My plan, as a young adult was to have 2 children and then I accepted Jesus as my personal saviour and Lord. Twenty-two years and ten children later, I am amazed that I am the mother of so many "wonderfully made" people. Though they are all Bowies, they are obviously individuals, created in His image, what a task for Walter and I to train each one unto the Lord. We are so inadequate in and of ourselves. How do we do it Lord? How do we show each one love...sharpen each ones character...pray for each one...daily?
All things are possible with God! I seek Him continuously regarding each and everyone of our gifts, MiKyle, Elijah, Kelaiah, Nehemiah, Micah, Isaiah, Zechariah, Ezekiel, Zephaniah and Malachi. I take my responsibility and my privilege of training our children very seriously. As a mother I have the task of nurturing each one from infancy. To nurture one is to know one and to know one is to spend time with one, individually as well as collectively and provide them with sustenance, spiritual, mental and physical sustenance. What a great task with three generations of children. I often have to remind myself...all things are possible with God.
Over the years I have learned how to group ones and how to invite ones individually into my "throne of grace", that place where they receive attention and love and my 'throne of instruction and discipline", that place where they receive wise counsel and rebuke. Again, all things are possible with God, O how I trust Him. Often times I am unsure if these encounters are effective, but I find peace in knowing I am in constant communion with God on their behalf.
This week I had the privilege of seeing a few of our young adults takes steps of responsibility and a couple of my younger children taking steps of responsibility; each one excepting their season of life and learning that with privileges comes responsibility. I am in awe; in the midst of each of those situations was God...wooing with the Holy Spirit, convicting, affirming...ministering to our children and I had the privilege of experiencing it with them. What a privilege and an honor! It is times like these that I am inspired to press on.
As a mother, each day brings about its challenges, situations that stretch me and lead me to God for wisdom, joy and peace for this is not an easy task. But, I must say it is a rewarding task. I am a better person, a better servant of God all because I was chosen to be the mother of each of these Bowie children for they sharpen me and I am committed to not be weary in well doing, but instead to take up my cross daily and follow Him and be the best Mommy, Mom, Momma, I can be!