welcome & thanks SO MUCH!

This is just a quick post to welcome everyone who has recently started reading this blog!  I’m loving reading your comments, feedback & thoughts & am just BLOWN AWAY by your insights, kind words & depth.  There is lots of richness in my soul from your interaction & comments – thank you so much for reading, reflecting & taking the time to respond w your comments!  Thank you, thank you, thank you!!  You’re sharpening my walk w God & helping me to go deeper w Him.  I’m amazed, humbled & grateful!

I also twitter, if you’re into that (sarahbowling) & i’m on facebook if you dig that 🙂

Humbly, I say thank you

God is

I really dig my friends & i’m just rocked by God’s love that He expresses through these friendships.  i’m astounded at God’s patience w me as He helps me grow.  i’m astounded by God’s beauty expressed through the snow.  i’m astounded by Gods’ provisions that always find a way to meet me in all the places of need that i experience.  i’m astounded by God’s presence that i experience in a variety of ways, from flying on airplanes, to worshipping Him w my ipod, seeing Him through my kids & sensing His whisper to me in various conversations. 

contentment is in Him.

seek 1st God’s Kingdom & His righteousness

imported-photos-00018Ok, I’m speaking tomorrow night on Matt 6:33 – seek 1st God’s kingdom & His righteousness & all these things will be added to you.  The previous verses are when Jesus tells us not to worry.  So with that in mind, what do you think Jesus meant when He said to seek 1st the Kingdom AND God’s righteousness???  Please leave a comment – would enjoy getting your feedback! 🙂

limping to victory

One of my favorite stories in the Bible is when Jacob wrestled w the angel / God in Gen 32.  This interaction always captures my attention & I find myself thinking about this wrestling match several times throughout any given year.  I was talking w a friend today about what happened to Jacob after his wrestling match that left him w a limp: 

  • he was reconciled to his brother & father
  • he returned to his homeland
  • restored & ramped up his walk w God
  • transformed his name – character

Rightfully so, no one likes pain or hardship.  But with God, hardship & pain can really be used by Him for some quite spectacular results!  Consider – all things work together for good to those who love God & who are called according to His purposes.  Our goal is to love God & stay in the groove w His pruposes in our lives.

ambition & presumption

I think God gets blamed for alot of bad decisions, egos gone awry, human initiatives draped in religious verbage and other silliness.  This morning, I read about the Israelites deciding to try & conquer the Promised Land after their royal disaster w the 12 spies & their bad report.  In Deut 1:43, it says, “So I spoke to you; yet you would not listen, but rebelled against the command of the LORD, and presumptuously went up into the mountain.”  The Israelites presumed they could conquer the Promised Land even though God wasn’t w them & they were thoroughly routed.  They thought they were something that they were not.  Sometimes ambition without divine intervention can do that to us.  We can get pretty high on ourselves – all of that & a bag of chips! 

After getting knocked down several times, royally screwing up from time to time & often sticking my foot in my mouth, among many other humorous antics too numerous & embarassing to enumerate, I’ve come to the conclusion that it is enough for me to aim at knowing Christ, full stop.  It is my ambition, my life goal, to know Christ and to know Christ in the context of daily living.  I think that’s enough. 

What about you???  What are your ambitions???

full of love

i awakened this morning to have a rich experience w God’s love.  He expresses His love to us in many different ways & forms – consider the beauty of a sunrise, the glories of Spring & new life, the crisp morning air that wakens your senses (ears, nose, eyes) to His abundant creation – all expressions of His love for you.  How about this – God expresses the variations of His love for you in the contexts of various relationships you have: friendships, family, kids, parents, spouse, etc.  Even more cool than that, if you are missing any of these contexts (spouse, parent, etc), He still invites you to experience His love in this context through His Word & presence in your life.  I’m simply astounded by the immensity & intensity of God’s love.  I pray that you would experience just a small taste of His love for you through this blog to entice you to be still for more.  🙂

an idea to combat worry

i did a message Wed night on worry & it fit EXTREMELY well into what i’ve been going through lately.  To add onto it, i’ve also been studying Philip 4:6-8 where Paul talks about some good strategies to combat worry.  He starts off in vs 6 telling us not to be anxious but to offer our requests to God w prayer & supplication with thanksgiving.

Here’s my take away on this:  whatever we’re worried about, we need to take to God ALONG WITH at least one thanksgiving, something for which you’re thankful.  I think this is an interesting dynamic to keep the proper balance between requests & gratitude.  So all that being said, here are a few things I’m thankful to God for:

  • His grace – overwhelms my brokenness
  • His patience – again
  • His love – boundless & without condition
  • a fresh hair cut
  • nitrate free hot dogs
  • God’s invitations to me, throughout the day, to be with Him
  • His tenderness & willingness to help me grow
  • His immensity with gentleness

Got anything to be thankful for??? 🙂