Wednesday, July 24, 2013

I Must Go On In Him

Today I was blessed with a rose, coffee and fresh fruit from my husband, Tim Horton's donuts, more coffee and hugs from dear friends and continuously I have been showered with love, care and encouragement from my children. There is life and love all around me. I am blessed and inspired; I must go on in Him, "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me." Philippians 4:13.

I solicit your prayers as I continue to heal physically and emotionally.  Even now, I rejoice in the Lord for he has been merciful unto me.  My pain has been light and the bleeding is manageable, though today I have been rather nauseous at times (see  I am comforted in knowing that this too shall pass.

As I rest today, I am prayerful and looking forward to that which the Lord has for me to do.  This weekend, July 26th and 27th we will still have Beds for Bowies Garage Sale and though there will be limited items due to my inability to complete all of my projects, I will still have a few items available on Saturday, July 27th, 11:00-1:00 for Beds for Bowies Home Decor Party (see  Please plan to join us, for these our last two fundraisers.  We will see this through in faith, for our goal is to finish well!

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Not My Will, But Thy Will Lord

The LORD will perfect that which concerneth me: thy mercy, O LORD, endureth for ever: forsake not the works of thine own hands. Psalm 138:8  It is with great sadness that I share that my pregnancy will end in a loss.  Yesterday morning I began to spot, later that afternoon I had an ultrasound which confirmed that I had begun the process of miscarriage. I will go through the process naturally as I am comforted by Lord and my family.

As I reflect on this short journey, I am so grateful for my relationship with the Lord who gives me wisdom, patience and peace.  Upon finding out about this pregnancy I was surprised and honored to be chosen. I am always in awe with God, his ways truly give me a clarity of his sovereignty and his grace.  Though I am sad and disappointed, I trust the Lord.  My life is in His hands, for He knows what's best for me...Not my will, but thy will Lord.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Baby Bowie #11...A Test Of Our Faith

It's been one week since I had my first visit to the doctor for "Baby Bowie #11" and though my hcg levels are low there has still been no sign of miscarriage.  I am grateful for my faith in God!  Last week when I first heard of the possibility of a miscarriage I was not shaken, but by the next morning I was saddened by the thought of losing such a gift from God.  I then began to prepare myself for a miscarriage, a D&C and recovery.  By Sunday morning, I was again sad, so I cried out to the Lord. He ministered to me, giving me wisdom and truth by presenting the facts to me:  you are having no sign of miscarriage currently and you are not alone, you have me through this pregnancy with you...unto the end which is yet to be seen. I accepted those truths in my heart and mind and I chose to rejoice and praise Him.

Walter and I are at peace with our decision to wait on the Lord; this is yet another test of our faith.  It is a fact that when one has a miscarriage they usually have low hcg levels and it is also a fact that God is our creator and he is the author of life and death.  We will not interfere with God's plan by submitting to any procedure before His will of such is evident.  We know the reality of miscarriage from previous experience as well as we know the reality of God's sovereignty and his favor from previous experience.  We are looking forward to another ultra sound on Monday and we are very hopeful that our baby is well.  Will you join us in prayer for a mentally, physically and spiritually healthy Baby Bowie? 

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Recreate, Repurpose, Renewed Home Decor and Home Furnishings

Eight months ago, I didn't think I'd be handcrafting home decor and renewing home furnishing again, but look at God.  As a result of our home fire and now our need for furniture and home decor, I began my journey of purchasing used, sturdy, solid wood pieces of furniture to renew (as seen below) and household items to recreate and repurpose. Handcrafting home decor was once a passion, so I am enjoying this opportunity to use my gifts and talents again to bless our family.

With the need to raise more funds for Beds for Bowies, I have decided to handcraft some items for resale.  I have been diligent to the task, below are items that are currently for sale.

On Saturday, July 27th, 11am -1 pm, I will host, Fruit of Her Hands Home Decor and Home Furnishings Party.  ALL the proceeds will go to Beds for Bowies.  Mark you calendar and come shop for your home or office.

Children are a Heritage of the Lord

I am so grateful to the Lord for His mercy and grace which he has showered upon our children during this season of our lives.  Through the fire I have seen Him draw them unto him intimately as I have watched them search their souls and yield unto Him in submission.  I have seen them wrestle with our situation at times along with the truth of His word to be our "provider".  I seen them grow as individuals, His children, our gifts.  I am so grateful for the privilege to be their mother, each and everyone of them.

