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“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?

How can you tell if someone will be successful? When I was in high school, they still had a category for a graduating senior titled: Voted Most Likely to Succeed. How, at 18-years-old, could classmates look at someone and say, “Yeah, I think they will be the most successful person in our graduating class.”

 

It is not hard to separate those that will be successful from those that will not. There can be many factors, but one stands out.

Friends are visiting at home more these days. Without fail, the one room most will need to use is the guest bathroom. Have you taken inventory of this area lately? It is an easy space to make boutique beautiful. Here is the list I reference to keep this area ready and waiting.

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.

I received a sweet thank you note recently from a dear friend, and on the back of her envelope she wrote, “P.S. Please excuse the Christmas stamp and do not write a blog post on me!” Of course, you know what this means? I must write a blog post on this! 😊

 

Etiquette verses manners. What is the difference? Manners are nothing more than the condition of your heart.

The leading marriage counselors and experts, Les and Leslie Parrott, wrote the following about marriage:

 

Modern marriages typically begin with a romantic relationship. Unlike marriages of the past, which were often arranged for political purposes or financial stability, marriages in the Twenty-First Century revolve around the initial rush a couple experiences while falling in love.

"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. Whether it be a date or a job interview, a person’s table manners leaves an impression.

You attended a dinner party and had a wonderful time. The meal has been consumed and the guests rise from the table. What is your next move?

 

A hostess will usually ask her guests to move into another room for after-dinner drinks. It is polite to stay 30-45 minutes and mingle with the other guests, then feel free to say your good-byes and exit.

A toast may be offered in any setting and made to an individual or a group. Increase your confidence at your next social gathering by learning the ins and outs of this ancient tradition. Toasting to someone’s health or honor goes back to biblical times and can be found in most cultures including the Egyptians, Greeks, and Persians.

We could spend hours diving into every aspect of table do’s and don’ts, but I want to give you my top 13 tips that will help you navigate any social or business gathering with confidence.

When God knitted together our precious children before they were even born, I am convinced he also wove in their personalities, gifts, and a love language! The concept of “love languages” is that each of us expresses and receives love in a unique way. The five love languages identified by Gary Chapman in his bestselling book are: Touch, Words of Affirmation, Acts of Service, Quality Time, and Gifts.

When God knitted together our precious children before they were even born, I am convinced he also wove in their personalities, gifts, and a love language! The concept of “love languages” is that each of us expresses and receives love in a unique way. The five love languages identified by Gary Chapman in his bestselling book are: Touch, Words of Affirmation, Acts of Service, Quality Time, and Gifts.

  • Lisa Lou

The Promise Fulfilled through Jesus



WHAT I LEARNED WHEN I READ THE BIBLE

The covenant promise of Abraham was fulfilled by God through the New Covenant, which is Jesus. It is through the New Covenant our salvation is secured for those that call on, and believe in, the name of Jesus as Lord, Savior, God.


“Behold, the days are coming, declares the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah, not like the covenant that I made with their fathers on the day when I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt, my covenant that they broke, though I was their husband, declares the Lord. For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, declares the Lord: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts. And I will be their God, and they shall be my people. And no longer shall each one teach his neighbor and each his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, declares the Lord. For I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.” (Jeremiah 31:31-34 ESV).


“This cup that is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood.” (Luke 22:20 ESV).


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