By LaCheryl B. Cillie
Special to Inside The Pew

Editor’s note: LaCheryl B. Cillie is founder of Thrift Style Living. She teaches people how to live fabulous yet thrift. Collie conducts a LaCheryl Calliewebtalk radio show where she interview celebrities who thrift to fashion editor from Paris about thrifting and how to get the best for less. Cillie is also a licensed auctioneer who does estate sales, benefit auctions, also an author.

“We try to teach people how to be good steward of their money, spending less for the best, and how to recognize things of value from fashion to collectibles to general household and everything in between,” Collie said.

Why did you create your business?

“I created my business to help people get the best for less, in a response to the tight economy which we live. Also to help families with practical mandates to help restore and appreciate family heirlooms thus being good stewards of things which have been entrusted to them.”

What is the one scripture (or two) that you draw strength from?

“There are several scriptures which I draw great strength from, the two most notable being: First, in 1 Corinthians 12:7, the apostle Paul says that gifts are given for the common good, thus we are to use them to help others. I have the gift of being able to recognize things of value, great aesthetics, and being able to communicate with a warm spirit with others. This gift is for me to help others get the best for less, recognize valuable collectibles, and antiques as well as being good stewards of the things God has given to them or placed in their path. Being able to find something someone needs at a price they can afford is a great thing. Also helping people to sell things and get great prices when they did not even realize they had anything worthwhile to sell is a gift God has given me for that purpose.

“The scripture about having the faith of a mustard seed, speaks to me daily, during periods of uncertainly in this journey I am on. When I do not know where the next open door is, but I trust God for the unseen doors, God ideas, and great favor among great men. It is in Hebrews, faith is the things hoped for yet unseen.”

Share the best advice you can share with an entrepreneur?

“My best advice is to get a great set of knee pads, you will need them. Look only to God which is your strength, who is divine and ever knowing in his purpose for your life. Pray not for good ideas, but the God ideas, and know where your help comes from. It comes from God who uses men to carry out his wishes. Be in prayer and be thankful always.”

Have an interesting tidbit about your business or yourself that you would like to add?

“The best can cost less. Do not buy mediocre. Quality counts. Quality counts. Let me show you how to get anything you need and most of what you want at considerable savings. Along the way show you how to invest in personal property which will hold its value and appreciate in value. Another way to build a nest egg.”

Learn more about thrift style living from LaCheryl Cillie. Visit her website, Also, listen to her web show, “Thrift Style Living with LaCheryl B. Cillie,” at 



By Steve Kubicek
Special to Inside The Pew

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What is the one scripture that you draw strength from?

“Joshua 1:9 (NIV) is the verse I reach for when I’m facing a challenge. It reads, ‘Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.’”

Share the best advice you can share with an entrepreneur?

“Are life, prosperity, and honor important to you? Assuming they are, keep reading. Solomon, the wisest man to ever live, left a treasure map that promises to lead to life, prosperity, and honor. Solomon imbedded the map in the form of an instruction. You can discover the map for yourself by carefully studying verse 21:21 within Solomon’s book of Proverbs. You will note that he first explains for whom his treasure map is intended. Solomon says, ‘He who pursues… .’ Do not miss this point. Solomon makes it clear. He means you, if you are willing to follow the instruction that follows. Solomon continues, ‘He who pursues righteousness and love will find … .’ Notice that this statement is definitive. Solomon declares that whoever pursues righteousness and love will indeed find, ‘life, prosperity, and honor.’ What a promise; what a pursuit.

Your legacy is dependent upon your pursuit of love! I’m reminded of the Apostle Paul’s teaching in 1 Corinthians 13 when he said now"Up and In" I will show you the way of life that is best of all – love. Paul says that ‘love’ is the most excellent way. Paul also warns that if we achieve our accomplishments without love our legacy will end up amounting to little more than an irritating noise; certainly not prosperity and honor.

“As an entrepreneur it is important to recognize that in addition to building our business we are also constructing our legacy? According to the teachings of Paul and Solomon, depending on the path pursued, we either establish a legacy of little consequence, or we build a legacy of prosperity and honor. The determining factor is a choice. Will we intentionally choose a pursuit of righteousness and love in all our business dealings and life activities, or not?

“Pause for self-examination: What paths are you pursuing? Are you pleased with the legacy you leave at the end of each day? To test the status of your legacy and determine if you need to make adjustments insert your name in place of the word ‘love’ in Paul’s description of the attributes of love below (see underlines): ‘Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boost, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres’ – 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 (NIV).

“Now ask yourself, am I on the right path?”

Have an interesting tidbit about your business or yourself that you would like to add?

“I would love to invite readers to visit, the official website of my debut book, UP and IN: Seven Keys to Unlocking Your Potential.  I created UP and IN, a personal growth guide, as a means of showing how to adopt the Up-and-In point of view—a powerful, transformative, uplifted, inspired mindset that turns down-and-out attitudes upside down.”

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