Into His Wonderful Light

Fifi LeFan | A Portrait in Progress

I’m a writer, a woman full of words. Fifi LeFan is an artist, a woman full of light and color. Among her exquisite portraits here, you’ll find our April verse, which has everything we need to know as believers: who we are, what we’re called to do, and how God makes all this possible.

You are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. 1 Peter 2:9 

Fifi LeFan's California friends

You are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation… 1 Peter 2:9

It’s a powerful trio of Old Testament descriptions, which Peter extends to the followers of Christ, assuring us, “all the old titles of God’s people now belong to you” (Phillips).

Chosen, royal, and holy. Oh my. Not because of what we’ve done, but because of what Jesus did for us on the cross.

Fifi LeFan's Friend in Glasses

Then and now, God says we are “the people I formed for myself” (Isaiah 43:21). We didn’t stumble into the family of God, beloved. He chose us, declaring us “a kingdom of priests and a holy nation” (Exodus 19:6). Yes, wow.

Fifi and I agree: this description of how God sees us is our favorite.

Fifi LeFan's sweet friend

…God’s special possession,… 1 Peter 2:9

We are a “treasure” (NIrV) to Him — something He values and guards and keeps close by His side. Since He “purchased” (DRA) us at a great price and “acquired” (YLT) us through His sacrifice, He knows intimately the value of each one of His children.

As a portrait artist, Fifi works from a photograph, but her heart’s desire is to see inside the soul of the person and capture who they genuinely are, not simply a photographic likeness. It’s the light in their eyes that invites her in, and us as well.

Fifi LeFan's Friend with Scarf

Fifi believes a portrait helps people grasp their true worth. “It validates them, realizing they are seen, knowing an artist has spent hours studying their features.” And to think, God has spent all of eternity looking at us! Seeing us, loving us, cherishing us.

You can imagine the joy of watching people react to the finished portrait. Fifi says, “Something happens when they see the way they are illuminated, when they see the light inside them — it’s His light, shining through.”

Whatever our talents, our training, or our daily tasks, as “God’s instruments” (MSG), we have a calling like no other.

Fifi LeFan's Boy with Feathers

…that you may declare the praises of him… 1 Peter 2:9

Look closely in the lower right corner of Fifi’s full-size paintings, and you’ll find her name, with a slender cross and GTG: Glory to God. It’s why she paints. It’s why I write. It’s why we all do what we do.

God empowers us to “tell about the wonderful things he has done” (ICB) and “proclaim the wondrous acts of the One who called you” (VOICE). If I were to list all the kindnesses God has shown me, the miracles He has showered on people I love, and the blessings He has poured over strangers I’ve met — friend, that list would stretch from sea to shining sea!

For those of us who’ve spent any portion of our life in the shadows, we’re especially grateful for the light of His grace.

Fifi's Friend

…who called you out of darkness… 1 Peter 2:9

Fifi knows well that “inky darkness” (VOICE). Like many of us, she is a recovering approval addict, having grown up trying to earn the praise of others, laboring to be the light, rather than depending on His light. “Only when I was broken, when I couldn’t paint for three years, when I had nothing left inside of me — only then did I understand that darkness is the absence of color and God is all color and all beauty and all light.”

Fifi LeFan's friend Porkchop

…into his wonderful light. 1 Peter 2:9

Wonderful indeed. And “marvelous” (AMP) and “amazing” (CEB). Fifi’s website sums up her mission and ours: “Expressing God’s Beauty. Reflecting His Light.”

We are moons to His sun — not producing light, but reflecting it.

Words like “brilliant” and “dazzling” and “shining” and “glorious” not only pepper Fifi’s speech; they also pour from her paintbrush.

Fifi LeFan's Duo

Fifi says, “God overwhelmed me with His grace and with His presence, and gave me a heart for others who feel forgotten and desperate. All I want is to love Him and love people.”

Because I’m eager for you to experience that love in vibrant, living color, our giveaway this month was an original portrait by Fifi LeFan, who has been painting professionally for as many years as I’ve been speaking. The finished artwork will be an unframed 16 x 20 original watercolor, valued at $600. It’s a gift from Lizzie, meant to bless Fifi and you!

Fifi LeFan's Woman in Red

On Tuesday, April 16, the Lord chose Evelyn W. to win a portrait of her adopted granddaughter, Courtney. Can’t wait to see what Fifi creates from Courtney’s photo!

Thinking of a special person or special occasion that might merit a Fifi original? Pop on her website or Facebook page to discover more of her work and how you can contact her.

Fifi LeFan's Two Girls in Red

Fifi LeFan's Girl with Parrot

Thanks for joining me for another Wonderful Wednesday!

Your sister, Liz

P.S. If you missed April’s first Wonderful Wednesday on Facebook LIVE, watch and/or listen as we get to know Priscilla (love that woman!). Meanwhile, meet my friend, Fifi.

185 Responses to Into His Wonderful Light

  1. Kyle Stevens April 10, 2019 at 9:12 pm #

    Would love to have my sweet, Godly, indomitable mother of 90 years young painted! She just lost her soul mate of 68 years (my dad of course) last August and even in her frail state of the last 4 years, her resolve to live for Him lives on. She is amazing👏❤️☝️

    • Julia April 11, 2019 at 6:59 am #

      Fifi’s art work comes from deep within her soul as she pours every ounce of energy into each of her paintings. She captured our grandchildren with such intricate detail that it’s as if they’re with us in person when we look at her work hanging on our wall.

    • Martha April 11, 2019 at 9:46 am #

      I would choose to have a portrait of my mom and dad who now reside in heaven. I miss them so but know they are with the Lord and that eases the grief..

    • Trish April 11, 2019 at 8:33 pm #

      My daughter,Nina which means a little gift from God. The day she was born, I died on the operating room table and it was then that I understood that death to a believer truly means born into a beautiful heaven. A place that words cannot describe. Serenity…peace. something I had not known until I had my daughter…. My little gift from GOD.

    • Beth April 11, 2019 at 10:23 pm #

      Liz, my husband Rodney was diagnosed with cancer 8 years ago. The process has been grueling at times and very emasculating. In allof that time, I have rarely heard him complain. I have watched as the silversmith removes the dross as it rises to the top. I have been given the privlege of seeing the life of Christ emerge through his suffering. It would bless my girls and myself to have a portrait of him. May the healing of the Lord Jesus Christ manifest in every cell of your body and may God continue to bless your ministry.

  2. Amy April 10, 2019 at 9:14 pm #

    Sarah and Ruthanna. My daughters are very beautiful to me.

