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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…

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…

This week in our study of A Confident Heart by Renee Swope, we’re discussing Chapter 6, “When Doubt Whispers … I’m Not Good Enough.”

Oh sweet friends, my heart desperately wishes this chapter weren’t so applicable in my life.  But it is.  (I wrote more on that earlier in the week as we introduced this chapter.)

One area, especially, where doubt whispers “Not good enough” to me is in the area of motherhood.

It’s so common for moms to question themselves and their parenting abilities.  Yet today, as I celebrate the birthday of my youngest daughter, I’m very aware that just like a corporate employee can improve in her job skills, moms can gain skills and confidence in our roles as well.  Moms can, and do, get better through the years.  (Separately … maybe there needs to be some kind of an “It Gets Better Project” for young moms??!  We’ll save that for another day.) Continue Reading…