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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


WHAT????

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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What I Learned When I Read the Bible



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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