IMG_5353 {Wow!  It’s been awhile! Apologies for the long absence since I last wrote a blog post. I’m happy to report it’s been a hectic, but fulfilling spring! In any case, I’m back!:)

This week I have the privilege of teaching in our Proverbs 31 Online Bible Study.  Thanks to the encouragement of Chapter 8 in Limitless Life by Derwin L. Gray, I set out on a prayer walk this week.

No big agenda.

No special itinerary.

Just my running shoes and some e-mailed prayer requests from friends. Oh, and I invited the God of the Universe to join me. {That was a pretty key part of my morning!}

It had been far too long since I walked around my kids’ school and our downtown area and simply prayed. Continue Reading…

(c) Stephanie Raquel

Jesus prayed, “Father, forgive them; they don’t know what they’re doing.” (Luke 23:34, The Message)

Jesus said these words that fateful Friday, when He was dying on the cross for our sins.  A REAL death.  A horrific death.  One designed for the very worst kind of criminals.

For years, I simply thought Continue Reading…

Several years ago while I was being mentored by my dear friend Kimberly, she challenged me to memorize a passage of God’s word specific to women, Proverbs 31:10-31.  This passage was written by King Solomon for his sons to learn how to choose a noble and virtuous wife.  It was originally written as an acrostic in the Hebrew alphabet to make it easy to learn and memorize.  Not so acrostic-y for us English-speaking Americans, but I was determined to muddle through. Continue Reading…

Giving Thanks

Stephanie Raquel  —  November 27, 2013 — Leave a comment


There were 102 passengers on the original Mayflower. One year later, only 44 had survived the harsh conditions. Even Gov. William Bradford had lost his beloved wife.

And yet the Pilgrims gathered to give thanks.

After watching more than half of their friends and family members die in less than 365 days. Who does that??! Continue Reading…