Give Teach Train: 3 Steps to Help Women Grow

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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!

20 Years of Simple Joy

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I have been spending much of this month in reflection. I have been restless lately & I know it is due to my unwillingness to follow God’s direction. Stubborn little thing, I know. But I finally heard His call & have been working to surrender to His leading, listening carefully so I am able to fully understand exactly what He wants. This is not easy but I’m working on it!

As part of this process, I have been going over materials, projects, etc from my ministry. I suddenly realized next year marks the 20th anniversary of Simple Joy. It all began with an idea, then a philosophy leading to one of the first (if not THE first) online magazine for women. That magazine was a starting point for so much. Yet somewhere along the line, I let both the magazine & everything it represented get away from me. I’m not sure exactly what happened. Somehow, somewhere I lost my focus, thinking the next thing was bigger & better. Truth be told, I failed to follow my own advice & made thing entirely too complicated.

I admit, I have spent part of this month having a pity party for one: ME! It became easy to feel sorry for myself. I was a pioneer in so many areas, especially online. But I jumped around too much. Anyway, the party is over as the song goes & now it is time to get to work.

I have struggled over the years trying to relate the Simple Joy philosophy with my ministry. I am no longer struggling. God has given me a new assignment that perfectly combines ministry & Simple Joy. In addition, God has reawakened my bold spirit. I have been too timid for too long. I am now 20 years older. Time to stop playing it safe. I have a desire to reach women with our message & I must step out boldly in faith in order to accomplish this.

So, what does all this mean? Well, I want to once again use those tools that were so effective for us in the beginning: the magazine, my blog, chats, the podcasts & our publishing business. All these tools allowed other people to help us share our message. We are getting back to basics, focusing on a few key areas that enable us to reach the most people.

I will be sharing more very soon. I have so much going through my mind & on my heart right now. I understand David wanting to sing & dance with joy unto the Lord. I am so filled with joy right now, I could POP!

Beginning A Life of Simple Joy Part 3

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Jean Ann continues this series by teaching step 2, Ask for Help. Listen now!

Beginning A Life of Simple Joy Part 3

Beginning A Life of Simple Joy Part 2

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Jean Ann continues this series when she discusses the first step you must take to begin a life of Simple Joy.

Beginning A Life of Simple Joy Part 2

10 Beautiful, Spring-Inspired Rooms

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It may be cold & snowy outside but you can bring Spring inside with these wonderful ideas from House Beautiful! They are so bright & colorful! They are sure to perk up your mood no matter how blustery the day! Click HERE for ideas!

Spring Craft Ideas

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Spring makes me want to spruce up my home. However, Like many of you, I have to watch my budget. The fabulous folks at Country Living offer ways to brighten up our homes this Spring without spending a fortune!  Love It!

Mother’s Day Tea Party

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Tea Parties are my very favorite way to entertain. I keep it simple and plan things out so I am able to enjoy the event with my guests. These ideas from Country Living allow you to host a fabulous Mother’s Day Tea for the Moms in your life!

 

Mother’s Day Crafts

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Enjoy making these fun & fabulous crafts with your kids. Country Living offers you a variety of ideas.

10 Mother’s Day Lunch Recipes

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Mother’s Day is the perfect time for a family gathering. Delish offers a variety of recipes to help you plan your menu for your Mother’s Day luncheon. Enjoy!

It’s the Little Things that Mean the Most

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In our family, we don’t make a big deal out of special events. That doesn’t mean we don’t celebrate them or that we don’t sometimes do incredible things for one another on a special day, like our darling daughter & Mr. D. giving me an iPad Air for Christmas a few years ago. That was pretty incredible. However, I stray from my point.

Most of the time, we refrain from going overboard on one specific day so we can spread the celebration out of several days. for example, we went out to dinner for The Child’s birthday but I also took her shopping a few days later. A few days after that, we helped her buy a new iPod for her London trip. Spreading things out reduces the stress of having to make one specific day “special” & perfect. Instead, we enjoy celebrating over time.

Which brings me to the real point of all this. For me, the celebration is every day of the year. Mr. D. isn’t one to buy me flowers or cards for special days. Instead, he fixes my coffee for me every single morning. He buys me special treats, like the bottles of Classic Coca-Cola (Heche in Mexico!) and the packs of coffee beans from Starbucks. Mr. D. listens when I mentions something casual in passing & remembers it when he is able to get me something really special, like the iPad. Every time we go to the small local hardware store, he asks if there is anything I want or need for my Dremel. He brings me snacks & something to drink when I work & pours my martini as we relax in the evening.

Mr. D. does the laundry, ironing & the dishes. All. The. Time. None of these things are headline news. None of them are lavish or extravagant, except the iPad. All of them mean more to me than anything I can ever, ever, ever put into words. I would never criticize someone that spends money on expensive gifts for someone they love. Those gifts just aren’t my style. It doesn’t take much effort or thought to spend large amount of money. Just watch the reality shows if you are in doubt. I also know expensive gifts, lavish events, exotic trips, etc. don’t bring happiness. Oh, they give you a rush at first but that feeling wears off. Then what do you have?

Me? I have a fresh hot cup of coffee fixed just the way I like it brought to me before I ever get out of my bed. EVERY MORNING OF THE YEAR! It’s truly is the gift that keeps on giving!