Sarah

Sarah Bowling is on a mission to make an eternal difference in today’s world. She is the founder of Saving Moses, a humanitarian organization saving babies (5 & under) every day by meeting the most urgent and intense survival needs where helps is least available. Saving Moses provides therapeutic milk in Central Africa, offers community education around safe birthing practices in Central Asia, and provides NightCare to the babies of sex workers in Southeast Asia. As a Bible teacher, international speaker, author, and pastor, Sarah’s love for the Bible was birthed at an early age by her parents, Wallace and Marilyn Hickey. Her mother has been teaching the Bible on television for more than 30 years; together they co-host a daily television program which reaches a potential audience of 2.2 billion households worldwide. Sarah and her husband Reece have three children, and are Senior Pastors of Encounter Church in Centennial, Colorado. Sarah has taught, traveled, and ministered in over 40 countries at Bible Encounters, International Healing Meetings, Women’s Conferences, Ministry Tours, and Pastors’ and Leaders’ Conferences. She holds the following degrees: Bachelor of Arts in German from Oral Roberts University, and Master of Arts in Modern History from the University of Missouri.
Sarah Bowling is on a mission to make an eternal difference in today’s world. She is the founder of Saving Moses, a humanitarian organization saving babies (5 & under) every day by meeting the most urgent and intense survival needs where helps is least available. Saving Moses provides therapeutic milk in Central Africa, offers community education around safe birthing practices in Central Asia, and provides NightCare to the babies of sex workers in Southeast Asia. As a Bible teacher, international speaker, author, and pastor, Sarah’s love for the Bible was birthed at an early age by her parents, Wallace and Marilyn Hickey. Her mother has been teaching the Bible on television for more than 30 years; together they co-host a daily television program which reaches a potential audience of 2.2 billion households worldwide. Sarah and her husband Reece have three children, and are Senior Pastors of Encounter Church in Centennial, Colorado. Sarah has taught, traveled, and ministered in over 40 countries at Bible Encounters, International Healing Meetings, Women’s Conferences, Ministry Tours, and Pastors’ and Leaders’ Conferences. She holds the following degrees: Bachelor of Arts in German from Oral Roberts University, and Master of Arts in Modern History from the University of Missouri.

what’s the opposite of love???

 I’ve been thinking about love & its various expressions as they relate to different relationships (kids, parents, mates, friends, etc).  In my thinking, I’ve also been considering not only what love is, but also what love is not & here are some take aways I’ve been considering.  Love is not:

  • selfish – hence my tweet from a few days ago about love making decisions in the best interests of the recipient & not merely the giver of love
  • inconsistent – love is stable & as such, doesn’t merely function in the realm of feelings
  • hateful, malicious, evil, cruel or sadistic
  • apathetic – this word comes from the greek meaning to lack feeling or passion (a-pathy).  Perhaps indifference is more deadly than guns, bombs  & knives
  • egocentric or prideful – maybe these would be synonyms with selfish

These are some interesting observations, but what is more important than observation is application.  I know that I want to love well & authentically, but I get frustrated with myself because I fail.  It is exactly these frustrations, among other things, that cause me to turn to God because God is love.  I turn to God to live in a deeper relationship with Him so that He can love others more authentically through me.

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giant killing strategies

 I read this morning in 2 Sam 21 about the 4 sons of a Philistine giant – some of them were quite fierce.  One of them had 24 fingers & toes (6 on each hand).  Nevertheless, David’s men killed these giants, all members of the same family.  I haven’t read anywhere in the Bible about people killing giants, other than David & Goliath in 1 Sam.  Here are some of the take aways I noted when facing giants:

  • get around other giant killers – they’ll rub off on you 🙂
  • don’t let their size intimidate you – they probably move slowly & may not be very bright
  • giants often have alot of hot air (the devil goes around as a roaring lion)
  • only one place does it describe how anyone killed a giant & that was with David & Goliath;  method isn’t as important as results
  • be on the right side regardless of how things may appear to your eyes or thoughts – the giants were losers when they were confronted by David’s men
All of us have giants in our lives (jobs, families, employers, school, teachers, co-workers, relationships, emotional struggles, health challenges, etc).  I pray that you will intimidate these giants more than you’re intimidated by them.  Indeed, Jesus causes us to triumph in all things 🙂
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Soul Enemy

If there was an enemy to my soul (and I firmly believe that there is), what would be the methods he would use to sabotage my relationship with God? Here are some things he has tried to use on me:
*camouflage: blending into the culture around me to disguise himself as something normally acceptable, all the while attacking my identity, purpose & trust in God
*weakspots: looking for weaknesses that I have. These are different for everyone, but could be areas related to emotions, pride, relationships, forgiveness, independence and others
*persistence: the continual attack & ongoing waves of the negative
*distraction: getting me to focus on things that may seem important or big, but in the larger perspective are really quite irrelevant
*communication: trying to get me to listen to the enemy’s voice by making it seem similar to God’s voice, but off just a smidgen

These are a few enemy tactics that he may try to use in you as well. I pray that we remain in Jesus’ light & life to stay far removed from the enemy’s efforts, under the protecting wings of the Almighty 🙂

The enemy will not see you vanish into God’s company without an effort to reclaim you-CSLewis

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overwhelmed

 One of my first experiences with swimming in the ocean was when I was about 9 yrs old.  I was really enjoying the sand & the waves but when I tried to go deeper one of the waves up-ended me & jammed me into the sand.  It was a really painful experience because I was slammed down on my head, spitting out sand, sea water with burning eyes & my sinuses were overloaded with sea water.  I was thoroughly discombobulated.

