Thursday, December 31, 2015

2016 Intentional

As I wake up to realize that today is the last day of 2015 ( eeeppp, how in the world did this happen), I am flooded with such great moments. 2015 was the year I waited for 12 years to finally get here, the year I graduated from Ola High School. 2015 was the year I finished high school with 26 college credits when I thought I wasn't going to even graduate several times during spring semester due to grades. 2015 was the year I moved to Valdosta ,even when it seemed nearly impossible. I was blessed to have a job at home and receive another at my new home. 2015 was the year both my bestfriends got married and I got the honor of being in their weddings. 2015 was the year I went months without seeing my besties because we all are all out pursuing our dreams. 2015 brought on the distance of high school friends, but the blessing of new friends as I moved to VSU. I found an awesome church in Valdosta and joined an organization to mentor teens that I love. I was exceedingly blessed this year. But, 2015 also brought challeneges and heartbreaks from school to boys to my parent's divorce, and it was hard especially being three hours away from home. There were many tears in 2015.
 As I was taking a look back, I realized that 2015 was a year that went by too quick. I missed moments because I was racing the clock to get everything done to move on to the next thing on my to-do list. I missed opportunities because I was too busy focusing on myself and the challenges I was facing. I didn't pause quite enough. I'm bad about trying to fill up my time whether it be netflix or a job or school or sleep, I feel like I always have something to do. I get stressed out and end up with that famous hair in a bun , homeless, just rolled out of bed look pretty often because I feel like I just can't function anymore. The thing is that when I look back on 2015, I see that I wasn't thankful like I should of been. I took for granted that I got to be at Valdosta and that was a serious miracle considering I was told a few times it looked impossible. I took for granted that I had a car to get me there. I took for granted that when I was there, I didn't have to work my first semester because I was provided for. I took for granted my new church and organization that God had so obviously allowed me to stumble upon. But mostly, I took for granted people. God has really laid on my heart recently that I need to humble myself among my others. I need to be a light, not just a passing girl. I need to be open and caring. I need to love them intentionally. Now, if you know me, you would know that I am not miss outgoing or miss talkative or miss let's all take about feelings, ( funny considering my major of choice) , but God is breaking down those walls in me. It takes an intention for me to walk over and ask if I can help someone get through scomething. It takes intention to refrain from gossiping with my friends when you live with 80 girls. It takes an intention to lower my judgements on people and give them a chance. The thing I have realized is that everyone has something going on and everyone needs a friend ( even when we say we don't, we do). We need hugs. We need tears. and we just need someone to love us intentionally. In 2016, I want to pause more. I want to stop and thank God for every opportunity he has so willingly given me. I don't want to waste precious time on simply checking off a list. I want to use my time loving others and caring after his people. I want to be thankful for the things I take for granted like the stars and air to breathe. I want to be intentional about who I talk to and how I talk. I want to be intentional about showing Jesus in everything I do and doing everything to my very best ability. ( I also want to be intentional about getting on that treadmill if ya know what I mean, freshman 15 is no joke kids). This year I noticed that I took for granted my family and my friends at home before I moved ( I came home pretty often because my heart missed them so much) and I want to be intentionally thankful for each person that crosses my path next year. 2016 I am going to be intentional about making stuff happen, not just letting those moments go by. Life is so crazy short and being a young, college student is even shorter. Use where you are and who you are to the best of your ability and make 2016 intentional. Happy New Years, stay safe !
lots of love,

