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!

Meatless Chili

Yummy family (or potluck) dish!
Yummy family (or potluck) dish!

It is a cool & cloudy day here in SoCal. Glancing over the posts of friends on FB, it appears to be a cold & snowy day in other parts of the country. Today is the perfect day for my vegetarian chili recipe!

I began making this dish for my friends who are vegetarians.However, many of my meat loving guests also enjoy my special chili.It is made with 4 kinds of beans and plenty of spices to make it thick and flavorful.

  • 1 large can chili beans
  • 1 large can pinto beans
  • 1 large can kidney beans
  • 1 large can black beans
  • 1 cup frozen chopped onions
  • 1 cup frozen chopped green pepper
  • 1 large can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 small can of tomatoes with chilies
  • 1 large can of tomato sauce
  • 1 box vegetable broth
  • garlic salt
  • chili powder
  • hot sauce
  • salt and pepper

Pour chili beans into large crock pot. Drain and rinse other beans. Add to crock pot.

Mix.Add onions and green peppers. Add tomatoes and tomato sauce.Season to taste. Top pot with broth, making chili stirrable but not “soupy.”Simmer on low 4-6 hours adding broth as needed.

I Want What I Want

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Boy, that sounds rather selfish & I don’t mean it that way at all. I like to keep my life simple. When things get complicated, usually because I have complicated them, the stress becomes tremendous. The more stress, the less productive, less creative I become. Not good! I like being productive & creative so I try to keep my life as low stress as I can & this means keeping it SO simple!

Simple does not mean I have to settle for things, settle for something that doesn’t quite meet my needs. This often means holding out & searching long & hard until I find just what I want. How many times have I given up my search & settled for something less than what I want, only to be disappointed down the road when the item doesn’t live up to my expectations.

Now, I honestly don’t set my expectations way up high, so high that nothing could possibly live up to those expectations. I just want what I want. Let me give you an example:

That’s my bike at the top of the post. My hubby gave it to me for Christmas a few years ago. I LOVE my bike. The style, the color, the retro look, the flames. I love everything about is. When I first go my bike, I didn’t want to wear a helmet. My bike is cool & I thought a helmet was soooo uncool. Unfortunately, or fortunately depending on how you look at it, hubby is a lifetime member of the League of American Bicyclists.  He know the statistics. The majority of fatalities among bike riders are caused by head injuries. It’s a long way down to the curb when you fall. Helmets help protect riders.

So, I had to wear my helmet & I did. Then, my helmet fell apart. The padding went to pieces. So, my hubby & daughter gave me a new helmet for Christmas this past year. Well, they  gave me a photo of a helmet & told me I should find a helmet I liked. The search was on. I have a cool retro looking bike. I didn’t want a modern streamlined helmet. The two just didn’t go together. So I searched. Hubby searched. We went to the bike shop & nothing. I was ready to settle for second best but I knew I would not be happy. I just wouldn’t like it. So I kept searching & hubby remained patient because he wanted me to be happy.

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I finally found the helmet. No, correction. I found THE helmet. It is just what I wanted. We ordered it from the bike shop & before I knew it, I had the helmet I wanted.

You don’t have to be demanding or rude. You also shouldn’t have to settle for second best. Keep looking until you find THE one! Whether it’s a helmet or a job or a spouse, there is the perfect one for you if you just keep patiently looking. Believe me, it’s well worth it!

A Verse for your Day

In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. (Philippians 1:4-6 NIV)