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From NFL Player to a Christian Contestant on "The Bachelorette": 3 Tips to Know God's Will

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After 8-9 weeks of filming, probing, paranoia, and avoiding conflicts, former NFL player Ryan Bowers found himself leaving the popular reality show “The Bachelorette” with more than a “totally awkward” experience.

On an episode of Coffee with Kim, Bowers reveals to Kim Crabill what landed him on a dating show, what went down behind the cameras, and how he met his now-wife who watched his journey on the show, along with three practical tips for how to pursue God’s will when dreams come to a screeching halt.

Reflecting on his time on the 2012 season of “The Bacheloretteas an opportunity to evaluate what he was looking for in a future spouse, Bowers’ story is proof God is always working in the waiting.

“The pursuit of God is ‘thy will be done,'” Bowers said, who relayed the following three tips to stay in God’s good will in any season of life:

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  1. Ask: does it match up with God’s word?
  2. Pray – listen to where God is leading
  3. Talk with a mentor who loves the Lord

Although Bowers is now happily married and the owner of Athelite Sports Academy where he trains athletes physically and mentally, his place in life now did not happen overnight.

“The show had its purpose,” Bowers said, whose journey from NFL player to a Christian contestant on “The Bachelorette” reminds viewers that while it may feel like God delays or takes away what they want most, He is always working behind the scenes.

Sometimes “failing forward,” Crabill said, is a necessary part of getting to where God wants His people to be. “The only person who can get us through the hard times is God Himself,” she said.

Believers may not always know why God is doing what he is doing, but this episode is full of hands-on truth to help them embark on the unpredictable, yet abundant adventure God has for everyone who trusts in His ultimate plan.

Don’t miss the treasures from this conversation as Crabill shares four additional things Christians can start doing right now when they don’t know which way God’s will is pointing.

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Dina Paoloni is an Ohio native and the youngest of four girls from a big Italian family. Before recently attaining a bachelor’s degree from Liberty University, Dina attended a two-year Bible institute where a growing passion for reaching others with the Gospel of Jesus through writing began. Her greatest joys include spending time with her niece and nephews, watching the sunset over Lake Erie with ice cream in hand, and getting the chance to encourage others with the love and grace Jesus pours into her life every day.
Dina Paoloni is an Ohio native and the youngest of four girls from a big Italian family. Before recently attaining a bachelor’s degree from Liberty University, Dina attended a two-year Bible institute where a growing passion for reaching others with the Gospel of Jesus through writing began. Her greatest joys include spending time with her niece and nephews, watching the sunset
over Lake Erie with ice cream in hand, and getting the chance to encourage others with the love and grace Jesus pours into her life every day.




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