Thursday, June 26, 2014

3 short weeks

In just 3 short weeks.....

I will be celebrating 30 years with my best friend....
 

...by 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 row..in 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...

 "...as 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!"


Friday, May 30, 2014

Oswald Chambers....

......If you don't have his devotion "My Utmost for His Highest" then you need to get it!  It is one of those timeless devotionals.  I have read it on and off since the 80s.

It is always good.
But some mornings, his words just penetrate more than others...like today.

"YES--BUT...!"

"Lord, I will follow you, but..." Luke 9:61

Suppose God tells you to do something that is an enormous test of your common sense, totally going against it.  What will you do?  Will you hold back? If you get into the habit of doing something physically, you will do it every time you are tested until you break the habit through sheer determination.  And the same is true spiritually.  Again and again you will come right up to what Jesus wants, but every time you will turn back at the true point of testing, until you are determined to abandon yourself to God in total surrender.  Yet we tend to say, "Yes, but--suppose I do obey God in this matter, what about...?" Or we say, "Yes, I will obey God if what He asks of me doesn't go against my common sense, but don't ask me to take a step in the dark."

Jesus Christ demands the same unrestrained, adventurous spirit in those who have placed their trust in Him that a natural man exhibits.  If a person is ever going to do anything worthwhile, there will be times when he must risk everything by his leap in the dark.  In the spiritual realm, Jesus Christ demands that you risk everything you hold on to or believe through common sense, and leap by faith into what he says.  Once you obey, you will immediately find that what he says is as solidly consistent as common sense. 

By the test of common sense, Jesus Christ's statements may seem mad, by when you test them by the trial of faith, your findings will fill your spirit with the awesome fact that they are the very words of God.  Trust completely in God, and when He brings you to a new opportunity of adventure, offering it to you, see that you take it.  We act like pagans in a crisis--only one out of an entire crowd is daring enough to invest his faith in the character of God.


....waiting on His next adventure!

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Encouraged

I love how God works!

I have always looked forward to Sundays, it's my favorite day of the week.  However, I have to admit that right now being able to be just a worshiper is really nice.  Not having to think about what needs to get done, what worker is sick,  am I short a volunteer.  Not having to keep my antennae up to who is struggling and needs a hug, to be constantly on alert to what is going on around me....well, it is a relief right now.  I do miss it...it's what God designed me for....but for now, it is refreshing and healing.

So walking into church on Sunday, I prayed that I would meet God there.  That I would be open to His Word and what He had to say to me and my heart. 

Though the pastor doesn't know it, his sermon was written just for me.....I love when God does that.  Well, except when it is a 2x4...but in this case it was just what I needed to hear to be encouraged!

We are listening to a sermon series on John and this week we were in chapter 9.  I was so impressed that right off the bat, Jesus shows his compassion for those he came to save.  

We leave chapter 8 with an angry crowd of Jews ready to stone Jesus for claiming to be who He is...God..Messiah.  We see that the stones are in their hands, ready to be thrown and somehow, supernaturally Jesus hides himself and slips away.

I think that if it were me in His shoes, my mind would be on getting OUT of the city.  I would probably be asking questions like.....why are they doing this?! They wanted to kill me!!  Why can't they see who I am?  My mind would most likely be focused solely on that situation.

But we read in chapter 9, verse 1 that as Jesus leaves, he sees a man, blind from birth and stops.  He doesn't think about the angry crowd not far behind.  He doesn't allow his circumstances to make him miss a moment or distract him from the reason he is there.

I love that about him and I want to be like that.  I don't want to allow my current circumstance to distract me from seeing why I am really here or where God is working around me. 

But what hit me the most from this chapter is the next several verses.
In verse 2, the disciples ask Jesus "who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?"

  They went from being servants to being judges in that moment.  They looked at the situation of the man and immediately assumed that someone had sinned to get him there.  How often do we do that?

These verses touched deep in my heart as I realized that that is one of my struggles right now.....will people (in the church and out) look at our situation and immediately assume that Steve and/or I did something wrong.  Will churches we are interviewing with look at the fact that we aren't employed and think "what did they do wrong.  He must not be a good leader"  Without asking questions, will they judge our situation and deem "someone has sinned".

Jesus' words to his disciples are so beautiful to me.
He doesn't get mad at them, he doesn't get exasperated with them..He simply states the facts....words I needed to hear...

Neither this man nor his parents sinned, said Jesus, but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him.

It's not about who sinned...neither he nor his parents did.

It is about God's glory and it being displayed through the situation.

Wow.  I have said this before about where we are.  That maybe it's not about us, maybe someone is watching to see how we walk through this that God needs to reach.  I don't know.  But seeing these words in scripture was beautiful and so encouraging.

I truly believe that God is and will use our situation for His glory.   And you know what?  Knowing that is enough.  It doesn't matter what others may or may not think, knowing Jesus is and can use our situation (if we let him) for his glory...

...is enough.





Thursday, May 22, 2014

Waiting....

....has not been my strong suit in the past.  But I am working on changing that.

My husband and I are still waiting to see what God has for us next.

And in this time of waiting, I am learning a lot about myself and how much God loves and knows me.

I'm learning patience and where it comes from.

 Andrew Murray says in his book Waiting on God...
it is resting in the Lord, in His will, His promise, His faithfulness, and His love, that makes patience easy.  He also says...
And if you sometimes feel as if patience is not your gift, then remember it is God's gift.

I love that last quote and I am finding the first one to be very true.  When I am resting in all God is in my life and what I know to be true of Him, it brings peace, patience, joy and even excitement.

I am learning that there is a difference between my waiting on God's blessing (a future job) and my waiting on GOD.  When I wait on God, I am concerned with only the present and I see more clearly what He has for me to do TODAY.  When I wait on His blessing, or in our situation - a job, I become  more occupied with what is coming than with God and I miss the blessing of joining Him today.
I don't want to miss ANYthing He has for me.

However, in my humanness there are days I begin to focus on my circumstances and what I can't control... which causes me to doubt, question the past and future and become anxious.

God knows this about me.

It is in these times, that the importance of being in His Word and spending time with Him daily is revealed.  On those days that I am struggling, He always guides me to scripture or a devotion that brings my focus back on Him and encourages my heart....every.single.time.

And when my focus is back on Him, He uses those scriptures to mold my heart more like His own.  That's when I am able to see my circumstances through His eyes and not my own.  I am able to rest in Him and patience comes easy.  And then I am able to see where He is working TODAY and join Him.

I am learning that these days of waiting are precious.
I don't want to waste a single one worrying about the future.

I am holding on to this quote by Andrew Murray..

Be assured that if God waits longer than you could wish, it is only to make the blessing doubly precious.