Saturday, September 20, 2014

Trust....what does it mean?

 God has been working on my heart this summer.

He's given me the opportunity to "walk my talk"

As a pastor's wife, I have counseled many people to trust God in tough times and as the saying's easier said than done!

I've personally had many opportunities to trust God in my past, some harder than others.  But none quite as tough as this one.....losing our job....this storm seemed to swirl menacingly around meChallenging me to focus on it and fear it.

And even though God had lovingly prepared me to face this storm (go here to read about it), the waves at times have seemed so high and the wind so loud....deafening at times.

Yet God has made His voice heard in my heart over it all.

He has been showing me how to trust to put my faith in HIM, not the storm or any boat I may be riding in.


 The first thing was for me to remember that GOD was in control of my circumstance.....not the elders of our church, not our congregation, not the people around us, not even us.

And if God was in control, that means He allowed my circumstances.

Wow.  When I finally embraced that in my heart....that GOD orchestrated my circumstance.....any anger I had completely melted away.  How could I be angry at people, no matter their involvement, if God orchestrated and allowed it?

Now, I don't know about you, but I KNOW God loves me....
He has always taken care of me....
He has always provided everything I "need"... 
 He has always kept His promises.

So, if He orchestrated my situation, then I had to go back and look at this time with different eyes.  I had to go back and see what blessings and good things had come from the situation.

And you know what?

As I started writing things down, I filled a whole sheet of paper!!!

here's a few:

*Gave us a respite and time to heal and refresh
*Caused us to draw closer to some friends here than we had been before
*Allowed us to experience so much love from friends..close and far away
*Gave us time to build into Kristen and Jason and be available as they planned their wedding
*gave us time to be able to just pick up and go this summer for weddings (three!), time with my parents, time with Steve's mom (who had a bad fall and then a heart attack)
*we have been able to deal with all that has happened this summer without the stress of leading a church
*It has allowed me to see and experience that Steve and I truly enjoy each other (24/7 for 6 months!!!)
*has allowed me to witness to my family and friends what trusting God really is like and the PEACE it provides.
*has allowed me to truly WALK what I believe
*I have been able to SEE Him provide for us every step of the way...sometimes in pretty miraculous ways 

So many great things have happened that might not have any other way.
I can truly say that I am trusting God more today than I have ever in my life.  
We are still in the middle of this storm.  
But I choose to focus on God.
He's still using me every day.
He's still providing for me every day.
And I am at peace while I wait. heart is filled with JOY. 

Monday, September 8, 2014

New Adventure

Some of you know that last spring my husband lost his job.  And while we wait for God to show us what He has for us next in ministry, He has opened the door for me to begin a new adventure/business in YoungLiving Essential Oils.

I was introduced to essential oils (EOs) by my daughter-in-love. 

Now while I have always been someone willing to try homeopathic remedies for my health, I must admit that I tried EOs mostly to support and get to know her better. :)

I'm so glad I did!!

I was a bit of a skeptic at first, but I have been using YLEOs for almost 9 months now and have been pleased, amazed and thrilled with how they work.  Why is it that we will go to a doctor and take whatever they prescribe to us but when it comes to using something natural that God made, we are skeptical? crazy!!

Why use Essential Oils?

First, it's 100% natural.  No synthetics, additives or fillers. 
Young Living Essential Oils are extracted carefully through steam distillation or through cold pressing. The essential oils have a high potency which can deliver quick and effective results. Becauese Young Living Essential Oils are pure, they are also therapeutic and can be diffused, inhaled, applied topically, incorporated into massage or taken internally.  And unlike most meds, they can be used whenever needed without having to wait a prescribed amount of time.

Why YoungLiving Essential Oils?

Many of us have smelled essential oils or are familiar with the natural or earthy scents that are often in bath and personal care products. But there is a big difference between Young Living Essential Oils and an oil purchased at a health food store or on Amazon. Young Living has always been on the cutting edge at bringing the use of essential oils to millions of people for the last 20 years.  They also provide a deep knowledge of how to use the oils for mind/ body wellness.

So I started my journey with the YoungLiving Starter kit which includes these 10 oils plus 1 more and a diffuser...

With just these 11 oils, I have basically replaced my over the counter medicine cabinet and first aide kit!!  I have not bought Ibuprofen, allergy meds, antacids or any other over the counter medicine for 9 months now.  I like that!

I also suffer from carpal tunnel.  6 months ago I could not type this post to you without a TON of pain and I was ready to see a doctor about surgery.  I researched it and found that lemongrass EO was said to be good for inflammation and carpal tunnel and so I started using it.  at first, I put it on when ever I had pain, so I was applying it several times a day... it is natural so you don't have to worry about how often you use it!  Then within about 3 weeks, I realized all my pain was gone!!  Now I use it every morning...and it smells great, so that is a bonus!!! 

Some testimonials from my friends using EOs...

* got rosecea under control
* killed wart virus, in several friends
* my son's ADD controlled completely by oils
* Anxiety relieved and controlled
* healing of injuries...

 My MIL had a fall recently and she pulled the skin back on her hand.  When I got to see her, her hand looked like the picture on the left.  After TWO days of putting lavender on her hand, it looked like the picture on the right!!

