Kelly J. Stigliano

Anxiety weighs down the heart, but a kind word cheers it up. - Proverbs 12:25

TOPICS

Kelly can fashion a topic to fit your theme or you can choose one of her most requested topics.

Incomparable, Unequivocal, Unconditional Love

This is Kelly’s most powerful presentation. She shares the story of how God transformed her from Satan’s Little Princess to a Daughter of the King.

From her early teen years, Kelly was enticed by all the world had to offer. An immature marriage fraught with violence quickly took her into the world of single motherhood.

From 25 minutes to 60 minutes, as your schedule demands, she tailors this presentation to your specific audience.

In this message, applicable to everyone including single parents, women at risk, victims of violence, and strong survivors, the truth of God’s unconditional love shines through with victory.

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Messy Places

A variation of Incomparable, Unequivocal, Unconditional Love, this focuses on forgiveness—something that everyone needs to embrace.

Statistics show that unforgiveness can cause many problems and no one is immune.

Forgiveness is associated with improved mood and lower stress. Forgiveness can lead to healthier relationships, less anxiety, lower blood pressure, less depression, reduced pain, and lower risk of alcohol and substance abuse.

It’s long been said that unforgiveness is like sipping poison and expecting the other person to die. It doesn’t hurt the offender—it hurts you.

From 25 minutes to 60 minutes, as your schedule demands, Kelly tailors this presentation to your specific audience.

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Volunteer Appreciation

This is a great topic for Christian or secular volunteer groups. Inspiring and motivating, Kelly conveys the organization’s appreciation of those selfless people who keep all the plates spinning, making possible the success of the group.

With examples of real life people, she touches on the various volunteer positions relevant to your mission. Your volunteers will walk away feeling on top of the world and greatly valued.

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New Beginnings

This is a great topic for a new year, springtime, or any new start in life. An inspirational talk, this is perfect for secular audiences as well as Christian groups.

Kelly discusses the new beginnings in the Bible, history and, with humor, intertwines life stories of trying new things.

Mark Twain said, “The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret to getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks and then starting on the first one.”

Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.”

From there, Kelly talks about how to start anew and gives real life examples of people who did just that.

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Parting Was Such Sweet Sorrow; How I Said Good-by To Sugar

Secular and Christian audiences love this topic! We all know by now that too much sugar is not good for us. Even those without a blood sugar problem can have a problem with sugar—body size doesn’t matter.

Kelly tells of the time she stopped eating sugar cold turkey. It was not easy because she was a self-proclaimed sugar addict.

She tells about how she felt physically when eating sugar and how she successfully beat the habit. She briefly details the basics of how our bodies metabolize sugar and the effects long-term use can have. She confesses a time she fell off the sugar wagon and how she crawled back on.

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Ghosts of Christmases Past

Drawing parallels between the lessons in Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol and her own life, Kelly emphasizes the importance of forgiveness—forgiving others as well as forgiving oneself.

Highlighting key Christmases from her past, with candor Kelly takes her audience from laughter to tears and back again, sharing memories of this special day and emphasizing the grace of God.

From holidays of fun and abundance to those with hunger and want, she found richness in poverty, and lessons of love in The Most Beautiful Ugly Christmas Ornament. Kelly shares how the Hollow Days became Holy Days through the love of Jesus Christ.

Ending with hope, she encourages everyone to live, give, and love like Christ. Attendees leave with a fresh perspective of the Christmas season, renewed excitement in the birth of the Christ child, and a bright anticipation of family involvement in the Christmas season.

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Stand By Your Man; Practical Advice That Would Make Even Tammy Wynette Proud

Sometimes “standing by your man” can be unbelievably difficult. Even Tammy Wynette knew it back in 1968. However, as her famous lyrics state, you can indeed “show the world you love him; keep giving all the love you can; stand by your man.”

Whether a man is the pastor of a church, a board member, the principal of a school, a Sunday school teacher, a bank president, or even the owner of a small business in the community, he has an invisible bulls-eye on his back.

