Women’s Ministry Blog

Women’s Ministry Blog

This blog is written by wives of Stonebrook Pastors, as well as other women in Stonebrook. We hope that you will enjoy getting to know them better as you hear their hearts!

Grace Alone

Someone recently suggested that we tell the stories of how the Lord brought us to faith, so I’ll share part of my story today.   I was blessed to be born into a Bible-believing, church-attending family and at the age of six, my mom told me that I could pray a prayer to invite Jesus into my heart.  At that point in my life I was convinced of the reality of God and the reality of hell and wanted to…

Psalm 20

“May the Lord answer you in the day of trouble!May the name of the God of Jacob protect you!May he send you help from the sanctuary and give you support from Zion!May he remember all your offerings and regard with favor your burnt sacrifices!Selah May he grant you your heart’s desire and fulfill all your plans!May we shout for joy over your salvation, and in the name of our God set up our banners!May the Lord fulfill all your petitions!…

A Love Story

A Love Story In one recent Sunday teaching of Acts, Pastor Dave pointed out how God orchestrated the events in the Ethiopian Eunuch’s life for his salvation. In this blog, I will recount God’s amazing work in my salvation almost two decades ago! My hope is that that my story will encourage your heart and remind us of our Savior’s unfailing love and Sovereignty! First Church Visit.  I was a graduate teaching assistant at the time. Two students in my…

Dormant Sprouters

Hi, ladies,  I came across this little devotional that I wrote a couple years back. It freshly encouraged me to “remember the button weed” as I patiently wait for God’s harvest!  Hope you are encouraged as well!!!  See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop and how patient he is for the fall and spring rains. – James 5:7 NIV Growing up on a farm afforded me many opportunities to work hard. One of them was…

Sabbath

It has been a few years since our family has started faithfully keeping a Biblical Sabbath, and I can’t express how much of a blessing it has been to us. It has become an integral part of our week and health. What do I mean by Biblical Sabbath? I take my definition from Peter Scazzero in his book “Emotionally Healthy Leader.” He says that a Biblical Sabbath is a 24 hour block of time where we stop work, enjoy rest,…

After a Long Time – Reflections on Unanswered Prayer

 “After a long time, in the third year, the Word of the Lord came to Elijah…” 12 Kings 18:1 “Go and look toward the sea,” he told his servant. And he went up and looked … “There is nothing there,” he said. Seven times Elijah said, “Go back.” The seventh time the servant reported, “A cloud as small as a man’s hand is rising from the sea…” The sky grew black with clouds, the wind rose, a heavy rain came…

For a Helmet the Hope of Salvation

This summer I’ve been involved in the early morning women’s Bible study on 1 & 2 Thessalonians over Zoom.  It’s been so great to connect with women I wouldn’t have otherwise had the opportunity to see during this Covid-19 period of time. One section that the study highlighted was 1 Thessalonians 5:8: “But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, having put on the breastplate of faith and love, and for a helmet the hope of salvation.”…

The Prayers of Habakkuk

The Prayers of Habakkuk I have been “chewing on” the book of Habakkuk and found the prophet’s prayers very inspiring and encouraging, especially considering the various crises we are currently facing. In the first two chapters, Habakkuk laid out two complaints before the LORD. After receiving God’s answers, the prophet found great comfort, joy, and strength in God’s promises despite the coming severe judgement on Judah.  Witnessing the prevalent violence, destruction, and injustice in Judah, Habakkuk was deeply troubled and…

Amazing Grace

This is the original hymn written by John Newton in 1779. It is by far my favorite hymn, and I have sung it for many years in times of trials, happiness, and celebration. The hymn has recently become so much sweeter to me, as my eldest son and I have been studying about the time of John Newton in our history book.

Galatians 6:9 / Growing Weary

Stonebrook Women’s Blog:  (Judy Anderson) We are in a bit of a war over here.  A couple of months ago we found that somehow cloth moths had been brought into the home.  So we decided that it was time to nip this in the bud and see what we could do to get rid of them.  We deduced that they were mainly in two bedrooms and decided that every single item in those rooms must be cleaned and washed, including…

Pandemic Ponderings – The God Hunt Challenge

 Finally brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable- if anything is excellent or praiseworthy- think about such things. Philippians 4:8 As the Coronavirus continues to play out in our world, I find myself reacting in a variety of ways, the most recent reoccurring one being restlessness. It’s a similar feeling to what I used to grapple with towards the end of my pregnancies when I was…

Kings and Chronicles

Lately I’ve been reading 1&2 Kings and 1& 2 Chronicles and I’ve been thinking about the leadership and example of the various kings in these accounts.  One account that stood out to me is in 2 Chronicles 32, where Sennacherib, king of Assyria, is attacking Jerusalem during the reign of Hezekiah, and was threatening the people that their God would not deliver them.  Sennacherib says, “On what are you trusting, that you endure the siege in Jerusalem? Is not Hezekiah…

Mr. Rogers – What Can We Learn?

