Wednesday, December 30, 2015

2015 in a Word

2015 has been an amazing year for the Bowyers.
However, life has been a bit busy and overwhelming and I haven't found the time to write down my thoughts.  But, I felt I needed to follow up a post that I did last January.

In this post I wrote about picking one word for 2015 and scriptures to go along with it. After praying about it, the word I felt led to choose was TRUST.

For those that didn't know me then, my husband and I had just had a very tough 2014.  We found ourselves without a job and not having any clue where God would lead us next.  We were feeling pressure from others to just "find a job", change careers.  But we felt in our hearts God leading us to wait on Him...for HIS place for us.  

It was hard.

So, TRUST was the perfect word for me in 2015.

I started finding scriptures relating to trust and started memorizing them.  On nights when I thought fear and doubt would over take me, those scriptures were what kept me focused on Him and kept me holding on to the knowledge that He was in control and had a plan.

Steve and I obediently waited on God....not on His blessings.  We trusted what He spoke to our hearts.  We strove to look at each day and find where He was working.  We chose to be joyful.  And we chose to keep ministering to those He placed in our path.

We trusted and He proved faithful!

Most of you know that in March we accepted a pastorate in Arizona.

I can not begin to tell you how perfect this place is for us or how my heart feels after seeing Him care for us so completely, perfectly and abundantly. 

It is cool to look back and see that TRUST is the word He gave me and then to see how it perfectly describes my year.  

As I think about the word I will choose for 2016, I find myself continually coming back to the word GO

It may seem like a funny word to choose for a theme, however I feel God is calling me to go.....

...reach out to this community
....step out of my comfort zones relationships that will lead others to Him
....make disciples
....get trained to lead Precept upon Precept
...lead bible studies

So, I will be searching for scriptures that go along with the word GO....and I would love to hear from any of you that have ones you love.

2015 was a banner year for the Bowyers.  
Full of new beginnings, promises fulfilled, faith grown, TRUST deepened and all around pretty perfect.

I can't wait to see what God has for us in 2016....

....but I'm pretty sure it will involve "GOing"

Therefore, [as you go] make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. Matthew 28:19


Kimberly Hoyt said...

What a great post! I love how God used your word in your life this year, and can't wait to see what He does in 2016 with GO!

I have not chosen a word in the past, but have felt God urging me to focus on something in particular this coming year. So I am going to LISTEN! I want to learn to listen more closely to what God is teaching me, and I want to become a better listener to those around me. But what else might it entail?! We shall see! Or as they say here, Vamos a ver!

Cathy said...

God is so faithful when we just trust Him. Your testimony here just proves that. So awesome. Thank you for sharing. I am looking forward to hearing about where God will have you going in this next year. Praying God will make your path clear to you.

Angie said...

Oh, wow, Sara! I've missed a lot. I'll have to do a little catch-up reading. So thankful for the Lord's faithfulness and I completely understand what you said about trusting God and not His blessings. We've been there this year.

Looking forward to getting back to blog-land and seeing what the Lord will do in 2016.

Blessings to you and your family!
Happy New Year!

The Bug said...

This has been quite a year for you guys! This scripture might not exactly say GO, but it's one of my favorites & it sort of applies:

Why would you ever complain, O Jacob,
or, whine, Israel, saying,
“God has lost track of me.
He doesn’t care what happens to me”?
Don’t you know anything? Haven’t you been listening?
God doesn’t come and go. God lasts.
He’s Creator of all you can see or imagine.
He doesn’t get tired out, doesn’t pause to catch his breath.
And he knows everything, inside and out.
He energizes those who get tired,
gives fresh strength to dropouts.
For even young people tire and drop out,
young folk in their prime stumble and fall.
But those who wait upon God get fresh strength.
They spread their wings and soar like eagles,
They run and don’t get tired,
they walk and don’t lag behind.

Isaiah 40:27-31 The Message (MSG)