Monday, October 3, 2011


So much has happened since I last blogged!

 Monday, September 26th, 2011, Vitaliy left the orphanage for good!


He couldn't get out of there fast enough!  We pulled up to the school and he was waiting outside!  So sweet, he said he had been waiting there awhile!  We had lots of paperwork to do before we could go get him, so it was late afternoon when we finally arrived.  He was all smiles!  

Tressa brought lots of gum for him to hand out for his "farewell".  He couldn't hand it out fast enough.  :)  

Walking to his classroom where he handed out gum to his friends



For me it was so hard to tell the others goodbye.  V didn't seem to mind.  I'm sure he already said his goodbyes.  :)
Now we are just waiting on his passport so we can go home to the rest of our family.

While we wait for his passport to arrive, we met up with Vitaliy's birth-sisters so they could tell him goodbye.  They are sweet young ladies who are happy for their brother.  I am looking forward to corresponding with them over the years and sharing God's love with them, who knows what God will to do...

Psalm 16:11 "You will show me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy."

God has surprised us while we are here in many ways! First off with our new friends, the Rhodes family! 



We have had such fun with them!  We share everything, our hopes, fears, dreams, hotel rooms, groceries, taxi rides, movie nights, on and on.  Their sons (they are adopting 2, & one is able to be with them in the evenings) and Vitaliy are like brothers.  They grew up together in the orphanage.

God also took us to a Ukrainian church today.  He surprised the socks off of me! 

It was such a blessing to be in the middle of other believers! God knew I needed this.  It was an awesome experience even though we didn't speak the same language, we serve the same God!!!  We found out it was Vitaliy's first time in a Christian Ukrainian church.  I was so thankful to be able to experience that with him.

So now we wait on the passport.  I would like to say, "Stick a fork in me, I am done."  :) But apparently God still has a few more things He wants us to see and learn.  So whenever He is ready to send us home...I'm ready to go.

  Missing my Ellie, Ian and Josh and ready to bring home the newest member of our family...


VITALIY!





Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Out of the Mouth of Babes

As I read God's Word today He revealed something I have NEVER noticed before.  

Psalm 8:2 "Out of the mouths of babes and infants, you have established strength because of Your foes, to still the enemy and the avenger."

Isn't that the coolest!  God stoops down to make the weakest of humans, tiny babies, the triumphal instrument to defeat His enemies!  And not using anything but the sounds that come out of their mouths!

I just had to share this with you as I am overwhelmed with our God how He chooses to use the least of these.

We see lots of mommies with their babies here in this part of Ukraine.  Everytime we pass one on the street I am reminded of this verse.  


I just love their baby carriages!
Tomorrow we switch hotels.  This one is booked for a wedding this weekend.  I am so glad God chose this hotel for us during our long stay.  We talked with other Americans today who just started on this adoption journey and their hotel has a "squatty potty" for a toilet!  And it's a unisex bathroom not attached to their room!
God has been so gracious to us.  Thank you Jesus for our sweet hotel. 

We get to go see Vitaliy tomorrow!  YEA, can't wait!  We get to share the taxi ride with the other American couple.  Yesterday when we arrived I forgot to tell you he came running out to the car to meet us!  Before when we came, we had to ask the other boys to go get him.  Not yesterday!  It was so good to see his smiling face. 
As I talked to my new friend she said when she went to the school today, Vitaliy greeted her in English with a big smile.  :)  He is such a sweetie!
4 more days of waiting!  Then we get to get his birth certificate, passport and needed papers to start making our way home!  I am missing my Ellie and Ian big time.  Ready to be home as a family of 5!

 

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

As We Wait

Waiting... one of the worst words EVER.

After our court date on Thursday, September 15, we have to go through the mandatory 10 day waiting period.  Vitaliy goes about his life at the orphanage while he waits and we wait in our hotel, NOT FUN. 

"I wait for the LORD, my soul waits, and in His word I do hope." 
Psalm 130:5  

Today marks our 5th day of waiting.  
God has taken such good care of us.  He has provided just what we need as we wait.  For example, our translator forgot to call our taxi for us to be able to go see Vitaliy today.  But guess who God allowed us to run into on our way to lunch...? Our taxi driver!! Our driver speaks VERY little English, but enough for me to ask him to take us to see V!  Thank you Jesus for caring for us as we wait!
  I am so glad we get to see Vitaliy while we wait.  I'm sure it's hard for him to wait also.  It was so sweet to see him today.  We watched him play with his friends.  They have such a special bond.  Just think 7+ years together in the orphanage... eating, sleeping, playing, learning...waiting for a family.  I'm sure these 10 days are nothing for him, he's used to waiting.  But while he waits, he enjoys his last few days with his friends.  



