The Short Story
Nothing gives me greater joy than encouraging you in your life journey. I am a testimony of grace from my powerful God, the mender of hearts, salvager of dreams, giver of hope, and healer of those broken places. So grab a cup of tea, take a moment and relax. I hope these words meet you where you are today, encourage you, and point you to God who loves you more than you can ever imagine. God wants to be part of our lives every moment and always listens for the voices of His children.
The Longer Story 🙂
Okay, where shall I start? I am supposed to write a blurb here about me. How do I describe me? I am a tad hyper and not so patient, and am happiest in the midst of where the action is. I am a Sanguine/Melancholy personality type. Figure that one out! (Good luck with that, it took me a long time). I thought it worth mentioning that I have a serious chocolate addiction. I am the mother of four grown children – 3 daughters and a son, and now we have added sons-in-law, a daughter-in-law, and 5 adorable grandchildren! I have a tender spot for encouraging other women in their life journeys and love the therapeutic benefits of a nice herbal tea and sympathetic chat with my friends on girls night out.
My ever patient and totally opposite husband Jeff is the love of my life. He is my encourager and cheerleader, and we are a team. We are busy in our church and community and share a passion and calling for marriage, families, and spiritual development. We have taught adult Sunday School at our church and led Small Group Bible Studies in our home, encouraging people to develop closer relationships with each other and with God. I have spent over 35 years in the children’s ministry in my home church. We have had the wonderful opportunity to go on mission trips with our children to the inner city of New York. For many years Jeff and I return to Belize to continue our ministry there.
We spend all of our free moments in the summer at the cottage where we enjoy swimming, kayaking, jet skiing, and water skiing. One of the best parts is enjoying coffee time by the fire with our friends. Sometimes the conversation is deep and profound, and other times … well … much laughter can be heard coming from the direction of our firepit.
We love speaking together and through the years have spoken on many topics including marriage and parenting. It is important for us to stand alongside other Dads and Moms in the wonderful and challenging journey of parenting and marriage relationships. We long to let couples and parents know that God is ever-loving, ever-present, and always has His ear tuned in to our needs as a family.
For many years Jeff and I have found ourselves talking with people who were discouraged and broken and had lost their way. We found that our role was mainly listening to their stories and pointing them to Jesus – the healer of wounds. We were glad for those who prayed with us and encouraged us in the hard places in our lives. That’s what it’s all about isn’t it, doing life together as fellow Christians so that no one stands alone? As a result, we have had the joy of victories in our own lives, and joined in the celebrations of friends who find their way and go on living the life that God has planned for them … and for all of us. Praise the Lord !!
Cyndi den Otter