Thursday, December 24, 2015

oh what a wonderful world

Merry Christmas Eve ! It is finally here, Christmas. Mistletoes and Christmas trees and presents under the tree.. shopping is done ( well, hopefully) and many families and friends begin getting ready for a Christmas Eve celebration. We can finally take a deep breathe.. but
The reality is that today, all around the country, there is sorrow, grief, confusion, hurt, and loneliness. There are empty seats at tables that were once filled with grandparents, fathers, mothers, or dear friends. Many families are having their first split Christmas, such as mine. The emptiness in our hearts is real and it hurts. People feel forgotten and unloved. December has more suicides than all the other 11 months combined.. it is because of this emptiness in hearts during this time of year. We compare our lives to those who's lives seem complete. Circumstances overcome us. We cry, instead of laugh. We worry, instead of trusting.  We feel incomplete.. and most unfortunately, we are ungrateful instead of being thankful for all the good that is in our lives.
A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to attend a Young Life camp in beautiful Jasper, Georgia . After club (service), YL camps do something very unique that I will always remember. It is quite simple, but so important. The teenagers and leaders are instructed to find a place outside and have a quiet time. All the lights from the camp are shut off and the only light is from the millions of stars above me. I layed down where I was and just gazed at the stars. I was in awe. I had so many complaints about life... divorce, unhappiness, loneliness, school, etc. But in that moment, I was grateful. I was thankful for the stars I had taken for granted. I was thankful for the favor to go to Valdosta State. I was thankful for the opportunity to be serving at a camp for teens. I was thamkful for the family God had given me, even if things weren't perfect by any means. I was thankful that I had breathe and could breath. I was thankful for a God who loves me and cherishes me and wraps me up in grace that fills the emptiness in my heart. I am thankful. This Christmas, let us take a step back. Let us look past the phones and social media.. let us look past the presents under the tree... let us look past the terrible circumstance that has its grip on you.. and look to Jesus. The one who was born for us. The one who takes away our pain and wounds. The one who loves you and cares for you enough to take on the form of a slave for you.. The one who wants to bring you joy in him. The one who we celebrate this Christmas.. Jesus. You, whoever you are reading this little blog, are special. You are so so loved by a Savior. I  know it hurts and I know it is hard to be positive during what seems like the end of the world, but Jesus came to fill that hole in your heart. Let us be people of thanks today & sing oh, what a wonderful world & celebrate thankfulness for Jesus' birth today .

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Taking care of you, too

" We must not confuse the command to love with the disease to please. And it’s not just because of the vicious cycles of people pleasing, although that’s part of it. I miss Best Yes opportunities sometimes because I simply don’t know they’re part of the equation. I get all twisted up in making the decision to check either the Yes or No box, not realizing there is a third box that reads Best Yes. "
- Lysa Terkeurst 

Good rainy afternoon ! I've been reading Lysa Terkeurst's book, The Best Yes, off & on for several weeks. I decided to do a leadership project based on the book, and revisited previous chapters. The above quote really stands out to me. Many of my friends refer to me as a "mom" . I like things strict, tidy, and definite. Those who know me , know how I hate to say "no." I hate feeling like I disappointed someone or like I'm missing out on something. I have people pleased a really large part of my life away. I want people to like me and want to hang around me. I want people to know I'm there for them, but way too often I forget about myself. I forget about what the command to love is and I get so wrapped up in trying to fix everyone and everything else that I feel drained and worthless. When you feel as if you're barely getting by, it is hard to move forward yourself, much less accelerate others. The problem I have realized is that I work myself up about all that is on my plate. The funny thing is that many things, I simply cannot do anything but pray about. I look at my planner and make to-do lists, but quickly get overwhelmed with it all. I victimize myself so much complaining about how tired I am and how life is unfair. I picked The Best Yes because of the subtitle, " Making Wise Decisions in the Midst of Endless Demands." That screamed my name! In college , I feel like I'm being pulled in a thousand different directions. From six classes to church services to family conflicts to friendships fading and coming to clubs and bible studies, plus simply being an eighteen year old on her own .. I feel like I could use all the wise decisions I could get. It has always been hard for me to take responsibility over myself instead of trying to fix everyone around me. I cover up what I know my soul needs with trying to please everyone then burn out. It is easy to focus on someone else's problems instead of my own. But, I've learned that if I'm not pouring into myself, I end up with nothing to pour. I'm not saying don't be with people, but there is a time when you must say no to the parties or another errand , and take a chill.  Yes, it is ok to have a desire for people to like you, but it isn't ok to constantly get by through granting every wish everyone asks of you. It is so important to rest. Not just sleep, but genuinely take time to repress & breathe. Praying is a fantastic first step . Expressing your rushing life to God and asking for wisdom and rest is so important. I've found blogging to be something I do to help my soul, but it also helps others. Journaling allows you to vent in a private way. Watch a movie. Read a book. Go sit outside and listen to music. Doodle and write poems. Do refreshing things. With a hectic schedule, it is such a vital investment to take a step back before you jump right in. God has shown us the importance of rest in Genesis .. After God finished creation, he rested. He took a step back and assessed the beauty in what he had created. God created you and me. He knows your schedule and he is not surprised you feel overwhelmed. He gave us a tool , the bible. His word is living and feeds your soul if you let it. My challenge for you and myself this week is to take a moment to pour into you. Talk to God and clear your head. It's that time in the semester that it is a downhill slope. Don't be overwhelmed by life, adjust it. Thanks for reading ! 
Love , 

