November 24, 2012

Thanksgiving 2012

I know I've shared this before but I'm going to share it again.  Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. I love this time of year. I'm just so blessed that often times it overwhelms me.

Thursday we spent Thanksgiving on the Mountain, my all time favorite place in the world, at my precious mother in laws. It was a wonderful day. Tony and I cooking together in the kitchen. Both of us growing older and aching together. I have to laugh at us. We are one of those "something" else couples. It takes years to create a couple like us. We are priceless. We create some of the sweetest moments in time and a delicious meal might I add.

After eating and cleaning up I ventured outside with my grandson Treyton. We went out into the woods. It was a such a beautiful day. I laid down on the ground, it wasn't cold as you would have expected, it was warm. The sun was basking down on us. The breeze was sweet and gentle. We learned about pine cones, green moss, and leaves. We talked, we hugged, we played. He enjoyed covering me with leaves and laughing as they fell all around my face. Simple joys. The greatest pleasures in my life. I turned over and looked up at the sky through the tree tops and praised my Lord. My heart cried with joyful thankfulness for that moment of heaven in His beautiful creation. How majestic He is. How powerful, loving, and kind. What better gift could a father give His children. The air so fresh, so crisp, so clear. Peace. Thank-You My Savior.

Friday we spent Thanksgiving at my mom and dad's. Everyone was in this year and it was great being together without being hurried or rushed. Sissy is home and there is a spirit of peace everywhere this season. The fellowship was amazing. Everyone came together and helped each other. We each cooked something or had a hand in preparing the feast that we were able to sit down and partake in.

The only sad part was that my dear sweet husband was running a fever and missed the festivities.

My mother took the honor of saying grace for us. I love to hear her pray. As I glanced around the kitchen yesterday and looked at each face that was gathered around the table, I was reminded of just how fleeting time is. We are all aging. We have all matured. We have all been through so much, together and apart. Through everything it's made us who we are and brought us closer.

After eating I walked outside with my dearest nephew Derron. What a lover boy he is. So tender hearted. I sat down in the driveway and he climbed in my lap. Once again enjoying one of the most beautiful days I've been blessed to experience. He held my face and he said, "I love you Mimi." Nothing in this world could compare to the love that filled me in that moment.

My boys. My answered prayers. God is so good to me.

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

November 19, 2012

All Is Well

This Monday was much better than the last. I passed my catheter assessment check off. One more down several more to go. Only a few more weeks. We have our final test and our final exams coming up after assessments. I am giving my all. Praying that I PASS! I'm not giving up! I've worked so hard. Father God. I trust IN You!

"Hope is the great stabilizer. It steadies us in times of fear and difficulty, not because we know that everything will turn out as we want, but because we know that God is trustworthy. Hope is what helps us stay on course regardless of circumstances." Those are wise words from Ann Spangler. I will stay on course regardless of circumstances. The Lord is my strength! I am His. I am not my own! Hallelujah. What a joy to be in His presence.

A blessing on the man who puts his trust in the LORD, with the LORD for his hope. He is like a tree by the waterside that thrusts its roots to the stream; when the heat comes it feels no alarm, its foliage stays green; it has no worries in a year of drought, and never ceases to bear fruit....Hope of Isreal, LORD! (Jeremiah 17:7-8,13)


The Bowman family is anchored in the Lord!

November 16, 2012

Landri, Praising God!

God is answering prayer! Hallelujah for His healing power! Jennifer and Jesse were told that a second pathology test was done on Landri's tumor and there will be NO RADIATION! What a blessed Thanksgiving this 2012. My God is a healer. My God is a redeemer! My God is God above all gods in this world. The One and Only. The Alpha and the Omega! Yahweh! Jehova! Elohim! My Savior! The Great I AM! Father God we give YOU all the praise, honor and glory in Jesus Christs sweet and precious name!

Mark 5:41 "Taking her by the hand He said to her, 'Talitha Kumi' which means "Little girl, I say to you ARISE!"

I love you Landri Dee!