These boys are the sweetest!!



Tressa also has been so good to me while I wait.  I am so glad God allowed her to come.  Without her it would be a lonely 10 days.  I would find myself in tears many times without her.  She has been spoiling me as I sit in up against the head of my bed, hours upon hours, with the covers pulled up enjoying myself reading, browsing the internet or watching my Little House on the Prairie shows.  Tressa brings me tea, food and laughter.  She even bought hot chocolate packets just for me!  

For my birthday she made a special supper since it was too dark to go out.  She cut up an onion she had purchased along with a tomato and olive oil and made a yummy spread for our bread.  Such a sweetie!


  We pray the next couple of weeks fly by.  We are looking forward to another blessing God has in store for us while we wait... an American couple staying in our hotel Wednesday!  They are just starting their process.  Looking forward to our time with them as we wait!  

"But those who WAIT on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint." Isaiah 40:31

V and his friend waiting.....

Sunday, September 18, 2011

My Birthday


Who would of thought I would be spending my 33rd birthday in Ukraine!? 


Not me.... never in my wildest dreams would I have imagined I would be sitting here in a hotel clear across the world from everything comfortable to me.
But guess what.... God has given me the best birthday EVER!!!!  I can't believe how He has given me the desires of my heart, above and beyond anything I could ask or imagine! 

November 5, 2010, less than a year ago, I received, from Josh, an email with this picture about hosting a little orphan boy during Christmas 2010.


Less than a year later, this little boy is our son...

and an orphan no more!

In Spring of 2010 the Lord laid it on my heart to ask Him to 
"...enlarge my boarders..." 1 Chron 4:10b

OH MY, He has done just that!  God has stretched, and stretched and stretched some more!!  He is so good.  Stretching is so hard, but when you have placed your life in the hands of the One who "laid the foundations of the earth..."only growth and blessing can come for our good. 

 Jeremiah 32:42
"For thus says the LORD: Just as I have brought all this great calamity on this people, so I will bring on them all the good that I have promised them."


2 Peter 1:16b we are "eyewitnesses of His majesty."

V

It has been wonderful spending time with our V.  He is just as sweet as he was in America.  God has shown His faithfulness over and over again. 


For instance; we got Vitaliy shoes in America when we hosted him.  We got them at Wal-Mart because we were told to not buy name brand because they may get stolen from him by the other children.  Well they were not stolen. :) He was still wearing them when we saw him 9 months later!  They were still in pretty decent condition!!!  I couldn't believe it!  Especially after watching those boys play some hard soccer for most of their day! 


Yesterday they broke.... imagine that, yesterday of all times!  He wore them just fine for 9 months with no problems, then when we get here, they brake!  Just in time for us to be able to buy him new ones!  I told you God is into details!

Deut 29:5 " And I have led you 40 years in the wilderness.  Your clothes have not worn out on you, and your sandals have not worn out on your feet."

"A Father of the fatherless, and a judge of the widows, is God in his holy habitation."  He takes care of these kiddos!  Isn't that so cool!  He has a plan and a purpose for each one of em. 



ARE YOU IN GOD'S PLAN FOR ONE OF HIS LITTLE ONES????

our son


I can finally update you!
 As of Thursday, September 15, 2011 
we have another son!



Vitaliy Philip Stubbs

As I woke early, the day of our court, I grabbed my Bible. God had me read Psalm 2:7.
 
"I will declare the decree: the Lord hath said unto me, Thou art my son, this day I have begotten thee. 

  Isn't our God amazing!  He is so into details; and such a romantic poet.


They told us to change Vitaliy's first and middle name, but we chose to just change his middle name. We both loved his first name. I asked Josh to decide on the middle name. Vitaliy's middle name given to him at birth, was his birth father's first name. In Ukraine, that's how they decide the middle name, it's always the birth father's first name. Since Ian already has Joshua as his middle name, Josh wanted to give Vitaliy his father's first name: Philip.