Thursday, October 29, 2015


College shakes your world. New people. New place. New churches. New teachers. New roads. New absolutely everything. In so many ways, college is a place of a good, new start. A new beginning to a whole new world where high school doesn't matter anymore and those awkward middle school years are far behind you. But even through all the good in moving away to college, beliefs are tested. There is alcohol, drugs, sex, and pure darkness intermixed in the good. There is the typical girl drama and the boys who treat girls like a play date. Losing friends and being broke as a joke. Classes pull so much attention and energy. Events pile up to the point that my planner is unreadable at times. I love college and my friends and all the opportunities I have been given. I have a lot of fun and my grades are good. But.. in the middle of my busy life, where is my time for God? Is my life glorifying God, or myself? In so many ways, I want to say yes, I am living for God in everything I do. No, I'm not partying or getting wasted.. but is my everyday life an example of Jesus? Am I showing grace ? The answer is regretfully, not all the time. When I am brutally honest with my myself and Jesus.. I realize that I give out judgement and gossip. I speak death and not life way too often. It may not be a "cuss word" , but it is not speaking through Christ. I glorify myself when I accomplish something like a test I think I bombed, but ended up rocking or when I make time for God I give myself a pat on the back. When I felt this conviction of being lost in my busy young adult life, this question came to my head :
What do you really believe ? 
 Do I really believe that God looks at me with eyes of grace? Do I believe that God sacrificed his
only son for me, so I can have a relationship with him? That simple truth of why I am a Christian completely becomes irrelevant to so many, including myself, when life becomes busy. The Word of God is easily thrown under my psychology book and my binder full of notes. Music becomes replaced with something popular and meaningless to fill up silence in a room instead of worship music full of truth and meaning that fills me up. The past few weeks, God has really been reminding me of why I believe and what it means to believe in Jesus. I believe in God's grace, so why is his grace only for me and no one else? I believe God has forgiven me for my mistakes and sins, but why is it okay for me to not forgive someone for theirs? I believe in God's love for me despite my undeserving soul, so why do I only extend love to family and friends when I feel like they deserve it? If I believe in Jesus, I believe in what he says to do and how to treat people. I forgive because Jesus forgave me. I love because God first loved me. I extend grace because without God's mighty grace.. I am my sin. With Jesus, I am changed from nothing to something.I take the label of lost off and put on the label of found. I become God's daughter, instead of an orphan. Because he loves me, I will give him my life. Not just my Sunday mornings and Thursday nights, but everyday, every second devoted to his kingdom. I am not saying that I am perfect or you will never make a mistake again, we are humans, But that is not an excuse to throw God into a small extra time in our day. It is not enough to just simply fall into a category enough to where you feel comfortable marking " Christian" on the SAT. There is SO much more to Jesus.. he is ever-present.. waiting for you to turn to him with everything. Not just your needs.. but when you can take on the love of Christ to give others you find the presence of God even more as you learn from the Word of God. This weekend I received an opportunity to serve the youth at my church in Valdosta. I was with eight 6th grade girls from Friday evening to Sunday afternoon. I saw myself in them. I remember that God rescued me from brokenness time and time again. He brought me my church and my friends I had through high school. Now, 7 years later, I am at Valdosta State in a dorm room with my good friend, Miriam. God has provided. He has worked so mightly since my 6th grade year. From broken friends to broken family, God remained the same. It was me who drew apart or drew closer. He is faithful to his children and I am so blessed that I am called child. In order to lead others to the peace I have found in Christ, I must become more like him and remember his promises. My prayer for you and myself is that we would make intentional time for our God, to spend time in his Word and in prayer. Journal to him. Sing to him. Praise him for his grace, forgiveness, and love. My prayer is that we would become on fire for Christ so he would completely consume us and we can spread his truth to everyone for his glory, not our own.  What do you believe ? 
I love you all! As always, If you ever have any prayer requests or want someone to simply listen , I am always available. Thanks for reading !

