A Legacy of Blessings

Stephanie Raquel  —  May 2, 2013 — 13 Comments


Today is a special blog post for a host of reasons. Number one, it’s my birthday! And number two, today is a chance to honor women in my life who have shaped me as a mom, a leader, and a friend who’s left a lasting legacy.  This is also a chance to continue to say how very Blessed I am.

Thanks to the Legacy Campaign at Proverbs 31 Ministries, today is a day to honor the incredible legacy of others who have gone before me.  Today’s post is a continuation as we participate in an Online Bible Study of Stressed-Less Living by Tracie Miles.

Like my mom, who also shares a birthday today. She taught me to pray with God as a young child, and talk with Him like my best friend. She also taught me to value kindness and compassion. And to accept people as they are, no matter their race or ethnicity, or social standing in the community. I have taught my girls the importance of these values as well.  I should add that unfortunately, we are not on the best of terms right now.  But growing up, that was definitely not the case, and she taught me to love and love well, and for that, I am grateful.

Today, I can also honor my dear friend Sarah Batley, who was so instrumental in my college years in helping me grow in my faith and as a leader.  Sarah helped me learn how to lead my first bible study, more than 20 years ago through Campus Crusade for Christ.  Sarah also shares a May birthday, so I donated in her honor as well!

Lastly, today I honor my mother-in-law. She passed away five years ago, and we miss her soo much. She was ridiculously caring and generous to everyone she interacted with. And an unbelievably loyal friend.  She lived in Florida for the last 10 years of her life, but much of her life was in Champaign, Ill.  For her funeral, friends around the globe were a part of it.  But what touched me the most was the packed minivan of her friends — not even her family members — but her fellow “55 & better” friends who drove straight through the night from Illinois to be there for her funeral.  Oh, to leave such a legacy …

Love.  Lead.  Legacied.  (Is that even a word??)  :)  I’m so very grateful for the special role each of these women have played in my life and to have a chance to donate on behalf of their legacy.

I will leave you with one of my favorite songs, in Nichole Nordeman’s Legacy:

Who has played such a role in your life? What did she do to bring a lasting impact?




Stephanie Raquel


13 responses to A Legacy of Blessings

  1. First of all, Happy Birthday to you and your mom! What a blessing to have so many women leave Godly footprints in your life! My mother left her legacy of putting God first in all we do in my life. I wish I could say I was a perfect student, but I keep learning some of her lessons over and over again before I come close to getting it right. Thanks for sharing

    The Howell Blessings

  2. Happy Birthday to you and your mom! I hope it’s a wonderful, blessed day!

    Sounds like God really blessed you with THREE wonderful women to have helped guide you, mold you, and draw you closer to Him. I loved this legacy campaign because it made me reflect back on all of the amazing ladies in my life, and how each one of them led me back to God.

    Thank You, Lord, for putting such wonderful role models in our lives!

    Thanks for sharing!


  3. Crystal Storms May 2, 2013 at 5:01 PM

    Happy Birthday to both you and your mom! What a great legacy you have been left with and are leaving to your daughters and all of those whose lives you have touched!

  4. Oh, happy happy birthday! How wonderful that you and your mother share the day, as well. I love the “55 and better” friends party of this tribute to your mother-in-law. This is a beautiful testament to the power of ridiculous generosity! Thank you for sharing it with us.

    • Thank you so much, Missy. Indeed … the 55 & better crowd is pretty special. They have continued to gather every year around the anniversary of her death for the past 5 years. WOW. To be that kind of friend … that is my prayer!!

  5. Wishing you both a blessed Happy Birthday. Sounds like a wonderful lady as well as your mother in law. And for me I shared mine today – my Mom, my mother in law, both my grandmothers, my DIL and my daughter and Melissa Taylor. Thanks for sharing yours. Debbie W. (OBS Group Leader)

  6. Kristy Aiken (OBS Group Leader) May 3, 2013 at 1:27 AM

    Happy birthday to you and your mom! I am praying that if it is God’s will that your relationship with her will be strengthened. It is so awesome that you have/had those women in your life! Thanks for sharing:-) (OBS Group Leader)

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