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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Cooking or Baking (01/04/07)

TITLE: A Lesson in Flour
By Beth Rowlett


The mundane seem to hold the greatest potential to be either life inspiring or utterly boring. The choice always lies in the interpretation.
It was just one week before Christmas and the "to do" list seemd to strech into the New Year. With a house to clean, cards to write, presents to wrap and endless parties, there seemed little time to slow down and enjoy the quieter moments of the season.
In the midst of all the holiday chaos, a tiny two year old emerged in my kitchen. The great, yet frustrating part of two years olds is that they demand your attention. She didn't care about unfinished lists or unadorned Christmas packages. She wanted just a small piece of my time to be indulged on her and her infinite imagination.
So rather than finishing the task of making the kitchen counter tops shine, we decided to make them utterly messy instead. With one sweet smile she managed to convince me to pull out the large mixing bowl and the wooden spoon that was just right for her tiny hands. Dreams of sqeaky clean dishes began to be replaced by faces and hands covered with flour and bits of cookie dough. Together we excitedly picked out which cookie cutters to use as we made dozens and dozens of Christmas shaped confections.
After an hour of playing in the kitchen, I found that my anxious heart had been softened by sugar crystals and sprinkles. One look at that icing faced sweetheart told me that my decision had been correct.
What a sweet reminder that day had been. While there were certainly things that demanded my attention, none was more important than the need to fulfill her little heart.
I wish I could say that I always choose the best. As a mom I must acknowledge my humanity. So many days my mile long lists and imagined standards take precidence over what matters most. But on that particular day, the nudging of the Spirit called me to pay attention to something, and someone, better.
A day baking in the kitchen may seem like a mundane thing to most, but if you look just a 1/2 cup deeper you may see an invaluable lesson. Sometimes it takes a cup of flour and one giant smile to remind you of the more important things in life.

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Joseph Breton01/11/07
I thought it was very well put together and I enjoyed reading it.
Rhonda Clark01/11/07
This is a very sweet thought. It was easy to read and flow was nice. You might want to do a twice over for spelling.

I'd love to see this as a devoitional with a verse attached. Great job.

L.M. Lee01/11/07
i don't cook, but you made it sound almost inviting.
adelina tomino01/11/07
Teresa Marshall01/12/07
I enjoyed this article and seeing that family came first.

Amy Jones01/12/07
A wonderful story. I think we can all relate to the fact that if we would sometimes take to enjoy little moments life wouldn't always seem so mundane and overwhelming. Thank you for writing this.
Jason Fusek01/12/07
Very sweet. I am not a parent, but it made me appreciate the effect children can have on your heart, especially the young.
Joanne Sher 01/13/07
You have some wonderful descriptions in here - I felt like I was right there. A few spelling errors, but definitely a good read!
Joanney Uthe01/15/07
Good job. I could sence the stress in the early paragraphs. As a parent, the message was convicting. Good tie in.