Monday, January 30, 2012

I know you've been waiting...

I am so very sorry my blog has been so depressing lately...

To end that for a long time here is a very good synopsis of my should be very honored, because besides my classmates and a couple of friends, you are the first to read this!

"I never thought that the worst day in my life, would turn out to change my life forever. And I don’t just mean the next couple weeks, I mean the rest of my life, probably until I die. You are probably wondering how one day, except for the day you become a Christian, can change your life forever. But this one really did. To understand this story completely, we need to start at the very beginning. My brother, Carter, was coming home for a month long break from his mission work in Kenya, through the IMB. I was thrilled to say the least.
“‘It’s been a year of no big-brother coffee talk time, yes, I am very excited!” I thought to myself and about ten steps later I could see his terminal coming into sight. As soon as his spiky brown hair and blue eyes came into view, I bolted across the room and into his arms; his strong, welcoming, comforting arms. I stood speechless for a few seconds as my parents came to join our hug.’”
However, it turns out, two weeks into his trip, something happened I would have never imagined.
““Its...Chrissy, watch out!” he shouted, I tensed up as Carter leaned over and guarded my body, all I saw was another car coming quickly towards mine... Then all I heard was the death piercing sound of another car crashing into the side of my car, and we spun in doughnuts as the other car hit us once again. The passenger side of my car and the whole front of the car was completely crushed, trapping Carter’s legs from moving, but I was untouched.”
Many people, at this point, would think that this is the end of the story. We got in a car wreck he got better and life went back to normal. But no. How could that change your life? I didn’t think it could, but this can.
““I want you to go to Kenya and help Rob and Amber with that project I was supposed to start, and stay for six weeks.” I was shocked.
“What?” I asked, I knew I had asked him what I could do for him, but this was not what I had imagined he would ask me to do.
“I want you to go to Africa for six weeks.”
“But you asked me what you could do for me, and since I can’t go back for at least a few months, I want you to go in my place.” I took a deep breath, finally grasping what he wanted me to do and said, “I’ll do it, but just for you.””
So, two weeks later, I left for Kenya for six weeks, though much against my will. I really couldn’t see how a six week trip to a foreign country would be good for a seventeen year old. Good thing God had it in His plan. Because, some pretty incredible things happened on that trip. God pretty much changed me forever. He broke my heart to pieces. He made me love lots of little children. He had me see some devastating things. He made me love a people I could have never imagined loving. And make some very hard decisions. But thankfully, the young lady who stands with you today is not the same girl who went on a six week trip to Kenya. But if you really want to see every little detail, you’ll have to read the book that tells it all.
And I’m proud to tell you that it’s called, “Journey of the Heart,” by me, Bailey Bowers. The end."
Hehe. I'm so proud. Like so stinkin' proud. Oh and something else about my book- I'VE TALKED TO A REAL LIVE PUBLISHER!!!!!! Well, actually my mom has, but he was REALLY interested and is going to call back in a few weeks to check in and see how it's going! YIPPEE!!! I'm thrilled if you can't tell. :):):)

Alrighty- now I'm done. Have a lovely Monday.


Saturday, January 28, 2012

Holding On...

James 1:2-4
"Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing."

James 1:16-18
"Do not be deceived, my beloved brothers. Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. Of his own will he brought us forth by the word of truth, that we should be a kind of first fruits of his creatures."

1 Corinthians 2:9
"But, as it is written,
'What no eye has seen, nor ear heard,
nor the heart of man imagined,
what God has prepared for those who love him'"

Psalm 119:73
"Those who fear you shall see me and rejoice,
because I have hoped in your word."

Jeremiah 29:11
"For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare[a] and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope."

I hold fast to these truths...through the good days and the bad(or really really bad, like yesterday).

And on rough days, these truths are about all I have- they keep me going, they encourage me from day to day. And right now...about all I'm doing is holding on to God and His word.


P.S. Be extremely thankful I didn't unload my life on would have been here for hours and left distressed.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

And here I am again...

I'm here at the keyboard,
Writing a book...
Writing papers...
Writing blog posts...

I'm here at the books,
The Bible...

I'm not back at the craft desk...
I'm not back at the piano bench...
Because life has been simply crazy...

But I am back at church...praising God among other believers whose hands are also lifted high in glory and awe of the king.

"Oh, I'm running to your arms,
I'm running to your arms,
The riches of your love will always be enough,
Nothing compares to our embrace,
Light of the world,
Forever reign!

My heart will sing,
no other name, Jesus, Jesus"*

I'm back in the embrace of Jesus.

Here I am again, in the embrace of Jesus. And it feels like life is back to normal.


*lyrics from "Forever Reign" by Hillsong

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Just Life...

Ahh...feels good to be back at the keyboard! School has been back in full swing, which makes life a bit crazy! Here's an update on my life for any of you that care...

School: It's going well. Math has been much better so far this semester. For our science research paper I have chosen to do hurricanes and tornadoes! For our intoducotory philosophy course, I am doing a presentation on the Shakers at the end of the semester. I don't agree with their beliefs at all, but they are very interesting!

My book: AMAZING! I have talked with a self publisher who was extremely interested about it, he's calling back in a month to check with me again to see how far along I am. I am stinkin' excited! Once I get it done, I'll have an extra page on my blog so that you all can read the first chapter!

Sonia: So cute, as always! She is growing like a weed...well so am I, but I'm 14 so it's not very normal ;)

I believe that's all I have to tell you right at the moment...sorry if I bored you, but I thought you would appreciate something! Have a great(raining here) weekend!


Tuesday, January 10, 2012

There you'll find me

In the quiet and peace of my dad's office at church...I finished it.

I finished a new book- There You'll Find Me, by Jenny B. Jones.

Do you ever feel sad when you finish a good book? Like that feeling- man I wish this book weren't over, can't it just go on forever?

I felt like that with this book. I wish I could read on and on about the journey of 18 year old Finley Sinclair trying to find God through tragedy in Ireland, and 19 year old Beckett Rush thinking he wants to change from Hollywood bad boy, and chase a different dream. Can't it go on forever?

After a long day of classes, I finished the book, sad that I was finished, yet happy satisfied to know I had just read another book by one of my favorite authors.

I highly encourage you reading this book- I have a feeling you will enjoy it(even my mother loved it).

Here is where you can buy it: Barnes and Noble, There You'll Find Me
And Jenny B. Jones website: Jenny B. Jones


Sunday, January 8, 2012

Surrender...Passion 2012

"We raise our white flag...
We surrender all to you...
All for you...

We raise our white flag...
Love has won...
Your love has won...

We life the cross
Lift it high
Lift it high

We lift the cross
Lift it high
Lift it high

We raise our white flag
We surrender all you...

Your love has won!"

Passion 2012.