Grace Baptist Church

 Dansville, NY

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Contributors

Stacie Gibson is Matt's wife, a mother of 4, a busy homemaker and home-educator in addition to being a certified ACBC counselor.  She is a guest blogger at Biblical Counseling for Women.

Barb Leaman is a children's Sunday School teacher and a teacher's aide for the Hornell Jr and Sr. High Schools.  She is wife to Glenn and mother to an adult daughter.

Dave Theobald
is the preaching and teaching elder at Grace Baptist Church.  He is married to Jamie and has two sons, Job and Jonathan.

Rob Wilson is a deacon of Grace Baptist Church, a veterinarian specializing in large animals, a farmer, a husband to Kim, and father to 3 energetic kids.  

Ustad ("teacher," in local dialect) is a global partner of GBC, who shares stories and perspectives from the field, for our encouragement and to help orient us on things eternal. 

Grace Notes Blog Posts

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Peace When There is No Peace


As I write this, I am looking around my undecorated home wondering when our family is going to find the time to get our Christmas tree and the rest of the holiday décor out. As December is now upon us, I am ashamed that I have waited so long. You see, I am one of those annoying people that loves the sights and sounds of the holidays. The 24-hour Christmas music station has been blasting since the day after Halloween.  It’s the most wonderful time of the year and I feel like Buddy the Elf most days.

The Truth Shall Set You Free


Open up the Christian book catalogs or get on social media and you will see countless Christian books coming out for women. Some are very solid with good theology that I can’t wait to read, so I add them to my Amazon cart as soon as possible.  It’s unfortunate though, that the majority of these books written for Christian women assist in the feeding of our flesh and promote self help.  

Weakness is the Better Option

By Stacie Gibson

If you spend any time on Facebook or other forms of social media you will catch a glimpse of  various  quotes or memes that might seem inspirational  or encourage positive thinking. One that I see on a regular basis (usually posted by women) is “You never know how strong you are until being strong is the ONLY option you have.”  Not too long ago, I would have told myself this.

Why I Sit in the Back

By Stacie Gibson

When our family first started attending our church we had a nine-month-old baby, so it was obvious that we needed to sit in, what our pastor calls “the peanut gallery.” As our family grew, we stayed in the back out of courtesy towards our  brothers and sisters as to not distract them with all the “pew wrestling” we were doing with four children. Now that our kids are older, it only makes sense we start making our way up front, right? No. We have chosen to stay back for two reasons that we feel are missional.

From Critical to Charis

By Stacie Gibson

Movie, food, and other kinds of critics are beneficial. Even within the church, we are to exercise discernment and value sound judgment. But, there is another type of critic that is not so helpful. There is a critic that runs around the local church passing judgment on her sister in Christ. You will also find her in her home, nagging and picking her husband apart like a vulture.

Christ is Your Life

By Stacie Gibson

I took some time one afternoon to research the Internet to find out what women are searching for to find the meaning and purpose in life.  We live in a society that has a quest for meaning with the question “Who am I?   So, in my internet search I found that  women get their identity and find meaning in life through their success , education, careers, money, and status; whether they are married, single, divorced, widowed, their family, children, good health, fitness, body image, the good deeds they do, religion, ethnicity, and what region of the world they are from. I think Christian women can fall into the same trap by looking for their purpose in life elsewhere.

Women and Theology

By Stacie Gibson

The word "theology" used to intimidate me when I first became a Christian. I was under the impression that it was for pastors and other men to study. I didn’t think that I had any business as a woman studying it. Over the years I have realized I was really wrong and am so grateful that the Lord has shown me through His Word and through others that theology really does matter for both men and women alike.
By Stacie Gibson

Following a  list of rules or following the latest pop psychology will bring you nothing but guilt and hopelessness.  Sooner or later, you will find yourself empty and chasing the next latest, greatest piece of advice in Good Housekeeping.  As someone who has experienced this emptiness, let me tell you that it is not a pleasant state to live in.
By Stacie Gibson

I am finding more frequently that Christians do not have a good, biblical understanding of why they should seek help and counseling from within their own local church.  Instead, they are trying to find outside sources from other congregations and secular counseling to help them. My husband and I encounter these issues quite often and have come to some observations as to why this may be happening:

A Reminder to be Thankful

By Stacie Gibson

Thanksgiving is this week. I don’t know how that happened, but it’s approaching whether I am ready or not. I love this time of year, but the hustle and bustle can cause me to gripe and complain. I would love to blame all the commercialization and my full calendar for my poor attitude, but I can’t. My problem is within me.