Stretches—Good for Body and Soul

2 comments Posted on October 15, 2015

Grace Foxby Grace Fox

My youngest daughter—an occupational therapist—recently told me, “Your gym workout is great, but it’s not enough. You must stretch to keep your body fit.” Thanks to her, stretching’s now a part of my daily routine, and I’m healthier for it.

Faith stretches are good, too, even though they might not feel comfortable at the time. The founder of a missionary training center in Egypt recently asked me to volunteer for a week teaching his students—Egyptian, Tunisian, and Algerian men and women. My first thought was Who, me? You’re kidding, right? Then Henry Blackaby’s words came to mind.

Blackaby says God-given assignments are always bigger than us, and our response reveals what we believe to be true about Him. In other words, God’s assignments will stretch us beyond our comfort zone. Fear tempts us to say no. But faith prompts us to say yes.

I said yes to doing this faith stretch, and I’m so glad I did. I experienced God’s provision of the needed finances for the trip and His enabling me to write relevant materials. Spending time with believers from other cultures helped me better understand the challenges they face. Worshiping God and praying with them inspired me to go deeper in praise and intercession.

Moving from Fear to FaithStretches keep us healthy in more ways than one. What faith stretch have you experienced recently, and what did you learn from it?

Grace Fox is an international speaker at women’s events and the author of eight books including Moving From Fear to Freedom: A Woman’s Guide to Peace in Every Situation. She and her husband lead International Messengers Canada, a ministry that partners with nearly 200 career missionaries in 18 countries. Her books are available at Christian bookstores nationwide. To learn more, visit her website:


  • 10/15/2015
    Linda Thomas said:

    Grace, I loved what you wrote here. It sounds just like you–and your faith! You have given my faith a boost so many times, and now again today. Thank you so much. Currently I’m writing my second memoir about three years in a very dangerous part of South America,and one of the most important things I was getting wrong then was what you said above: “God-given assignments are always bigger than us, and our response reveals what we believe to be true about Him.” Of course it hurts and makes me ashamed to recognize that I was doing that, but discovering what I was thinking incorrectly about God helps me choose to avoid that attitude in the future. Good stuff, Grace, as always!

  • 10/20/2015
    Pam said:

    Grace, your life backs up your words! You are always s.t.r.e.t.c.h.i.n.g. out of your comfort zone for God!


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