Deb Owen
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Deb Owen is an artist, teacher, and coach who blogs at Future-Smiling and djoCreative.

(in)side DaySpring: things we love
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  1. Deb, yes, I love how you said that God actually makes us more of who we are when we give ourselves to Him. Isn’t that such a beautiful surprise? It’s clear you see Him in your life, your heart, your words and you have captured that in a way that helps us do that too–the truth you shared is like a wonderful photo I’ll frame and keep in my mind.

  2. Thank you for your insights and powerful, delightful message. I especially resonate with your words: “The part about ‘you’ being more ‘you’ made complete sense to me. That is what happens when we die to self and give everything to God. In a twist we don’t expect, He gives us the personality, talents, and even the desires He created us with, and now we get to fully experience them directed and used for higher purposes.” I love the joy there is in that. You touched my heart when you wrote of viewing yourself through God’s lens, feeling His love, comfort, and peace. You blessed me today! I’ll share your message with others.

  3. thanks for the great post…umm i think my lens seems to be ok when it comes to other people, but the lens when it comes to myself is so messed up…but i am working on it…loved the scripture in this post…

  4. I love when it “clicks” with something in our life that we can relate to. God is so creative…so many times we box Him in and He is just waiting to truly give us His eyes!

    Blessings Deb. Loved this!

  5. Hey all! My apologies. I’ve been having computer probs and so haven’t been online much lately but fortunately saw comments come through my email. 😉

    And by the way, I have to admit that *sometimes* my lens is much clearer/better when directed at others. But unfortunately, for me, I sometimes lose focus in that direction as well…..but continue to pray that He help me view others (and love them) as He does…and it’s utterly amazing what happens then too.

    Thanks for all the encouragement! I’m so happy it touched you guys.