Monday, September 14, 2015


happy beautiful Monday morning ! It is a clear, breezy morning here in Valdosta. Coffee in my hand after an 8 am mandatory workout, and ready to blog. This past weekend I went on the freshman retreat with the BCM ( baptist collegiate ministry). We packed up on Friday to head to camp for the night.. Lol, anyone who knows me just chuckled. Anyways, the theme for the weekend was "Mosiac." When I think of a Mosiac, I always think of a big, fancy church with stained glass windows. These windows are absolutely breathtaking. This artwork shows a bigger picture, one of completeness. But the closer you get to the Mosiac, you realize it is tiny pieces of glass that was masterly pieced together to make something that is spectacular. It is masterpiece. An artist had to take endless hours of skill placing thousands of shard glass fragments together. This message keeps appearing in my life.. From churches, summer camp, and now this retreat. These glass pieces represent our broken parts, the areas in our life we feel keep us in bondage. Brokenness is among us all. No person is perfect. Every person is a sinner. Sin cause brokenness. I know my brokenness has a lot to do with a separated family. Through my brokenness I began to live through it which blurred my vision and paths. I began to be depressed. I endulged in anything that took my eyes off my problem, which at the time was a relationship with a guy. I had periods where I simply was done and did not want to be alive. Brokenness was the core of everything I did. The enemy manipulated it into something I thought defined me. I was broken. That was who I was and I had excepted it. BUT , that is not how Our God sees me. He calls me a masterpiece. 
{ for we are God's masterpiece. he has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago } Ephesians 2:10
God is not surprised at my sin. he is not shocked my family fell apart. I did not pull one on him moving to Valdosta. he knew his plans a long time ago, he knew I would trip up. He loves me though. We were created in his image, We were created for a purpose.. A special purpose. Never think you are the only one in the room struggling because you are not. We all have a story. We all have a past. We all have weakness, but God works greatest through our weaknesses. God takes those shards of glass and turns them into a masterpiece that is breathtaking. It does not happen over night, but overtime God works all things for good for those who love him. Broken is not how who you are. YOU are a masterpiece. 
Lots of love , 

Thursday, September 10, 2015

What're you looking at ?

