Easy Fall Decorating Projects


Decorating your home for Fall is SO easy. And the best part is the way these decorations carry you all the way through the end of November! You can decorate with pumpkins, leaves, Autumn flowers, gourds & simply add a few Halloween touches for October. Remove Halloween & you are ready for Thanksgiving! Nothing could be easier!

Still stumped for ideas? Well, the good folks at BHG to the rescue with these easy ways to decorate your home for fall! Cool weather is here & cold weather is on the way. Create a cozy & welcoming feel to your home with these incredible ideas! Enjoy!

Easy Fall Decorating Projects

Give Teach Train: 3 Steps to Help Women Grow


Step 2: Teach

Give a woman a fish, you feed her for a day. Teach her to fish & you feed her for a lifetime. In the first post of this series, I explained why we must sometimes give women fish, sometimes for many days, before we are able to teach them to fish for themselves. Some women are so unsure of themselves, so beaten up emotionally, mentally, spiritually that they lack the strength & confidence to “fish” for themselves. If we try to force them to do it themselves before they are ready, we may do more damage, weakening their already fragile self esteem in the process. Sometimes, it only takes a bit of time to help a woman see her worth, her abilities before you are able to teach her ways to grow even more. Unfortunately with some women, it may take time to help her grow strong enough to move on to the next step. Patience is always the key.

Given time, though, a woman will become strong enough for you to teach her how to fish. Let me give you an example: over the years, I have taught many Bible studies for women that were either new to the Church or had simply never read the Bible. In the beginning, I know I must go slowly, explaining everything to them so they don’t become lost or confused. I never want anyone in a class struggling to understand what was being said in verse 5 while we are now discussing verse 8! When we begin, I often need to explain how the Bible is laid out, Old Testament/New Testament & what the difference is between the two. I talk about the Gospels & their message. We spend time on basics with them asking questions. If you are an experienced student of Scripture, you might be stunned that a person wouldn’t know these things. However, I would never expect a first year math student to open a calculus book the first day & begin discussing equations! I would never hand a person a book in a different language & expect them to understand what it says! I have found I must give them the fish each time, strengthening them until they are able to study on their own.

My goal is to help them develop a hunger for Scripture so they begin studying it on their own. They may still have basic questions, may still need help but we all need to continue our learning in any area if we are to continue to grow.

We can’t simply teach a woman to fish & then walk away, regardless the area of study. We must continue to help her with the learning process, ready to answer questions when necessary. And helping her to stretch herself so she continues to grow.

As women, we need to support & challenge one another. We need to see who needs to be fed & who needs to be taught. And we need to be ready to step in to help when help is needed. When we work to do this, we are ready to move on to Step #3 & that is when things get very exciting!


50 Fun Ideas for Your Best Halloween Party Ever


Autumn is a great time to entertain. While summer is wonderful for outdoor parties, sometimes the heat drives everyone inside. When the temps begin to drop, our energy rises & we feel the need to renew connections with family & friends. We gather so much during the Holidays but Halloween gives us the opportunity to entertain before the rush of the Holiday season.

Not sure how or where to begin? Good Housekeeping to the rescue with 50 fun ideas to help you throw a fabulous Halloween party for your family & friends. Relax & enjoy yourself & remember, YOU should ALWAYS be the #1 guest at your party!

Halloween Party Ideas

FREE This Week: Divas in Disguise


Have you ever thought you’re alone in dealing with peer pressure, feeling overlooked or trying to round up the courage to do the right thing? You’re not!

The Bible is full of stories about women and girls just like you and the ones around you — the ones who are flashy and seem to get all the attention (even if it might not be for the right reasons), and the ones who try to stay on track but feel like they’re being run over in the process. The good news is, we can still learn a lot from those women in the Bible, even thousands of years later. Sure, they wore different clothes and didn’t have all the electronic gadgets we love so much. But they were real — they made mistakes — and they can help make our lives a lot easier if we just pay attention.

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Give Teach Train: 3 Steps to Help Women Grow


Step 1: Give

They say if you give a woman a fish, you feed her for a day. If you teach her to fish, you feed her for a lifetime. At Simple Joy, we go a step farther. If you train to teach others how to fish, you feed the world. However, you must often give her a fish before you proceed.

I agree. Feeding a woman day after day does nothing to help her grow in the long run. Unfortunately, some women (myself included at times in my life) are in such a weakened condition that we must be fed first. We must regain our strength before we are in any shape to be taught anything.

Scripture tells us that we must feed new believers mother’s milk before they can move on to solid food. Like babies, they must begin with simple food, then move on to something more substantial. Babies need to grow, they need to become stronger & what they are fed helps move this process along.

The Scripture verse is telling us that we need to begin slowly with someone who is just beginning the process. We need to feed them simple information, rather than overwhelming them right off. We also must see to their immediate needs before we begin teaching them anything.

Soup kitchens & other organizations that feed the homeless & hungry often share a faith-based message with those that come to eat. I think it’s interesting that they wait to begin preaching until people have eaten. They know people can’t focus on your message when they are hungry. So many women are starving today. Many feel overwhelmed. They feel hopeless. They think they have no value. Too many are literally starving. Before we can teach them to fish, we must understand what emotional, physical or spiritual hunger is starving them & see to those needs first. Once we have moved them from “mother’s milk” to “solid food” once we have strengthened them enough, THEN we can begin teaching them to fish. However, as long as they are hungry, we are simply wasting everyone’s time & possibly doing even more damage.

