Beautiful feet…and hands and voices…

feetHi Friends! I pray your week and weekend went well. Thanks for gathering with me today. Do you have your morning coffee?

I’ve been thinking…. As I prepared and reflected upon the story of the past couple of weeks, I couldn’t help but reflect upon the faith story of my family, especially as I live with part of me in the heavenly realm due to the passing of most of those loved ones who raised me; my parents and my sister.

In Romans 10:15 it states, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!”At first glance, we can thank our pastors for proclaiming the grace of God and our salvation through Christ, and that is the constant proclamation we can depend on. However, in looking back over the faith story of the Fyfe family – my maiden name-  I am so thankful for the feet and hands and voices and actions of those in my life that shone as Christ’s light and brought my family to know the Lord, as is referred to in Matthew 5:16 which  proclaims, “… let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”  Let me share…

My Mom was 16 years old when she married my Dad, and gave birth to my sister, Carol, before she turned 17. Carol and I are 18 years apart, with three brothers in between.

My family, from what I was told, were not church goers, and although my mom had said she grew up in the church, the first four kids were not raised to know Jesus and His love. It was my sister who, as a teenager, joined a friend to a youth group event, and then a church service. I remember my sister saying, “I just wanted what she had.” I do not know who that friend was, but I am thankful she was the person whose beautiful feet and friendship lead my sister, and ultimately our whole family, going on 4 generations now, to know Jesus as their Lord and Saviour.

Fyfe family Due to age of photo there is discolouring especially under the eyes. Please disregard
It was my sister’s thankfulness and love of Jesus, that brought my eldest brother, Billy, 13 months my sister’s junior, to come to the Lord and be baptized only  a short time before he was killed in a car accident. It was my sister’s commitment to attend worship service that was the encouragement to get my Mom attending worship and participating in the choir. My Dad would not attend. Then my next eldest brother began attending youth, and both brothers were baptized. Finally, I came along. I was then baptized, as was my whole household by then – except Dad. I was the only infant baptism and am thankful to have had the Holy Spirit dwell in my heart for as long as I can remember.

Finally, twenty years later, having raised 5 children, being empty-nesters and enduring a few heart attacks, my Dad began attending church dinners with mom, then worship services and just two years before the day he passed from this life to eternity, he was baptized and professed his faith in Christ. It was the first time my sister and I ever sang formally together and boy were we rejoicing that day. I have learned God is very patient!

As I endure the departure of my loved ones, I am so thankful for the beautiful feet of that friend, my sister, my Mom who taught me and brought me to know and seek the assurance of the most precious gift of salvation that we have in Christ. Only in Him am I assured that Heaven is my ultimate destination and that all these loved ones will be there when I get there. I can’t wait to see them again. In the same way, may my feet, words, and actions bring the message of salvation for all my loved ones and those souls the Lord places in my path.

This week and always, may our feet be beautiful… and hands and voice… God’s blessings to you as you shine his light, my friends!

Prayer: Dear Lord, thank-you for those people you have put in my life that have brought me to know you and your saving love for me. Help me to have beautiful feet … and hands and voice… that brings and shares and lives your Good news to all of my loved ones and to those whom you put in my life that we may all be with you when our earthly life has ended and that we may see each other again. In Jesus’ Name I pray. AMEN!

Reflection: Think back on your life of faith. Can you think of who shared the saving news of Jesus with you first?… those who have been instrumental in your Christian life? If they are still living, perhaps you can send them a note: call, text, message, email…., to let them know how paramount they were in your life and/or thank them for having ‘beautiful feet’.

Faith Stories

fabrice-villard-251638Good morning Friends! As I mentioned last week, I am so looking forward to spending time with you. I pray your week went well with all you were faced with and that you were able to see the Lord in your life and go to Him. I hope you were able to reflect on your real and living relationship with Him. How did that go? I’d love to hear…

I haven’t come up with any rhyme or reason to the topics of my posts yet. However, today I do want to share God’s word and encouragement with you about sharing your stories, specifically your faith stories. Then over the next few weeks, I thought I’d share some of mine with you.

Let’s see how that goes. Also, before we begin, just a reminder that it is my hope to post every Monday morning in hopes that you will find encouragement for your week ahead. Finally, if you have any requests for topics, prayer requests or any comments, I’d love to hear from you. Blessings to you on the week ahead!

Faith Stories – Share them

Give praise to the Lord, proclaim his name; make known among the nations what he has done. Sing to him, sing praise to him; tell of all his wonderful acts. Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice. Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always. Remember the wonders he has done, his miracles, and the judgments he pronounced. 1 Chronicles 16:8-12

We will not hide them from their descendants; we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord, his power, and the wonders he has done. Psalm 78:4

roman-kraft-60298Throughout history God has reminded His people to remember what He has done. This was especially true during the Exodus of the Israelites from Egypt, and when they inhabited the Promised land. God reminded them to remember all that they had experienced; to recall all the promises He had made and the miracles He had done for them –  escaping Egypt, crossing the Red Sea, receiving manna daily, conquering larger nations, obtaining water from a rock, just to name a few. God desired them to remember His love and blessing, His guidance and protection of them, to remember that He had a plan for His people and He was with them each step of the way. God commanded that they never forget all these things and that they share all that He had done with the generations to come, so that they learn of His love and faithfulness for them.