Good short week Thursday ! God has worked so much in my heart the past few weeks here at VSU. There have been good times, and some hard times. But, I know for certain that the God who let me get here will use all things for good. I've felt a conviction on my heart throughout the past few weeks. Being in college, like most places nowadays, has opened my eyes to how dark and lost this world is. I am surrounded by hurting people everyday. Young adults who are going after fame among their peers and careers. Words of gossip, negativity, and darkness fills the lips of the majority of this campus and this world. I even catch myself wrapped up in it.  The "culture is shifting" as the church's pastor I visited explained in their college message last week. It has now become "entertainment" to watch how utterly vulgar Miley Cyrus can be on the VMAs. My downstairs lobby of my hall was filled with freshman indulging in this world through drama displayed on an award's show. I see young girls come in to the dorms dressed as if  clothing was just an option. Young girls with futures going after a life of parties. Laws have been passed that overtake morals ,such as abortion. This world is hurting. This world is trying to get us completely distracted from what we need.. JESUS. We have to take a stand to stay strong in Christ when the culture shifts away from him. When someone says Jesus... they usually think " Christianity" which is accurate, but Jesus is much more than a religion. Sure, I go church. I listen to christian music. and I read the word. BUT am I consuming myself with Jesus? Has Jesus become my reason to breathe? Last week, I felt such a conviction while the band was playing the song " Christ is enough for me " The chorus of this songs goes as follows :

{ Christ is enough for me. Christ is enough for me.  Everything I need is in You. Everything I need } 

I remember such a heavy feeling came over me as I sang that song. I realized that I said he was enough for me, but the truth is I didn't live that way. I surely didn't think that way at all. I started thinking about all the things I thought I had to do in order to feel "whole". Being in college, you just want to fit in.. make friends.. and live the "college life" of independence and freedom. I needed that Lily Pultizer cup or planner everyone had. I needed to talk like my peers.. I needed to gossip about others to have friends, at least that is what I thought. I had to have a complete family to be happy. I needed to have it all planned out as to how my life panned out. But, mostly I realized in that moment that I was obsessed with being wanted or liked. I had chased after guys and put a guy way above where he should of been. Ladies & gents, hear me out.. live your life for God, not a guy or girl. I know it is around you , " love stories" and constant in everyday life. I am not denying love or being in a relationship. I love love. I love watching people fall in love. But, one thing I have learned is that liking a guy or girl is not bad, but putting him in God's place is. Feeling loved, beautiful , and wanted by a guy or girl is great, but realizing that he/she isn't enough is important. I based my emotions on a human. Humans WILL dissappoint. They make mistakes, so it is silly to think that they could ever be the one and only for me. When you sing " Christ is Enough for me" .. it means no matter who or what is in my life, with or without it or them, I can make it because I have what I need. Everything I need is in him. Love. Hope. Joy. I don't need a ton of people to like my instagram post. I don't need a thousand friends. I don't need a super amazing car. I don't need to have my life planned out. I don't need every designer item I see. I don't need a guy to make me feel valuable. I am valuable. I am loved. I am liked. I am being used for God's plans. Christ is enough for me, no turning back.. no turning back. So my question for you is , " What're you looking at today?".. is it this world.. or is it our beautiful God?
 Much Love,

I also want to thank you guys so so much for always reading my posts. It means so much to me to know that what I feel God wants me to share effects lives for his kingdom. Last week, Give me Jesus hit 1500 pageviews. That is 1500 people who have read about Jesus. The most special part is that I can see that people google and find this blog. I have no idea who they are, but they are reading. Thanks to all who share.. there aren't ever 100 likes on a post on instagram or facebook, but those pageviews come form somewhere. Those 1500 people read it, some I may never know did. I just want to say thank you for investing ! If anyone ever has prayer requests or just want to take or ideas on what you think I should improve or write about, let me know. My email is kbowser96@gmail,.com . Have an amazing week !!

