Women’s Ministry Blog (Page 2)

Women’s Ministry Blog (Page 2)

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!

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…

Not Now, But Later

Jesus replied, “You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.” – John 13:7 The setting of this verse is the “last supper.” Jesus and His disciples had gathered one last time before His crucifixion to eat a meal together. And Jesus in His usual fashion had a lesson to teach. Stripping off His outer garments, (or in our vernacular, getting grubby) Jesus began washing the disciples’ dirty feet. They couldn’t believe it … Jesus…

Believing What is True

In recent months our small group has been reading and discussing a book called Gospel Fluency. I hope I can explain what I’m learning from it. (It would be easier to talk with you across the table with a latte in my hand, right?) I would describe the premise of the book like this: we need to have the full truth about the gospel on our minds and lips, believe it fully, and let God bear good fruit in our…

Angels Don’t Have Wings

Something I learned the other day BLEW MY MIND! Growing up, my church had stained glass windows depicting angels with wings. I never questioned or thought about the subject beyond this. I had always assumed angels had wings. The other day, in my Bible studies/lessons with the kids, we were going in depth about spiritual beings. To my shock, every scripture mentioning angels never mentioned wings. The only mention of wings was with seraphim and cherubim. Then, to my utter…

It’s Been Such a Long Time

(The song from “Boston” is running through my brain now…. No relation to this subject.) For those of you who know me, you know that the devotional, My Utmost for His Highest has long been a staple of my Christian life. I like the “chewy” old wording that makes me slow down and have to look up definitions, because I used to assume that I knew what certain words meant until Oswald used them in a way that didn’t make…

Living by Faith in Who?

“And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself forme.” – Galatians 2:20 (ESV) This year several life groups along with the youth group are working through Gospel Fluency by Jeff VanderStelt. God has used this in my life in some big ways this past fall and spring. Some of you may be familiar with his “root to fruit” exercise where we look at what…

Lessons from Max

Seven and a half years ago I had the privilege and honor of becoming a grandmother to a special needs grandson. Just this past December, I had the sorrowful experience of saying goodbye to that special little boy as he passed away from respiratory issues. Maxwell (Max) came into the world in a difficult way. Birth complications related to a damaged umbilical cord prevented oxygen flow to his brain for several minutes. As a result, our little Max experienced seizures…

Whatever God Ordains

I was asked to write a blog last month, but I was not in a good place in my soul, feeling I had nothing to write about. Today, I’m a little further along on the journey with more strength and meditations on my heart, so here it is. My health continues to be my challenge of faith, and it probably will be until I die or until I am the recipient of a miracle. One thing that seemed to be…

Come Let Us Adore Him

Advent is my favorite time of year. I love the building anticipation of celebrating the coming of our Lord Jesus through daily traditions and devotionals. Our daily traditions are many. One is in the form of an Advent calendar comprised of doors. Behind each door is a Bible passage, a hymn to sing, a children’s book to read, and an activity to do that helps us better understand the purpose for Jesus’ first coming. We also do a Latin Advent calendar,…

Mary – The Right Kind of Attitude

This Christmas season is like most for me. I feel rushed and out of time and energy to do all that I want to do. Visions of being “ready”, whatever that is, dance in my head. As it is, the Christmas tree is in a corner with nothing on it and no gifts anywhere. I have a week… a week…oy! Are you feeling the pressure too? I stop because when I think of Mary and her willingness to serve God…

Yielding My Will to a Big God

“As you do not know the way the spirit comes to the bones in the womb of a woman with child, so you do not know the work of God who makes everything.” – Ecclesiastes 11:5 Recently, in 5th and 6th grade Sunday school, we were studying about how God works and moves in order that we can see Him in action. The stories that were used to highlight this were: the account of Gideon and the army of 300…

Get-Away!

