Archives For Encouragement

Photo by Stephanie Raquel

Yesterday was one of those days where I was reminded yet again that true ministry is not about what I DO — even though I felt like I crossed a lot of things off the ol’ To-Do List.  That’s all still such garbage (Philippians 3:8-9).   In reality, it’s always about what God, thru His son Jesus, has DONE.  And I, for one, am so very thankful for that!

Last December, I was reading a note in my study bible about how the prophet Jeremiah often felt like a failure, when the reality is he was hugely successful simply because he was faithful and available.  I pray that can always be said of me, as well.

When I was in college, we often talked about wanting to be Faithful, Available and Teachable women.  But I was never crazy about the acronym: F.A.T.!  So, after reading the reference to Jeremiah, I gave that idea a twist called F.L.O.A.T.    Faithful. Leader.  Obedient.  Available.  Teachable.  Then I wrote this poem last year for some women I was discipling.  I gave it to them at Christmas with a miniature sailboat ornament.  Enjoy! Away

Lord, help me to F.L.O.A.T. away with you.

Help me to be Faithful and true.

Make me the Leader you want me to be.

Who’s always Obedient, with a heart after Thee.

May I be Available to Your will.

And forever be Teachable, quiet, and still.


This sailboat ornament represents someone who is right in the center of God’s will.  Not leaning too far in either direction, lest we go in circles or far worse, capsize the boat.  But rather, staying right on course, following the leadings of the Holy Spirit.  And able to see extraordinary places and

 do incredible things, because

God is truly guiding the ship.

(c) 2010 Stephanie Raquel