Monday, August 24, 2015

Wearing your Faith

Hello readers! I hope your Monday was the best Monday ever. This past weekend I participated in an overnight retreat type event with the Baptist Collegiate Ministry here at Valdosta State. I made new friends, stepped out of my comfort zone ( next blog ;) ), and God really clarified some things he has been pulling on my heart. Many times we wonder why we are where we are. Whether that be location or circumstance, it is a valid point. Why am I at VSU? Why did I not go to Georgia Southern or Kennesaw? Why not go straight to ministry school? Why did I choose to forgo other clubs? Why was financial aid such a pain? Why did certain things in my life seemingly fall into a billion pieces?  Why did I pick somewhere so far away from those I love? Seriously, everyone questions their own decisions, even though they made them. These questions eat at not only our minds, but our faith. We wonder if anything good can come out of a season of waiting or wondering.. God has really shown me that I am exactly where he wants me to be right now. Even when things are hard or uncertain, his plans prevail. Many times I wonder why I'm not in a season of my life where I am on the streets helping these young girls become saved from the evils of trafficking. Or why I am not in Cambodia with the She Rescue House... there are so many things I "could" be doing that I'm not. I'm sitting in the Odum Library with some friends blogging on my laptop. I've made new friends that God opened so many doors to let me meet. Everyone is new here. There are probably a couple hundred students studying, reading, or searching online in this one building. As of today, I believe that about 11,000 students are enrolled at my school. ELEVEN THOUSAND souls. Eleven thousand impressionable young people. Eleven thousand peers who I could show Jesus to. I always think witnessing is about going up to someone & telling them my testimony or saying Jesus Jesus Jesus after everything. God has shown me recently the difference I am called to make, as well as yourself,.. Showing Jesus through my life.What do I mean show Jesus ? I mean wear him well. Make him your garment every single day. I love the saying of that.. wearing. I love to shop.. I mean LOVE. Why do we spend hours in the store looking at every aisle for the next purchase? I go through countless outfits to decide what to wear every single day.. why? because I want to feel like I look good & look decent for others. I want to portray something to my peers. That is how we are called to show Jesus. Portray him in all we do. When you wake up, do you put on Jesus? Or do you throw on whatever is popular? That secular song that the cute guy in your history class listens to? The super seductive crop top that you know your mom would kill you if she saw it? the latest gossip on the girl " that doesn't fit in"? I am guilty of gossip. I am guilty of listening or watching movies and music I probably shouldn't. I am guilty of a word slipping out of mouth because I got too comfortable trying to fit in with the crowd. I am guilty of putting a guy first. We all are guilty of wearing this world. Of doing literally everything we can to fit into a certain mold of a person... but what we are called to do is wear Jesus. Radiate him and what he stands for. Jesus stands for love. He literally is LOVE. He is grace and redemption and salvation. He is the King of Kings.  He is your Father and bestfriend. He loves you and sets you right where he needs you at any particular time. The choice is to put him on daily no matter where you'd rather be. You are a disciple wherever you go. Your mission field is right where you are. On your campus. In your family. At Walmart, wherever it is. I am not saying you have to tattoo Jesus on your forehead, but there is a light that comes from those who wear Jesus. You become joyful and bright. Not irritated and rash. You focus on the postive rather then the negative. You love others even when they aren't loveable. Integrity and honestly flow from your actions. Our leader for BCM, explained that about 10% of the campus is ready to except Christ, they are just waiting for YOU to do something to make a bit of a difference. YOU get the opportunity every single day to make an impact for THE kingdom. The Lord uses us to reach the unbelievers through our lives. Not even always through our words.. but through how we live, what we do, and how we carry ourselves.

{Be careful to live properly among your unbelieving neighbors. Then even if they accuse you of doing wrong, they will see your honorable behavior, and they will give honor to God when he judges the world.} 1 Peter 2:12 

When I see someone worshiping God on a deeper level then just church, it sets a fire in me to get deeper. To find out what is different with that person. Use where you are. Use your gifts. Use every chance the Lord sets in front of you. Even if things are not perfect, you are a child of God. God wins in the end. He is yours, and you are his. What an absolutely beautiful truth ! How wonderful that we get to share that honor with those we meet everyday. A simple change in attitude can be just the seed someone needed in order to grow bold enough to accept Christ.. Wear Jesus well.