    Thank you for the opportunity to try at winning a lovely portrait by an extremely talented artist!!

    Easter Blessings to You!!!

    • Ellen Schmidt April 10, 2019 at 9:44 pm #

      If I were to have the opportunity to choose a subject for the incredible artist to paint, it would have to be a picture of my two beautiful daughters who are in their 40’s now and have been the light of my life!

      • Mary Lou Braswell April 14, 2019 at 2:19 pm #

        I would like a portrait of my mom. My dad passed away Memorial weekend now 5 years ago. My mom has been very sad every single day since that day. She is in the beginning stage of dementia. Her name is Carolyn and she was the strongest bravest woman I know!

    • Renee Klann April 10, 2019 at 11:15 pm #

      I have a cousin and friend with children which are adults now. that have Downs Syndrome . Would love you to paint their pictures to show the love of God lives in all people.

  3. [email protected] April 10, 2019 at 9:18 pm #

    I would love to have my grandkids painted. They are growing up so fast ..

    Thank you
    Carol

    • Suzanne April 10, 2019 at 9:59 pm #

      I would love to have a painting for my daughter in love, Bri. She has a husband and 4 beautiful children whom she adores but she has opened her heart and home to foster children. She is amazing, I don’t know how she does it all. And each time those angel babies move on she is heartbroken, because she is so attached and worries about them as they move on. She loves art especially of children, so this would be such a beautiful blessing. Thank you for the opportunity! And, Liz, Thank you for blessing all of us with your gift of writing! You have blessed my life and I am so grateful! In Christ, Suzanne

      • Colleen April 11, 2019 at 4:04 pm #

        I love this post!! Beautiful verse and art. My daughter Helen has been through terrible ordeal and is turning 26 in May. This would be perfect. Helen means light and her middle name is Grace. Seeing a painting of her would mean so much. Thanks for the opportunity.

  4. Lesli April 10, 2019 at 9:29 pm #

    Having my daughters painted would be such a beautiful gift. They are my heart and soul. Grown now, and I miss them so much. What a perfect way to keep them alive in my home.

  5. Kari April 10, 2019 at 9:29 pm #

    Great reminder of how we are all called by Him and His light shines through us, even though we may not see it in ourselves. These are beautiful paintings❗️ I’d love to have one of my young adult children together.

    • April Rodriguez April 11, 2019 at 3:20 pm #

      Oh Liz, what beauty in Fifi’s work. Brava, Brava!!

      If I was chosen I would have to have the portrait done for my Mother of my brother whom I have had the honor of talking to you about in detail with and his passing in 2007. I miss him so much even today but One Sweet Day I will see him again.
      Blessings to you Beautiful Ladies and may your talents always be blessed.

  6. Beverly April 10, 2019 at 9:31 pm #

    Diane. I would choose to have my dearest sister in Christ painted because through her terminal illness of IPF, she has done nothing but radiate pure light & joy from a heart that loves Jesus. Even though she struggles to breathe as her lungs fail her, she allows God to be her every breath as she pours out His praise through her gift of music to her church family & friends. God continues to pour his light & love into her life, and she continues to allow that light & love to shine into the lives of those around her, especially mine.

  7. Tonya Russell April 10, 2019 at 9:34 pm #

    Trula-a picture of her son who passed away in 2001.

  8. Sarita Beyea April 10, 2019 at 9:35 pm #

    My husband and I!

  9. Susanne Whirley April 10, 2019 at 9:37 pm #

    I lost my beautiful mother Sept 9th 2018. We were as close as we could be without breathing the same breath. She made sure my older brother and I were raised in church and Sunday School as soon as we were old enough, even though we had to catch rides to get there. I honor her and miss her so mutch, and a portrait of her would be priceless.

  10. Deborah V April 10, 2019 at 9:38 pm #

    I’d love for my baby sister, Melissa, to see her inner beauty in God’s bright light thru Fifi’s painting, Liz. But my sister’s mind is lost in paranoia & schizophrenic darkness. She’s been in and out of that for many years. This time she’s not progressing out. I’ve been there for her thru many ups/downs but this time her mental illness has caused her to turn on me. No longer “safe”…. According to her daughter, This kind of mental illness devastates families..everyone feels helpless. I share this only because many people have lost souls in their families. Cracking open darkness would be such a gift. Prayer is our only hope. If only she could see as many do thru Fifi Fan’s gift. These portraits are beautiful!
    So glad God has brought you out of a valley with cancer as He did me in 2016.
    So glad you have continued His calling on your life. God bless you, Liz❤️

  11. Cindy April 10, 2019 at 9:39 pm #

    My daughter Kate. She is my ♥️

    • Wendy April 11, 2019 at 8:18 pm #

      I would choose my Mom Janice. She passed away very suddenly in 2007, she was my best friend here on Earth and not a day goes by that doesnt find me wanting to pick up my phone and call her.

  12. Pam Grisham April 10, 2019 at 9:42 pm #

    I would love to see my 3 beautiful adult daughters painted in one of her paintings. Each daughter beautiful in their own way and it reflects in the children they were blessed with. Glowing, loving and patient.

  13. Marilyn April 10, 2019 at 9:46 pm #

    My beautiful niece, Tammie was in a single car accident on December 9, 2018. It was two hours before she was found and taken to the hospital with a severe spinal injury and facial damage. Through it all, she has continued to praise God for letting her live and still lets everyone know that Jesus is the joy of her life.

  14. Jennifer Glass April 10, 2019 at 9:50 pm #

    I would love a picture of my beloved brother Greg, he passed away September 2018! My best friend and I would really love this! 😍

  15. Sharon Marks April 10, 2019 at 9:56 pm #

    Fif’ s artwork is exquisite! How very blessed she is to have such a God-given talent and to use it to honor God.
    I would love to bless my son and daughter-in- love with a portrait of their 2 children (my grandchildren). They are wonderful parents and teach the children about Jesus. Abi accepted Jesus last summer at 6 years old. Eli is just 4 months old but I know will be taught in the same way. My daughter-in- law is so selfless and giving and I know would cry if she received a beautiful painting.

  16. Wendy April 10, 2019 at 9:56 pm #

    Betty my Mother-in-law
    It would be a blessing to us as she will be 91 this year and has had a rough year so far as she fell and broke her ankle in Jan and still has not recovered, she has good days and bad. We live 600 miles from her and we have had some pretty frightening phone calls about her condition. Liver is failing etc.. we have a beautiful photo that was taken of her on Valentine’s Day that I think would be amazingly beautiful in a watercolor painting.
    Thanks for your kindness that you are always sharing!

