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Monday, 24 March 2014

The bride was 15 years-old and her husband-to-be was 17 years old.  Not a very smart couple of kids, fooling around, playing house, and now she is 3 months pregnant and her family is watching their hopes and dreams for her walk down the aisle with “that boy”.  Well, we were two pretty mixed up teens, looking for love in all the wrong places.  Their lives were full of opportunity that could have taken them in a much different direction, but this was their choice.  Be responsible now.  We weren’t before we got pregnant, and that wasn’t the babies fault.  Poor child.  Going to be raised by a couple of crazy kids!  It won’t last.

BUT IT DID! Now married over 40 years, I’d call this true life story a miracle, since most which start like they did have not survived.  Jesus Christ rescued these teens.  Jack and Stephanie Wolfe were those crazy kids, and here we are today, in love, 40 years later, because of a partnership with God and each other.  Still crazy kids, still in love.

Anniversaries always trump birthdays in my book!  Sure, I am so glad Jack was born, and I love to celebrate him.  And of course, I am glad my mom didn't quit after 6 kids, though my siblings might disagree! But the best part of my life is the day we kids said I DO, even though we had no idea what that meant. We learned a lot of things the hard way, but we have learned them together.

Jack’s leadership has taught me to trust, his faith has shown me that the power to believe is stronger than doubt or fear, and his love has given me wings to soar. I'm grateful our sons, Jeremy and Chad, have paid close attention to you over the years and love their wives, Shana and Annie in the same way he modeled the love for his wife, their mother. I appreciate this blog today so that I can tell the world how much I love Him. He is my husband, my best friend, my nurse, my chef, my business partner, my foodie, my lover, my life.

What a wonderful 40th Anniversary day we shared on March 23, 2014.  Our boys and their families bought us a digital photo frame with 40 photos uploaded of all of us and a card that read "40 Reasons We Are Glad You Are Together".  The boys talked of memories, their wives spoke appreciation for us, he our granddaughters giggled their way through the afternoon, Caleb our precious 13 year old grandson was loving on us.  All of them reminded us of what a “I Do” meant to us, those 40 years ago.  So on we go to the 50th!  

Jesus redeemed our lives when we reached up to Him, and He will do the same for you.  Reach up to Him and over to your spouse today so that your family can experience the miracles that we have.  If you need help, maybe sharing our whole story with you will be what you need to live happily ever after. http://www.innerbeauties.com/inc/sdetail/187/257 Sign up for our Marvelous Marriage Marathon or invite us to your church to hold one for you and couples like you!

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Tuesday, 25 February 2014

I haven't written from my heart for a while.  I've been "away".  Not away from God, but just away.  Maybe you know what I mean, maybe not, but I'll try to explain.  I've been here, but a bit of a shell.  Kind of empty.  Waiting to be filled.  Waiting to feel . . . anything that is not self-made or manufactured.  Waiting on you, Lord.  At least it feels like waiting, maybe it is more like pouting, doubting, or questioning.  Why?  Why is never a good question to ask.  Father, You can't always tell us why, can you?  And even if you could we wouldn't understand, and if we understood, it would make much difference.  Waiting on You.  Waiting on You to renew my strength.  Waiting to feel picked up, "on Eagle's Wings" like Your word says.  Waiting requires, yielding and being still. I am not good at that.  I am a doing-machine. Singing the old song from early in my spiritual journey, "Have thine own way Lord, have thine own way.  You are the potter, I am the clay.  Mold me and make me, after thy will.  While I am waiting . . . yielded . . . and still. (PS thanks to spell check yielded is spelled right!  What does that say about me . . . I can't even spell yielded!!)

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Monday, 03 February 2014

I am so proud of my Son, Chad! What a great example of showing your faith with your deeds!  Let's GO with Chad withour funds. 

In Honor of Stephanie Wolfe by Chad Wolfe

Chad WolfeThere is a woman that I am proud to call Mom who has enormous strength. She has been through a lot in this life. She started with children very early on at 15, she was married, divorced, separated, remarried to the same man and has been for almost 40 years now. Wow that's a lot you might be saying but on top of all that she has had two different bouts with Cancer. She has been through ovarian cancer and breast cancer. She fought them both with the strength that I have seen her fight through everything else. She is a glowing example of how to persevere through the tough times. But on top of being strong there had to be the modern medicine that helped of course along with God's help, but it is because of fundraisers, donations, grants that come in to support non-profits that are doing research to advance medicine. That gives people the fighting chance to beat the odds. This is also why I am wanting to raise money.  I am putting up my own money as well. I am giving $1000 because this is something that I believe in and am passionate about. I could just pay the regular $225 to do a half Ironman, but I wanted to do something more, something that honors and benefits others. YOU  CAN HELP TOO!  www.tinyurl.com/fitness4acure

Mom,

I love you very much and so thankful that you had the strength, medicine and God's support to beat the cancer. You never let it take your joy and you never showed weakness or doubt.  You knew that you would come through it. With all of the strength I have seen in you over the years, I know that I will be able to complete this race.

