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I wanted to post last week while I was out of town, but thought the better of it and decided to focus on my sweet family and the chance to pop by the Proverbs 31 Ministries office and greet Melissa Taylor and Lisa Allen!


Steph Raquel, Melissa Taylor and Lisa Allen

I thought of writing about saying #YestoGod when I:

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Stressed-Less Living by Tracie Miles

Stressed-Less Living by Tracie Miles

Not exactly what I expected.

Probably not even what I wanted.  Or asked for.

But, apparently … it was just what I needed.

That’s how I feel after finishing our final chapter, Chapter 12, in our Proverbs 31 online bible study (OBS) of Tracie Miles’ book, Stressed-Less Living.

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Stephanie Raquel  —  June 20, 2013 — 1 Comment

A few years ago, I had the privilege of seeing Matthew West live in concert.

Matthew West live in concert!

Matthew West live!  Photo credit: Steve Raquel (c) 2011

And then, actually meeting him in person a few months later!

The chance to meet Matthew West!

What struck me most about this inspiring artist is that not only is he a gifted and talented singer-songwriter, but that he has an incredible heart that moves people to action, not just to a beat!  He grew up not far from where I live and it was a privilege for my daughter and me to meet him. Continue Reading…


Stephanie Raquel  —  June 17, 2013 — Leave a comment

Some thoughts I shared Facebook for Father’s Day this year …

For the dads who love their children well … I am thankful.
For the moms who do both jobs well … I am in awe!
For those who grieve the loss of a dad or hope to one day get to know their earthly dad … I am prayerful.
And finally… For my husband, Steve, who’s an amazing dad to our kids! … I am forever blessed.

For anyone who finds a sting on Father’s Day, keep Psalm 68:5-6 in mind:

Father to the fatherless, defender of widows—
    this is God, whose dwelling is holy.
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