  17. Martha Troxel April 10, 2019 at 9:57 pm #

    I would love for my sister to be painted. Her name is Mary and she’s one of the neatest and bravest women I know.

  18. Irene Talaasen April 10, 2019 at 9:59 pm #

    I would love to have our grandson painted in a watercolor and the light shining from the Lord through him! Thank you.

  19. Carolyn April 10, 2019 at 10:00 pm #

    I would choose my cousin, Donna, to be the subject of the portrait. She is currently undergoing chemotherapy for cancer and is handling it with grace.

  20. Deb Nedza April 10, 2019 at 10:01 pm #

    A dear and selfless friend named Tammy would be my choice. A woman who loves Jesus more than anyone in this world, who never complains, who raised 4 children (one with autism) on her own for over 10 years during their grade school and high school years because her husband had chosen drugs over family….they remarried, restored…..then lost again when he went back to bad choices last year. Divorced twice (from him) and desiring to be a woman of God, she goes the pathway alone. A devoted, darling woman, barely making it financially…truly a Proverbs 31 woman if I’ve ever met one!

  21. Janice Stubbs Matthews April 10, 2019 at 10:06 pm #

    I would like to give a portrait opportunity to Stacy Hawk, daughter of Pastor Jim Hawk. She is a recovering drug addict and alcoholic. She is working part time in several places. Pastor Jim told us about an enlightening moment at Walgreen’s. It was late evening shortly before closing. The only check out register was in the liquor section. Stacy knew she had better not go there. So her dad took her purchases to the check out there.
    I believe Stacy has come a long way in recovery recognizing that temptations all around would throw her back in the pit of addiction.

  22. Lawan April 10, 2019 at 10:17 pm #

    What a wonderful give away! You are such a generous lady! Have a blessed Easter!

  23. Kathy K April 10, 2019 at 10:18 pm #

    I would love a painting of my only child. After an abusive marriage, I went through a difficult divorce. Raising my son alone on a teacher salary I was never able to get professional photos of him. I would love to have a portrait of the two of us or just him. What a blessing!

  24. Sheila April 10, 2019 at 10:19 pm #

    I would love to have a painting of my one and only granddaughter, Madelyn, who is so special to me and my husband. I would be selfish and keep the portrait for myself of her. She has carried us through my husbands cancer treatments and brings the sunshine into my life with just her smile.

  25. Marjorie April 10, 2019 at 10:46 pm #

    My husband

  26. Vada Harris April 10, 2019 at 10:47 pm #

    June! My Mom since 1974 she has been in her Heavenly home with our Lord. I would love to see her beautiful face again.

  27. Jenna April 10, 2019 at 11:45 pm #

    Mary. My boyfriend’s mother who went home to be with the Lord after battling cancer in 2016. She was a truly wonderful person who reflected God’s light everwhere she went and in everything she did for others.

    • Sandra Joseph April 11, 2019 at 6:04 am #

      I had a dear younger woman in my life, Michelle, who left an abusive marriage with 3 young kids and has been relying on God to take care of their needs ever since. I often remind her that God sees her (like Hagar) and that He cares intimately for each of them. A portrait gift such as this would be a precious, visual reminder.

  28. Judy Sink April 10, 2019 at 11:47 pm #

    I would love to see Veronica Chinchen painted. She is our senior pastor’s wide, a beautiful servant of God. She is tge mother of four grown up boys and two daughters-in-love. She works diligently in ministry to tge women of our church (The Grove Bible Church in Chandler, AZ).

  29. Rhonda Thompson April 10, 2019 at 11:56 pm #

    I would love to have my husband and I painted. He came into my life 20 years ago and brought me out of my darkness. He is the kindest and most loving man I have ever known.

  30. Louise April 10, 2019 at 11:56 pm #

    My 6 year old granddaughter, Peyton, because she is beautiful inside and out!

  31. Bobbi April 11, 2019 at 12:29 am #

    I would love to see a portrait of my beautiful friend Gail painted by Fifi. She has battled breast cancer for so many years with grace and dignity. It has now metastasized into her bones. She trusts God and never complains, even though her husband is a stroke patient and can do almost nothing for himself. Gail’s body is being ravaged but her spirit is valiant and she is an amazing woman. I believe Fifi could capture her essence like no one else could.

  32. louise April 11, 2019 at 1:20 am #

    Angus. this is the one who I think of. he is my husband and for many years now has been struggling with physical and mental sicknesses. I think both of us have forgotten that their is light in him. and I’m going to be reading this post for many days to come allowing the Holy Spirit to awaken us to His light again.

  33. Melonie Brewer April 11, 2019 at 2:44 am #

    My grandchildren are now beautiful young adults. I would love to have a portrait of them as children – remembering their giggling and laughing always warms my heart.

    • Diana April 11, 2019 at 5:08 am #

      I’d like my friend Bill and soon to be my husband painted because of the man he has been all his life and because of the twinkle in his 74 year old eyes that still shines out to whomever he’s with. We are in the later part of our lives, both widowed, and he is a man of integrity and outreach for the people in his community. He and his dear wife were incremental in starting the town museum, the Town Main Street program, the historic district and writing and photography the town’s history in a beautiful book. He was mayor for some years and has been right in the middle of doing what’s best for our small community. We found each other in our grief but are looking forward to spending the time the Lord has left for us together, continuing to be useful and vital in our community if God so wills it. Thank you.

  34. Sheila April 11, 2019 at 2:54 am #

    My friend Shawn. I just want her to see the Light of Jesus in her and know that she is so loved and cherished by Him.

  35. Penni April 11, 2019 at 3:59 am #

    I would love a portrait of my son. He is a treasure to all that know him.

  36. Beth Silver April 11, 2019 at 3:59 am #

    I have a family group shot . My father died last November.

  37. Tissa April 11, 2019 at 4:20 am #

    Katie and Molly – because they are the most wonderful gifts that the Lord has ever given me! They help me understand who the Father really is!

  38. Paula Mischler April 11, 2019 at 4:47 am #

    Beautiful paintings!! I would love to have my parents painted, who will be celebrating 55 years of marriage in November. Dedicated and solid, they both care so much for our family. Self-less giving to others throughout the years. They continue to give as they raise 3 great-grandchildren during their retirement and well into the ripe age of mid-70. The children’s ages are 12, 10 and 1 year. We are truly blessed to have such great people as our parents.

  39. Michele April 11, 2019 at 5:39 am #

    Tanner. My sweet 11-year old son. So he can see the light of Jesus radiating from his heart.