As I became more sold on using EOs, I began telling my friends about them and how they were helping me......and God just opened this door to a business.  I am excited to see what God does with it, but more excited to share these wonderful oils with all my friends!!

If you would like to know more about Essential me!!
 I would love to talk to you about them!

With fall coming on and flu season not too far away....essential oils are a great way to protect and combat against illness!!

You can go here if you would like to find out how you can get started with EOs!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

I want to be a Fan

Lately, I seem to be hearing the same message from God in sermons at church and in my devotionals.  And when a message comes to me from multiple angles, it is my cue to listen up! This is probably something I need to hear and take to heart.

I think in the church today we've become selfish and comfortable.  We are looking inward instead of outward.  We want church to minister to US.

But guess what?

As followers of Christ, we are not here for US.
We've already been given the greatest gift possible.

Our purpose is to share that gift.  
To communicate with others the love of Christ and all He did for us and them.

Why is it that we have no problem sharing a great recipe, or a new product, or a good book with others but we are reluctant to share Christ...the one thing that will benefit them eternally?

Randy Alcorn wrote in his devotional, Seeing the Unseen.....We tend to be passionate about things that don't matter, fanatics and fans about what won't last.  But we are afraid to look like fanatics for Jesus.  We seem determined to portion Jesus out in acceptable portions, unwilling to appear fools for Christ.

So I started thinking....what does a fanatic sports fan look like?

* They can't wait for their sport to come on
* They won't ever miss a game
* They wear their BEST team colors on game day
* They will give up sleep, comfort and time to stand in line to get tickets to see their favorite team
* they study the historic/present stats of that team and can spout ALL the facts, proudly, about them
* They support their team in good times and bad
* they don't care what others think of them being a fan of their team
* EVERYone knows they are a fan of their team
* they will discuss their team with ANYone who will listen, even those who won't
*their car, their house, even their office displays their support of their team
* they teach their children to love their team
* there is NO compromising or blending in with fans of another team

These are just a few I came up with. 
 I am sure you could come up with some more.

I am a follower (fan) of Christ.
As I look at that list, I want them to apply to me.
I no longer want to be afraid to look like a fanatic for Jesus.
How about you?

Thursday, June 26, 2014

3 short weeks

In just 3 short weeks.....

I will be celebrating 30 years with my best friend.... watching him officiate the wedding of my son.

So thankful today for my family.
That they each love God and walk with Him.
That we will be adding one more to the crazy fun that is The Bowyers!

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Just as I was getting my blogging mojo back.....

I am going to have to take a little break...ugh.

First, I am struggling from what I think is the onset of Carpal Tunnel and need to give my hands a break from all things typing.

But the main reason is that my next month is CRAZY....

*dear friends visiting from out of state
*my husband officiating THREE weddings, three weekends in a three different cities
*the final wedding being our son's!!
so lots of planning still going on!
*all while we are actively searching and interviewing for a job

definitely busy.

I would so appreciate your prayers!! 
I don't want all this to get in my way of staying close to God and being ready for whatever He has for me each day!

 I hope to be back in August, if not sooner!!!

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Pursue Peace...

Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.  I Peter 3:11

What does it mean to pursue peace?

Webster's definition of pursue:
: to follow and try to catch or capture (someone or something) for usually a long distance or time
: to try to get or do (something) over a period of time
: to be involved in (an activity)

It is active.  Which means it is continual.  It insinuates a long process, not a quick fix.

Have you ever thought about this in your relationships?  When someone has wronged you,  to what lengths have you gone to bring peace?  Do you shove it under the carpet, ignore it?  Do you try to prove they are wrong? Do you lash out with vengeance?  Do you pursue vindication? 

Or do you do what is necessary to bring peace....even if it means not getting to tell your side.

the word - peace - appears 429 times in the bible.  
Which tells me it is something that is important to God.

I heard a definition once of humility.....being willing to look like a failure in everyone's eyes but Gods.

I believe pursuing peace is very similar.....being willing to put my self and my desire for justice aside to bring peace to a situation, healing to a relationship, mercy and forgiveness to someone who might not deserve it, unity to the body of Christ.

Just some things I'm thinking on today.

Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace.  Colossians 3:15

Monday, June 2, 2014

Sweet Fellowship

I am a people person

So it is not a surprise to me that God will many times use people to encourage my heart. 

As we continue on our journey of waiting on God, we were blessed with a weekend of sweet fellowship with special friends at a lake house north of here.

It was so refreshing to be able to let our hair down, relax, laugh till we cried, play games, take in God's creation on a boat and sleep till 8:00am!

However, the most meaningful time for me was Sunday morning when we had church on their front porch.  Sitting with friends who love us, but love God more was truly a blessing.  Singing together, hearing from God's Word, praying together and then sharing communion together filled this weary heart to the brim.  

This morning I am still smiling as I recall the sweet memory.

And as one of my friends, whose husband has also lost his job, so beautifully said...

 " I tore the bread, offering it to my husband and as it was torn by Sara for me, and dipped in wine, I KNEW ALL was and WOULD BE WELL because it became even more evident that God who gave His Only Son for me, would He not with that gift, not freely give me ALL things that I need??!! O YES!"