Women’s Ministry Blog (Page 3)

Women’s Ministry Blog (Page 3)

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!

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…

2 Corinthians 5

“So whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to please him.” – 2 Corinthians 5:9 As someone who can feel many pulls on my life and attention and heart, I was recently blessed by the simplicity of priorities in this verse. It’s also interesting to look at the previous verse (“Yes, we are of good courage, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord.” – 2 Corinthians 5:8)…

She Laughs at the Future

“Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she laughs at the time to come.” – Proverbs 31:25 What keeps you from laughing at the days to come? What drags you down? Do you think you have strength and dignity? Where do those traits come from? The 2018 Women’s Retreat drew 57 women to talk about these and other questions. Although the weather brought rain, freezing rain, and heavy, wet snow, the time of fellowship, time with the Lord, testimonies, and…

Our Gracious Father

“If you are afraid to attack, go down to the camp with your servant Purah and listen to what they are saying. Afterward, you will be encouraged to attack the camp…Gideon arrived just as a man was telling a friend his dream…” – Judges 7:10-11;13 Gideon and his men were facing overwhelming odds- a Mideonite army of 135,000 men was “knocking on Israel’s door!” This was an army that had ravaged their land for the previous seven years. Not only…

Leviticus

I just finished the book of Leviticus in my yearly Bible reading plan. Leviticus is the third book of the Bible and picks up where Exodus leaves off. This book describes with incredible detail the pure and powerful presence of God- essentially His vast and somewhat dangerous holiness. It also describes how He made a way for corrupt people (Israel) to live in close proximity with Him without being completely destroyed by His holiness. This is accomplished through ritual sacrifices,…

Needy

I don’t know about you, but I REALLY do not like to be needy. I don’t even like the word. It means: “being in want, poverty-stricken, distressed by want of means of living” and it goes far beyond finances. It can include emotions, attention, affection, and more. I mainly don’t like how it feels. Sometimes I feel weak. Sometimes I feel ashamed.  I’m sure this is pride speaking but, when I have a need, I am painfully aware that I…

Proverbs 22

“Incline your ear, and hear the words of the wise, and apply your heart to my knowledge, for it will be pleasant if you keep them within you, if all of them are ready on your lips. That your trust may be in the LORD, I have made them known to you today, even to you.” – Proverbs 22:17-19 The phrase “if all of them are ready on your lips” in this proverb has caught my attention lately. I had…

Philippians 4:6-7

Elizabeth Brehm (guest post; College of Veterinary Medicine student) “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 4:6-7 Over the past 6 months, I have been in charge of planning and organizing the annual veterinary missions trip that the ISU College of Vet Med…

Romans 8:26-27

“Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.” – Romans 8:26-27 I was scheduled to write for the woman’s blog last week, but I was hardly able to put…

Prayer

“…and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and wonderful results.” – James 5:16 (NLB) Stonebrook ladies, we have the wonderful privilege as God’s daughters to come before our Father’s throne with requests, knowing he hears us and is the rewarder of our faith. I love King David’s perspective in Psalm 5:3, “Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice; morning by morning I lay my requests…

Marriage Conference Take-Aways

Luke and I were blessed to attend the Marriage Conference this past weekend. It was a video series on “The Mingling of Souls” by Matt and Lauren Chandler. If you are married and couldn’t attend the conference, I’d highly recommend reading his book. If you are single and someday hope to be married, I still recommend reading this book, as the first part of it is written to singles specifically. Here are some of the boiled down takeaways that I…

Proud or Broken?

Recently, I was reading a newsletter from a female inmate sharing a very humbling testimony, not of her salvation, but of her learning to be broken. She is a believer, but a Bible study leader had confronted her with some areas of pride. She was shocked! “Look at what a shambles my life is in. How can I be full of pride?” was basically her response. She mentioned a few things from a Nancy Leigh DeMoss book on brokenness, so…

Romans 8

Recently, I found my mind churning, thinking about a sinful attitude that I had just realized I had been having. I was stuck in a circle of guilt and shame. I realized I was feeling condemned, as Romans 8:1 talks about, but I also realized that the words of that scripture had not fully penetrated my mind and heart. Sometimes, “The Message” paraphrase of the Bible can break through the familiarity of some verses for me, so I looked it…

Comparison

Do you tend to compare yourself with other women? I know I do… sometimes unconsciously. Over sixty years ago, social psychologists developed a theory called Social Comparison theory, which states that humans have the drive to compare themselves to others to determine their worth. This is especially true for women, who are likely to compare themselves with other women in certain areas such as abilities, appearance, success etc. With an easy access to a wide range of social media, women…

Galatians 6

“Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.” – Galatians 6:2 “I don’t want to be a burden.” “I feel like I am just too much.” “If I ask for help, I will just burden others.” Have you ever thought any of these thoughts? I think we all have! Deep down behind that “being a burden thought” is the scary conclusion: “People don’t like burdens! They will leave if I am a burden!…

Is God Good?

You might know that I am going to China in about 40 days. And I’m going to be there for 90 days! Yes, 90! I will be going with nine other Americans for three months of intensive treatment with traditional Chinese medicine. Five or six days a week of acupuncture, electric acupuncture, massage, Chinese herbs, and physical therapy. Each day is highly regimented.  The hope and prayer is I will return with more function to my body that was lost…

1 Peter 2

1 Peter 2:9-10 – “But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his possession, so that you may proclaim the praises of the one who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.” I was at Faithwalkers this year, and was really struck by a teaching given by Dan…

Faithwalkers Booster Shot

The new year is off and running and I am trying to get things in order. I love how the new year feels like a new start on just about everything. I can implement new eating habits, get back into exercising, and start my One Year Bible reading again. “Refocus” would be a theme for me. The best lead-up to this is Faithwalkers. As good as all those habits are, they are nothing without faith. (Hebrews 11:6 – “And without…

Psalm 138:3

“On the day I called, you answered me; my strength of soul you increased.” – Psalm 138:3 Earlier this week I woke up one morning feeling uncertainty in my heart about a number of things, and it left me feeling anxious. Of course, the obvious remedy would be to seek the Lord through the Word and prayer, but there I was… scrolling through Facebook. The words of a Christian author and pastor that I follow showed up in my feed: “If…

Abundant Grace!

2 Corinthians 9:8 – “And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.” This verse is certainly perfect for this time of year. I notice every November as Christmas draws closer, that the “get-er-done” part of me can feel like it’s at the “starting gate” ready to run hard to tackle the to-do lists! And yes, this part,…

Psalm 46

“All our fears are wicked, and we fear because we will not nourish ourselves in our faith. How can anyone who is identified with Jesus Christ suffer from doubt or fear!” (Oswald Chambers, My Utmost For His Highest, November 14th) Reading this devotional exposed some of my hidden fears. One fear came in season. Almost every November for the past several years, including this year, my health has taken a turn for the worse with returning and new symptoms. When…