  40. Pat Sterlachoni April 11, 2019 at 5:53 am #

    I would love to have my granddaughter painted. She is 14 and has leukemia and always bubbly even when she is in treatment. She is my inspiration and hero. We found out last July when we were on vacation and she has been on heavy chemo ever since. Thank you. Even if not chosen please pray for Rozy.

  41. Debbie April 11, 2019 at 5:55 am #

    Hi Liz: This is so encouraging to me! I have always had a self image problem, and it gets worse as I get older. I love this sister’s work and would be honored to win a free portrait. Not of myself, but of my dear Momma, who is beautiful at 87 and still has a spring in her step! She is a cancer survivor, too! Love and hugs to you, dearest!!

  42. Rita Schwass April 11, 2019 at 5:58 am #

    Lois. 90 yr old and recently moved 100 miles to live closer to family.

  43. Shelly Hilvety April 11, 2019 at 6:03 am #

    I nominate my Mom, Shirley. She will be turning 80 years old in Oct. We lost Dad about 6 years back and she lost her Mom three years back at the age of 103. She takes things in stride but rescently she has started to have more health problems. I live in Ethiopia and probably won’t be back in the States for her Birthday. I would love to give her something that she would never expect. When you get to be her age you basically have everything you need. So this would be a blessing for years to come.
    Seeking to Serve,
    Shelly Hilvety
    CMF International – Urban Poor – Ethiopia

  44. Doris April 11, 2019 at 6:04 am #

    First, I really love the art of this artist. God has really gifted her. For a painting I would like to have a caring, dedicated, loving, sacrificial, supportive, wonderful, crazy fun at times, Christmas crazy, very imaginative, guy painted. Our son, who currently is Interim Senior Pastor at his church. He has loved Jesus since he was about nine years old. He is also studying for his Masters in counseling so his plate is very full. He has been Youth pastor for many years (that should explain the crazy 😂) and I would love to see how she paints the Light of Jesus shining from him.

    • Doris April 11, 2019 at 9:02 am #

      I forgot to put his name, it is Allen.

  45. Toni April 11, 2019 at 6:07 am #

    Kim is who I would love to see painted. She shines with the light of Christ, is humble, gentle, giving beyond her means, raising up Godly children, serving and teaching and an inspiration to others. Despite her own battles with cancer she puts others first and has a heart of love for her family and those forgotten, mistreated and rejected. I thank God for her in my life, my daughter and my friend.

  46. Stacy, my daughter because she is a blessing.

  47. Carol B. April 11, 2019 at 6:20 am #

    I would love to see my daughters, Sara & Katie, on a portrait because they are God’s precious blessings in answers to my prayers. Thank you for your devotionals and sharing your faith in God with us.

  48. Diette Crockett April 11, 2019 at 6:26 am #

    I’d love for my parents to be painted by Fifi. Mom is the last surviving member of 13 siblings and Dad is the oldest of his siblings with only 3 of the six left. Both are leaving wonderful stories of their past to their children, grand children and great grandchildren. I’d love a special portrait to go with those stories.

  49. Lorraine April 11, 2019 at 6:28 am #

    My 4 granddaughters…
    Savannah, 13; Lindsay, 10; Chelsea, 8; and Brooke, 4yrs.
    They all love Jesus and it would be a beautiful legacy to pass down to
    each of their families when they are married and have their own children.

  50. Beth Spivey April 11, 2019 at 6:29 am #

    I would love to have my children painted. I am amazed at Fifi’s paintings. They are absolutely beautiful and so realistic. Praise the Lord for her using her talent for Him.

  51. Josephine April 11, 2019 at 6:29 am #

    Hello Liz,

    A portrait of my daughter Holly by Fifi.

    Thank you for sharing your light and love.

    Josie

  52. Carol T April 11, 2019 at 6:29 am #

    My children Rebecca and Sarah that they would know how special they are

  53. Joy Bitler April 11, 2019 at 6:33 am #

    My 13 year old granddaughter met Jesus personally two years ago today! It would be amazing to have her picture painted with the sparkle that came from her eyes, even in her suffering. All the glory belongs to Jesus!

  54. Evelyn Walters April 11, 2019 at 6:40 am #

    I would love to have a picture painted of my adopted granddaughter Courtney. She is 15. She has suffered so many losses in life and gone through so many hurts. She has absolutely no self esteem. I try so hard to help her see her value is in who God says she is not man. She and her mother cannot get along which is hard to watch. She was given away twice. Thank God He chose to give her to us. She has lost her biological grandmother with cancer, her grandfather from a massive heart attack. Her dad, my son has just gone through the second cancer. He is a pastor so she has been moved around a lot always losing good friends. If a painting of her in her room could help remind her how special she truly is to God and to me, it would bring my heart joy. I love her more than words can express.

  55. Chris April 11, 2019 at 6:45 am #

    I would love to have a portrait of my mom, Shirlee
    Through so many obstacles
    She chooses faith over despair. Sharing Christ at 87
    Makes everyday and everywhere she goes her mission field.

  56. Elizabeth April 11, 2019 at 6:46 am #

    My friend, Lesa. She struggles with chronic illness and constantly thinks that God is punishing her for something. She’s lost 2 babies. She is always fearful of things. She tries to pray, tries to remain faithful, but struggles a lot with it. She needs to see herself as God sees her. Forgiven and Loved.

  57. Lyndsey April 11, 2019 at 6:46 am #

    Olivia and Benjamin. My 2 angels. I love the way this artist captures the light in a person and my 2 kids bring such light to my life. It was a winding uncertain path to them and I’m grateful for each day. What a wonderful giveaway!

  58. Roberta April 11, 2019 at 6:48 am #

    I would love to have a portrait of my daughter, Amanda, with her niece. Amanda is one of those inspirational and passionate elementary teachers, whose students still visit years later. Her niece, J., is my granddaughter
    ( age 4), and I have had full custody of J. for the past two years. Amanda and J. are very close and Amanda is a surrogate mother to J. Amanda sacrifices her time and money to help me give J. a full life. I would love a watercolor of the two of them to give to Amanda, as a way of thanking her and celebrating their bond.
    Thank you!

  59. Robin April 11, 2019 at 6:49 am #

    Doris

    • Robin April 11, 2019 at 6:51 am #

      Doris – my Mama. She is in her 80’s and is ready to give up on life. I want her to see herself the way we see her – as a vibrant woman who still has plenty to live for.

  60. Peggy April 11, 2019 at 6:52 am #

    Thank you Liz for sharing Fifi’s ministry with me. These are awesome. Can’t narrow down who I would want from my 17 grandkids but wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed the shine in these eyes.

  61. Sherry Leavell April 11, 2019 at 6:54 am #

    So much love in these comments and in your post.