November 14, 2012

Update on Landri

Message from Jennifer-Landri's mom.
"Landri has been really wanting the feeding tube out. Today she got it out, just not in the ideal way. It started gagging her and she threw up and it came up too. It looked like a long worm hanging out of her mouth. Poor baby :-( I told them they were NOT putting another one in! As you can see, it's out and Landri has nuggets and a milk shake from Chick Fila. Keep your prayers going up. She's working so hard. We all know Landri wants to walk and talk and do all the things she used to do and even more. She's going to be so much better at all of it. I can't say it little hero!! A parent's love never stops growing. I'm so, so proud of my Drayden too. He's been so mature during all of this. We miss him so much and he misses us just as much, but he has been such a trooper. I sure hope and believe Santa is going to be super awesome to him this year because he definitely deserves it PRAISE HIS HOLY NAME HE MAKES IT ALL POSSIBLE Thank you everyone ♥"

Thank-you all for keeping Landri in your prayers. I am so proud of her and her family. Our family is so strong and have really pulled together during this crisis. It's made us rethink every moment, every day and how we choose to live. God always brings greatness out of what satan means for harm. 

Mark 5:41 "Taking her by the hand her said to her, 
'talitha kumi,' 
which means, 'little girl, I say to you, arise.'"
And in Jesus' name she is doing just that!

November 12, 2012

Worst Day Ever!

Well, maybe not the WORST, but close to it. My time of the month came last night. I had clinicals early this morning and lab this afternoon. I got up at my usual Monday morning routine time of 4:30 am. I felt fine, took a hot shower which felt amazing. Was ready in plenty of time and arrived at my girlfriend's house 20 minutes early, so that I would have time to study for my catheter assessment today.  When I swapped vehicles to ride with Jen I forgot my cell and my catheter supplies. I had no idea.

I went on to clinicals and found myself so busy that I didn't realize I had bled all over myself. It was bad. I would have gone home but I had rode with Jen and there wasn't enough time to get me back to her to her house to get my car. So, another friend got me a change of clothes and I went on to lab. I had studied and was prepared, so I went first, I had borrowed supplies from the school to check off. When I went to check off my kit was missing needed items so I automatically got an unsatisfactory.

I could have cried. This was my second one for the semester. We are allowed twelve, so in all actuality I am faring well BUT it was just the point. I work very hard to be organized and keep everything together. I HAD my kit, if only I have driven myself.

Such a discouraging day. It was easy to think, "I'm never gonna make it through nursing school, why keep going? It's only going to get harder."

BUT, all thanks be to God and my precious hard praying husband I controlled my temper and my thoughts. I cast them down in Jesus name and He brought to my remembrance a testimony that my nursing teacher had us watch in the very beginning of school. I'm going to link it below so that you can watch it. Please take the time to watch it? You'll be glad you did. I learned so many things from it.

I learned that sometimes it depends on how bad you want something as to whether or not you'll ever get it. There are many things in life that you WILL have to fight for. There will be many obstacles, the question will be, are you a quitter or are you a fighter?

I have had so many obstacles. So many brick walls. So many bad days. So many horrible circumstances. And then I think, "SO?" Who do I think I am? Who is determining my future?

I am.

And I can do all things through my STRONG Savior! The only way this isn't happening is if I have given my all and it's not enough. I am not a quitter and I will not give up. I will press forward. I will march on. I will finish the race.

I don't have it as bad as others. I can't and won't feel sorry for myself. I will use my mistakes and learn from them.

If you need encouragement watch this.

There is always someone out there that has it worse than you do and they handled it differently. They chose to march forward. They chose to do the right thing. They didn't feel sorry for themselves. They didn't fuss and moan. No, Oh woah is me. They weren't selfish. They are the true inspiration, that if you set your mind to something, you can do it.

I will be a wife prized above rubies. I will be the best mother I can be. I will be the best daughter I can be, the best sister, aunt, cousin, friend, mentor, example, and one day I will look back and say the road was tough but I didn't give up and I am the BEST NURSE that I can be!

All glory be to God!

November 11, 2012

Senior Pictures for Sky

I cannot believe that I am taking my middle daughter to have her Senior pictures made. She is graduating 2013 at 17 years old. I am so proud of her. She will be in the school annual, we are ordering her class ring, and she will be testing very soon.

