Posts By Linda Owen

05 Apr 2013 LindaOwen

Little Moments of Grace

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Regent University - photo by John Owen“…it does require the supernatural grace of God to live twenty-four hours in every day as a saint, to go through drudgery as a disciple, to live an ordinary, unobserved, ignored existence as a disciple of Jesus.” 

Oswald Chambers, Utmost for His Highest, Oct 21st reading

Twelve weeks into 2013.

How are those resolutions going?  Perhaps at the cusp of the New Year, some of us were reviewing the year, regretting mistakes, re-thinking goals,and resolving to change. But why do we keep repeating the pattern every year?

We long to make some dramatic difference in our lives, checkbooks, children, spouses, bodies, homes, or whatever. Or at least, I do. I want that big “reveal” at the end of the year–or my lifetime–to show visible improvement, growth, and purpose. It’s taken me a long time to learn that life is not about the drama or applause.

Life is played out in the everyday moments, minutes, reactions, choices, and responses. Read more

27 Sep 2012 LindaOwen

Learning at 1500 MPH

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I just finished my first year of graduate studies, plodding along at the turtle pace of one class a semester, or nine semester hours per year. Too slow, perhaps?

Actually, considering my husband and I logged over 14,000 miles on our Trustee Toyota at the same time, I was studying at 1500 miles a (semester) hour!

Regent University’s distance education program fits well into a busy lifestyle like ours. While racking up the miles visiting family, friends and staying plugged into a ministry, I’m still able to pursue my graduate degree. When my family is on the move, Regent University moves with us–as long as there’s an internet connection or café somewhere!

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Ottawa, Canada - Three trips in three semesters

What makes the distance education program even better is the Christ-centered, dedicated professors who provide well-organized, comprehensive instruction and follow-up. Each professor I’ve had has personally prayed with and encouraged me, and always pointed me to Christ through their syllabi, projects, readings, and desired outcomes. School email, Blackboard technology (Regent’s online learning “classroom”) and online library resources faithfully support professors and students, and knit them into a team, working toward the same end—to equip one another to serve the Lord and be a light to the nations!

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Inner-City Christian Coffee House, Ottawa, Canada

Such a Christ-centered and distinctly professional program is convenient, but not easy. Although, nothing worthwhile really is. Studying on the road–or at home for that matter–requires focus and discipline, learning how to prioritize time, energies, and assignments. Sometimes it means pulling away from the crowd to read, watch a video, or pour oneself into a research project. Or it might mean owning library cards from different cities like I do.

Non-traditional education is becoming the new traditional, and Regent makes it more feasible than it used to be. When I started my educational pursuits in the mid-‘70s, I attended an inner-city college in Denver that had no real campus. Classes were held in various high-rise office buildings or low-rise modular trailers. Through the ‘80s and ’90s, as a mom and sailor, I took courses and CLEP exams as often as I could—whenever they were available on base. Finally, in 2004, after enduring the wiles of D.C. traffic to attend evening on-campus classes, I completed my Bachelor’s degree. That was when I was 50.

Now, I hope to complete my Master’s before I’m 60. Thankfully, Regent University’s online program makes this goal possible and plausible, from the comfort of my laptop and couch. Or car.

I can be a student, pursue my educational goals, AND stay on the road at the same time.

12 Jun 2012 LindaOwen

Another Ordinary Manuscript?

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Regent University ProspectusSometimes I feel so ordinary. For years, I longed to do great things, achieve milestones, or be famous in some unforeseen way—any way. Yet now, much closer to age 60 than 50, the likelihood of such posterity is becoming remote, and the remaining pages of my life’s manuscript probably less than those already inscribed.

Do you ever think that your life is not remarkable enough? Do you want to rush through your studies, job or daily routine with the hopes of filling in the blanks with mighty deeds for God and man?  You’re not alone. It is a common human predicament to focus on service or accomplishments in order to have an exceptional testimony or noteworthy Christian resume.

But the greater relevance is not what is on our pages, but Who.

“And you show that you are a letter from Christ delivered by us, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.”  2 Cor. 3:3 (ESV)

“To them God chose to make known how great among the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.”  Col. 1:27 (ESV)

“Letus fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:2 (ESV)

As author and speaker Paul Tripp says, “God is the author of your story.”  When we focus on the Sovereign Writer, we will view our personal story differently—not with a view

to what we can accomplish, but rather, to Whom we serve and what He has already done. This focus changes everything.

So when we think that our life, routines or responsibilities appear rather ordinary, may we humbly relinquish trust in our own understanding and return the pen to His hand.  The Lord will finish our manuscript with sweeping wisdom and beauty.

The following excerpt from The Valley of Vision, a well-worn devotional of mine, expresses it better than I:

If traces of Christ’s love be upon me,

may He work on with His divine brush

until the complete image be obtained

and I be made a perfect copy of Him, my Master.

As we continue to learn and grow at Regent University, may each page of our life be written and reflective of Jesus Christ.  Our story may appear like another ordinary manuscript to some, but He has written eternity on each page with His blood.

There’s nothing ordinary about that.