I want to take a minute and introduce myself. My name is Stacey Butenschoen, and, yes, I am Pastor Tyler's wife, but I also have a heart for women's ministry and have enjoyed being a part of the Women's Ministry team. I'll be joining Tammy Lucas in writing blog posts to encourage women and connect us together.
I am a mom of four kids (three here at home and one still in Haiti). I like to read, do yard work, exercise, cook, organize, watch my kids play sports, go camping and spend time with family and friends. I am an introvert and I will admit that the greeting time on Sunday morning is a little stressful for me. :) Maybe that’s why Tammy felt like writing a blog would be a good platform for me to share! Getting up on stage like Tyler does week after week is absolutely terrifying to me.
I am so thankful for our church and have really enjoyed being involved with Women’s Ministry this year. It has been wonderful to see women connect and enjoy Bible study and fellowship together. There is such blessing in living life together. I know I need women in my life to ask me hard questions, to encourage me, to be silly with and to just come alongside me and live life with me. I look forward to continuing to connect and share some of what God is doing in the life of Women’s Ministry as what He is doing in my life.
As I sit here and think of you all, each one of you will experience different joys and challenges throughout this week. A joy for me this week will be finishing up a project I’ve been working on. A challenge before me is yet another week of waiting and wondering if we will hear any news after more than three months of waiting for adoption progress. My prayer for us this week is exactly what Curt spoke about on April 30: That we will not be overwhelmed by the circumstances of life, but will be overwhelmed by the goodness and power of God. I leave you with this scripture that has been encouraging me over the last week.
Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand
and marked off the heavens with a span,
enclosed the dust of the earth in a measure
and weighed the mountains in scales
and the hills in a balance?
Who has measured the Spirit of the Lord,
or what man shows him his counsel?
Whom did he consult,
and who made him understand?
Who taught him the path of justice,
and taught him knowledge,
and showed him the way of understanding?
Behold, the nations are like a drop from a bucket,
and are accounted as the dust on the scales;
behold, he takes up the coastlands like fine dust. (Isaiah 40:12-15)