I cannot believe how fast time flies. It seems like yesterday that she was my baby girl. Those huge gaunt blue eyes. Mommy's girl. My hip baby. Out of my three girls she was the one who was most dependent on me. She'd rather be by my side then playing on her own. I can remember that my oldest daughter Heaven loved Barbies. She collected them. She took care of them. She saved them. I know that my youngest daughter Meadow loves the Littlest Pet Shops, she takes care of them, collects them and always plays with them.

But not my Sky. She always liked people better than toys. She never played alone. She hated being independent. She thrives when around others. She has always been this way. Often times it makes things harder for her because most of her friends aren't like this and they find her clingy. It's brought the two of us closer. She is so special to my heart. She confides in me. I let her. No judgment. Only direction. I share with her my heart as she shares with me hers and I pray that she makes the best decisions for her life. I pray that when she doesn't, she learns from her mistakes.

It wasn't always this way between us. She taught me so much about relationships, life and parenting. She showed me that not all children are alike. She taught me that I did not know everything and that I was not always right just because of my experiences.

I admire her.

The biggest things I want her to remember is that you never give up. You never quit. You just keep putting one foot in front of the other. Always be striving towards a goal. Enjoy life. Never focus on other people's opinions of you. Be an over comer. Forgive. Move on. Protect yourself. Believe in yourself. You can do anything through Christ who continually strengthens you. Without Him we are nothing. Never judge. Fight for other people's rights as you fight for you own. Love at all times.

She does all of these. I am one proud momma.

Congratulations Class of 2013!

November 8, 2012

Small Miracles equal HUGE Miracles

I guess it depends on how you look at it. To me, it's the small things that lead up to the BIG things. I've struggled so hard this semester of RN School. I've tried not to complain. I know how blessed I am to be where I am. God has answered my every prayer.

I had two tests this week and they were doosies. One of my classes, Physical Assessment, has test and Assessment check offs. The check offs count for the same percentage as the test so even though some of my test scores have been lower than I'd prefer my Assessments have been ROCKIN and totally pulled my test averages up. My second class, Fundamentals, has Assessments but those don't count as grades-only pass or fail. This class by all means is TOUGH. The toughest I've encountered yet. It's not a class of facts. It's not black and white. You make Assessments, you evaluate situations, there are several right answers and you choose the BEST one. No black and white. Lots of gray. I don't like situations that are gray. I think too much with my analytical mind. I make things harder than they really are.

Today was once again one of those make it or break it days. I asked my dear husband for special prayer. In taking the test I was sick to my stomach. After the test I had peace. I felt as though the test wasn't as hard as I had thought it would be and this actually is not a good sign in these situations. I needed at least an 80 to stay in the game. An 85 would have pulled me out of the red.

I got a 73.

I started to walk out. To walk away. Knowing this grade would be near impossible to pull up. I was so upset and frustrated. I was so thankful that the peace came and I had a good friend the Lord sent me to encourage me and plead with me to wait it out. After all, I do still have two more tests. I CAN pull this up. Why give up and never know? Stay and give it all you've got.

 So I stayed.

I done my afternoon check off and came home. Then I checked the board for my test scores. I was stunned. I'm not sure why. We had prayed and it surprised me that God answered? After all of our test are entered certain questions are thrown out if no one gets them right. When I checked my grade it went from a 73 to a 79.

Oh Hallelujah!

Let me tell you, those are shouting numbers! God moved on my behalf. Slow and steady wins the race. Devotion. Dedication. Faithfulness. Finishing the race. Nothing is more important than finishing the race. If there is one thing I have learned this semester it is to plant your feet, hang on, and not to let go until you have completed the task.

God spoke volumes to me in this. And it applies in ALL areas of my life. The most important one being my walk with Him. I am singing His sweet praises this day. I am blessed beyond measure.

November 7, 2012

The Day After

I'm so glad it's over. I have to admit that I am shocked at the results. I think that I would have been surprised by either turn out. This election was so close and people have acted so ugly. Especially Christians. It hurts my heart and disappoints me that we cannot control ourselves, nor our tongues to uphold an ounce of respect or to love those that are not like us.

