Danise Owings, co-founder of Play on Purpose, has raised five children any mother would be proud to call her own.
With an MLB player, a former MLB player, a nationally recognized equestrian who’s also a cancer survivor and former model, two operators of the family’s Christian sports clinic and a founder of a Christian counseling center in her brood, who can blame her?
However, spend just a few moments with Owings and you’ll learn it’s not her children’s achievements she’s most proud of, though she is their biggest supporter. It’s their enthusiasm for Jesus and for one another she helped instill through purposeful parenting.
“I was passionate about becoming a mom who raised kids who loved each other,” says Owings, who says she always dreamed about being a mother. Eleven months after she married Jim Owings, her dream came true when Becca, now 42, was born. Her delight grew as she became a mom again to Josh, 38; Abi, 36; Micah, 34; and Jon Mark, 32.
What’s Owings’ secret to raising children who are so grounded in their faith and supportive of one another?
“From the very beginning, our first goal was that they would come to a relationship with Jesus,” she says of her parenting approach with Jim. “Parenting is not about what we want from our children. It’s what God through Jesus in his grace has planned for them to do. As parents, Jim and I were tools in God’s hands to be a part of changing their souls and lives.”