Stella is Strong…


Stella lives in an apartment.  Her rent is subsidized by the government.  She is a single mom of four beautiful children.  She has already endured many hardships in her young life.  Teen mom, domestic abuse survivor, single parenthood and very low income.

Managing four young children on a $23,000 salary, while working full time and going to school – Stella knows no rest.  Can you imagine the non-stop workload?!  There is no alone time.  There is no sit-by-the-pool-and-relax time.

Stella applied to Habitat last year.  She was denied due to overdrafts on her account.  Determined to succeed she listened to our Family Service Team and changed her tactics.  She applied for and received government rental assistance.  Her rent went from $1200 per month to $400.  The additional $800 per month did the trick.  She again applied to Habitat and was approved.  No more overdrafts.

Stella has grit and compassion – a powerful combination!  Forged in the fires of abuse, distrust and isolation, Stella emerged wanting to help.  She is in school to become a social worker.  She wants to help battered women and teen moms.  The world’s fire hammered her into a sword for justice and service!

2 Corinthians 1:3-4 (NIV) says “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.”

Stella is following our Lord’s path.  She is leveraging her horrendous experience to help others in similar situations.  She’s walked the same path – she knows!  She can serve with unquestioned authority!

We are so very lucky to be partnering with Stella when she builds her new home and life here in Fort Worth.  She will be an asset to her neighborhood and she will make Fort Worth a better place to live.  God bless you Stella and welcome to the Habitat family!


I am not…

I am not defined by my successes and failures.  I am not my work or hobbies.  I am not a better person if I am successful at something important.  I am not a worse person if I try and fail.  My bank account, annual review, bonus and other finances have zero relevance on the success of my life.  My title is meaningless.  What people say about me has no meaning.  Where my daughters go to school, their grades, academic and athletic successes and failures do not define me.  My great public speeches do not define me.  My dismal public speeches do not define me.  I am not responsible for my successes.  I am totally responsible for my failures.

I am only called to do two things in life – Love God and Love my Neighbor.  Those two will define me.  When I am in harmony with my Lord I walk in a Kevlar suit against earthly assaults.

I am not‘ but most of the time I think that ‘I am‘.  Grace, thankfully, is the Lord’s gift.  It is comforting to think that I will be ‘I am not‘ permanently when I put this body to rest!

“A planned life…

“A planned life can only be endured. But, if you open up for what God has for you, the equation totally changes.”
-Millard Fuller (Habitat for Humanity founder)