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Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Seemingly Insignificant

An ornately decorated pink notepad. Seemingly insignificant. Ordinary.

Yet as Karen True stated simply at the She Speaks 2010 conference, God often chooses to do extraordinary things with ordinary objects like Moses’ staff, David’s five stones, and Samson’s long hair.

And that is exactly what He did with my little pink notepad. Extraordinary things.

You see, Diana, my partner in ministry and sweet sister in Christ, gave me this notepad last year as part of a care package for She Speaks 2009.

It sat unused during last year’s conference and all throughout this year. Forgotten.

But God had big plans for my forgotten notepad. After arriving at the hotel Thursday for the 2010 conference, the group of ladies I rode with from the airport all decided to have lunch together. We were earthly strangers but heavenly sisters. As we sat at the round table sharing our hearts, Jeri Lynn mentioned a particular Bible she thought I’d enjoy. The Key Word Study Bible.

As I pulled out my tiny tablet to write down the reference, Jeri Lynn said, “Let me see that notepad. I have one just like it!” And then Elisa, who was sitting next to me, said “I have one of those too!” Three of the four of us had the exact same notepad. We marveled at the sovereignty of God. But the story gets better.

When I took out that notepad to write down the room numbers of my new girlfriends, we marveled once again at God’s power.

605, 609, 614, 615.

Out of 608 women from 48 states, God saw it fit to put us all on the same hallway at the Embassy Suites. According to Renee Swope, who commented below (thanks Renee!), even the Proverbs 31 speaker team doesn't get to be on the same floor!

And then I heard Him whisper, “Stephanie. I concern myself with every detail of your life. I am a God of details. No matter what happens this weekend, your times are in my HAND. Don’t ever forget it!”

Maybe today you feel forgotten. Unnoticed. Insignificant.

Always remember that you are God's masterpiece, created in Christ Jesus to do the work He predestined for you before He spoke the foundations of the world into existence. (Ephesians 2:10)

He has a magnificent plan for your life. And he loves you deeply.


Katie said...

thanks Steph! I love this story :))

Stephanie Garneau said...

You are welcome my sweet friend! Love you!

meurrier said...

AWESOME! I never get tired of hearing "God" stories!!

Renee Swope said...

Oh my, I am covered in Holy goose bumps!! What an amazing story!!! Even the P31 speaker team doesn't get to be on the same hall. God loves to show Himself to us in ways only He can. I feel His nearness through your words. Loved meeting you and loved the story you shared on my blog!!!

Stephanie Garneau said...

Thank you Renee for your precious heart and your ministry to so many women! I was blessed beyond measure by all of you at Proverbs 31 ministries both this year and last!! :)

Shannon Richardson said...


It was great to visit with you last night, and thanks for all of the words of wisdom. I read the blog entries, and I know God is moving in powerful and wonderful ways in your life and ministry! Thank you for sharing...
love, Shannon

Stephanie Garneau said...

I know Meredith, neither do I!! You're welcome, Shannon. Thank you both for being sources of constant encouragement!

meurrier said...

LOVE the new buttons at the top!! Great addition to the blog!

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