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4. No one wants to hear your conversation. When you must speak on the phone in public, remove yourself and take your call in private. If you cannot find privacy, step at least ten feet away so you minimize the chance of disturbing others. No matter how private we try to make our call, our body language speaks volumes. Patrons enjoying a dinner out do not want to be disturbed watching someone throw their arms around while arguing on their phone.

​I am convinced we need to start thinking of our phones as a human persona. I do not care if you make it look like your spouse, mother, or college roommate. If we were to add eyes, a nose, hair, and a big smile to the front of our phones, we might begin making the connection that every time we converse with someone via text or email, we are allowing them to become a part of whatever we are doing.

  • Prostrate on the ground praying earnestly for those in his life.

  • Living on 3 hours sleep for months to build something special to improve the lives of thousands.

  • In all his busyness, never making me feel I come in second. Even when it means sacrificing himself.

“The hardest job kids have today is learning good manners…without seeing any.” Fred Astaire. 

 

Women have great influence in their family, and much of the work falls to us to provide each person with the tools they need to succeed. But how can we pass along knowledge that we do not possess? 

It is summer in Houston, and last night our bedroom A/C went kaput! My first reaction was to grumble, but then I reminded myself to “choose happiness!” I was thankful we had a guestroom to sleep in that had cool air and a fan. As we crawled into an unfamiliar bed, I was quickly reminded of the times I preached to others: “Every good hostess should sleep in her own guestroom for one full night. You will immediately see what is missing!”

It is summer in Houston, and last night our bedroom A/C went kaput! My first reaction was to grumble, but then I reminded myself to “choose happiness!” I was thankful we had a guestroom to sleep in that had cool air and a fan. As we crawled into an unfamiliar bed, I was quickly reminded of the times I preached to others: “Every good hostess should sleep in her own guestroom for one full night. You will immediately see what is missing!”

Today, where we see every form of fashion on our streets, the question of men and shorts still produces uncertainty among many. There is a reason for this that is embedded in our DNA, and to fully understand we need to explore a little history.

“What are the main table manners children should know?” A common question I am frequently asked. Yet I have a tough time narrowing my answer. I pick my top three, then a fourth pops into my mind. Then a fifth. We may not all attend black-tie events, but we do all eat. Your children will one day be placed in a situation where they need to skillfully know their way around a dining table.

As we approach Mother’s Day, I would like to take a special look at the precious women in our lives that hold the title of Mother-in-law. Do you remember the movie Monster-in-Law? It starred Jennifer Lopez and Jane Fonda in a romantic comedy centered around the tumultuous relationship between a bride and her future mother-in-law. If you have not seen it, you should. It will keep you laughing but, sadly, may hit closer to home than you would like to admit.

  • Lisa Lou

Be Your Partner’s Ally



“It is not good for man to be alone; I will make him a helper suitable for him.” (Genesis 2:18 NIV).


The original meaning of the word helper in the Bible is azar, which means ally. As spouses, we are to be each other’s ally. This means in everything! When I first married my husband, I did not understand the financial business world in which he lived. If I am honest, it did not interest me a great deal. Yet, I knew when I married him, we were to become allies.This did not mean in just areas in which I had an interest, it meant in all areas. How can I be an ally, though, if I have zero knowledge?


When it came to his career, I needed to develop a basic understanding so I could effectively be his partner not just at home, but also at work. How did I do this? When we would attend business events, I did not sit there like a bump on a log, I would participate in the conversation. When I did not always understand, I would deploy my active listening skills. When we returned home, if there were discussions at dinner I did not grasp, I would ask him to explain. Over time, I developed a basic understanding of his 9-5 world, which made me a more effective partner in my marriage. As my knowledge grew, my interest grew as well.


Whether we enjoy all aspects of our spouse’s life or not, we do need to step up our game and become active participants. I vowed to be his partner in all life, which often means taking an interest and learning about things that matter to him, regardless of what I think. Afterall, if it matters to him, I want it to matter to me. That’s what best friends do!


Together with you,

Lisa Lou