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Have you ever seen someone walk into a party that looked scared to death, unsure of themselves, and then watched them slink off to an obscure corner? Their body language screaming, “I wish I was anywhere but here!” Entering a room full of people that you do not know can be intimidating. I get that. Yet, your entrance is important in displaying overall confidence and portraying a strong image.

When attending a party, there are certain expectations we have of our hostess. We will enjoy and appreciate everything she has done, but we do assume there will be food and drinks. We would also like a clean bathroom and a home that does not smell like the local pet store. What some people forget is there are also expectations of the guest.

Giving a party, of any type, requires a great deal of work. If you have been fortunate enough to be included in a festive soiree, it is nice to arrive with a gift for the hostess. The typical present will cost between $15-$30, but there are less expensive things you can find at the local discount store.

Attire: Shabby Chic; Razzle Dazzle; Cowboy Couture


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Word to hostesses: when listing the attire on the invitation for your party, make it clear. Do not let your creative thoughts have you writing a description that requires an interpreter.  We do not want to force our guests to solve a riddle to understand what is expected of them. There is a phrase I like to quote, “To be unclear is to be unkind.”

There is something special we feel when we receive an invitation. It is the anticipation of a celebration, the excitement of choosing what to wear, but more importantly, it is the affirmation that tells us, “I was chosen!” We know a hostess has responsibilities to ensure her party is a success, but did you know there are expectations of the guests? And your first job begins when you receive an invitation that says RSVP.

Do you believe there is a creator behind this painting, or did it create itself? I believe if I polled 1,000 people, 100% would say, “Of course, there is a creator. That’s common sense.” Do you believe there is a Creator behind this picture? If I polled 1,000 people with the same question, stats show I would not receive 100% agreement that there was a Creator behind this picture.

People are returning to work, which means many of us will be navigating changes that would otherwise seem mundane. Elevator etiquette? Did you know there was such a thing? Below are 9 basic reminders when riding the lift. I have thrown in a few exceptions while we live in a COVID world. 

Throughout history we have seen God place people in power that made us say, “What is He thinking?” Yet God clearly reminds us in Isaiah that the way He thinks is far beyond what we can sometimes understand. In a child’s eyes, a parent giving her yucky medicine when she already feels poorly can seem cruel. “Why would Mommy make me take this?” The child lives in her “here and now” moment of life, yet the parent sees the big picture. The mother knows what is best for the child, even when the child does not understand. 

Our 4-part series on living as Christians in a political world was written in response to questions I have been receiving on knowing how to separate truth from lies, when to engage in our political system, and the most effective way to stay informed. In Part 1 we learned the biblical formula for seeking truth. In Part 2 we discussed the importance of knowing your foundation. In this post, Part 3, I will provide you with 7 practical tips I use to find truth in our news driven world. 

We are living in a time where many do not know who or what to believe. It seems our national 24-hour news media seeks ratings more than they seek truth (regardless of which way their bias leans). Many journalists receive bonuses based on how many clicks their story receives, and companies earn more advertising revenue if they can show a high click-through rate on articles. It has become too common to read endless bait-and-switch headlines.

“How do I know what is real? How do I know truth when I see it? I want to stay informed, but where do I turn when I feel every news source is somehow deceiving me?”


Giving you tips on hosting a Halloween party during COVID is sure easier than tackling subjects on news, politics, and finding truth. Yet these are the questions filling my inbox. 

Does this blog seem early? Did you know we only have 10 weeks before we move into December? It is time to start planning!
1. Decide how much you can spend. If you have a $500 budget and 10 people you need to give gifts, then you can only spend $50 a person.

Halloween in 2020 will be different than past years, but there are still ways to enjoy this festive start to the holiday season. This blog may seem early, but October 31st is only 7 weeks away! It is time to start planning. Below are my top 10 ideas for a jovial and happy start to your fall celebrations.

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Challenge Your Mind


The world feels especially scary and divided right now. Copious amounts of negativity are being thrown around in the media and it can be all too easy to simply become frozen. It feels like everyone is walking on eggshells, not quite sure what to believe let alone what to share with others out of fear of judgment or condemnation. Instead of building each other up and opening up conversations for the purpose of mutual growth, challenge, and insight, there is a spirit of judgment, separation, and anger.

In the midst of this, I charge you to not resign yourself to a bleak pessimism over the state of the world. I know it’s all too easy to simply say nothing because it feels like it doesn’t matter. But it does matter, it is crucial not only to yourself but to the wellbeing of all humanity. Take responsibility and accountability of the mind you have and use it for good. Ideas are shared, refined, and changed when we use our abilities of reason to converse and grow together.

Do not let fear keep you from speaking your mind. The information that you have within your head could be exactly what someone else needs to understand a crucially important thought within their own. I’ve also found that when you approach conversations out of a place of wanting to listen to and learn something from the person you are speaking with, your outlook on the world will widen and the conversation will be far more productive and life giving.

With that said, now more than ever it is important to educate yourself and learn everything you can. Read books from all sorts of authors, nonfiction, fiction, biography’s, it doesn’t matter. The more you learn about topics from all over the map the more you are able to refine your own beliefs and outlooks on the world.

We are truly all in this together and when we bring judgment or lump certain schools of thought, people, or teachings into specific categories we negate the ability to connect completely. Humanity would be better for it if we listened to others more, had less judgment for everyone, ourselves included, and were not held back by fear. Don’t be afraid to try new things because you never know what might work for you. Above all, be kind to yourself in the process. The world is changing, and we are all changing too, give yourself space to develop and become. With much hope and excitement for change and the future,

Alina Gersib

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