One of my favorite stories comes from a Francine Rivers book called, "Silas". It is the story of Silas and Paul, not the most popular one that most everyone knows, but the one before Paul became a Christian. It was when Paul was Saul before the Lord had given him his new name. He hated Christians. He killed them. It still amazes me that in spite of those actions, specifically murder...murder, of those who believed on Jesus Christ, he was forgiven. Paul persecuted Christians and in one story in her book Saul came into the home where Silas was staying. They were beating and killing everyone because of their faith. Silas did not fight back. He prayed for the Lord to forgive the men. Saul noticed Silas's love for them EVEN THOUGH they were there to kill him. This stuck out in Saul's mind. He had mercy on Silas and spared him.

This instance of love, of obedience to God's word, spoke louder than any word or any war could have ever spoken. Today we are so busy accusing others, preaching down to others, as though we believe that somehow because of our faith that we are better than they are. Pointing fingers, calling out other people's sin as if we do not sin ourselves. We've become a hypocritical people. There are so few that still stand for what they SAY they believe.

I am ashamed to admit that I am one of them.

What the people of this world need to see is humility, humbleness and the POWER of God's LOVE. Loving the unlovable, the unthinkable, loving in hard situations, all situations. Having stronger faith. People actually OBEYING God's word. Remembering that God is in control. This election may have surprised me, but it did NOT surprise HIM.

Souls would be won if we were real. The world would be a different place if we were real. You simply can't claim to know God but live as your flesh desires.

I've had a real wake up call. I've been heading down the wrong path for far too long.

I am only one person, but I am the one person who is responsible for myself.

I make a choice this day.

I will follow.

I will obey.

I'm home Lord.

November 6, 2012

Voting Day

I just don't feel the love. The things that I dislike the most about politics are the lies and disrespect. I also loathe those that say they are voting for Christian principles. Really? I mean when is the last time there was truly someone leading our country that really had morals? Much less Christian principles. To me, when it comes to voting things need to come from a different perspective.

Freedom and rights. That is what America is suppose to be about. My freedom to be a Christian. Someone else's freedom not to. My Lord has never forced anyone to serve Him. He calls. He doesn't force.

I believe that being gay, according to the word of God is a sin. So is theft, murder, adultery, rape, lying, hating, gossiping, witchcraft, idolatry, gluttony. The list goes on and on and on. BUT as a Christian I do as my Jesus does me. I love the sinner and hate the sin. I believe in a person's right to be gay and have legal rights in America. They should not be treated as second class citizen's just because of my beliefs. This truly does remind me so much of slavery, inter-racial marriage, and the fact that color use to determine someone's rights.

I don't believe in abortion. I don't believe it should be legal. Yet as a Christian I completely understand that making abortion illegal is not going to stop abortion. Christians who so strongly oppose abortion should be DOING something. Loving those moms, not judging them. Witnessing to them, helping them, praying for them all in love. I do not believe in hate crimes. I'm sorry but that would mean that my faith is no different than any other. Jesus is love. If Christians truly loved the way Jesus did THEN and only THEN would people see a love they'd never experienced before.

Do I want my rights taken away in America? Do I want to lose my privilege to serve and worship my Lord and Savior? Do I want to lose my right to own and read His word? NO, I certainly do not. So then, I must fight for other's rights as well. I cannot ask to be given something that I feel I have the right to take from someone else.

This election is tough. I don't have a favorite candidate. BUT I can say for Christians to so blindly vote one way because they claim one man is a Christian is ridiculous. Mormonism is no different than Muslim ism. The lesser of two evils is still evil. A known enemy is safer than a wolf in sheeps clothing.

I want to say to vote because of what each candidate can do for America. Separate the church and the state. I don't want the government controlling my faith anyway. Yet, even so, my heart feels this election is a lose/lose situation.

I just can't stand to hear people claim that one is the Christian choice. So many are blindly led to the slaughter. Think for yourselves people!

And no matter how you vote, VOTE!