    I would have a portrait done of my friend Teresa. She is the founder of Hosea’s house ministry and they are about to open a second home for women in crisis. I think it would be wonderful to display a portrait of Teresa who so beautifully shows the love of Christ in all that she does.

  62. Jan April 11, 2019 at 6:56 am #

    April 16 is my daughter Jessi’s birthday. She is a single mom with two beautiful children and is fresh from a sad divorce. She is a godly woman, who is struggling to walk this difficult journey in a way that honors God and edifies her children in joy, but she is doing an amazing job of preserving and growing their faith in the process. What a wonderful gift it would be for Fifi to capture her young son and daughter in her watercolors!

  63. Shelly Cox April 11, 2019 at 6:57 am #

    Brenda, my mom. Their are many special ladies in my life, but my mom has been a shining example of grace & forgiveness, gentleness & kindness. She sacrificed so much to make sure our family had all we needed and more. I grew up wanting to model my life & motherhood after the example she set for us. She is also the one who made sure we went to church and knew Jesus. I love her dearly!

  64. Joan April 11, 2019 at 6:58 am #

    Fifi’s paintings are so beautiful and they are filled with the true expressions and love of life. Thank you for the opportunity to win this beautiful gift. 🙂

    I would love to have a photo of my friend, Gina with her mother, Ann, painted. Ann is quite ill now, and the Lord may call her to be with him soon. Gina and her mother have a very close mother-daughter bond and such a loving relationship. I know Gina would be touched beyond words or measure to have a painting of her with her mother. Ann and Gina have beautiful hearts and smiles.

  65. Kathy April 11, 2019 at 7:10 am #

    My daughter, Heather, who struggles to see herself as God sees her.

    Thank you Lizzie for ALL your words. You are such an encouragement to me and I get so excited when I see an email from you in my In Box. You ‘light up’ scripture for me and give it the life God intended it to be for the reader! Love you to the moon and back!

  66. Peggy Kamer April 11, 2019 at 7:12 am #

    My sister/mother. I’m the youngest of 9. When I was 7 our mother became sick with cancer it was 1965. As she fought a battle for 5 yrs she lost that battle in 1970. All the while my sister Lois became the mother. Our mom knew she was not going to be here much longer when she ask her oldest daughter to finish raising her youngest daughter. She became not only my sister but my mother. She had a little girl of her own who was 6 at the time. She taught me so many things. Like the day to day living to help you become a good productive person. But it wasn’t until we lost her 6 months ago after a long illness that I learned her hidden talent. She wrote poams. Some were written many years ago about her feelings. We found them as we were going through her things. Some were tucked away in a book or maybe in a drawer. We found ourselves getting excited to find the next one. As she aged her wtiting became more about the spirit. You could tell she was being saved. She wrote one called the “The Father and the Son”. A friend has put music to the words and he has performed it at his church. She was a believer in God loved her family always tried to do the right things. We would love for Fifi to look into her eyes and capture her soul. Thank you.

  67. Cathy April 11, 2019 at 7:12 am #

    Margaret. She’s been going through some stressful situations in the last two years and it would bless her to see herself surrounded by the light and beauty she gives to others.

  68. Pam Strickland April 11, 2019 at 7:21 am #

    my granddaughter, Whitley. She is 9 years old and has just been diagnosed as a Type 1 Diabetic. She is scared, but so very brave as she is learning how her life will change as she learns to live with this disease. I am so proud of her. She is an inspiration to our whole family.

  69. Mona Johnston April 11, 2019 at 7:25 am #

    Mike – my husband is a recovering alcoholic. I have seen God turn his life around in the last 7 years and he is now excitedly setting up his private practice as an LCSW to help others who suffer as he has.

  70. Katie B April 11, 2019 at 7:25 am #

    My beautiful grandchildren, Jack, Clare and Maeve. They bring the LIght of the Lord into my life.

  71. Sandy Putnam April 11, 2019 at 7:30 am #

    Hi Liz! These portraits are lovely- my eyes were drawn to the eyes of each person, and yes, I could see their spark of life! I’d love to nominate my best friend Virginia. She shines the love of Christ to so many, but especially to me. She helped me so much on my path to become a Jewish believer, and was there for me each step. She still is there when I falter,or need prayer and support. We both have autistic adult children and both have many of the same struggles. She was there for me when I had breast cancer. Even though I’ve moved to TX and she is in VA, we are still sisters in Christ and if one of us needs the other..we know that person will be there. I love her dearly and this would be such a special gift for her 60th bday this year! Thanks for all you do..and I am so happy you are cancer free! Praise the Lord!

    • Elaine April 11, 2019 at 7:44 am #

      My daughter Alison. Although she’s no longer a child I was told it was highly improbable to conceive due to medical issues. God proved the so called experts wrong. Every birthday I remember how grateful I am.
      I loved reading what Fifi wrote on her website. Thankful to you Liz for always encouraging all of us.

  72. Nancy Russell April 11, 2019 at 7:41 am #

    I’d like for my daughter, Leah, to have her portrait done. She’s had many challenges over the past few years, but she presses on, taking care of and loving her husband and four children.

  73. Carrie Turansky April 11, 2019 at 7:45 am #

    Hi Liz, Wow! What a wonderful post! I love learning more about Fifi, her art, and the way she is using her gifts to share God’s light. I would love my friend Judy to have her portrait painted by Fifi. Judy has come through so many challenges in her life, yet she always overflows with the joy of the Lord and shows such love and kindness to everyone. I have learned so much from Judy! Recently she had to have one kidney removed because of a cancerous tumor, and it has been a slow recovery for her, yet she takes time to reach out to me and encourage me on my cancer journey. I love Judy, and I’d loved to see her blessed like this. Thanks for the encouragement, Liz!

  74. Glenda April 11, 2019 at 7:48 am #

    Lavinia – my Mother
    I was once told that they could see Jesus in me! I remember feeling like I was recognized as royalty. To think that she could see Jesus on my face had nothing to do with me (but I do lovve Him). It all had to do with God. He desires intimacy and when we draw close, He does too. So much so that sometimes others see Him in us.

  75. Chris April 11, 2019 at 7:50 am #

    Ben & Alex.
    It would be a blessing for them and us to see the light through a portrait as life has been very challenging.

  76. Amy April 11, 2019 at 8:03 am #

    My kids-Samantha and James. They are the most precious humans to me! What a gift! Thanks for the opportunity!

  77. Lori April 11, 2019 at 8:04 am #

    My father. God called him to heaven last year. I miss his smile and the mischievous light in his eyes as he would kid around with family and friends.