Our first step must be helping women regain their strength emotionally & spiritually. We must help them recognize their worth, build their confidence, boost their self esteem. We must strengthen them deep within their core so there is a solid foundation on which to build. Only then can we move on to teaching them ways to sustain themselves for life!

Offer women the food they need & watch them grow in ways you never thought possible!

FREE This Week: Busy Moms DTG Digital Book


Busy Moms’ DTG offers insights into God’s wisdom and faithfulness gleaned during practical experience in the trenches. Features a month’s worth of daily devotions with Scripture verse & activity.

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Beautiful Fall Garlands

Fall Seasonal Elements

My friend Nancy & I attended a craft fair the other day to browse all the Autumn & Halloween creations. There were so many garlands on display! I couldn’t believe all the different varieties of garlands in one location. Garlands are a great way to add a seasonal touch to your home. There are so many different designs & colors for you to drape over bookcases, mantels, windows & more throughout your house.

BHG wants to inspire you this Autumn with these ideas for fall garlands. Enjoy!

Autumn Garlands

FREE This Week on Amazon: Pink Ribbon Devotions to Go



In honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we are offering this wonderful devotion as a FREE download this week!

Pink Ribbon Devotions to Go is a collection of devotionals written by Sherry Taylor Cummins, a breast cancer survivor, sharing the experiences of herself and others she has known—soldiers—each in a personal fight against breast cancer.

In Pink Ribbon Devotions to Go, Sherry acknowledges the real emotions of breast cancer victims and the people who care about them. Through the devotions, Sherry encourages you to seek the Great Physician for spiritual, emotional and physical healing.A work of the heart, Pink Ribbon Devotions to Go leads you through a study that teaches you to seek God first and to look for Him in the midst of the chaos.

This book is available on Amazon as a FREE download Monday-Friday of this week. Simply click on the link below to go to the Amazon page for your FREE download! And be sure to share with friends & relatives that need the inspiration Sherry offers in her wonderful book!

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Called to Lead: Delegation Part 6



Never Forget to Say Thank You!


I hate sounding like everyone’s mom but you must never, EVER forget your manners. Whether you are overseeing an event or an organization, working with volunteers or high paid professionals, you must ALWAYS REMEMBER TO SAY THANK YOU!

This is vitally important when you are working with volunteers. Most volunteers work hard for no pay. Many if not most do the work out because they feel called to serve. However, everyone wants to know their hard work is appreciated. Too often, once an event or term (for those serving on a board or committee) is over, the leader walks away, musing over the great job THEY did. Yes, they did do a great job, with a lot of help.

You simply must show your appreciation. At the very least, send a handwritten note thanking each volunteer. Yes, handwritten. They put in a lot of time. The least you can do is take some time to write a brief not thanking each & everyone of your helpers for they contribution to making your event, year, organization, etc a success. If you are able, you might give each person a small gift to thank them. It doesn’t have to be expensive. It can even be something you made. You just need to let them know you really appreciate how hard they worked & how good they made you look! Take my word for it, you will have an easier time gathering volunteers for your next endeavor if you treat your current volunteers like royalty.

So, what if they are employees. I mean, after all, they’re getting PAID aren’t they? Why should I have to say “thank you” when they are simply doing their job? Well, first off, if all you want them to do is the barest minimum required, then go ahead & refuse to thank them. Before you do that though, you should understand the hierarchy of needs. I’m not going to teach the entire structure but I am going to share the short version. Maslow’s  hierarchy is a motivational theory. At the bottom, people are working for basic needs. On the next step, they are working for their safety. If you want people that are going to give more than expected, then you need to show your appreciation. People higher on that hierarchy seek to belong, to strengthen their self esteem. On the final level, people seek personal growth & fulfillment. Once you get past the first two levels, pay is not the motivator. While those people like appreciation, they prefer something more substantial. While the people on the top 3 levels like monetary rewards, they need more in order to be satisfied with their position. You MUST let them know you not only see the great job they are doing, you also appreciate THEM! It’s not just about the job, it’s about them!

Now you might think the idea of thanking people is outdated. WERE YOU RAISED IN A CAVE? Good manners are NEVER outdated. Good manners help you know you are always doing the right thing. Now, if saying thank you makes you uncomfortable because no one else in the organization acts that way, in other words, like a civilized human being, then TOUGH! If you want to be a leader, you must do the things no one else is willing or able to do. A leader must be willing to blaze a trail, even if it means clearing an old, little used trail, THEN DO IT! Otherwise, you are simply a  follower! Is that what you really want!

It takes so little to show people that you appreciate them. Yet the rewards for them AND YOU are tremendous.

A Prayer for our Nation


O God, you made us in your own image

and redeemed us through Jesus your Son.

Look with compassion on the whole human family,

take away the arrogance and hatred that infect our hearts,

break down the walls that separate us,

unite us in bonds of love,

and, through our struggle and confusion,

work to accomplish your purposes on earth;

that, in your good time,

all nations and races may serve you in harmony

through Jesus Christ our Lord.     Amen

Book of Common Worship