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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…

The Real Me

Stephanie Raquel  —  November 21, 2013 — 2 Comments

Nelson Mandela Quote

As I looked at the topics for today’s Blog Hop with Proverbs 31 Online Bible Studies, I have to admit I didn’t want to “go there.” Continue Reading…


Stephanie Raquel  —  November 14, 2013 — Leave a comment


Photo taken at Gettysburg National Park. (c) 2013 Stephanie Raquel.

Photo taken at Gettysburg National Park. (c) 2013 Stephanie Raquel.


Oh, this quote totally tugs at my heart.

“I have been drive many times upon my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had no where else to go.”

Honest Abe was being gut-level honest when he said that. Continue Reading…


Stephanie Raquel  —  October 17, 2013 — 3 Comments

{Note: Today’s post is part of a blog hop through Proverbs 31 Ministries’ Online Bible Study of Renee Swope’s A Confident Heart.  If you’re joining me from there, welcome!  ~Steph}



He was a used car salesman … named Lennie … who smoked cigarettes.

Definitely an unlikely hero for a bunch of teenagers in a small town church youth group.

But that’s exactly what Lennie was.  A hero, who showed us what unconditional love really looked like.  In his own cantankerous but selfless style, Lennie demonstrated what #APerfectLove (to use a term from Renee Swope’s book, A Confident Heart) truly meant. Continue Reading…