I’ve had a few repeats with this kind of overwhelming experience and sometimes, there can be things in our life that can be like my 1st ocean swimming experience – a physical challenge that is overwhelming, or a financial need that slams us into impossible situation, or a family / relational crisis that leaves us discombobulated.  I want to encourage you today that when we hold onto Jesus, He can help us through anything overwhelming.  Consider how my dad helped me with learning to swim in the ocean without getting hurt:

After my wave slamming, overwhelming, discombobulating & ocean swimming experience, I ran to my parents on the beach & they checked me over to see if I was seriously injured.  They saw that I wasn’t, but my dad noted that I was pretty scared to go back & try the swimming thing again & he didn’t want me to live with this fear.  So he took my hand & we slowly walked back into the ocean with the waves coming one after another & I remember being scared but holding onto my dad, super tight.  He was very calming, encouraging & super sturdy.  When a wave might have been too strong for me, I’d grab onto my dad & I knew that I wouldn’t get dumped again because he was so strong.  He coached me on how to walk into the ocean & to time my progress so that the waves wouldn’t be able to pick me up dump me.  Consequently, because of his help, one of my favorite places to swim now is in the ocean.

I’m not overwhelmed by the ocean because I held onto my dad & he taught me to not be afraid, to be strong & to work on my timing.  The same is true with our heavenly Father.  Perhaps this is what the Psalmist is talking about is Ps 42:7-8, “Deep calls to deep at the sound of Your waterfalls; all Your breakers & Your waves have rolled over me.  The Lord will command His lovingkindness in the daytime; and His song will be with me in the night, a prayer to the God of my life.”

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some advice for job interviews :)

 For various reasons, I get to be part of job interviews from time to time.  I was expressing some of my advice to my kids last night at dinner about some important things to do & not do, when interviewing for a job so I thought I’d pass along a few of these ideas.  You are, of course, welcome to disagree, comment & make adjustments with these ideas, but I thought I’d throw out a few thoughts:

  • you only get one opportunity to make a 1st impression, so be intentional about what impression you want to make on people (clothing, resume, intelligent, professional, helpful, etc)
  • be confident but not cocky – present yourself as a person who wants to add value & solve problems
  • if you interview by skype, look at the person on the screen as if you’re having a conversation because you are 🙂  If you fidget, look away, take phone calls, etc this makes the person doing the interview feel like you’re not interested
  • don’t be on time, be early, only if you want to seriously be considered for the job
  • research the company for whom you’re applying – this tells them that you want to work there;  find out what is important to the company
  • if possible, be prepared with samples of your work related to the job interview or with a plan of how you have thought about doing the job for which you’re interviewing
  • pray – everyone needs some divine help 🙂
Just a few ideas 🙂
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i love summer fruit :)

 I totally love the fruits that we get during the Summer – I love peaches, strawberries, cherries, rhubarb, apricots, figs, blueberries, . . . . I LOVE these fruits!!  I love to use them in pies, tortes, grilled, fresh, with cream, . . . . .  There have even been a few occasions when I’ve eaten so many of these that I’ve gotten sick :/  Nevertheless, Summer fruits are delicious!!  These are season fruits that can be harvested in the Summer.  So I try to eat as many of them as I can while they’re available.

But I also think about these fruits in relation to the fruits of the Holy Spirit that Paul discusses in Galatians 5 – fruits like patience, love, peace, self-control, joy, gentleness, goodness, kindness and faithfulness.  I LOVE it when I have these fruits in my life – seems like life is more enjoyable & effective.  But here’s my challenge, I’ve tried to make myself be patient & boy was that a disaster!  I’ve tried to be more loving, only to find myself venting on someone who was undeserving of such wrath.  I’ve tried to be gentle, only to find myself bumbling through emotional land mines.  I’ve come to this conclusion – these things are the fruit of the SPIRIT, not the fruit of Sarah.  With this flash of brilliance, my main objective now, is to live increasingly sensitive to the Holy Spirit.  You see, the more I’m around the Holy Spirit, the more these consequences / fruits become observable in my life and the Fruit of the Spirit far surpasses any peach, strawberry, cherry, rhubarb, blueberry, apricot or fig ,)

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faith fuel

 Honestly, I’ve been thinking about this blog for a few days because I’m wanting to encourage you & your faith in God.  I think we all need encouragement to our faith at various times.  For example, today I was running some errands & talking with God about some struggles that I’m wrestling with & I was just expressing some honest discouragement to Him.  You, as well, might be able to find an area in your life that has some discouragement – maybe even more than 1 ,)