I honor you!

Love Chad

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Hello friends! I hope you had as much fun this weekend as I did. I am enriched and feeling fortunate to know you all. Many of you asked for the declaration we made at the end of the conference, so here you go! Put it on your mirror and say it to yourself often. Be sure to let me know how God uses this in your life. See you next year – March 4-5, 2011.


I need to be energetically at work for the One who sent me here, working while the sun shines. When night falls, the workday is over. John 9:4 The Message

I will not SETTLE. I will not FALL or GO TO THE BOTTOM. I will not RESOLVE, RELAX, REMAIN, STAY or SET-UP HOUSE where I am now physically, emotionally or spiritually. I will not SETTLE.

I refuse to be AVERAGE, REGULAR, USUAL, TYPICAL, OR COMMON. I will not be satisfied being a MIDDLE OF THE ROAD or RUN OF THE MILL worker, mother, wife, daughter, friend, or Christian. Average is a Dime-a-Dozen, but I am one-of-a-kind, unique, uncommon and remarkable!

I am not afraid to be different, strange, out of the ordinary, surprising, perplexing, unusual or curious. I am peculiar, odd, strange, irregular, and uncharacteristic just like my Savior Jesus Christ.

I am a Catalyst, a channel, a vehicle, and a medium for the message of the Gospel and the work that I am here to accomplish. I am important to my family, my work, and my world.

I am Avant-garde! I am forward-thinking, advanced, ahead of my time, futuristic!

I will be physically fit, healthy, robust, well, in shape, and vigorous!

I am ready, prepared, set, equipped, and organized.

I am willing, eager, and enthusiastic!

I am Legendary, famous, renowned, celebrated.

I am Alive! I am lively, active, perky, vivacious, and full of life!

I am bold, brave, daring, courageous, and valiant!

I am fearless, courageous, unafraid, unshakable, and filled with faith!

Stephanie Wolfe Ministries is officially 10 years old this month!


Over the past 10 years in full time ministry as a speaker, writer, mentor, leader, and consultant for women's ministry I have been asked this question many, many times, so I thought I'd blog my recent answer here for all to see.

First, find a church and get plugged in.

It is my very strong opinion that you need to be involved in your local church on a ministry level before you can take your gifts on the road. There are two reasons for this: 1) If it doesn’t work at home don’t export it! Your local church can affirm your gift. If you can’t draw a crowd there, or you can hold the interest of an audience there, then maybe you are on the wrong track. 2) You will need a “covering” for your ministry and the local church leadership should be that for you. They should encourage your gift and help it to grow. If they are New Testament leadership, they will anyway. If the leadership (pastor, women’s ministry director, whoever) seems threatened by your gifts, or seems to stifle your creativity, then you need to talk to them about their philosophy of ministry. Paul told Timothy to “stir up the gift within you” and ministry minded people were sent into ministry equipped, trained, supported, and often funded. Again, if they feel you have a gift that the world needs to hear, and then if they have a mind to send and not keep. J

Second, discover where your ministry gifts are – speaking, writing, leading, counseling, etc.

I do all of these, but I started with writing. It was and still is my passion and my strongest gift but it is the most difficult to build a ministry off of. You must be able to speak and then with the engagements you can sell your writing and other resources at the resource table. Each time you speak, ask for the message to be recorded and then make copies for distribution. Some people will like to hear you first and then decide if they would like to have you for a speaker for their event.

Third, give your gifts away until people insist that you take money for your ministry.

Do not charge for your engagements until you are experienced. I spoke for just a love offering at first and most of the time it didn’t even cover my expenses, but it was a learning phase for me and it just wouldn’t have been right to charge for my ministry. As my ministry began to flourish people were happy and blessed to contribute to my needs so that I would keep doing what I was doing. That was a blessing, since a “worker is worthy of his wages” according to the Word of God.

Forth, write for some newspapers, or magazines, anywhere you can get your name out there and share your heart.

