With fall officially here, it’s time to nestle in to our homes and stay in with the people who matter.

We all have friends, but many of us are just too busy to connect with those we love.

So when our friends texted us to come out to their ranch for a late night visit last weekend, we said yes. We said yes, right away, because my husband and I both needed encouragement.

We all need encouragement. I can’t think of one person who does well without it.

These two people are great encouragers to me and my husband. They’ve been encouraging friends through rough times, and have encouraged us to strive for greatness in the good times. They’ve created an environment in their home to help people become their best. They’ve had a positive influence in the lives of so many people, I can’t even tell you.

Three simple things come to mind when it comes to being an influencer to others around us:

1. If you want to lift people up, do it daily.
2. In a negative environment, remember it takes extra effort in the form of a kind word, a servant’s action, and a bit of creativity to be a positive influence.
3. Act now. Don’t wait until tomorrow.

What I love about being an encourager is that it leaves such a warm feeling. You don’t have to be smart, rich, known, or act like you have it all together.

All you have to do is care about people and open your mouth to say so.

Warmer connections come when we think less about ourselves and offer positive words to others.

Have you encouraged someone today?





Using some old pears in my kitchen, I whipped up my yummy pear cobbler to take out to the ranch. I made one for my kids (who stayed at home) and on to take with us.

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Recipe: Easy Pear Cobbler {ReluctantEntertainer.com}

Summary: Delicious cobbler that can be made with any kind of fruit, any time of the year.

Ingredients

  • 6 cups peeled, sliced pears
  • 2 cups sugar, divided
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 8 tablespoons butter
  • 1 1/2 cups self-rising flour
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Combine the pears, 1 cup sugar, and water in a saucepan and mix well. Bring to a boil and simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from the heat.
  3. Put the butter in a 9×13 baking dish and place in oven to melt.
  4. Mix remaining 1 cup sugar, flour, and milk slowly to prevent clumping. Pour mixture over melted butter. Do not stir.
  5. Spoon fruit on top, gently pouring in syrup. Sprinkle the top with ground cinnamon. Bake for 35 to 45 minutes.
  6. The batter will rise to the top during baking and will look like a cake/cobbler.
  7. To serve, scoop onto a plate and serve with vanilla ice cream.

Preparation time: 15 minute(s)

Cooking time: 35-45 minutes(s)

Number of servings (yield): 8

 

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If you missed the previous days to 31 Day to Warm Connections …
Day 1 (and 700 31 Day Bloggers): Secret Ingredient to Warmer Connections
Day 2: Bringing the Beauty of Autumn to Your Table
Day 3: Multi-Generational Pear Applesauce
Day 4: Canning Suncrest Peaches with a Friend
Day 5: How to Find Contentment

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