 {And you should imitate me, just as I imitate Christ.} 1 Corinthians 11:1
You are the hands & feet of Christ. Be more like Jesus with every step you take. You will stumble, but the good news is that we have a God who catches us when we do so. Put on your Jesus today.

lots of love,

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

New begininngs

Goodafternoon ya'll,
 As many of you probably know, I am now a resident of Valdosta, Georgia. eeeppp, it still is hard to believe it all worked out & I am sitting in my dorm room blogging. God had his hand on this without a doubt. It has been awhile since I posted, but I decided to blog a bit about my first week or so here & encourage those starting new chapters.. even new beginnings you had no idea you are capable of making & for those who want to begin something new, but it seems everything is falling through.

I am SO excited that I just had a sudden urge to open up my daily reading on YouVersion.. Proverbs 3. It is exactly what I needed to set the foundation for this blog. ( go ahead & read ) When I think of "new", I think of fresh, shiny, & spotless. When I think of "beginning", I think of the start of a journey or race with a path set out before you. This August, I watched my little sister set out on a new beginning as she entered middle school. I saw two of my dearest friends begin a new beginning with their new spouses. I watched as hundreds & hundreds of kids I grew up with move miles away from eachother. It all happened so fast, but it is life. As we grow, we change, We move. We meet new people & travel new places. There is a feeling about newness that drives us all. I know I love to get a new outfit or blanket or purse or anything. Meeting new friends is the scariest, but funnest thing. That is why the majority of us obsess over the newest phone or update or who to talk to or whatever is of all the rage now... but my point is developing an attitude of newness. I believe God has laid this on my heart because it something I struggled with & continue to have to pursue daily. This world is beautiful, God created this amazing place for us to live life on. To invest in his creation & build his kingdom. How can I do that when I am living in the weight of yesterday's mistakes, failures, and disappointments? I carried around, honestly, this bitterness of oldness. I just dreaded the day because of regrets, anger, unforgiveness of myself, & had an attitude set towards my circumstance. Everyday I would pile on another negative thought or action until I felt bombarded with negativity. That is exactly what the devil had in mind, for me to focus so much more on my yesterday than my today. As you read this, I hope you are connecting to this truth...
{ This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun! } 2 Corinthians 5:17
Today, I want you to write this verse on a sticky & post it somewhere you'll see it all the time. Jesus makes us new. He allows these new beginnings. He refreshes hearts & makes them pure.
 {Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.} Psalm 51:10
 Everyday, in the morning, make your requests to him for your day. He is able,he is just, and he hears you. He hears you're voice, trust in the power of the Lord who makes dry bones ALIVE. { Ezekial 37} { In the morning, LORD, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly. } Pslam 5:3  Through Christ, we live out the opportunity for a daily refreshness, a daily new beginning. As I referenced earlier, Proverbs 3 shows that resting on his word sets you up for walking in a new state of mind. Being full of the word , the truth, will change how you view everything. No matter what falls through or who says you can't or you're " foolish" , you get the chance to pursue a new attitude , a new life BECAUSE of Christ. Through his grace, through your faith in him, you get to change your circumstance every single day because he makes your heart full of bitterness, stress, & contempt.. pure. He renews your spirit of anger into a steadfast, trustworthy intimate relationship with the king of kings ! As you walk through your campus, walk in newness. Walk in the faith that you have begun a new beginning daily with your Savior. That he dearly loves you. He wants what is best for his most wonderful creation. You have the power of the Holy Spirit to guide your every decision.. tap into that this week & live life with a new start. A new day. & a new perspective on your purpose... to be a light. To walk in FREEDOM EVERYDAY. 
{I will walk in freedom, for I have devoted myself to your commandments.}psalms 119:45

Lots of love, 
Kalyn Bowser 

{And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.} Phillipians 1:6

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Children For Sale #endhumantrafficking