  78. Denise Myford April 11, 2019 at 8:05 am #

    Her name…Jen. A Godly young woman who was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer years back. I heard her speak words of encouragement and God’s Love, with a beautiful smile, at an IF Gathering at our church in the middle of her battle. She was beautiful, brave and an inspiration to everyone she met. I didn’t know Jen personally, but I wish I had. Sadly, Jen passed away this week. Here is yesterday’s FB post from a friend of mine who met Jen and grew to love her as a sister-in-Christ. “To my beautiful friend, Jen Hoop. I’m so sorry I was not with you in your final moments, I’ll probably never forgive myself. I hope you know how much I loved you and how much I cherished every moment we spent together. Thank you for teaching me that true joy and strength comes only from God. You were a warrior and you fought so bravely! You will not be forgotten and I will carry you in my heart forever. I wish we could go to lunch like we did on this perfect day. You will always be my favorite person, my little Jen Jen. 😭🙏♥️“. Liz, she had posted a photograph of the two of them on “that perfect day”. I am asking that you consider choosing Jen. It would be a beautiful gift to her family. Thank you for this kind and generous gift you are offering.

    • Carol Hettick April 11, 2019 at 11:19 am #

      My husband Ferol. God called him home on Match 20, 2019 after a brief bout with cancer. 97 days from diagnosis. He was such a sweet. And gentle man and I think Fifi can capture that essence in her painting. It would be a special piece I can take into my new home so that he will always be with me in Spirit.

  79. Shayna April 11, 2019 at 8:11 am #

    Morning Liz,

    Laurel works hard and has a beautiful spirit. All this is compared to nothing to the love/passion she has for Christ. She has been a blessings in, so many ways that I have lost count. She was there when I needed helping fighting an addiction, through the years that I was at a difficult school and so much more. This painting would be a way that I could bless her and her family as a thank you.

    Thank you for taking the time to reading this!

    Blessings,

  80. Lori April 11, 2019 at 8:25 am #

    Liz,
    I would choose to have my grandchildren painted. They are truly blessings from God and bring such joy to my life.

  81. Vickie April 11, 2019 at 8:30 am #

    My daughter, Megan, is the one I choose for a portrait. She is beautiful inside and out, but like Fifi has always struggled to feel loved and accepted.
    When I read the section about us being “God’s special possession…something He values and guards and keeps close by His side,” I immediately thought of my earthly adoptive father. I always knew I was valued and loved by him, and because of this I never had any trouble understanding the love of my Heavenly Father.
    But Megan did not have this security from her father, not because he does not love her. No, he adores her and is so proud of her. While she was growing up, he never was able to open up and love her the way she needed because of his own insecurities. As a result, she’s experienced hurt in relationships with men. God has brought healing to her and their relationship in her adult years, but the scars from her childhood and adolescence sometimes still cause pain.
    Megan has a light about her, the light of her Heavenly Father.
    She is now a bride-to-be and will be marrying a kind, loving young man on April 27. These two have been custom-made for each other. My husband and I know this because we’ve been praying for her future husband since Megan was about two. 😊
    I know there are many deserving of this special gift from you, Liz, but this is the one that has my 💕 heart.
    Much love – Vickie

  82. Carrie April 11, 2019 at 8:32 am #

    Landon… you want to see God’s light shining through a human soul, check out this dude. He has spread light through our small community all of his 13 years, and he is now sharing that light in St. Louis where he is receiving chemotherapy for Leukemia. His parents are shining lights also. They understand that God has a purpose for Landon, and they’re amazing facilitators for that purpose. Oh, and did I mention Landon was blessed with an extra Chromosome 21?

  83. Robin Brittain April 11, 2019 at 8:46 am #

    My friend, Kim. We have been friends for nearly 30 years. She is someone with whom I shared secrets of my heart, helped me empty my father’s room at the assisted living center days after his passing, and currently allows me to encourage her and pray for her as she travels through a deep valley.

  84. Carol Fleeman April 11, 2019 at 8:53 am #

    a portrait of my daughter, Valerie, because she gives so freely of herself, never asking a return. she is a worship leader and has a special gift of leading people into our Lord’s Presence as she goes first herself. She lives and breathes Jesus. I was thinking of her recently (she is 42) and decided she was one of the very few people in my life who never really asks anything of me, just loves me freely. Mom

  85. Emily April 11, 2019 at 8:54 am #

    Andrea. She was killed in a car accident last Monday, leaving a 14-year-old son. Neither of them are believers and I think it would be a powerful display of God’s love to surprise her son with a portrait of the two of them to help him treasure the memories of his mom.

  86. Jan Peach April 11, 2019 at 8:55 am #

    I would choose Heather…always hard on herself. Doesn’t see her own beauty! She has endured heartache and hurt. Still forgiving even through her pain. I love her dearly and feel God has blessed me with a “daughter” I never had. Thanks Lizzie, for all your words of encouragement
    God bless!!

  87. Kara April 11, 2019 at 9:05 am #

    I would love to nominate my best friend, Jeanne. So selfless and such a blessing to others.

  88. Debbie McKinney April 11, 2019 at 9:07 am #

    Jeannine–criticized too much by her father, she often unknowingly does the same though she has no desire to do it and is often unaware of it. She is her own worst enemy but wants to serve the Lord. Often discouraged, but keeps on. She lives on the edge of society, but would like deep friendships even if she is not sure how to attain them.

  89. Brenda Williams April 11, 2019 at 9:26 am #

    What wonderful portraits. Thank you for sharing Fifi’s artwork. We all need to see and appreciate how we look to others. Shining forth God’s love.

  90. Amy April 11, 2019 at 9:27 am #

    Beautiful! I would love to have my children, Addison and Charlie painted to remember this special and sweet time of childhood.

  91. Megan L. April 11, 2019 at 9:29 am #

    I would like a portrait of my Mom, because she doesn’t see her value like she should and I’d like her to realize how loved and important she is to our family, but especially to Jesus.

