Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Big Changes!

Our faithful, loving Father is currently working out some big changes in our lives!
The first happened a few weeks ago, when He led Victoria to give up her beloved Boer goats,
and the Crossroads Boer Goat business she has enjoyed for so many years.  This was not an overnight decision, as it had been in the works for awhile for several reasons.  We are so proud of all she has accomplished, and all the good things the Lord has worked in her life during this season.
And now, we're so happy about her being sensitive to the Lord's leading her in a new direction. 
It is a very exciting, yet emotional time for her. 
She expressed her thoughts to a good friend recently in an email . . .  

"Oh man it is hard to win a debate with the Lord. I've been wrestling with this decision for years really.  There are several chapters in a book I’m reading about giving the Lord every area of your life and every room of your heart.... and this is one area that I have been so stubborn to let go of.  My goat herd has been bolted behind a door that I've been afraid to let God into because I didn’t want it to be taken away.  It has hurt to let this go, but this morning during my private time with the Lord, I just felt this overwhelming peace about it. For the first time ever I feel like I can finally let my goats and this part of my life go.  I figured I better write you before I changed my mind. So thanks for listening and being there for me. I'm just looking forward to moving on and allowing the Lord to guide me through this and show me what's next. I do hope that the Lord has used me to bless others and hopefully point to Christ through these goats. I have no regrets.  I loved it and these years will always be remembered.  I'm very encouraged to hear that you see Christ in me. That is my prayer!!"
She has her last show this weekend. : -( 
She has been quite busy with selling all of her goats,
and helping the buyers with all the transportation logistics.
So far, she has some going to New Hampshire, Idaho, California, Utah, and Oregon.
She would be so grateful for your prayers for her as she makes this big transition to life without goats, and as she seeks out and follows what the Lord has for her next!

"I thank my God every time I remember you.  In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus."
Philippians 1:3-6
"I can do everything through Him who gives me strength."
Philippians 4:13
The second big change involves our family potentially welcoming two more orphans into our home.
We were recently contacted by our Antioch Adoptions social worker asking us if we would consider a 3 year-old boy and a 5 year-old girl sibling group.
We have had our first meeting with the state social worker that is looking for an adoptive home for these two precious souls.  The Lord blessed the visit very much, and now we are just waiting to hear what the next steps will be!   We are excited and nervous all at the same time!
We'd be so grateful for your prayers for us in this too,
that the Lord will continue to bless the process if it be His will for us!  
Easter Feast!
 "We love because he first loved us."
1 John 4:19

"This is love for God:
to obey his commands. 
And his commands are not burdensome . . ."
1 John 5:3


Meemom said...

Victoria, we will pray that God will hold you close and direct your path in every way. I am proud of you and Caroline for building such a successful goat business.

WE will also keep the Bowes family in our prayers concerning the adoption process. Love, Meemom

Kate said...

I'll be praying!

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