It was 3 a.m. on a rainy night in Crescent City, California. I sat in the co-pilot seat of the small air ambulance, en route to OHSU in Portland. My husband, the patient, was in the back with the paramedic and flight nurse, both friends of mine from the local hospital, where I worked as an R.N. As we flew, the pilot occasionally turned on the overhead light to read the manual (I was afraid to ask why) then pointed out the weather map to me, showing areas of lightning that we were avoiding. Needless to say, I was very thankful to see the lights of Portland and the Hillsboro airport when we landed.
This turned out to be a turning point, the event that helped us decide to leave our beautiful home overlooking the ocean in Brookings, OR, and move to Newberg—closer to medical care and close to my 91-year old mom, who lives at Friendsview Retirement Community.
Hi. I am Joyce Owens, wife of retired firefighter and husband extraordinaire, Jim Owens. I am one of those “Quaker kids,” third generation, but most of all, follower of Jesus Christ. I am living on those prayers of my parents and grandparents. In my teens, I rebelled against the expectations I felt from my conservative upbringing. After a failed marriage, with a broken heart, I rededicated my life to Jesus Christ and found his grace, peace, and joy to meet every trial. The faith of my fathers had become real to me in a fresh, new way that continues to this day. During 15 years as a single mom with three kids, and attending nursing school, Isaiah 54 became a reality in my life (God will be your husband). I discovered that every word in the Bible is true and had a purpose for my life. When we lived in the San Francisco Bay area, with double and triple locks on every door, I claimed 2 Timothy 1:7: “For God has not given us the spirit of fear, but of love, of power, and of a sound mind.” This has become my life verse.
Jim and I have been married almost 30 years! We have six grown children, their spouses, eleven grandkids, and five great-grandkids. We pray for them, just as our parents prayed for us. And we know that God will be faithful to them, just as he was with us. What a Savior!