Anyways, I felt like God encouraged me that walking with and obeying Him require faith.  In my “better moments”, my faith is solid & I’m confident in God.  But I don’t always have, “better moments.”  So for those “non-better moments”, here are a few verses to consider praying each day for the next month to strengthen your faith & fuel those “better moments”:

  • 2 Chron 16:9 “For the eyes of the LORD move to and fro throughout the earth that He may strongly support those whose heart is completely His.
  • Matt 19:26  And looking at them Jesus said to them, ” With people this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”
  • 2 Cor 3:5-6 Not that we are adequate in ourselves to consider anything as coming from ourselves, but our adequacy is from God, 6 who also made us adequate as  servants of a new covenant,
  • 2 Chron 20:12,  For we are powerless before this great multitude who are coming against us; nor do we know what to do, but our eyes are on You.”
  • Rom 8:28,  And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose

Be encouraged my friend – God is working in you, as well as on your behalf 🙂

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Car Maintence

The first car I owned, I worked & saved for 2 years to buy it when I was a teenager. I was really proud of my burnt orange 2 door VW rabbit, but I had no idea what I needed to do for the maintenance on it. Consequently, I never changed the oil on it & did no upkeep on it for 2 years. I knew about keeping gas in it, but nothing more than that.
Presently, I’m sitting in a car maintenance shop & waiting for them to change the oil. I’m also thinking about all the maintenance things I’ve learned, mostly by mistakes: tires, alignment, clutch & pressure plates, spark plugs, etc
Maybe life & our relationship w Jesus is a bit like car maintenance – fuel (salvation) is a basic essential, but for best results, it’s imperative to keep our relationship w Jesus fresh, the oil changed regularly, proper alignment so we dont wear out the tires prematurely & more. Better than that, maybe Jesus would like to use us for love, repairs, restoration & redemption. Just a few things to think about ,)

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experiments with love #1

I’ve been thinking about love alot lately, so I’ve tried to take a genuine look at what God says about what love & is not in 1Cor 13:4-8.  Basically, Paul breaks down love into 2 categories:  what love is & does versus what love is not.

Simply put, love is / does not: jealous, arrogant, brag, act unbecomingly, provoked, self-serving, rejoice w unrighteousness or keep track of wrongs.

Furthermore, love is / does:  patient, kind, rejoice w truth, bears all, believes all, hopes all, endures all & never fails.

Maybe this break down is easily scanned, but here’s an experiment for you to try in relation to loving God, others & yourself:

Take the above lists of love is & love is not & slowly think through each description as you relate the word to your relationship between you and God.  So for example, when I think about loving God, I’m not jealous of God, I don’t want to be arrogant with him nor would I be expressing genuine love to Him when I boast to Him.  Additionally, when I love God I don’t behave unbecomingly with Him nor do I want to provoke Him.  Here’s the tricky one for me – as I love God, I don’t want to only relate to Him for what I can get out of Him (self-serving).  On the positive side, when I love God, I’m patient & kind with Him.  I also rejoice when truth is done because I know that He is on the side of truth.  When I love God, I bear all things with Him, believe the best with Him, endure with Him when I don’t understand or agree and always keep my hope in Him.

When I do this exercise slowly, maintaining my attention to loving God with these individual descriptions, I’m extremely amazed with this experience.  Give it a try & let me know what you think 🙂

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growing part 1: light exposes lies

I had an interesting experience in a conversation with a friend a few days ago as we were talking about various challenges in our lives.  In the discussion,  I opened up and shared some frustrations & struggles that have been on my heart, which may seem fairly harmless.  After the conversation as I was walking to my car, I felt a bit of a gentle scolding in my heart from God.  Some of His loving rebuke challenged me that sometimes I can be whiney: complaining about what isn’t going well, “venting” with my frustrations, etc.  Even worse, I can get into a pity party & swallow the lie that I’m a loser.  I think we can all fall into this trap from time to time.

I’m extremely confident that God was confronting & challenging me to change in His loving rebuke because the next morning, my Bible reading time just happened to be in Josh 1, where God commands Joshua 3 times to be strong & courageous.  Furthermore, I also read Ps 103:1-5 where David beautifully magnifies the work of God in our individual lives. 

So here are my take-aways (and perhaps they will encourage you as well): 

  • just because the evil one serves me a plate of discouragement doesn’t mean that I automatically pick up a fork & start ingesting his poisonous delicacies masquerading as a chummy conversation;
  • be strong & courageous:  may my ears & eyes be sensitive to hear & see God moving in my life (vertical focus) more than how I feel or what I see & hear on the horizontal plane; 
  • Be strong & courageous is a command from God & it obliterates my self-pity dribble

Perhaps on this Resurrection Weekend it would be constructive to celebrate the death of the “loser lie”.  Indeed, when they crucified Jesus, many thought He was one of the world’s biggest losers, but He came back & annhilated the “loser lie.”  So my friend, let me invite you to join me in receiving His lluminating imperative to be strong & courageous to evaporate any discouragement, deceptions & lies in our lives 🙂

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