Your Unique Spiritual Gift for God’s Purposes

*Affiliate links included. God has given each of us a special gift. He had you in mind when He lovingly bestowed your gift to you while He was forming you in your mother’s womb. Through the years, your gift has been either nurtured or stifled. “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.” Psalm 139:13 Have you prayerfully considered what He gave you? Perhaps you have the gift of hospitality or maybe the gift {Read More}

About Kelly Stigliano

Kelly J. Stigliano has been a speaker and writer for over 25 years. She and her husband of over 30 years, Jerry, enjoy life in Orange Park, FL. To learn more, visit www.kellystigliano.com.

When Should I Refer A Friend to a Counselor?

If you missed yesterday’s post, Help, God, I’m Not a Counselor, you may want to read through it for encouragement in helping friends through tough times. In some cases, a friend will need to be referred to a professional Christian counselor to best help them. According to the American Counseling Association (ACA), we should seek professional counseling when we need help addressing problems and issues that cause emotional distress or make us feel overwhelmed. “Good indicators of when you should {Read More}

About Kelly Stigliano

Kelly J. Stigliano has been a speaker and writer for over 25 years. She and her husband of over 30 years, Jerry, enjoy life in Orange Park, FL. To learn more, visit www.kellystigliano.com.

Help, God, I’m Not a Counselor!

It may have happened to you. Your friend needs a listening ear and vents to you about her boss, boyfriend, or family. Maybe someone you hardly know turns to you because you “just seem like such a good listener.” Before you know it, you’re her daily counselor. She calls you or buttonholes you in the employee lunchroom every day. Either way, you stand there wondering how you got into this position and pray: “Help God! I’m not a counselor! Tell {Read More}

About Kelly Stigliano

Kelly J. Stigliano has been a speaker and writer for over 25 years. She and her husband of over 30 years, Jerry, enjoy life in Orange Park, FL. To learn more, visit www.kellystigliano.com.

A Childhood Restored

I interviewed a lovely young woman for our local newspaper as she was about to age out of the foster care program in Florida. Jacquelin was not new to the foster care system. Having entered foster care at the age of 15, joining her special foster family, this 18-year-old knew the ropes. She needed guidance, love, and positive adult role models in her life, and her new family met those needs. Soon, not only her foster family, but all the {Read More}

About Kelly Stigliano

Kelly J. Stigliano has been a speaker and writer for over 25 years. She and her husband of over 30 years, Jerry, enjoy life in Orange Park, FL. To learn more, visit www.kellystigliano.com.

Mother’s Day Delayed

* Affiliate links included. “Hey, Kelly! Would you like some clothes? My mother-in-law buys me so many things; I’ll never wear them all.” “Sure! Thanks so much, Karen.” “Ok. Follow me home from work tomorrow and I’ll load you up.” It was the mid-1980s. I’d worked with Karen for six months as a temporary secretary while her employer divested the department she had assisted for five years. They would reposition her within the company once the final details were in {Read More}

About Kelly Stigliano

Kelly J. Stigliano has been a speaker and writer for over 25 years. She and her husband of over 30 years, Jerry, enjoy life in Orange Park, FL. To learn more, visit www.kellystigliano.com.

Lord, I’m so Humiliated

* Affiliate links included. One sunny Sunday in Florida I was glowing over the opportunity to attend a Christian writers’ conference running simultaneously with a huge convention in Orlando. I had come the day before and excitedly checked into my hotel just a couple blocks away from the convention center on International Drive. This was the big time for a small town woman like me. I was raised in a little rural community in northeastern Ohio and had lived in the {Read More}

About Kelly Stigliano

Kelly J. Stigliano has been a speaker and writer for over 25 years. She and her husband of over 30 years, Jerry, enjoy life in Orange Park, FL. To learn more, visit www.kellystigliano.com.

Child Support and God’s Faithfulness

*Affiliate links included We were both single parents when Jerry and I met. He had been alone for six years and his three sons lived with their mom an hour away. My son, daughter, and I were a contented trio; their father had left two years earlier. I admired how Jerry spoke of his sons with love. His visits with them were at his parents’ house and usually required an argument with their mom before she’d concede. Seeing him struggle {Read More}

About Kelly Stigliano

Kelly J. Stigliano has been a speaker and writer for over 25 years. She and her husband of over 30 years, Jerry, enjoy life in Orange Park, FL. To learn more, visit www.kellystigliano.com.

Staying on the Wagon

Statistics show that many will gain an average of 5-20 pounds during the holidays. That’s a real setback. Make a plan now to get you through to January 1, 2015 without too much damage. Before going to a party, drink lots of water to fill your stomach. Arrive late and don’t hang around the food. Bring your own sugar-free beverage and leave it there as a token for your hostess. Look over the food selection before making your choices. Sampling {Read More}

About Kelly Stigliano

Kelly J. Stigliano has been a speaker and writer for over 25 years. She and her husband of over 30 years, Jerry, enjoy life in Orange Park, FL. To learn more, visit www.kellystigliano.com.

What can I do? Finding God’s Purpose

We have all wondered at some time in our lives, just why we were born. Some are blessed to know early on what their mission on earth is – the child prodigies who can sing or play an instrument or who are in college by age 16. Even women in ministry positions often feel misplaced. We see a need and know we can fill the position so we jump in, whether it is our forte’ or not. The masses of us {Read More}

About Kelly Stigliano

Kelly J. Stigliano has been a speaker and writer for over 25 years. She and her husband of over 30 years, Jerry, enjoy life in Orange Park, FL. To learn more, visit www.kellystigliano.com.

Time Saver — Time Waster

“Stupid internet is out again,” I grumbled. I had research to do and Bible verses to verify. I had deadlines to meet. When spellcheck can’t help, I typically key my butchered version into the search engine and get the answer instantaneously. I tried three spellings of a word I struggled with – nothing. Looking at the shelf above my computer I saw a large, familiar book. I grabbed the The Merriam-Webster Dictionary and blew the dust off in a little cloud. I {Read More}

About Kelly Stigliano

Kelly J. Stigliano has been a speaker and writer for over 25 years. She and her husband of over 30 years, Jerry, enjoy life in Orange Park, FL. To learn more, visit www.kellystigliano.com.