Vitaliy means: "life giving"; Philip means: "lover of horses"

 
Court went amazingly smooth.  It was scary of course, the unknown always is, but much less scary than I imagined.  It was a small room with 7 officials and our family plus a translator. It broke my heart when they started talking about Vitaliy's past.  He sat quietly listening to his life being read out loud, expressionless.  A couple people in the court room even mentioned this was best for Vitaliy, "since no one from Ukraine or his biological family has adopted him.  They all had their chance."  I can't imagine what he felt as they said that or the roller coaster of emotions he must be feeling now.  Both Josh and I were asked a lot of questions during court to make sure we would take care of him.  Then after about 45 minutes of court they took a break to make their decision.  We were finally called back in and they grated us; Joshua to be listed as "Father"; and myself to be listed as "Mother" on the birth certificate!  Wow, what a feeling! 

Psalm 68:6a "God sets the solitary in families..."  

He will be alone no more.
Glory to God!  Great things He has done!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Ukraine Overview

So glad to be able to say "hey" from Ukraine! 

Our travel from Kansas to Ukraine went GREAT! Things are going amazingly well so far, praise God! So glad my sister in law made it from the states to stay with me when Josh heads home.


At the moment we are back in the village close to V.  We just got here via 5 1/2 hour "mini bus" + 1 hour taxi ride.  Not fun, but lots easier than some families we talked to.   The bus was PACKED with a total of 19 people with all the windows up, plus our suitcase at our feet because it would not fit in the back with the other luggage.  :) 

Praise God that we are on the downhill side of our trip now.  You have no idea how excited I am to have the home stretch at least in our sights.  We have had lots of fun here, but ready to be home.  There is some amazing history in Ukraine.
We climbed up to the top of this bell tower!   

We toured an 1200 year OLD church,  that had AMAZING architecture and history!  The colors, wall paintings, gold pieces & artifacts were breathtaking!  Pictures do NOT do it justice.  We even saw how people went in to worship.  As we toured the grounds I was reminded of God's sacrifice He gave us so we do not have to worship Him in a building at appointed times, but in our everyday lives, 24/7.
1 Cor 3:16 "Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?"
I am overwhelmed that God chose to live in and through me!!!!   
 
Many things have happened since we arrived.  Lots to tell. Can't wait to tell you the nitty gritty.  :) 
Thursday is a HUGE day for us, please keep us in your prayers.  Pray also for Josh, he is not feeling well.  Hopefully we can update you more specifically this weekend.  For now.... Sweet dreams from Ukraine.



Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Travel Time!

We got word and will be traveling August 27!!!!!!!!!!!!!  EKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKK!!!


 Please keep us in your prayers when you think about us.  I am SO nervous to say the least.  This is unknown territory for me.  It's so great knowing that there have been people that have gone before us and have adopted from this area before.  We get to speak with a family this evening that just got back from adopting from the area we are going to!  Praise the Lord, He is so good and into details!  :) Please also pray for our son, he is being filled with lies about life in America.  I can't imagine standing in his shoes.  Oh Lord Jesus, comfort him... check out God's words in Psalm 140

Deliver me, O LORD, from the evil man: preserve me from the violent man;
Which imagine mischiefs in their heart; continually are they gathered together for war.
They have sharpened their tongues like a serpent; adders' poison is under their lips. Selah.
Keep me, O LORD, from the hands of the wicked; preserve me from the violent man; who have purposed to overthrow my goings.
The proud have hid a snare for me, and cords; they have spread a net by the wayside; they have set gins for me. Selah.
I said unto the LORD, Thou art my God: hear the voice of my supplications, O LORD.
O GOD the Lord, the strength of my salvation, thou hast covered my head in the day of battle.
Grant not, O LORD, the desires of the wicked: further not his wicked device; lest they exalt themselves.

I am inserting Vitaliy's name in this verse and praying it for him.  Just think, these orphans and millions others do not have anyone to pray for them specifically!  The evil man (and woman) are warring against these vulnerable ones and poison is under their lips!  This means WAR!  Let's fight the spiritual battle for these children!  They need mommies and daddies to pray for them!  They don't know how to pray and many are too young to know even about prayer!


As for fundraising, we are having a Mommy's Day Out fundraiser at our church this Monday the 8th and again on the 15 & 22. So please, if you live in the area, feel free to drop your little ones off from 9am-12pm, ages 0-12 at the church, 1221 E 33rd and let us entertain them while you go and do back to school shopping or grab coffee with a friend.  Then when it's time for you to pick them up, if you wouldn't mind dropping a donation in the donation jar we would SO appreciate it.   :)  If you do plan on attending, just let me know via email or comment on the blog.