It is the same for us. We are to learn of all that God has done for His children in the past and share those events; proclaim God’s presence and faithfulness to His people by sharing those stories and events. In addition, we need to share our stories of God’s presence in our own lives to those around us; to our friends, and family, to our church family, and especially to our children and grandchildren. Faith stories are God’s love stories in our lives. They proclaim God’s presence in our life and provide encouragement for us and for those who hear. By doing so we are praising Him but we are also reminding ourselves and those we are telling about our most Awesome God. The One who was the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow. God is Present! God is Faithful!

Prayer: LORD, you worked awesome deeds among your children throughout history, from one generation to the next; the greatest being the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus, for my salvation. Thank-you for redeeming me for eternity and promising never to leave me. Help me to seek you and keep my heart, mind and eyes open to seeing you work in my life now. Give me the courage to share my faith story with others. AMEN

Reflection: Think back on your life. Pick a time where you have experienced God in your life. Share it with someone who could use some encouragement. If you cannot think of a time in your life, then ask a Christian friend about a time when they experienced God working in their life. May you be encouraged by their faith story.

Hi friends! Welcome…

Welcome… to this time and space where I hope you are able to find encouragement and support in your life as a sister-in-Christ. We – as employees, bosses, daughters, moms, church leaders, etc- can be pulled in so many directions with all our life responsibilities. God does not desire us to be stressed out children, but to be at peace in Him. But how? Where’s the peace? Where’s the balance? It is my desire to share God’s word of life and renewal, and, as well as, words of encouragement, life lessons, faith stories, and simple tricks I’ve experience over the years.

I am married and a mother of three adult children and grandmother. I am currently a teacher for our school board’s Adult Education Program and attend a little mission congregation. In 2000, I became a Director of Parish Service for Lutheran Church Canada, and from 2000-2008, I served a Lutheran congregation as a deaconess. During those years of full-time service, I fell head-over-heels in love with serving the members and encouraging them in their faith life and in their service of the congregation. After stepping down from this solemn appointment, I have deeply missed these opportunities to share God’s love and to be blessed by receiving others’ faith stories.

Besides serving in my current congregation, I participate in a local, Christian multi-denominational community women’s Bible Study where we support and encourage each other in our daily Christian walk through the study of God’s Word and fellowship. Through my time with these gals, God has impressed on my heart a desire to reach out to the women beyond our local community, who may be needing support in their Christian walk.

It is my hope that this space and our time together is an extension of the one-on-one visits I so thoroughly enjoyed with my sisters-in-Christ over a cup of coffee, where we can chat and visit, share and be encouraged, in all aspects of our lives. So, grab a beverage and a comfy chair and let’s share! It is my purpose and prayer that God bless our time together.

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A Living Relationship

But if you seek the Lord your God, you will find him if you seek him with all your heart and with all your soul. Deuteronomy 4:29

 Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were not willing. Matthew 23:37


In Christ, our God walked this earth and lived our trials and temptations. Then in His death and resurrection, He sealed our eternity with Him which is something that we never could have done on our own. Finally, He promised never to leave us, nor forsake us.

Our God is a God who shows Himself to us daily. He does this in so many different ways; First and foremost through His Word, but also through other means like in the beauty and complexity of His creation, and through fellow believers. In His Word we see him intimately as He longs to comfort us and rejoice with us. He is a God of the living and He loves to walk with us in our earthly journey – whether through our trials or our joys, our pain or our victories. He loves when we come to Him like a little child confessing our weaknesses and sins, and He longs to change our hearts. However, for many, it is so easy to miss His blessings and conversations with all the busyness and noise of our lives.

God desires your heart and a living relationship with you, while you walk these days here on Earth. Give of yourself to Him – seek Him, trust Him, thank Him – and may you more clearly see Him and His blessings and presence in your life. That is God’s desire for you, until you meet Him face to face, and He is faithful to fulfill His promises. That doesn’t mean pain or grief will never cross your path and enter your life or the lives of your loved ones, but it does mean that He will walk with you through it. It is during these darkest times when you may feel Him the closest.

Prayer: LORD, please stir my heart and mind to you this day; to seek your guidance, to trust your promises and to see your blessings. You sent Jesus to seal my salvation while I was still a sinner, because of your love for me. How much more would you not be faithful in my days? May the Holy Spirit convict and strengthen me to be able to seek You first and live in Your presence and peace today and always. AMEN

Reflection: Take time today to STOP and listen for Him, STOP and look for Him, then STOP and give Him thanks for at least one blessing in your life.

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