Changes are coming to the Bowyer house.
Some of which we knew and have been preparing for.....others have taken us by surprise.
We are going to be empty nesters in the fall.
We have worked and prepared for 23 years to raise our kids to be independent and capable of taking off on their own......and now the last one will leave and start a new season in his life! It is bittersweet for sure. It's what we worked hard for.
My kids have grown into amazing, godly young adults and it is exciting to see them spread their wings and find their own way! But for TWENTY THREE years my role has been....mom. Now, I realize that I will always be their mom, but the role changes from teacher to supporter. And with that change comes time and space.
Time for something else God has for me.
Space for God to fill with something new.
I have been praying for many months that God would give me a PASSION for what He has next in my life. And as I prayed, He began to build in me the desire to foster.
That's what I said the first time He laid it on my heart...
wait Lord, I am just now getting my "freedom" and you want me to bring more children in my house?
Lord, I am 52 years old......would I have the stamina?
Lord, what will Steve say?
Yet, I could not let go of the idea. And each day I prayed, God brought scripture after scripture to answer each of my questions........excitement from my kids and agreement from Steve......sermon after sermon to confirm what I already knew........I needed to be obedient and take the first step.
BIG change is coming to the Bowyer house.
We have started the process to be respite care for foster families. That means that we will be a house that foster families can leave their kids when they need to go out of town or just need a break. I am SO excited to see how this will play out and also VERY nervous at the same time.
But, one thing I know for sure......if God is calling us, we need to be obedient. And in that obedience, He will bless it and our efforts.
Please be praying for us as we start this process. In Arkansas, it can take from 3 months to a year to be certified. Pray that we would listen and hear God each step of the way! And that we would be able to be His hands and feet to these precious children caught in a storm they had no control over.
Changes....yep, they're coming!
I love that.