Thank you so much for your prayers.  Vitaliy, other orphans, and our family thanks you.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Friends of Adoption

I keep hearing more and more about others who are pursuing adoption.  Isn't our God amazing that He chose to adopt us??!!! I am overwhelmed at His mercy and grace for choosing me! I am an adopted daughter of the KING!!!!!!!! and He LOVES ME!!!  Check out this song!!  HE LOVES YOU!

http://www.worshipcorner.com/artist_songs.php?id=157&play=229

If you get the chance, check out others blogs who are adopting. We recently found out that our next door neighbor's daughter is adopting from Ukraine also!  How cool is that?! That is NOT a coincidence!! Here is their blog. They are adopting a baby with Down's Syndrome. They are amazing!

http://www.homeonthekansasrange.blogspot.com/


And this family also from Kansas who just got home from adopting from the Ukraine...
http://www.lifeandtimesofalayna.blogspot.com/

I am also overwhelmed at how giving God's people are! We sold water bottles again yesterday at the Yoder Poultry auction... yep you heard right! Check out my mom in law's blog to see more about the poultry auction.  

http://www.prairieflowerfarm.blogspot.com/

A gentleman there gave us $70 for 6 bottles of water!!!  We just asked for $1/ bottle! OH MY! Talk about humbling!!!!! I am nearly in tears overwhelmed at our God.  Why did He choose me???? OH He is SO good. Do you ever doubt His love for you?  Please don't ever forget what He did to have a relationship with you for forever...

Check out the song below! Very good!
http://www.takenoglory.com/ (He didn't Die in Vain song with lyrics)

Friday, July 29, 2011

NEWS, NEWS, NEWS!!

This thing is happening soooo fast, so hang on, here we goooooooooooooo!  We just got a phone call yesterday that we will travel to Ukraine in 1 month!!  I couldn't hardly believe what I was hearing!  Now is the time for fundraising!  :)  We have a Mom's Day Out fundraiser through the month of August.  Each Monday (the 1st, 8th, 15th and 22nd) from 9-12, we will have playtime with the little ones while the mommies go run errands, go to coffee with a friend or take a much needed nap.  Before the children get picked up we are just asking for a donation.  This will be held at Grace Bible Church at 1221 East 33rd in Hutchinson, Kansas.  If you are able to help in any way or plan on attending please let me know.


We are also, now selling the pendants my friend, Alicia made for us. Below you can view a slideshow of all the pendents.




They are $15 + 2.50 for shipping. 

Payment methods:
Paypal
or
Check

If you are interested in purchasing a pendent, please email me with "pendent" and the number on the picture in the subject.
My email is
come rest at his table at gmail . com
 (remove spaces and add @)


Here is a picture of me wearing one of the pendents with my daughter. You can buy chains at Hobby Lobby or simply use a ribbon or leather cording.

Thank you for taking time to read this blog!  You are a blessing to us and to our Vitaliy!!

Monday, July 25, 2011

Hello all!  I have tried replying to the comments left on my blog, but Blogger  won't let me. Thank you for being patient with me as I have very limited internet access.  I do appreciate knowing we are being prayed for!  SO exciting to know our church body, some we don't even know, are lifting us up before our Father!  THANK YOU!  I am so amazed at our God.  He blessed us again the other day with another $100 check!  WAHOOO! 

We went last Thursday to an event in our town called Third Thursday.  We sold our ice cold water bottles and the pendants our friend made for us. 

Thank you Ashley Carson for this photo! GREAT JOB!

 We also just heard we may be traveling  to Ukraine by middle of September instead of October!!!!!!  EKKKKK!!  Exciting and O so scary... stepping out of my little bubble.  :)

On a different note, I want to share with you what the Lord has laid on my heart this week, as our email Bible study group studied pride.  He showed me that I need to break it and get rid of it in my life before He does it for me! 

This is what God did to Nebuchadnezzar in Daniel. (And many other stories of prideful people in the Bible)
Neb was filled with pride when he said in Dan 4:30 "Is not this great Babylon, that I have built for a royal dwelling by MY mighty power & for the honor of MY majesty?"

CHW3M World History

Vs 34 "while the word was STILL in the kings mouth..." God brought him down!!

Vs 33 "that very hour the word was fulfilled"....

