Monday, September 17, 2012

TeaCup Living Muses

On dark and dreary days holding on to a teaCup and sipping the brown brew, quiets my spirit and warms my soul.

In the quiet moments of holding the teaCup in my hands, I begin to pour out prayers in an informal conversation to the King of kings.

As I envision Him on His throne next to His Majestic Father, I know He is pausing with me for He leans forward to listen not only to my words but to my heart as well.

The times spent in those moments are truly filled with time, encouragement, acceptance in Christ’s uplifting presence.

Though my surroundings may be dark and dreary, I’m renewed from going to the Light that sits on the throne of my life.

Why do I wait for dark and dreary days for such intimate moments that are available every day?
A cracked pot lets the Light of the Lord
            show through if it is filled with stories
                        of the great and glorious things
                                    He has done.

A cracked cup has leaked out
            the love of the Lord
                        one drop at a time.

The saucer is there to catch
            the love and keep the
                        believer comfortable
                                    and unscalded.

A teaCup is a container to hold-
            a great treasure to behold-
but if not used to strengthen and renew
then what use is it other than to collect dust?

The joy is in the name that reminds us of its true value…
a teaCup 
meaning being in 
Christ's uplifting presence
sharing the message of His amazing grace.

                     Uplifting Blessings,
Let God be exalted.      Psalm 70:4

Monday, July 9, 2012

Christian Communicators a Cup Full of Blessings

Thirty ladies are in for a tasty treat while enjoying an afternoon tea being served by the chefs at The Cove in the mountains of North Carolina. This tea time treat is one of the highlights served with the Christian Communicators Conference where ladies are coming from across the nation to be educated, validated and launched in their speaking ministries.

Vonda Skelton and I are co-directing the third Christian Communicators conference at the Billy Graham Training Center where the participants will have sessions in

·           discovering their ministry focus and mission
·           taking their presentation skills to the next level with drama, music, props and humor
·           developing and managing forms, paperwork, and marketing
·           adding professional polish and poise beyond the platform
·           moving forward in their speaking ministry by breaking through barriers and hitting goals.

The afternoon tea is where the ladies will be applying business etiquette and social graces that will be taught the day before. Application is the transformational difference.

As professional speakers, our manners make us or break us. Manners make others feel comfortable being around us. Manners make way for additional moments when others will listen to us talk about the grace and Gospel of God. Manners Matter is only one of the topics being shared to help women take their ministry to the next level.

In my years of training as an etiquette and international protocol consultant, I heard a repeated story of a queen who had a dinner guest who picked up their finger bowl and drank from it. To save her uneducated guest embarrassment, the queen lifted her finger bowl and sipped too. I refer to the royal lady as the Queen of Grace and Kindness.

No finger bowls will be present at the Christian Communicators’ tea table. However, the table will be topped with savories, scones, sweets, and tasty teas.

Only two more spaces are available. If you would like a sampling of what else is offered at the CC conference visit our website at

Uplifting blessings,

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all. ~ 2 Corinthians 13:14