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Always be prepared for the unexpected guest. Whether it is a friend stopping by after work or neighbors gathering on the front porch for an impromptu drink, here are a few tips so you are always party ready.

Whether you are entertaining overnight guests or friends just dropping by, the powder room is the one area all will ask to visit. Have you taken inventory of this part of your home lately? Make your bathroom boutique beautiful by implementing our top points below. 

May can be a crazy month with the chaos of end of school activities, home projects, and travel plans. But we need to hit pause for one day to celebrate the special mom in our life. With hearts of gold and putting others before themselves, we have gathered a list of ideas to help you honor the special lady in your life.

A few years back my husband and I attended a play that was an adaptation of the classical movie Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, which originally starred Sidney Poitier, Katharine Hepburn, and Spencer Tracy. It was a beautifully written, and quite comical, story based on the difficulties families faced in the 1960s with inter-racial marriage. The scene that stood out the most to me was when the son was trying to bring both families together for dinner. In the last line of the last act, he turns to his father and says, “Dad, we need you at the table.” With that, the father joined the others, and the audience was left with the understanding that healing had begun.

Giving a party 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 anywhere from $15-$100. What you spend will be determined by your relationship and the type of event. Is it a formal dinner? A backyard BBQ? Also, when possible, know the likes and dislikes of your hostess. If she is allergic to flowers, you probably will not arrive with a bouquet in hand.

1. Choose the table. Will you use a round that seats four or a rectangle that seats twelve? This decision will determine your centerpiece.

Warmer weather will be arriving soon, and I am seeing more of our four-legged members making an appearance in the dog parks and on walking trails. With pets taking more prominent roles in our lives, I thought it would be good to brush up on basic dog etiquette and ownership responsibilities.

Meeting friends for dinner after work, grabbing coffee with your girlfriend or just ordering pizza on a Friday night with neighbors. We all have a deep desire to be connected in a world that often forgets the importance of relationships. Many of us have the desire to entertain, but we let our circumstances keep us from extending hospitality. Often it revolves around our lack of confidence in our ability to host events. I get this!

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.

A perfect entertaining year for me would be hosting a different themed party each month! Will I do that? No. Will I dream about it? Yes! If I cannot have a party every 4 weeks, I can at least help my Lisa Lou family with ideas so hopefully a few of you can carry the torch of hospitality for the rest of us.

  • Writer's pictureLisa Lou

Prophecy Fulfilled - Week 7

Updated: Feb 5, 2021

Did you know God reveals His plan for a Savior as early as Genesis 3? “I’m declaring war between you and the Woman, between your offspring and hers. He’ll wound your head, you’ll wound his heel.” (OTP 1 and 2; Genesis 3:15 MSG/emphasis mine).

The word “you” refers to the serpent in the garden (Satan). “Woman” refers to Mary, the mother of Jesus. How do we know this? God declares there will be war between her offspring and Satan’s offspring. Who are Satan’s offspring? The fallen angels and people who reject God. John the Baptist even referred to the evil men he encountered as a “brood of vipers (serpents).” (Matthew 3:7 NIV).

Who was the specific offspring of woman? Jesus. The verse refers to “her” offspring, or “her” seed (depending on translation). This is significant in pointing to a virgin birth. The Bible always refers to offspring coming from the man, except in this one verse. Sin is passed down from generation to generation, through the seed of man, not woman.

Jesus is God, and Jesus is human, but to become a perfect human sacrifice, He also had to be sinless. This could not happen from the seed of man, since this is how sin is passed. Jesus had to come from the pure seed of woman, otherwise Christ would not be sinless. A virgin birth had to occur if He were to become the perfect sacrifice, perfect substitute, to pay the penalty of our sin at His death.

“You (Satan) will wound his heel.” Satan wounded Christ at the cross. “He (Jesus) will wound your head.” Christ crushed Satan’s head upon His death and resurrection, claiming ultimate victory over evil. God provided us a way back to Him, by way of the cross, but it is up to us to accept His gift of salvation.

“If you declare with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.” (Romans 10:9-10 NIV).

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16 NIV).

God provided the way, but we must take the steps to accept His gift. No one can take away our sin. No one can bestow the gift of salvation on us. WE must believe in our hearts; WE must declare with our mouths that Jesus is Lord.

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