(This is the picture I wanted to use of King Nebuchadnezzar. Because my blog is full of God's beauty.  This was the "pretty picture" I got of Ole' Neb in his sin.)

But as I kept reading Scripture, and the description of what happened to the mighty king......... this is more like what really happened.
UGLY HUH?!!!!

God had Neb, king of the nation, high & mighty one, eating grass like a cow for 7 yrs! His hair grew LONG, nasty & TANGLED, & his nails became like birds claws! (I can just picture it now as my nails have dirt under em as I type this because of gardening:) Can you picture the dirt caked all over him, as the dew fell on him, the dirt stuck to him.... EWWWW! Can you imagine the stench & disgust!!??  GROSS!

But then my Sweet Heavenly Father tapped me and said, "my child, this is what I see when I see your pride...ugliness."

"And at the end of the time I, Nebuchadnezzar, lifted my eyes to heaven, and my understanding returned to me; and I blessed the Most High and praised and honored Him who lives forever: For His dominion is an everlasting dominion, and His kingdom is from generation to generation.  All the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing; He does according to His will in the army of heaven and among the inhabitants of the earth.  No one can restrain His hand or say to Him, "What have You done?"  At the same time my reason returned to me, and for the glory of my kingdom, my honor and splendor returned to me.  My counselors and nobles restored to me, I was restored to my kingdom, and excellent majesty was added to me.  Now I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise and extol and honor the King of heaven, all of whose works are truth, and His ways justice. And those who walk in pride He is able to put down.

God is a God of second chances








Friday, July 15, 2011

Oh Jesus, You are Wonderful!

I have seen God at work big time in our lives the past couple of weeks!  He is so amazing!  For starters, over the 4th of July we sold water bottles to raise money for Vitaliy's adoption. 



 At first it seemed like we didn't raise much for being out in the HOT weather all day long.  We made $169 that day.  But I think God used it for more than to raise money.  The children and adults alike were able to think outside of our bubbles.  To think about a little boy in Ukraine who does not have a family or a house to call a home.  Like I said yesterday, it's so easy to get caught up in what makes ME comfortable.  God surprised us recently as we are learning to trust Him.  We have recently received in the mail 3 separate $100 checks + another $13 towards Vitaliy!!!  This was from people who we do not even know! OH MY!  Our Heavenly Father is AMAZING!  Who would of thought?  Now the money raised from the 4th of July has suddenly multiplied from $169 to $482!  God's math is not our math when we give Him what we have!  


As you know I have given my marriage & my husband to God.  God has answered SO many prayers regarding Josh's life.  One answer to my prayer came in the form of .....



Men's Encounter weekend is an opportunity for guys to connect with each other and spend some time in self-examination to see where they are in their walk with God. Over the weekend, they look at 14 areas of their lives to discover specifically how God wants to use them. They experience worship, testimonies, teaching and ministry times.  It is always so amazing to see what the Lord has done in each of their lives when they come back.  Last weekend was no exception.  God blessed Josh and the other 99 guys' socks off!  So if your husband EVER has a chance to go, I would encourage you as a wife to let him go...  Please!  The next Men's Encounter isn't until October, so I will remind you then and send you the link if your guy is interested.  Until then, PRAY PRAY PRAY for your husband to even want to go.  Stormie Omartin helped me pray for Joshua in her book, Power of a Praying Wife.  If you do not have this book yet, I encourage you to get it immediately!  I have seen so many of my prayers answered in this book.  I am now able to, as I go back thru the book and pray, to say, "God, you have answered this prayer!  And this prayer!  And this prayer!"


Click here to go to order

So until the next Men's Encounter....... PRAY!  And watch this video.  

  

Thursday, July 14, 2011

My Little Bubble

Oh why is it so hard to get out of my little bubble?


It is so comfy and cozy isn't it.  But guess what, our Lord commands us to get out and go!

"GO therefore......" Matthew 28:19 

How can we go if we are protected by our surroundings?  Is that what Christ did?  Did He stay in his sweet little home hanging out with His closest friends while He was here on the earth?  Did He chat about the weather and the latest news?  NO!  He left his comfy surroundings to share His Father with the hurting.

 Luke 5:31 "Jesus answered and said to them, "Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick."

The Lord laid this heavily upon my heart when I recently attended a "Christian function".  There were "Christian people" EVERYWHERE!  Then smack dab in the middle I saw a hurting woman. 