Good Wednesday Afternoon to my beautiful & handsome readers !
I am way excited to share this blog with you guys ( I've been working on getting blogs prepared to post regularly & have a more up to date blog ) , but this one is a spur of the heart kind of post. SO, last night I got the incredible honor to attend a special showing of CNN's new documentary , "Children for Sale : The Fight to End Human Trafficking " which airs Tuesday, July 21st at 9 pm on CNN. As well as watch it with the special, god-given leaders shown in the video. It was so special to be in room full of influential people striving & successfully doing the work they set out to do. This kind of film being shown worldwide is so so encouraging to those of us who long to get the word out about this terrible crime being committed literally in our backyard. All the shows I have watched concerning Human Sex Trafficking have been filmed in far off in places such as Cambodia or Russia. What is particularly
special about this film is that it is based in my, as well as many of yours, home,..Atlanta, Georgia. Girls, my age and younger, are being sold for money, traded like baseball cards, & used in ways I cannot even fathom right down the interstate from me.. If that doesn't rattle you up, I do not know what will. These girls and boys could easily be you or your kids or your friends. I have heard countless people refer to these girls or boys as prostitutes, saying that they wanted to do this, so why bother? My answer is that no, no 14 year old girl signed up to be branded, beat, emotionally abused, and used by sometimes 40 men sexually a day. She didn't want that. So you ask why is this such a problem? What shocks me everytime is the why. My mind works in that way to where I want to understand the why behind the circumstance. The common theme you hear between the stories of these girls, as well as countless stories I have read online, is the lack of affirmation from family, peers, and themselves. I had to just thank God in that moment that I was blessed with being told through every stage of life that I was beautiful. ( thank your family if this is you as well, I did not realize how grateful I should be for love until I understood the amount of children who receive none ) It is hard to imagine someone being told they are not. My eyes have truly been opened & my heart broken to the fact such a mass amount of children grow up without being told how special, beautiful, and valuable they are. I read a verse this morning that was right on time. It is found in Isaiah chapter 1, verse 17 , " .. Seek justice, encourage the oppressed. Defend the cause of the fatherless.." wow, his word spoke. As you dig into these girls' stories, you realize that the desire to be loved is what the girls are after. The desire to feel protected is what the girls are after. The desire to feel special is what the girls are after. These men, sometimes women, who drag these girls into this terrible slavery, know this. They use these beautiful girls' vulnerability to get to them & once they are in.. it is nearly impossible to get out due to emotional, sexual, and physical attachments to these predators. In the film, you learn on a much more detailed perspective of this manipulation. So, you ask Kalyn, why are you saying all this? I say it because you sitting right there are beautiful. you sitting right there are special, smart, powerful, joyful, bright, important, amazing, loveable, and so so valuable. I remember going through the time when my family was torn. I felt lonely, I felt unworthy, I felt like God had forgotten me. So I turned to whatever made me feel good, which turned into a battle with lust in order to get attention & hear the words I wanted to hear.. " you're beautiful" " I want you " " You're so special." I know personally how easy it is to fall into that trap. I also realize the devil was after my soul. After my joy. But, mostly after my dependents on my God. Ladies, ( and gents) you are powerful. You are more than you can ever even imagine. You are bigger than what those girls at school said about you. You are not just an outcome of a parent being absent in your life. YOU have a Father, and his name is God. he loves you , he thinks you're the most beautiful thing on this planet.. after all, God made the amazing mountains, the blue skies, the incredibly vast ocean, but you, darling, are his most gorgeous, complex, and special creation. And once you realize this for yourself, go & spread it. Tell everyone you know how beautiful they are. As a young lady in the film explained, when Ms. Lisa ( the incredible founder of Living Waters for Girls ) greets me with a " hello beautiful" it changed her perspective of herself. she felt love. she felt cared for. She felt true hope. My challenge is  1. pray for these girls, pray for breakthrough, pray for the predators who do these terrible horrors to our girls, pray for the amazing, amazing team in Atlanta that fights day & night to combat trafficking, pray for the blessings of Living Waters & For Sarah to prosper 2. watch CNN's special report Tuesday night at 9 & share, share, share while using #endhumantrafficking 3. be a voice of influence, power, beauty, and justice.. I promise someday someone will thank you for doing so, it could save their life.
Thank you for reading :) God bless you ,
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More information : ( living waters for girls, Rachel's law )