“The Lord your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.” – Zephaniah 3:17 I’m excited! Really excited! Next week my hubby of forty-three and a half years is taking me away to a country retreat! We will pull back from our regular duties and commitments and take a couple of days to slow down, get refreshed, and…

The Good Shepherd

In John 10 we learn that Jesus is the good shepherd who proclaims His sheep are eternally secure in God the Father’s hand.  By human standards, a shepherd that attempts to protect his sheep from most threats is labeled as a “good” shepherd. But Christ, in obedience to God’s standards, showed Himself to be the ultimate good shepherd by laying down His life for His sheep. Just as a flock of sheep will know and follow their shepherd’s voice, we…

2 Corinthians 12:9

“But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” – 2 Corinthians 12:9 Many of us love this verse and the promises that God’s power and grace will work through our weakness. The truth is that most of us do not like the state of being weak. Apostle Paul, who pleaded…

Not Alone

On May 28th, I returned from my 90-day stint in China getting traditional Chinese medicine (acupuncture and Chinese herbs, plus physical therapy and more). We received blessings from heaven through all the love, concern, prayers, encouragement, and financial support. We prayed for significant healing, but also tried to rest in whatever the Lord might do. After my return to the U.S., I had improved in some areas, but my biggest goal of independent walking was not even close to being…

The Flood

“When the Lord saw that human wickedness was widespread on the earth and that every inclination of the human mind was nothing but evil all the time, the Lord regretted that he had made man on the earth, and he was deeply grieved.” – Genesis 6:5-6 We are studying Ancient History in homeschool this year. As such, we are studying through Genesis this year as well. We are only a few weeks out from studying the single most cataclysmic event…

I am the Samaritan Woman

“What do you need to hear?” This is the question I ask myself at the start of every single blog entry. You need to hear from God, but what will specifically meet your need, I don’t have a clue.  I start by asking God to direct me, because He knows exactly your need. He longs to speak to you. He speaks through His Word, which lines up with His character and nature. I will give you a heads up that…

Another’s Life, Another’s Death

“For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” – 2 Corinthians 5:21 ESV Recently I came across an old hymn that was set to new music: “Upon a Life I have not lived, Upon a Death I did not die, Another’s Life; Another’s Death, I stake my whole eternity. Jesus, Son of God, I build on what Thy cross has done for me; There both…

Nebulae and God’s Love

Last fall we noticed a bright object in the north eastern night sky.  After seeing it three or four times, we decided to pull up Google Earth’s sky function and try to figure it out.  We think it might have been a double star system (I’ve forgotten the name, but Psalm 147:4 says God remembers it!). Inevitably, we ended up looking at some of the amazing images the Hubble telescope has taken of nebulae. If you get a chance, Google…

Grandma Grace

I’m just coming off from ten days of “Grandma/Grandpa Camp” with four of our out-of-town grandchildren. As you can imagine, this grandma has gotten a little rusty not having kids in her home 24/7 like the “old days.” And not just rusty! I am older, tire more easily, and my memory has slipped a bit! (How many times did I mix up my granddaughter’s names!?!) “Grandma!!!” Going into the time, I knew I would need help… help from Dave, help…

Rochester Church Planters Update

Rochester Church Planters Update (Christie Johnson, Teresa Blader, Hannah Frye, Emily Visser, Adriana Harle) Here are some brief notes from a few of the ladies who attended Stonebrook and are now in the midst of starting Living Hope Church in Rochester. From Christie: “For I am the Lord your God, who holds your right hand, who says to you, ‘Do not fear, I will help you.’” – Isaiah 41:13 Recently, I was watching a friend’s toddler at the park. He…

Back from the Other Side of the World!

Well, I’m back! I’ve been home now for four weeks, and I am so happy to be back with you all…. and to be able to speak the same language. I am very grateful for my time in China, but at the same time, it was one of the harder times in my life. I was alone a lot with a language barrier and few women there for friendship. Even though Brad came twice, and I could video chat with him…

10 Year Reflections

In May, Luke and I celebrated our 10th anniversary. I love milestones, because they provide the perfect opportunity for me to look back and see what God has taught me over a long period of time. So, here is a list of just a few of the things I’ve learned through my 10 years of marriage with Luke: 1. God is abundantly merciful. Over the past 10 years, nothing has caused a greater amount of awe and respect than Luke’s…

Details

Last night, I laid awake in bed in the middle of the night with details on my mind. June is going to be a very busy, and I am trying to keep a thousand details in order. I think lists are going to be my best friend for a while, or at least they may help maintain some sanity. As I was thinking about details this morning, I was reminded that perspective makes all the difference in how we see…