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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.

Decor Ideas:
1. Use a decorative wine bucket filled with flowers as your table centerpiece. This works if you have a separate table where you will place the food. If the wine tasting is conducted at one table where your guests are sitting, then you need lower height decorations where everyone can see over the arrangements. Use wine glasses randomly placed down the table with sprigs of flowers in them. 

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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. Yet, God says we have no excuse not to believe He exists, because even His invisible qualities He has made known to us.


I have never seen nor heard the artist that created the painting, but I KNOW he exists. We do not have to see God face-to-face, or even hear His voice, to KNOW there is a Creator.

“But ask the animals what they think—let them teach you; let the birds tell you what’s going on. Put your ear to the earth—learn the basics. Listen—the fish in the ocean will tell you their stories. Isn’t it clear that they all know and agree that God is sovereign, that he holds all things in his hand—Every living soul, yes, every breathing creature? Isn’t this all just common sense…” (Job 12:7-10 MSG/emphasis mine).

Friends, do not let the world tell you there is no God. Do not let the “elites” ridicule you. If God were not real, then why do so many fight against Him? Why do so many try to muffle His voice? If I spent my waking hours trying to convince others that Santa Claus was real, would anyone care? Would people rise to ban my voice? Of course not. Why? Because everyone would know that what I was promoting was not real. My belief in Santa Claus would not be considered a threat. Only something that is real can be a threat. If something does not exist, it is not a danger, for the simple reason that it does not exist.

I have always viewed the battle we face for our religious liberties as one proof there is a God. If He were not real, then why would those that do not believe in Him waste so much time trying to silence His voice? How can you defeat something that does not exist? You cannot. You can only defeat what does exist!

“The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge. They have no speech, they use no words; no sound is heard from them. Yet their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world.” (Psalm 19:1-4 NIV).

I had the opportunity to listen to a well-known atheist, turned Christian, speak about religious freedom and the state of our nation. Before he became a Christian, his mission in life was to prove Christianity was nonsense. He might have described himself as an intellectual. He might have even considered himself as part of the “elite” that believed God was a myth. But God had other plans, and Dr. Harber now spends his life defending others when their religious freedoms are attacked. Below is a paraphrased summary of Dr. Frank Harber’s speech on religious freedom. Direct quotes are in quotations.

Freedom originated from God. “You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free…” (Galatians 5:13). To be called means someone must do the calling. There must be a caller. Who placed the desire to be free in the heart of every man? God.

We know the first gift God gave man was the gift of life, but the second gift was freedom. God intended from the very beginning for us to be free. Free from disease, disaster, death. It is hard for us to imagine, but in the Garden of Eden, there were no cemeteries, because there was no death.

When we are free, this means we are free to pursue happiness. Happiness is derived from freedom, which comes from God. There is a clear connection between faith and freedom, and when you take God out of the equation, we begin to lose freedom. Why? Because freedom comes from God. No God? No freedom.

The key to maintaining freedom in a society is trust in God. Once God is eliminated, not only does our freedom begin to disappear, but so does morality. Why would morality disappear? For the same reason freedom begins to disappear. God placed the desire for freedom in our hearts, but He also wrote His law of morality on our hearts. (Romans 2:13-15). Where do you think our concept of right and wrong comes from? Morality comes from God. No God, no morality. No morality? Any means to an end will suffice.

The elites, the intellectuals, see God as a myth. There is a great movement to ban God from our public square. When an atheist is faced with the reality of God, a common answer is, “’Well, that’s just your opinion.’ My answer? ‘My opinion rose again from the dead. He conquered death. What has your opinion done?’”

God will not be mocked. (Galatians 6:7). When we remove Him from the public arena, we, as individuals and as a nation, will suffer the consequences.

The “elite” in our society mock Christians. They say God is a myth. Prominent figures call us “nuts.” As God Himself says, it is common sense that He exists. God also reminds us that those that do not believe in Him have been blinded by evil “so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.” (2 Corinthians 4:4).

Ladies, it is time to make your voice heard. It is time to stand against those that ridicule us. Fight for what you believe, and fight with conviction knowing that you stand on the side of Truth!

For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.” (Romans 1:20 NIV/emphasis mine).

Together with you,

Lisa Lou

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