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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…

I could have blown that on sunscreens at Target, I thought.  Or a casual dinner out, on a night I just didn’t feel like cooking.

1075138_10151743689151119_1981336467_nA meager $38 a month …

Four sunscreens. 

Or, maybe … one life … forever changed.  In Guatemala, through Compassion International.

Last week, I had the chance to visit several Child Development Centers, meet some young college leaders, and see the amazing work that Compassion International is doing to reach some 44,000 children in the most malnourished country in Central America and the Caribbean — Guatemala.

On the first visit, they paraded us through festive balloons and Handel’s MessiahContinue Reading…

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

Hello again!

Stephanie Raquel  —  August 15, 2011 — Leave a comment

After blogging rather intermittently for about the past three years, I caught the bug again this summer while attending the Proverbs 31 She Speaks conference in Charlotte.  Having a husband who works as a marketing consultant certainly helps!

Just like the waves returning to the shore, however, the ocean never truly leaves.  It just shifts its location.  That’s how I feel about writing.  True, it hasn’t been as public for a season.  But it’s always been there.

So, I’m looking forward to getting back into the swing of things … writing about my passions of leadership, ministry, being authentic in relationships and many other issues women face.

Thanks for joining my party!