Created by the fabulous Debbie Williams!

Created by the fabulous Debbie Williams. =)

Oh, how I’m thankful God can use misfits!!

That we don’t need to be perfect or always “have it together” to serve in ministry.  No, miraculously the God of the Universe can, and does, use the ordinary to extract the extraordinary!

And he doesn’t even use animals (save for a significant whale and a key donkey mentioned in the bible) to accomplish great things.  Amazingly enough, God uses people.  Sinful, fallen, humans, but nonetheless — PEOPLE! Continue Reading…

#APerfectLove

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}

 

Mountains

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…

Intersections

Stephanie Raquel  —  October 3, 2013 — 2 Comments
Learn how you can help.  www.thea21campaign.org

Learn how you can help. www.thea21campaign.org

Oh, how I love it when life intersects.

First, a powerful movie shown at my church called Trade of Innocents. Then, the chance to meet Shayne Moore and learn about her new book, “Refuse to Do Nothing.” Next, a “Justice” bible study last spring. Then another powerful documentary, Nefarious.

This was followed by a sobering FullFill webinar last month with Shayne Moore again and her co-author, Kimberly McOwen Yim, on the subject of ordinary people fighting human trafficking.

And now this week … A Gideon bible study with Priscilla Schirer mentioning the A21 Campaign, all while Lysa TerKeurst & Proverbs 31 Ministries are in the middle of a month-long prayer blitz about this very issue!

Which brings me to today, and the chance to pray for the men, women and children ensnared in this awful way of life.

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Lamentations 3 from The Message. (c) 2013 Stephanie Raquel

Lamentations 3 from The Message. (c) 2013 Stephanie Raquel

This past week, my Proverbs 31 Online Bible Study had the chance to bless an organization called Dove’s Nest in Charlotte, N.C. in our study, “What Happens When Women Say Yes to God” by Lysa TerKeurst.  We’ve shared prayers, encouraging scripture cards, and financial contributions.  At last count, we were up to approximately $20,000 donated!  WOW!  That’s a whole lotta sayin’ YES!

We also had the opportunity to write a letter to someone who’s staying at Dove’s Next, part of the Charlotte Rescue Mission.  Here’s mine…

Oh Dear One,

You might be reading this wondering what on earth has brought you to this place.  And although I don’t know all the details, I do know that GOD does.  He knows the hairs on your head, the troubles in your heart, the battles you have faced, and the tears you have cried.  Continue Reading…