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As Texas plunged into single digits with multiple days of a windchill below freezing, millions found themselves stranded with no power or water. Living along the Gulf Coast we have weathered hurricanes and endured power outages for much longer periods, but somehow this seemed different. Maybe for those of us close to the shoreline it was the unusual sight of snow we experienced as opposed to the natural disasters we usually face that arrive with rain, wind, and sweltering heat.

Our son and daughter (in law) were finally able to take a long-overdue honeymoon to St. Lucia in December. Cecelia interned one summer for a travel agent so naturally called the company to book their trip. What an incredible experience they had, and I was reminded WHY using a travel agent is worth the expense. Fees range depending on the service, but most charge between $300-350 to plan a vacation somewhere in the Caribbean Islands. 

Q: I will be a new mom soon, and I have been preparing for life “after” a newborn. There is a lot of information on raising babies, and how dads can support mom, but I cannot find much on how moms can support dads. A lot of my mental preparation has been around my marriage. Specific questions: How do I preserve my marriage? How do we embrace the changes? How do I maintain my husband as a priority when we have a tiny human demanding everything? How can I help my husband bond with our new child?

Want to set your children up for success? Then look no further than the habits of successful people you know, whether that be in the corporate world, media, or within your own circle of friends. Experts agree that there are certain common traits all successful people possess. This is great news because it means we can emulate those leaders that have come before us. 

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.”

Many of us grew up learning multitasking was a hallmark of a productive person. While sounding good in theory, this practice has proven to be incorrect. Studies now reveal that multitasking is nothing more than switching back and forth between tasks and it lowers our productivity. Below are 5 points that deal with the facts behind project hopping and the lack of performance that occurs when we allow seemingly innocuous interruptions to occur in daily life.

The way my husband structures his day is different from how I organize mine, but there is one thing we both do. We start with a morning routine. I make coffee, read the news while eating my breakfast, and then dive into an hour of bible study. Once I finish, I pull out my journal and plan my day. About 2 years ago I discovered an organizational method that resonated with me.

Remember as children, during holidays, we would spend what seemed like hours creating homemade craft projects for our parents? It might be a paper Christmas snowflake sprinkled with glitter or a cutout heart for Valentine’s Day. We would address it: To: Mom or To: Dad. We would sign our name, and this become the gift we gave our parents. The act of giving is how we should view all letters, especially a thank you note. We may not be cutting out cute hearts, but when we take time to put pen to paper and share a little of ourselves with someone else, we are giving a part of our heart to another.  

People give to make you feel loved and remembered. Sometimes gifts are given out of obligation, but mostly they are presented to honor a special relationship or occasion. No matter the reason, we need to know how to show our appreciation. Here are my 7 tips to become a gracious gift receiver.  

Table manners seem to be the area in which I receive most of my questions, but it is introductions that have people the most baffled. After I explain the correct way to conduct an introduction, I often get that starry-eyed stare that tells me, “I really don’t understand what you just said.” To help all of us, I have broken down the process into a simple format. Before I proceed, let me say this. Do not let a lack of confidence in handling an introduction keep you from DOING an introduction.

I recently bumped into a friend at the store, and as we began talking, she expressed how she struggles with the holidays. When January rolls around, she feels like she somehow “missed out.” I understand this feeling because I, too, have often felt this way. Life was so busy with the preparation of celebration, that I missed the joy that awaited each of us this time of year.

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.

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.

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What I Learned When I Read the Bible

Updated: Jan 22



I learned the story of the Bible is simple. Every narrative and small parable now make sense to me, because I discovered they all tie together into God’s overall plan, which is to bring us back into fellowship with Him. Throughout the individual tales we learn about God’s character, man’s character, why we do what we do, how we can function in our daily life, why certain things mean what they mean, but regardless of which direction the adventures take us, the overall theme throughout the Book remains the same: God is bringing us home to Him.


I also learned the Bible is not written chronologically. Many verses from different books overlap. I had many “aha” moments as clarity sank in. I learned not to get confused by all the side stories. Take them to heart. Grow closer to God through them but filter every lesson through the one underlying message of the Bible: God created man; man sinned, separating us from God; God immediately began implementing His plan to restore the broken line between man and God to give man a way to return Home; but in the end, it is up to man to choose. He can go it alone, or he can return to the One who created him. That, my friends, is what I learned when I read the Bible. A simple love story of a Father bringing His children Home.


My daily discoveries will post on Sundays. As you read my findings from each book of the Bible, I hope you will take them for what they are. I am not a theologian, and I wrote what spoke to me. These are not profound teachings I am imparting. Some are simple recognitions that I did not know, or I had forgotten. Example: Did you realize the ark Noah built landed somewhere in the mountains of Ararat, which is today part of eastern Turkey? Did you know God grieves? Imagining my Creator weeping over me makes my heart break. Did anyone ever tell you there is a purpose behind the long genealogical lists, which is where many of us sigh a big UGH, stop reading, and close the Bible?


I tell all of this, so you know my daily discoveries were not always profound. Sometimes they are simply generic facts I found interesting. There are also important verses or themes that I do not mention, because they were not on my heart to write. So, take these daily postings for what they are. A daughter of Christ enjoying the mysteries of the Bible that spoke to her. My challenge? That you do your own reading, page by page. God will take you on your own adventure. The secrets He will reveal to you will be different than what He revealed to me, yet His truth will always remain visible and consistent.


The only way we discern what is real from what is a lie is to study truth. As the old saying goes, “If you don’t know where you are going, any road will get you there.” I knew which road would get me Home before I fully read the Bible, but now that I have digested each word, the path I travel is full of adventure, and each day brings a new surprise. I challenge you to step onto the road God began building at the fall of man and completed upon the death of Christ. A trail that now takes us directly Home. Begin your journey back to Him, with the Bible as your compass, and delight in the unspeakable treasures along the way that He has already placed along your path. There will come a day for each one of us when we reach the end of the road. The question is, which road are you on?


Together with you,

Lisa Lou

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