  92. Connie April 11, 2019 at 9:33 am #

    Sarah. She is our youngest daughter. She has been married for about a year and a half and she and her husband, Dylan, have a beautiful baby girl, Elizabeth (we call her “Lizzie”). She is 6 months old. In March, Sarah’s husband asked she and Lizzie to leave with the intent to divorce. Truly, this came out of the blue. They were living together in Tennessee, Dylan’s home state. Sarah and Lizzie have come home to Maine. We, as a family, have been, only by His grace, standing firm in faith and praying for God’s peace, comfort, wisdom and grace. We have been praying lovingly for Dylan and seeking God’s will for their marriage. God has been so good, even building relationship between my husband and I and Dylan’s parents (who we don’t know really well – only because they live in Tennessee and we in Maine). He is also, amazingly (only God), softening Dylan’s heart. Sarah’s faith has stretched and grown and, quite honestly, flourished during this time. Yes, our God IS that good! I would love for Sarah to have a portrait done by Fifi for two reasons (I’m sure there are so many more, too!). I’d like her to see the incredible Light He is pouring into and out of her EVEN during this painful, difficult time. I’d also love it because, years ago a pastor gave a sermon about having visible things – photos, mementos, etc – in our homes that remind us of a time when God showed Himself. Whether a joy-filled time or a dark, sad time. These visible reminders are for us to remember, thank You, LORD, and to cause people who come to visit us to be curious. When they ask, “oh, what’s this about?” or anything about the piece, it gives us an opportunity to bring glory to God as we share His truth and Presence in our lives. I would love this for Sarah. Thank you, so much, Liz, for your loveliness (through Him) and for bring glorious glory to God as you share His Light and your gifts He has poured into you!

  93. Sharon April 11, 2019 at 9:39 am #

    I would love to have a portrait of my only great grandson! He is such a delight to our family!

  94. Annetta Van Andel April 11, 2019 at 9:48 am #

    I would like to have you consider my daughter in law Amber. She is the mother of two sons Elliot, 15, and Owen 11. Her journey as a mother has brought both great heartache and great joy. Elliot has autism and Owen struggles with perfectionism /OCD/.
    Amber is so patient and one of her characteristics is that she stays SO CALM in the midst of an event with her sons. I have learned so much from her. She also has her own health issues including a form of arthritis.
    Amber is a beautiful person and special “daughter” to me. I would love to see her inner beauty portrayed.
    Blessings to you

  95. Brenda Qualls April 11, 2019 at 9:59 am #

    Fifi’s art is amazing! Her story is such an inspiration!
    I would choose my grandson. He was adopted by my son and wife as a young boy and went through foster care. I would love for Him to look at his portrait and see the light shining in Him that we see.
    Thanks for bringing us this beauty of art and scripture, Liz.

  96. Debbie April 11, 2019 at 10:07 am #

    Sam – our little guy was 15 months old when Jesus took him home unexpectedly. Sam had spinal bifida and we weren’t sure if he would have ever walked. I would love to see a painting of Sam walking and holding Jesus hand. It would be gift for his mama.

    (Sam was a twin – he left behind Hannah who is now 4 1/2.)

  97. Will Fuller April 11, 2019 at 10:24 am #

    I would love to see FiFi do a portrait of our mutual friend, Janet Olsen.
    Janet is an 82 year old widow that FiFi met when she came to California to speak last year
    and like FiFi, Janet is a recovering approval addict, the daughter of a Presbyterian Minister who has never quite felt “good enough”. I think she would be a terrific subject for FiFi to paint because she has such a terrific twinkle in her eyes when she smiles!

  98. Marty Goff April 11, 2019 at 10:40 am #

    I would love to see my granddaughter, Elise, painted. For her to see the light that I see and others see in her. Most importantly that God sees.

  99. Polly April 11, 2019 at 10:44 am #

    Wanda – who is the essence of Jesus here on earth. She lovingly took care of her father in her home until his death from a long battle with Alzheimer’s. Shortly after that she took a disabled adult with the mental capacity of a pre-teen into her home and became legal guardian along with her husband since the woman’s other guardians had passed away. She Always goes out of her way to help others with any needs or just to bless their day.

  100. Kay Krober April 11, 2019 at 10:46 am #

    My husband, Wendel. He was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer 9/16. He has been given all available chemotherapy and the Whipple surgery. On March 23 he was taken off chemotherapy and hospice has been recommended. Losing him will be devastating for our family. His bucket list included a family cruise which we have booked for June 22. The Dr. is doubtful that he will be able to go. He loves his gradchildren and a keepsake of a lovely watercolor would be priceless!

  101. Amanda April 11, 2019 at 10:51 am #

    My daughters, Kara and Kelsie, and my husband, Kevin. They are a huge blessing to me. They are what keeps me going everyday as a cancer research nurse. I know God is good all the time because of what we have shared as a family.

    • Dolly Lowe April 11, 2019 at 12:46 pm #

      David, my late husband because he was such a special husband and father.

  102. Sandy April 11, 2019 at 10:54 am #

    I would choose a portrait of my granddaughter, Gwen, age 2.5 who lives in another state. However, her baby sister is due to arrive May 15, so a portrait of the two of them would be priceless.

  103. Joni Mueller April 11, 2019 at 11:00 am #

    My Mother, my prayer warrior.
    Janice Worthington Fish is the most amazingly strong woman, wife, mother, grandmother, teacher, pastor, ……there are not enough words…..well except for pure joy. What joy she brought and taught us to bring to our families.

    My mom has had a tough few years, having to go through chemo and hospital stays a few times. She has remained my rock through it all. Though she looks forward to the time when she will be reunited with her baby boy in heaven, she lives each day being a rock for her husband and three daughters here on earth.

  104. Julie Vrieling April 11, 2019 at 11:11 am #

    My sweet children … Daughter Shelby and husband Scott and son Brandon and girlfriend Alejandra! This Mama has been so blessed by these four! What an honor that God chose me and entrusted me to be their Mom! My husband and I feel so privileged to be so close with our adult children! They are all Jesus lovers and have made us so proud! Love praying them through life!

  105. Michelle Murphy April 11, 2019 at 11:18 am #

    Martha

  106. Michelle Murphy April 11, 2019 at 11:19 am #

    Martha – it would mean the world to me – this is my mother and as she is getting older I realize more and more that she won’t always be here with me and I would love to have a portrait to keep forever of the way I know and want to remember her….

  107. Judy April 11, 2019 at 11:33 am #

    Amazing how personal her paintings are. Looking into sometimes eyes and seeing inside is a wonderful God given gift. I would love to see my granddaughter Jayla painted. She is a wonderful young lady with a desire to always do more.

  108. Andrea DeGennaro April 11, 2019 at 11:35 am #

    I would love to see a painting of Jesus laughing while holding a baby. There are so few pictures of Jesus smiling or laughing

  109. Stacy April 11, 2019 at 11:42 am #

    Sarah – my precious 25 year old daughter who often feels as if she can never quite measure up, who has been through many physical health issues including repeating an extremely painful failed ankle surgery, who has faced the terrors of an abusive relationship, who is pressing on to earn her college degree no matter how long it takes, who is a loving and inspired preschool teacher of 2 year olds, who loves the Lord, and who is the light of our lives. I would love for her to see herself as we see her, shining with the light of the Lord.