As I spoke with her she shared that she does not believe in church.  She does not go.  (Hmmmm... I wonder why!)  Where were the Christian people to come along side me and help me out?  To encourage her and invite her to come with us?  We could of been 3 against 1!  But no, they were congragrated in their little groups talking about where they were going on vacation and what they were eating for supper!  I was at a loss for words and was not the witness God needed me to be.  I pray that God will give me another chance. 

Please people, get out of your comfort zones!  Jesus did not sacrifice His life on the cross so we could talk about the latest news.  He did not give us His life so we could stand across the room and ignore the hurting woman.  He made her, He has a plan for her.  What if she walked out the door and died in a car crash!  What if she spent eternity in hell because I was too focused on discussing my vacation plans with my church friends?!

James 4:17 "Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin."





Tuesday, July 12, 2011

My Favorite Book!!!

I want to introduce you to my all-time favorite book (under the Bible), Created to Be His Help Meet.  If God would not have brought this book into my life, I would be a divorced, bitter, angry and resentful woman working a part-time job and living my lonely life in a trailer. 


Because God was so gracious to me in my sinfulness, He brought me this book via a friend.  Debi Pearl taught me SO much!  She taught me there are 3 different types of men.  I learned that my Joshua is a Mr. Command man.  Here I thought he should be exactly like my dad!  (whom I learned was Mr. Steady) .  I HIGHLY recommend this book to EVERY woman 18 and over, married or not.  It will help the unmarried know what to look for, guide their friends to or from, for any woman to read to counsel other married women in the way they should go, and of course for the married woman, happily married or "not".  I will talk often of this book, because I would not be the woman I am today without it.  If anyone living near me would like to do a Bible study on this book let me know!  God has definatly made Joshua and I's marriage glorious!

This is what the back cover of Created to Be His Help Meet reads:
Somewhere over the passing years and changing culture, women have lost their way. This book is written to lead them back home. Regardless of how you began your marriage or how dark and lonely the path that has brought you to where you are now, I want you to know that it is possible today to have a marriage so good and so fulfilling that it can only be explained as a miracle.

A miracle: the ONLY way to explain our marriage.  Please take time to go to the website of this book and purchase one.  You will not regret it.





Saturday, July 9, 2011

Adoption News!

I received some amazing adoption news this morning!  

 The last we knew the Ukraine offices were getting ready to shut down for the summer.  This was the previous news we heard.  "the SDA (Ukraine's governing force) will be temporarily closing for adoptions as of either June 1st or June 13th so that they can move offices and do a changeover to report to another ministry"

We were SO sad, we figured we would be waiting another year to see our Vitaliy.  But then our agent suggested we could still get our dossier in.  It looked impossible to me, but God allowed us to get it turned in.  It should be in Ukraine now.  So we thought we had just BARELY made it, but...

This is the email I received this morning: "the President of Ukraine signed the decree that will prolong the SDA working until the new SDA replacement entity opens. They will stay open throughout the summer until the new entity is ready to open. They will keep accepting dossiers and giving out new travel dates."

WAHOO!!  God is so good!  Praise His mighty name!  There are many families that will be able to have their children sooner now!  Glory to God! 

So, Lord willing, be traveling in October to get our precious Vitaliy. When I read this news this morning, my heart started to pound, my hands started to shake and I started to doubt God... you see in my human eyes this adoption journey feels IMPOSSIBLE.  But God, we can't go to Ukraine yet, we don't have the money!!!  Then He says so sweetly to me, "do you trust Me?"  He beckoned me to open up His precious word...


 this is what I found.... 

2 Chron 15:7 "But you (Tonya), be strong and do not let your hands be weak, for your work will be rewarded." 

Isn't that so cool how God speaks directly through His word that was written YEARS ago?  He is the same yesterday, today and forever.  (Hebrews 13:8)

Oh Lord Jesus, You are absolutely AMAZING!  Blessed be Your Holy name!  Please continue to guide us each and every step until Vitaliy is in our arms again. 

Friday, July 8, 2011

Seek the Lord for His Rest

I have a challenge for you today...seek the Lord.  What does this look like?  How do we seek Him? 