Here Kelly looks at how our reactions to difficulties can support or weaken our husbands and their leadership, and how we can be free of the baggage that can hinder our own jobs and ministries.

Several leaders’ wives completed a questionnaire for the meat of this workshop, which is appropriate for both Christian and secular audiences. Kelly compiled the best of the responses, offering practical advice and hope for women in their role as helpful partner.

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Weed and Feed; Lessons From My Garden

Kelly says that when she works in her garden, her hands are busy and her mouth is shut. In those quiet times, God speaks to her heart.

She recorded the gems God dropped into her spirit while gardening. She found scriptures to accompany these nuggets of truth and has added practicality to each through a personal story.

Using gardening analogies, Kelly talks about the daily struggle with weeds—sins—in our lives.

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Freedom of Choice

In a time of freedom of choice, Kelly recognizes that God has given each of us this freedom—we call it free will. (This is not an abortion talk.)

She stresses the spiritual implications of rebellion through this conversation-provoking message for the young people in your school or church. This age-appropriate version of her testimony shows the practicality of obeying the Word of God in attitude and motive every day.

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Sure, Why Not?

Addressing pre-marital intimacy, Kelly reflects on her first kiss and how this seemingly innocent act opened a door better left shut to young people.

Discussing how we give a part of ourselves away with each physical relationship, she asks, “What will you have left to give to your spouse? Moreover, what will you have left to give to God?”

While she has presented this lesson to male and female teens at the same time, Kelly feels it is most powerful when presented to each group individually.

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Help God, I’m Not A Counselor!

People are often drawn to Christian women to share their life concerns and problems. Being a good listener is important and giving sound Biblical advice is mandatory, but when do we say, “Enough is enough. I can no longer help you”?

Here Kelly offers easily identifiable examples of friends needing advice, moves into areas where a friend’s advice isn’t enough, and gives appropriate Biblical references. She discusses how people become addicted to being victims. Quoting expert counselors, she ends with what to do when you can no longer help and your friend should seek professional counseling.

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Regrets and Unforgiveness
This is a great talk for Mother’s Day!

Have you made mistakes? Do you have regrets? With wit and candor, Kelly recounts a routine she’d made an annual tradition marking each Mother’s Day and birthday. Taking out her big bag of regrets, she’d remove each memory and pain, one by one, hold it up and turn it around, examining every facet. A few years ago, she resolved to change that dance. She no longer drags out her regrets but is determined to lay them all at the foot of the cross and let the blood of Jesus cover them.

God reminded her that the Bible says in 2 Corinthians, we can take every thought captive and make it obedient to Christ, and 1 Corinthians says we have the mind of Christ.

Encouraging her audience to hold their regrets up to the light of Christ, together they examine them in His brilliance because, as it says in 1 John 5, God is light and in Him there is no darkness.

Further, Kelly discusses the importance of forgiveness—even forgiving ourselves. Unforgiveness breeds bitterness. Bitterness keeps us from loving and helping others and can keep us from living our lives fully.

Citing medical journals, Kelly brings scientific proof that unforgiveness can taint our attitudes, stunt our spiritual growth, and even damage our health. She ends with proven ways to overcome unforgiveness.

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Jumping the Fence; 10 Steps To Staying Home with Your Child

Countless women go to work each morning with guilt-induced stress because they leave their toddler at the daycare screaming, “Please don’t leave me, Mommy!”

Having been on both sides of the fence of childcare, Kelly has seen what works and what doesn’t. From humble beginnings, she created a state-licensed daycare in her home while living in Rochester, New York. She knows what it takes to make such an ambitious endeavor successful.

Here Kelly discusses ten basic issues to consider when starting a childcare business in your home, no matter where you reside.

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Writing Your Memoirs

When asked to teach a group of women how to write their memoirs, Kelly didn’t have far to look. Her father-in-law had written two books of his history when he was in his 80’s.

Augmented by her own research, she has created a fun workshop wherein the audience joins in, taking the first step toward leaving their own legacies.

This workshop informs, equips, and motivates participants to create their own keepsake memoirs sure to be treasured forever.

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