapter 18 as Christ talks about becoming more like the little children.

Matthew 18:1-5  “At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, ‘Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?’  He called a little child and had him stand among them.  And he said: ‘I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.  Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.  And whoever welcomes a little child like this in my name welcomes me.”

Today’s Prayer  God, I ask that You forgive me for every time I say “that’s not good enough.”  Help me to learn contentment and peace for Your will in all things.  Help me to accept and respect Your plan as what is best for me, help me accept it and move on with my duties in positive spirits and a glad heart.  Help me learn patience for when You tell me to wait for things and trust that as my Heavenly Father, You do know best.  In Jesus Name, Amen.

Today’s Recipe  Our Frugal Friday recipe is Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Pancakes, for a couple of reasons.  First of all, our household has breakfast for dinner at least once per week, because breakfast foods are often the most frugal you can make.  Pancake and waffle ingredients cost pocket change, practically.  Eggs are cheap, per serving.  Our local grocery always seems to have some type of breakfast meat on sale.  We usually round out the meal with servings of fruit, again, whatever is on sale at the store.  The second reason this is a frugal recipe is that it is using up leftovers from the week.  Groceries are too expensive to waste!  If I need ingredients for a recipe, you better believe I’m going to come up with a way to use up the leftovers.  This week I made the Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cake with Maple Cinnamon Frosting.  I had about a 1/3 of a can of pumpkin, 1/3 package of chocolate chips, lots of cinnamon, and maple syrup.  At my daughter’s request, we had Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Pancakes with breakfast sausage for dinner last night.  Pancakes are always a meal that she says is “good enough!”

pumpkin chocolate chip pancakes
Breakfast meals are almost always a frugal choice!

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Pancakes (makes 9 medium pancakes)

  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup chocolate chips
  • 3/4 cup pumpkin
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 TBS vegetable oil
  • 1 cup milk
  • In large bowl, whisk together flour and next 4 ingredients.  Stir in chocolate chips.  In medium bowl, stir together pumpkin and remaining four ingredients until well combined.  Fold wet ingredients into dry ingredients, stirring just until mixed together.  If the batter is too dry, add a couple tablespoons of milk.  Preheat griddle to 300 degrees and add a pat of butter to grease surface.  When griddle is HOT, add pancake batter in 1/4 cup (approximate) increments.  Cook until large air bubbles begin to pop on the surface and flip.  Continue to cook another 2-3 minutes, until deep brown (because of the pumpkin and chocolate).  Serve with butter and maple syrup and favorite breakfast accompaniments.

I like this griddle for our pancakes: (link verified on 9/29/17 at 1:10 pm CDT)