Local papers are always looking for something interesting, even if it is a school paper or employee company newsletter – anything and everything. If you have something to say, say it! It will end up in print and if it is good, they will ask for more and more. I have written for many magazines, from local papers like Atlanta Christian Magazine to international ones like, Focus on the Family, Just Between Us, Spirit Led Woman, and Effervescence.

Fifth, utilize technology as much as possible.

Get a simple website, a facebook page, a myspace page, a twitter acct, and start a blog – this is easy and there will be people at your school that can show you what to do. Upload some things to You Tube. (I don’t do this like I should, and my website is currently behind in a big way. Too busy ministering to keep up with the business side of it I guess, but I’ve always had more of a gift for ministry than for business!)

Sixth, network, network, network.

Meet people everywhere. Don’t go to “sell” yourself. Go to meet people and learn from them. Every year I choose some women that I admire in ministry, business, or life and just call them an ask for 90 minutes with them. I pick their brain. I listen intently to their answers and I ask God to sow in me.

Lastly for now, don’t become obsessed with having your own ministry. Just minister!

Your gifts will find a way for themselves. I could never have been a good teacher without being a good student. I could never be a writer if I wasn’t a reader. I could never have been a good mentor without being a good mother. I could never be a great leader without being a great follower. I’m simply a follower of Christ, doing what Christ did, and helping others along the way.

Notice, I didn’t say, find a name for your ministry, set up a 501C3 for donations, get a business plan written up, or write a mission statement, etc. etc. etc. This will come later. It is not a bad idea, it is just a bad idea to start with. Most do this and fail. Nothing wrong with a business plan, or a mission statement, don’t get me wrong, I have them. But I didn’t start there. I hope this helps a bit as you seek the Lord on your ministry path for His glory sake.


Every day, since the day Mom went to heaven, I have put on her jewelry, her shirts, and her socks. So many of these items have Mom’s name on them. This was the procedure of the nursing home, Mom’s last home on earth. Ann Sachen. My mother.

I proudly wear each item. It was my mothers. With it comes identity. With it comes security. With it come memories. Like the shirt I have on now, is one that she wore a lot. It has a flap that has to be tucked inside the front, and it was always out instead of in. She would say, “this dumb thing” as she tucked it back in.

At Mom’s funeral, the eulogy was shared by us all. We honored Mom with our memories of her. We didn’t share of worldly accomplishments or corporate success. The memories that were shared by so many were of who Mom was, and how Mom lived. The personal characteristics that came up over and over again were generosity, love, faith, kindness, patience, perseverance, gentleness, and on and on the list could go. Mom did not lack in character worthy of honor.

I could get up each day for the rest of my life and physically put on something of Mom’s and though it will have some value to ME, it is not her clothes that create the legacy, it is her character. If I become more patient, then she lives on in me. If I am more generous because she was generous, then she lives on in me. Her legacy will live on if her character lives on in me.

Certain things will forever be an “icon” of sorts that will speak to me of who she was. Like the cross around my neck is hers. It is not real gold, the chain is tarnished, the scrolling rubbed off, but it means something to me. It was worn by a woman who knew what the cross stood for and lived under its power. She wore it because it is a testament to her faith in Christ. I wear it today because it is a testament to my faith. Her legacy lives on. Not in the cross, but in the faith.

Christ lives on in the legacy that is in us as believers. His life is not made visible by our steeples or our pulpits; our bibles or our bumper stickers. If His life is to be made visible at all, it will be made visible in our character; our Christ-likeness.

If you look closely at me you may see some physical resemblance of my Mom. If you know me well you may also see some emotional resemblance, or hear her in my laugh. And though I am grateful for all of these, I don’t want to just “look” like my Mom, or even “act” like my Mom. I don’t want to simply “wear” Mom’s clothing. I want to have her characteristics, live her character, be who she was. Who she was, was a follower of Christ. I will follow her as she followed Christ. Her attributes are worthy of following, because she followed Christ. Christ inside made Mom who she was. Mom’s character, which we praised at her passing, resembled Christ, because Mom didn’t merely put on Christ’s clothes, she was clothed in Christ. We saw it. We spoke about it.

Similarly, I could do what Christ did, and not be a follower of Christ. I can mimic His moves, imitate His voice. I can wear His clothes. But those external things will never create a character worthy of praise. It is only when Christ is inside that our life outside is worthy of praise. Mom would modestly be flattered that I find such value in wearing her clothes, but she would be more proud that because of her I am clothed in Christ.

I love wearing Mom’s clothes, and I will hold her close as I do. In a way, it will always be a part of keeping her alive in my memories, but the clothes will wear out, so I will seek to keep her alive through living a legacy of love, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, generosity, grace . . .


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