September 05, 2009

He’s Loved Us All The While

I love him yet I haven’t carried him. I love him yet I haven’t felt him kick.  I love him yet I haven’t met him.  And then I realized this is an incredible reflection of God’s love for me - loving me before I ever loved Him, choosing me before I ever chose Him… and He loved me all the while.


September 02, 2009

9 Years!

Today makes 9 years that Noah and I have been married!  It has been an amazing 9 years.  I’m not sure there’s anything else like it in life, experiencing hard and easy, joy and sadness, growth and coasting all with one person… forever…a good work that will continue everyday.  My husband, Noah, is amazing. He loves Jesus… He has been my encourager, my supporter, my steady, and my every day example of Christ. He is humble and has a heart that loves others.  He speaks truth to me and listens to me… He knows who he is in Christ.  He loves me and he loves our son.  Just wanted to wish you a happy 9 honey!  One of my most incredible blessings from my God was the gift of you.  ILY


July 13, 2009

...and their “clothes did not wear out”

Deuteronomy 29:5
“During the forty years that I led you through the desert, your clothes did not wear out, nor did the sandals on your feet.”

This verse has spoken volumes to me over the past few weeks I’ve been in Deuteronomy.  Out of their disobedience, the Israelites are in the desert. However, the word says the Lord was leading them in this time.  The Israelites had the incredible privilege of seeing Gods awesome signs, wonders and miracles but they also experienced great trials and suffering. 


July 01, 2009

Cleanse Check-In

Wanted to share a little bit of what God is showing me through the cleanse so far.  So I’m finishing day 8 today and so far I’ve had one slip up which was a few sips of my husbands soda at a mexican restaurant.  But not a big deal to me, not getting legalistic about it. But something encouraging is that I feel like my mind has been so much more clear to pray. I’m not contributing this to the things I haven’t put into my body for a week but rather the constant reminder of the “no” foods has forced me to think on the Lord/be in constant communication with Him which has resulted in such clarity for prayer!


June 07, 2009

Creating a Clean Heart

In Psalm 51, David writes that from the moment we are conceived, our hearts are full of sin.  My son, almost 4 1/2 now, has taught me so much about my relationship with Jesus, His love for me as well as helping me to see the ways in me that are wicked and need cleansing from Christ.  When our children are infants and up until the toddler years, we spend so much time loving and nurturing but also a fair amount of time disciplining and correcting. And in these early years it seems that most discipline is directed at the behavior (don’t touch that, say please, please pick up your toys, no throwing…) However,


May 12, 2009

Psalm 18

Psalm 18:16-19
He reached down from on high and took hold of me;
    he drew me out of deep waters.
He rescued me from my powerful enemy,
    from my foes, who were too strong for me.
They confronted me in the day of my disaster,
    but the LORD was my support.
He brought me out into a spacious place;
    he rescued me because he delighted in me.


April 29, 2009

Full of Life?

Today I began studying the life of David.  What an amazing man…a fitting description of him, “a man after God’s own heart.”  How incredible to be thought of like this God.  The author of my study shares this story of her sitting by her grandfather as he takes his final breathes here on earth and she shares his last words which were praises and worship to God, praise after praise after praise…on his death bed.  She says of her grandfather that “he was full of life in the face of death.”


April 01, 2009


Hi everybody!  I just realized that my contact form has been down for some time. It is now working, so if you’ve tried to contact me through it and had no response, feel free to re-sent it.


March 25, 2009


This past week I’ve been reflecting on my season of life and I have been consistently experiencing incredible joy and peace.  Wow!  In the midst of what the world would call a broken heart (trying for 3 years to have another child to only result in a miscarriage), I’ve experienced such different emotion.  There is sadness over such a loss but the emotion that has come from the sadness has been so unexpected - joy and peace.  As I sat with Him over this, I began to realize that I never even asked God “why” this had to happen.


March 20, 2009

Hope in the midst of loss

Well, God’s been working over here in the Stokes house! God has been putting His hand print all around our circumstances and this is what has kept us encouraged and hopeful in Him. On Tuesday we found out we’re in the middle of a miscarriage, I was 7 weeks along. It was a sad appointment and I’ve definitely had my moments of tears and heartache…but there’s more to our story. There’s hope. The day before this appointment, we got a call from our adoption attorney and a young Christian woman had chosen to pursue our family.


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