Dave and I recently watched the movie, “It’s a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” – the behind the scenes story of Mr. Rogers and his impact on others both on screen and off. It deals in particular with Mr. Rogers’ positive influence on a magazine writer whose life was burdened and messy. Overall, it was inspiring. (I would highly recommend it!)  It struck me that the reason Mr. Rogers appealed to so many people was that he reflected the Spirit…

Shield

In late January I was burdened with the COVID-19 crisis in China. As I was praying for the devastating situation, surprisingly, I found myself asking God to put a shield around me, my family, and my community. Two months later, this pandemic quickly moved to the U.S. and I realized it was a Spirit-led prayer at a time when few were expecting the pandemic could be a great threat to many around the world. The image of a shield has…

Kids Activities for the Homebound

Kid’s Activities for the Homebound by Dawn Bovenmyer In light of the recent developments of Covid19, families have been presented new opportunities to bond at home. But “cabin fever” can sure poke its own head into our homes as the days pass. Here are a few suggestions from years of parenting and grandparenting that might help out with that “what should we do??” question. God bless everyone! Make up puppet shows or shows with stuffed animals. This can also be…

Wash with Soap

Wash With Soap Dawn Bovenmyer 3/18/2020             What with all the recent developments with Covid19 I have found myself faced with some choices. Choices such as, should I go to the grocery store? If I go, how much should I buy? Should I go to the salon for a haircut? Get an adjustment at the Chiro? How much should I be out and about? Should we have any houseguests? Decisions, decisions!             Then there are decisions at home- how often…

Set Free

Testimony from Wendy ConcerningFeb. 29 SIP! 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. (Lunch included)Set Free: Sexual Integrity for Women Last summer, a local afternoon Christian radio host was interviewing a woman who was working with Walnut Creek Church (a sister church to Stonebrook in Des Moines). The topic was Biblical Sexual Integrity. I was a little uncomfortable with the public forum but was intrigued, so I kept listening. She mentioned several times God created and designed not just men with sexual…

Will I Yield?

Will I Yield?  My life seems to revolve around words or themes for a season of time.  Not sure why, but I have noticed the pattern many times.  Right now the key word is: YIELD.  It’s such an interesting word and has multiple meanings that all seem to fit. Yield (verb) – to produce, to afford, to exhibit, to allow, to concede, to admit to be true, to give as claim of right, to permit, to grant, to emit, to…

A Perfect Pray-er

This summer I have been reading a number of Elisabeth Elliot’s books. (Her husband was martyred in the 1950’s while they were serving as missionaries in Ecuador.). In “The Shaping of a Christian Family: How My Parents Nurtured My Faith,” I was struck by the role of prayer in her parents’ lives and therefore their children’s lives. She talks about her father rising early for Bible study and prayer for the family every day and how he instructed the children…

Grass, Grotto, and the Gospel

Grass, Grotto, and the GospelMy Summer Reflection All summer long, I have been thinking about Mathew 12:20, “A bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick he will not quench.” This verse speaks about a gentle servant as prophesied by prophet Isaiah and fulfilled in Jesus.  A reed is a type of hollow grass that becomes even weaker after it is bruised. Yet, Jesus, out of his tender and merciful heart, will not break it. This imagery of…

Looking Ahead!

The length of our days is seventy years- or eighty, if we have the strength; yet their span is but trouble and sorrow, for they quickly pass, and we fly away. Psalm 90:10 Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Colossians 3:1 Last month we spent a few days at our family’s lake cabin in Illinois, connecting with many of our kids and…

Grapefruit-Sized Hail

Exodus 9:25-26, “Throughout the land of Egypt, the hail struck down everything in the field, both people and animals. The hail beat down every plant of the field and shattered every tree in the field. The only place it didn’t hail was in the land of Goshen, where the Israelites were.” The kids and I are reading through Exodus, and we came across this passage. Upon further research, we discovered that in order to shatter trees and kill animals, hail…

“I’m Fine” …or Not

Doesn’t it sound wonderful to be “fine”?  So happy, put-together, and ready to face the world.  The trouble is, that word can mean a lot of different things at different times, and it’s most likely what we wish we were rather than what we are. It’s polite to say “fine” and it stops people from asking questions.  What would you do if someone randomly said, “I’m not fine”?  I’ve just started the Lysa Terkeurst book called, “It’s Not Supposed To…

Steadfast Love between Walls of Water

“… to him who divided the Red Sea in two, for his steadfast love endures forever;and made Israel pass through the midst of it, for his steadfast love endures forever;but overthrew Pharaoh and his host in the Red Sea,for his steadfast love endures forever…” – Psalm 136:13-15 I love how Psalm 136 repeats the phrase “for his steadfast love endures forever” over and over between pieces of history that the psalmist highlights. The theme of God’s steady, unchanging love is…