2 Chron 7:14 "if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and forgive their sin and heal their land."

1.  Humble Myself   

        Humble - to bend the knee; into subjection

2.  Pray

3.  Seek God's Face

        Seek - to tread or frequent; to follow for pursuit or search; to worship; ask; inquire; question; search

4.  Turn from my wicked ways

Won't you please ask God to help you bend your knee to His authority?  Pray big time!  Pray while you're doing the dishes, stopped at a stop light (the kids won't mind), and wake up early and spend time with Him.  Let Him be your Best Friend.  Don't you love the defination of seek?  I found the meaning in my Strong's Bible Concordance. It is so helpful to me as I study God's word.  Seek His face!  Do whatever it takes to seek Him! 


2 Chron 14:2-5 says that King Asa, experienced God's rest because he did what was good and right in the eyes of God. He "took away out of all the cities of Judah the high places and the images: and the kingdom was quiet before him.

The kingdom was quiet before him.  Mmmmmmm...Doesn't that sound absolutely wonderful?  Don't you long to have your kingdom quiet before you?  Your kingdom is your home where you are queen.  Asa took away the high places and images out of his kingdom.  The high places were where the god's were worshipped. 

What is your "god"?

 I found out years ago that I was my own god.  It was then that God took that high place right out from under me.  I should of done just as He asked and humbled myself before He had to do it for me. 

After Asa removed the high places and images from his kingdom he then ,  "built fenced cities in Judah: for the land had rest, and he had no war in those years; because the LORD had given him rest. Therefore he said unto Judah, Let us build these cities, and make walls around them, and towers, gates, and bars, while the land is yet before us; because we have SOUGHT the LORD our God, we have sought Him, and he hath given us rest on every side."  2 Chron 14:6-7


So how do we build our cities (our homes)?  How do we surround them with walls, towers, gates and bars?  All these things are for protection from the enemy.  When I looked up the word "built" in the Strong's it said: "to build; obtain children; make; repair; set up.

OH MY!!  Did I just see the words, obtain children?  This is how we protect our homes, by obtaining more children?  Isn't this amazing!  We obtain more arrows to go out into the world!  God has now graciously allowed Josh and I to reach this point of His rest for our lives.  I am amazed at His mercy and grace!  We are now adopting to obtain children!  WAHOOO!!!  Isn't He absolutely AMAZING!!! 

How can you build protection for your family?  Did you know that if you are married you are your husband's protection?  Proverbs 12:4 "A virtuous woman is a crown to her husband."  Of course I looked up the word crown in my Strong's.  The defination said "to encircle for attack or protection"  Can you believe it?  I was attacking my husband in the past.  I was a crown of thorns.  But now God has given me a 2nd chance to encircle Joshua for protection and be a royal crown!  God is good!  Come with me as we seek God's face together.  Let's humble ourselves, pray and seek His face and turn from our wicked ways.  Only then may God hear from heaven, and forgive our sins and heal our lands.  Blessed be His name!!!!!

Thursday, July 7, 2011

My Husband

I have so much to tell you and not enough time!  Tuesday, July 5th, my husband, Josh and I celebrated our 14th year of marriage! 
You see, it's not just any ole' anniversary, but a miracle straight from our Heavenly Father.  This is because Josh and I divorced 5 years ago.  It felt hopeless.  Like we were just another statistic.  But here we are today to say, "HE IS FAITHFUL!" 


Our 2nd Honeymoon 4 years ago

Every anniversary for us is a miracle.  It is an honor to be called Mrs. Joshua Stubbs.  I didn't always think that.  Isn't it strange how at one moment a wife can be madly in love with her husband, and months later hate his guts?  satan is so ugly like that.  I was recently reminded of my past sin as I read thru God's word.  I think of how we women have more influence than we know. 

1 Samuel 18:20  
"And Michal Saul's daughter loved David"

Michal was madly in love with her handsome hunk!  But wait a minute...

2 Samuel 6:16
And as the ark of the LORD came into the city of David, Michal Saul's daughter looked through a window, and saw king David leaping and dancing before the LORD; and she despised him in her heart.

She depised him in her heart!  I thought she was just in love with him!  

Oh boy, was that me.  I allowed satan's lies to fill my mind telling me I did not "feel" love for him.  So deeper and deeper my sin went.  Until I felt I had a right to "feel" happy.  I cannot even fathom where we would both be if we stayed in our sin.  We definitely would not be adopting!

Please, sweet wife, look to God as your fulfillment.  Don't try make your husband fill that role.  Your husband is just as human as you are.  Only God can fulfill you.  Let Him be your Knight in Shinning Armor.  God is such a Romantic.  Won't you let Him romance you?

Song of Solomon 2:16 
"My Beloved is mine, and I am his."