Our children are our heritage; God's children given to us by birth, gifts from Him.  I have received each one as a gift for I know that it is a privilege to be chosen by Him to bear and train them unto Him.  From conception I acknowledge His goodness to have selected me out of the many to nurture each one.  As with any heritage, the intent of the gift was for it be treasured, cared for on purpose, with much responsibility.  This is why it saddens me to loose one before I have the opportunity to fulfill my purpose, to play my role as mommy.

Not my will, but thine O Lord", is my thought right now as three weeks ago I found out that I was pregnant and after a visit to my doctor, I have found that my pregnancy may not be viable.  I have had two blood test which indicate a drop in my hcg levels which occurs when one miscarries, to date I have had no sign of a miscarriage.  I have another ultra sound scheduled for Monday and so in faith...and hope... and uncertainty, I trust in the Lord.  For His will is what I desire for me, for us.

And as I go through this time of not knowing what will become of my little glimpse of life in my womb, I look at our children and I say thank you Lord.

Thank for blessing with us with such a heritage as this.  Some inherit houses and land, but for us, O Lord, you have chosen us for a greater heritage, one that may live eternally, thank you God!

Please pray for our family, for our strength and our joy to be abundant in Him, thank you!

God is Faithful to Bring it to Past

Beds for Bowies Walk-a-thon was truly a success!  Let me explain what I mean by "success".  God's will was done; He did what he set out to do...provide!.   When I prayed about our bedding situation God answered me with wisdom and instruction.  He gave it to me piece.  Please know that this was not a clear road map, but instead He gave a bit a time.  As I spoke about that which He laid upon my heart, He gave me a bit more.  Now, be mindful that as I received it, though I spoke it I did not necessarily have confidence about it, but I did choose to walk in faith.  You may recall from previous blog posts that I was concerned about the number of walkers and prayer warriors or lack there of.  I had a totally different idea of success; all the more reason to trust the Lord and that which he leads you to do.

Well, I am so glad to say our God does that which He wills.  I asked for provisions and he gave me a vision and instruction for those provisions, my job was to obey.  On Saturday, July, 13th, as planned we met with others at our home for prayer.  We were able to join hands across the front of our home, yeah!!! We laid our petitions before the Lord and gave Him praise for his many blessings. At Beds for Bowies Walk-a-thon we had a total of 24 walkers, including children and we had 4 volunteers.  We collected enough money to meet our first goal which is to purchase a mattress for each one of us, thank you Lord!    It was such a day of peace and sweet fellowship...God was present.

I am in awe with God!  He has been so gracious to speak to me with wisdom and clarity AND He was faithful to bring it to past.  I can't express how humbled I am by His goodness. He spoke to my heart and I had the pleasure of seeing and experiencing His will, his purpose, his provisions unfold.

We still have some fundraising to do to meet our final goal of purchasing beds for the boys, that's 8 maybe 9 beds (see my recent post: If you pledged to sponsor one of us for the walk-a-thon and have not yet given us your funds or if you would like to make a donation you can do so on this blog using the Bowie Fire Fund "DONATE" button located in the right hand corner at the top of the page.

We are faithful and will complete this journey by having two more fundraisers.  On July 26th and July 27th we will have a Beds for Bowies Garage Sale.  We are in need of  your unwanted household items, tools etc. (no clothing).  And on July 27th, 11:00-1:00, we will have a Beds for Bowies Home Decor Party consisting of handcrafted and renewed home decor and furniture by Fruit of Her Hands. ALL the proceeds will go directly to Beds for Bowies. Please pray for us as we continue to trust in Him.

Friday, July 12, 2013

Experience God WIth Us!

Have you ever experienced the power of prayer?  A time when you were praying and you felt His presence or maybe a time when you were joined with another in prayer and you felt a peace come over you with regards to your petition.  We are expecting to meet God tomorrow at our home as we gather together for prayer over our home and our family.

I am faithful that God will be present and He will bless us with his goodness.  I believe that all who gather with us will blessed because no one can be in the presence of the one true God and not be blessed by Him.  Will you come and experience God with us?  Join us in a blessing of our home and of our family.

We covet your presences and your prayers.  There is nothing like coming together with the body of Christ for prayer, what a powerful time it is!  My hope is that will we be able to litereally "circle" our home and pray together and give God praise.  Will you join us tomorrow morning at 8:00 a.m. at our home?

If you are unable to be there in body, will you commit to being there in spirit and set your alarms and begin to pray with us at 8:15 a.m. that is our goal, that ones will be praying for God's will, his blessing upon the Bowie family, collectively.  There is power in prayer!

