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A Prayer for Your Child

by Anne Marie Owens Rich and I love our Sophie and Jude. And we long for them to have a relationship with Jesus Christ. We pray that Christ would capture their affections and that Jesus would give them hearts that want to obey. Yet it's so humbling to pray for them because we know that we are completely dependent on the Spirit to do what no amount of "good parenting" can ...

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Union with Christ: The Way to Know & Enjoy God

by Anne Marie Owens To say I am excited for our women's spring study is an understatement! Apart from the Bible, I have never read a more coherent explanation of the Good News and its application for daily life than in Rankin Wilbourne's book, Union with Christ. But because I can't put into words the message of this book as well as the author does, I decided to just compi...

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Lean Not

by Anne Marie Owens College was over a decade ago, yet I can still picture the scene. I was standing in the upstairs hall of our student union building and my RUF pastor said, "Annie, trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him and He will make your paths straight." I couldn't believe his response! I had com...

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I See Your True Colors

by Anne Marie Owens This past weekend our daughter, Sophie, asked for sushi and a movie. And our son, Jude, was just happy to be with Sophie. So I grabbed some Tokyo Express then took them to rent a Redbox. They (Sophie) chose the movie Trolls. It looked like a colorful cartoon with a fun soundtrack, so I got it. And all was good that night until Sophie told me she was to...

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What Did You Expect?

by Anne Marie Owens "Blessed is he who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed." -Alexander Pope. Sounds like a fun guy to be friends with, right? Expect nothing, seriously? While I do think that's stellar parenting advice;), I'm not sure it makes a good life mantra. Either Alex P was deeply depressed or deeply insightful. So let's consider for a moment what e...

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Humility Equals Sanity

It used to scare me to pray for humility. I imagined God would answer that prayer by, well, humiliating me! And all I could think of were the creative ways God might choose to do that. So in my wisdom :), I decided it was best to bypass prayers for humility. Despite Scripture's clear warning that pride goes before the fall, I decided that the best way to avoid "falling" wa...

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Jesus Knows Me, This I Love

God's Word tells us to cast our anxieties on Him because He cares for us. His care doesn't make our lives pain-free. Rather, His care gets us ready for eternity! He vouches to use all things, the good and the bad, to make us like Jesus. How awesome is that?! On a good day (even an "ok" day) I pumped about God's promises! Just give me more of Him and less of me, please! But...

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The Heart of Motherhood

It's hard to describe motherhood, but if I could use one word could describe it, I think that word would be "transforming." Being a mom is all about ushering along transformations, both big and small. On a daily basis, we help waking children go from pjs to play clothes, turn hungry children into well-fed children, comfort upset children into calmed children, and the list ...

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Exciting Reasons for the Season!

Christmas just excites me! I can hardly wait until Thanksgiving is over to bring out the Christmas decor! And "elf on the shelf" is basically the best idea ever! Plus, sometimes I feel like gift wrapping could be my year round hobby! Because bows are just so fun, right?! Haha! Or, should I say "HoHo?" :) Okay, so if you know me at all, you probably know that none of that ...

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