51 Slow-Cooker Suppers

Slow Cooker Red beans & Rice

You KNOW how crazy I am about my slow cookers! And if you don’t you should know right off that I have 3 of them: small, medium & large! I prepare entire meals using my slow cookers, including most of my Thanksgiving meal. But more on that later. I am ALWAYS on the lookout for new slow cooker recipes. I believe you can cook anything (almost) in a slow cooker. Plus, you can put the meal together in the crock the night before & put dinner on to cook before you head out in the morning! Anyway, Southern Living has added to my slow cooker repertoire with this selection of, COUNT THEM, 51 slow cooker recipes. These are perfect for your small group days, allowing you to enjoy your fellowship while comforted by the thought your family will enjoy a fabulous dinner!

Slow Cooker Recipes

A Prayer for Your Week

Prayer for your week

As you cause the sun to rise, O God,

bring the light of Christ to dawn in our souls

and dispel all darkness.

Give us grace to reflect Christ’s glory;

and let his love show in our deeds,

his peace shine in our words,

and his healing in our touch,

that all may give him praise, now and forever.

Amen.

Creating a New Peacock Wreath

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Creating a new peacock wreath for my Etsy shop! Will share the finished wreath when I’m done! Using ribbon & materials from my Etsy shop!

Simple Joy Crafts

SSJ Director Training

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Beginning & building your own Sisters of Simple Joy chapter is very easy & simple. The joy & fellowship shared within your group is only surpassed by the spiritual strength each member gains from her Sisters. You may think you don’t have what it takes to be a chapter director. Of course you are! God is calling you & He knows you have what it takes to succeed!

To help you begin, we have created director training. The link below allows you to download your training material, including audio lessons presented by Jean Ann Duckworth.

This is an exciting time for you & the women you are going to impact with this personal & powerful ministry. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us. We want to make this journey smooth & enjoyable for you & your Sisters!

Hugs & Blessings!

Jean Ann

SSJ Director Training

A Prayer to Begin Your Week

Everlasting God,

in whom we live and move and have our being;

You have made us for yourself,

so that our hearts are restless

until they rest in you.

Give us purity of heart and strength of purpose,

that no selfish passion may hinder us from knowing your will,

no weakness keep us from doing it;

that in your light we may see light clearly,

and in your service find perfect freedom;

through Jesus Christ our Lord,

who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and forever. Amen

Time to Stop Talking & Take Action!

Harassed & helpless! Boy, do I know that feeling! I watch the news & read the paper & begin to wonder if there IS any hope. I read the posts on Facebook from other moms, other women & I know I’m not alone. So many women seem frightened, hopeless, helpless. We all begin to wonder if there is ANYTHING we can do to make things better.

I guess all this finally came to a head for me following the mass shooting in Orlando on Sunday. I have gotten angry before and resolved to take action before. Unfortunately, I let other things get in my way. I knew God was calling me & instead, I let trivial matter distract me. Not anymore!

I’m not here to discuss political issues or constitutional rights. I believe this goes deeper than any of that. No, I’m want to look at this from my expert perspective. And my area of expertise is Theology. When I was a kid, people said, “Everyone always talks about the weather but no one ever does anything about it!” Well, there isn’t much we can do about the weather. And while many of us TALK about conditions in our nation, our cities, our neighborhoods, there IS something we can do about it.

In the verse above from the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus felt compassion for the people because there were lost & afraid “like sheep without a shepherd.” We act like frighten sheep. We run around in a panic. Fortunately, we HAVE a Shepherd. Jesus is watching over us, protecting us whether we realize it or not. So the first thing we can do it put our faith in Him.

The second thing we can do is find strength, hope & comfort in Scripture. When life seems overwhelming, when we are unable to find answers, I know we can ALWAYS find the answers we need in the Bible.

The third thing we can do is PRAY! There is power in prayer. I also believe there is incredible power when WOMEN pray. More important, powerful things happen when women come together to pray. Jesus told us when 2 or more are gathered in my name, I will be there. Oh, He’s always there with us as individuals but when 2 or more of us come together to pray, Jesus is right there with us, praying beside us & personally taking our concerns to His Father.

In light of these three things, I came to the realization there is even more we can do. For a very long time now, I have felt God filling me with a vision. God has been calling me to create a ministry for women. A ministry made up of small groups of women, meeting in homes across the country, sharing faith, studying Scripture, praying, strengthening & supporting one another & having fun! The problem I had was how to do this?

I have dragged my feet long enough. I can’t worry anymore about the right way to begin, the right time to start, the right pice of the puzzle to fall into my lap. I’m just going to begin.

If you look at the top of the page in the menu, you’ll see Sisters of Simple Joy. This is the name I have given to our small group women’s ministry. Beneath that, I am adding information to help you launch your own group. There is no charge for any of this. I have created a workbook for group leaders. Anyway, you can find information at the top.

For now, pray. God is calling a small group of women to be the first small group leaders in this ministry. I’m not naming any names. That’s not for me to decide. I’m not saying anyone should do anything right now. Just pray. If you are one of the women God has chosen, He’ll let you know. All I ask is that you open your heart, mind & spirit to His leading!

And should you decide to join this adventure, let me know. I want to create a network of praying faithful women that uphold & support one another, their families, their communities & our nation.

Hugs & blessings!

Jean Ann

Fun 4th of July Crafts for Kids

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Your kids want to be a part of party planning and decorating. These ideas from BH&G give you and your kids ideas for decorations and more this 4th of July.
Independence Day Crafts

14 Ways to Improve Your Deck

Porch & Patio Ideas

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These outdoor ideas from Country Living make me want to get busy on my porch. Time to spruce things up out there for the warm weather ahead.
Porch & Patio

Fun Summer Crafts

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These projects from Country Living are simple & fun. Take time over the week-end to enjoy making 1, 2 or more!
Summer Crafts