"For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them", Matthew 18:20

There's No Place Like Home

When you've been away for an extended time, even for a wonderful vacation, there is nothing like coming back home to your own space, to your own bed.  With the recent construction progress on our home, I can see the reality of us returning home soon and I am looking forward to it. 

We look forward to various aspects of being home, but we all agree that it will be nice to return home to what will be our own bed just as we would if we'd been away for any other occasion, "there's no place like home".

Will you help each of us return home to a comfortable bed, one with a comfortable mattress?  Beds for Bowies Walk-a-thon is in less than 24 hours and we are still in need of sponsors and  walkers, will you join us? To give financially use the "donate" button to the right of this page (located at the top). Your support is very important to us, however you feel lead, please join us.

We need your presence as much as we need your financial and prayer support.  To hold ones hands to form a circle of prayer around our home and our family and to see ones faces as we walk the mile path at Lazelle Woods Park will be a blessing and an expression of God's love to us.  Please, come and embrace us on this leg of our journey through the fire.

Beds for Bowies Walk-a-thon
Saturday, July 13, 2013
Prayer for the Bowie Home 8:00 a.m.
Walk-a-thon 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Lazelle Woods Park
Lazelle Rd., between Worthington Galena Rd. and Sancus Blvd.

Monday, July 8, 2013

The Power of Prayer

Many of you have been praying for us and the rebuilding of our home.  I am praising the Lord; currently our home is under construction.  Yes, work is being done!  The foundation has been repaired and the new foundation for the expansion is built.  Last week they starting framing, yeah!  Prayer changes things.  When the Lord gave me the plan for Beds for Bowies Walk-a-thon, he also gave me a vision of ones surrounding our home for corporate prayer.

We will have that corporate prayer on July 13, 2013 at 8:00 a.m. at our home as it is under construction.  We will pray for continued progress with no costly delays, safety for the construction workers and that the hands of those building our home would be blessed by the Lord.  We will also pray for each of us, Bowies, that we will be anxious for nothing, but instead trust the Lord for wisdom, patience and peace.  We ask that the Lord give Walter and I insight and discernment as things progress that we make wise decisions as the need arises and that we look to God to continue to be our strength and our provider.  Will you join us?

We need you, each of you in spirit and indeed!  The goal is to surround our home;  that will take a lot of prayer warriors. Oh, the power of prayer; can you imagine the impact!  Where two or more are gathered...God is sure to hear our prayers and I am faithful He will answer them.  If you are unable to attend please join us in spirit that morning.  If you are interested in joining our prayer circle, please contact us for more details.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Beds for Bowies Walk-a-thon, Are You In?

It's July and time is getting nearer, are you walking with us for Beds for Bowies Walk-a-thon?  We need you!  Each of us have been diligently seeking sponsors.  It blesses my heart so to see our children humbly embrace this event. Each one is faithfully explaining to friends and family the purpose for this event as they seek support. Our ten year old has committed to walking the whole ten miles, one mile for each of us! What a blessing it will be when we return home and they rest upon their beds knowing that by faith we were blessed by God and the body of Christ.

Come join us in the walk!  You can walk 1 mile, 10 miles or anything in between.  How is the Lord leading you?  Contact us and we will send you this form so you can choose which Bowie(s) you are walking on behalf of and start getting sponsors and collecting donations.  Thank you for your support!

Beds for Bowies Walk-a-thon
Saturday, July 13, 2013 9:00 a.m.
Lazelle Woods Park
(located on Lazelle Rd. between Worthington Galena Rd. and Sancus Blvd.)

Participants name:_____________________________________________________________________

Dear Sponsor,

I am participating in Beds for Bowies Walk-a-thon.  All proceeds from this walk-a-thon will be used to purchase beds for the Bowie family of 10 who lost 2/3 of the contents of their home to a house fire.  I will be walking ______________ miles, 1 mile for each of the family members named noted below for a total of ____________ miles.  Thank you!

Bowie family members:
_____   Walter
_____   Michele
_____   Elijah
_____   Kelaiah
_____   Nehemiah
_____   Micah
_____   Isaiah
_____   Zechariah
_____   Ezekiel
_____   Malachi

Name of Sponsor
Pledge per mile
Maximum pledge
Total amount collected from Sponsor














*Make checks payable to Walter Bowie Fire Fund

Participants:  Our hope is that each participant will find 10 sponsors.  Please bring this form and your donations with you to the walk-a-thon. Thank you  again, for your support!