Time for another school year…

The summer has officially flown by and my baby girl is heading back to school tomorrow for her first day of the First Grade. On Facebook I received one of the throw back pictures of her when she was so very tiny, and now here she his tall, beautiful, and full of high energy starting her second year of school. Not only, does it make me feel old, but it’s depressing to realize how short the time God has given me to be a Dad really is. My constant prayer to God is that I am the type of father who reflects Christ to my kids in all that I do and say. Looking at how fast that time is going, really makes me want to be sure that I am reflecting Him well. My time as an example is short and I want to have maximum impact for Christ on my kids. I can’t imagine all the things that my daughter is going to have to face in school and life, so helping her get a Godly base now is so important. The Bible says in Ephesians 5:16 (ESV), “Making the best use of time, because the days are evil.” I have to make the best use of time with my sweet girl so that she can face all that life throws at her, both good and evil. That’s my prayer as a father and I hope that if you are a parent it’s your prayer too!

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Great News!!!

JudahIt’s a day of Celebration in our family and in Heaven! After church today Maeven began talking with her brother Judah about His need for Jesus and prayed with him. I then was able to talk with Judah who very clearly told me “I want to follow Jesus!” We talked some more and prayed together and I am so excited that Judah know Jesus as his Savior and Lord! I can’t wait to see what God is going to do with my little guy. We are also so proud of Maeven for wanting to make sure her brother knew Jesus!

still working on support…

fca_logo1A couple of posts ago I shared about my transition to working full time with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.  So far I have enjoyed my first month on staff.  Even though I am still not plugged into all that I am going to be doing, I have loved getting to know the other staff and making new connections in our new town as well.  My main assignment is still working on getting the rest of our needed financial support.  We are currently at a little over 60% of our needed goals, but several people have promised to start giving regularly and we are waiting to see what those commitments will be.  I would love the opportunity to come share with you about what my new role with FCA will be and also how you can partner with us.  If you want to meet please let me know and we will get together!  Also, if you know you would already like to partners with my family and I, check out our online support page .  There you can sign up to become an Automatic Monthly Partner.  More than anything though, please keep my family and I in your prayers!

getting started and raising support…

fca_logo1Yesterday was interesting…for the first time in years I was no longer on staff with Kentucky Mountain Mission.  I am so thankful for all the years that God gave me with KMM and all the great things that I was able to see God Today is my first official day of being on staff with Fellowship of Christian Athletes.  I am excited to see what God is going to do in me an through me while working with FCA.

For my first month with FCA my main responsibility is trying to raise the rest of our needed financial support.  I am busy right now calling people, emailing, and messaging them to set up support appointments where I can share about our ministry.  I am excited to share about all the cool opportunities God is giving us with FCA and hopefully see others catch the vision God has given us too and join our Home support team.

If you are interested in finding out more about what my wife and I are going to be doing with FCA please let me know and we can set up a time to get together.  If you already know you want to join our support team you can start by going to http://www.my.fca.org …..Once there just look up my name Andy Owens and you can sign up to join our support team!  No matter what, please keep us in your prayers this month!

finally home…

This week was a  big one for our family.  Even though we finally moved almost a month ago now, we finally closed on our new home.  It’s ours and we are so relieved a310Norwoodnd excited that God provided a place for our family to make many new memories and that we can use for ministry and sharing the love of Christ with others.

We had hoped to close on our house at the end of June, but our bank kept putting off the closing date.  So, we have been renting since the end of June.  Even though we were in our home, it still didn’t feel like ours yet and their was this stressful cloud hanging over us about when and if we were ever going close.  Monday at 3:30 or so when I walked out of the realtor’s office, all those stresses were gone and a wave of relief swept over me.

Thank you to everyone who prayed for our family as we sold our previous home, moved, and now finally closed on our current home.  There were tons of hoops and ups and downs, but we are finally home.  Please continue to pray that we will use our home to both raise our kids to serve the Lord and also be used to reach others!

freedom from anxiety…

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My sweet girl!

As you know one of my favorite topics to blog about has always been my family.  God has blessed me with a beautiful wife and two wonderful kiddos.  And like any good father, when a member of my family hurts, so do I.  Lately the person in my family who has been hurting is my 5 year old daughter Maeven.  My beautiful little Maeven has been struggling with anxiety and worry for the past few months.  It started out as chewing on the sleeves and collars of her clothes, which we were able to get her to finally stop doing.  However, the problem is when she stopped doing that she needed some other way to channel her energy and that has led to her picking at scratches and scabs on her skin.  Erin and I have talked to her and tried to find out what is going on, but she has said she doesn’t know why she picks at herself and the more she pick the more she scabs and makes little scars.  Our family is getting ready to go through some transition (which I will share more about in the upcoming weeks, but don’t worry it’s good news!) and we don’t think she fully understands what’s going on and that might be causing this anxiety.  As parents it’s painful to see our sweet girl struggling and not really be able to help her stop.  What we would like to ask of you though is to pray that God will give Maeven victory over anxiety and she will have peace from God.  We know that Maeven has put her faith in Christ and we know that He wants to do great things with her.  Please pray that even at this young age that she will turn to Him in times of fear and pray for us that God will give us wisdom as we try to comfort and calm her anxiety.

Lunch visits are great…

Today I was visited at lunch by my family.  Erin brought the kids by to hang out, run around the Rec Center to get out some energy, and to get something to eat.  Even though my kiddos were probably more excited about getting to bowl and eat some ice cream, I was just thankful for the time spent with them.  It’s great to in the middle of a long work day hear sweet little voices say “I love you.”  So, yeah, there may not be much of a reason for this post, other than to once again say how greatful I am for my wonderful family!