  110. Rosemary L Barnard April 11, 2019 at 12:23 pm #

    Liz, thank you for such a thoughtful and life changing gift. There are many of us caregivers of love ones and friends with cancer. I would like to request a picture for my lifelong friend Linda Steinert. This is a time of struggling for her. I want to be an Aaron to her

  111. Alana Morgan April 11, 2019 at 12:52 pm #

    I would love a painting of my granddaughter Arabella! At age 11 she faces daily taunts of children chipping away at her ‘light’. This chance, this gift would be priceless for me, her mother and her.

    Thank you Liz!

  112. Carol Tonseth April 11, 2019 at 1:27 pm #

    I choose my sister Vickii Yeats. She has suffered a loss of a daughter to cancer and now her husband is fighting cancer! She continues to praise and thanks the Lord no matter how hard it gets. I’m amazed at her strength and resilence through all of this and would love to surprise her with something special like a self portrait that brings this out in the painting.
    Love her sister Carol

  113. Kathy Lowry April 11, 2019 at 1:33 pm #

    My 21 year old nephew. He was born with Downs Syndrome and heart defects,,,during his heart surgery he had two massive strokes….his speech center of his brain was destroyed and he was left with what they call severe autism caused by stroke…He is a beautiful soul and reflects God’s unconditional love to all around him….He and his mother and father are my heroes. Satan tried to destroy a life, but the love of God shines brightly through this dear boy.

  114. Patricia Ivie April 11, 2019 at 1:42 pm #

    Liz, I want to honor my granddaughter. She’s in her first year at Savannah College of Art and Design. She’s such a beautiful person inside and outside. It would be my great pleasure to gift that to her father and my daughter.

  115. Sonja April 11, 2019 at 1:50 pm #

    I would like a picture of my husband of 57 years. He is now at a different address due to pancreatic cancer. Dixon is his name

  116. Virginia Flores April 11, 2019 at 1:53 pm #

    My husband he passway 5 months he was a great father and to all of his children he always was helping families and friends Cooking and feeding them he was always happy to have you over his house You could see Jesus in his heart he was a great man I truly miss him and love him there’s a picture that I have of him I could see right through his eyes and he could see me through his eyes to me I love that picture

  117. Janice Jeffers April 11, 2019 at 2:16 pm #

    I submit the name Rhonda. You are such a blessing to me. Your words of wisdom each text strengthens me as well as scriptures. Seems as though they are meant for me as I am taking care of a loved one 24/7 and your words of encouragement gives me strength to carry on. May God truly bless your life as you carry on your endeavors. You light up my life!!

  118. Brenda April 11, 2019 at 2:26 pm #

    Novelette. She’s caring and thoughtful and respectful. I would like to see the light inside her captured for her to see. She’s spent so many years tending others and I’d like to bless her day 🙂

  119. Lori April 11, 2019 at 2:31 pm #

    My first born was a boy, Derek, and he lived for one month. He was born January 20, 1979, and died on February 19, 1979. I have one picture of him, taken at the hospital before his surgery. Why I didn’t take more pictures, I’ll never understand! The picture I have is still intact, but barely. Remember the old Polaroids? You took the pic and it developed right before your eyes! I’m grateful that his picture is in as good of shape as it is. Having a portrait of him would be wonderful. Thank you!

  120. Joan Lynch April 11, 2019 at 3:18 pm #

    Jessica, my beautiful daughter – because with all she already has gone through, her smile and laughter lift my heart to heaven in praise for her healing and joy. I am praising now because she is again in remission of her painful disease.

  121. Deborah April 11, 2019 at 3:32 pm #

    My beautiful granddaughter, Brooklyn! She is such a delight and the love of our life! What a wonderful keepsake to behold to see her bright, little face in watercolor! I thank our God every day for this precious life, that almost wasn’t! She truly is our little miracle as well as the work of His Hands!

  122. Lisa April 11, 2019 at 3:36 pm #

    I would love to see my beautiful daughter, Kate, painted by Ms. Fifi. Kate experienced a trauma at age 9 that has left her broken and despondent. Now 21, she still can’t seem to grasp that there is a Father who loves her, who sees her. A mother’s heart wants good things for her children. More than the painting, I ask that you pray for her. As God saw Hagar in the desert and made Himself known to her, please ask our precious Lord to make Himself known to Kate in her desert.

  123. Connie Lawson April 11, 2019 at 3:49 pm #

    My friend’s son, Sterling, who is serving time in a NC prison. He also has the gift of art creation. He is seeking God with all his strength right now and God is growing his faith. He desperately needs to understand he is precious in the eyes of his Savior and in the eyes of the world around him. I know he would be so touched to have his portrait done by someone who doesn’t know him, but can bring out the light within him.

  124. Liz T. April 11, 2019 at 4:40 pm #

    What a wonderful God gifted artist!
    I would love to have my grandsons painted! They bring me much joy!!

  125. Linda Cook April 11, 2019 at 5:33 pm #

    Meredith, my daughter, who single-handedly raised two Godly sons, homeschooled them from kindergarten through high school graduation, and who now works two jobs and studies for her BA in education, is my candidate for this honor. Her faith and trust in God is evident in her life as she reaches out to those around her who are in need, even opening her arms and home to abused mothers and their children.

  126. Debra Kornmuller April 11, 2019 at 5:47 pm #

    Our two beautiful daughters, Melissa and Emily, who have grown into amazing young women. We are so proud of you and are blessed to be your parents.

  127. Sharilyn April 11, 2019 at 6:01 pm #

    I would love to see my friend Karen painted in watercolor. Last year she was diagnosed with stage 4 ovarian cancer. After chemotherapy and surgery to remove multiple organs she is now in remission. She is a woman who loves the Lord. She recently retired from a job of 40 years where she helped to make the dreams of children with physical disabilities come true.

  128. Regina April 11, 2019 at 6:32 pm #

    Christine. This beautiful woman embodies patient, steady, selfless love. She has been my dear friend and confidant since we met in the hallway of our school the summer before 8th grade. It has been my joy and honor to watch her grow into a woman, a wife, and a mother. She has watched over every child in our group of friends before they’ve started their school years, and after waiting forever to find my great love, she watches over my daughter too. It is such a gift to trust my little girl to a treasured friend. One that truly shines with love.

  129. Brandi Luiz April 11, 2019 at 7:46 pm #

    Hi Lizzie,
    I think it would have to be my mom. My mom loves with her whole being, it doesn’t matter who you are or where you came from she will love you, she will be your friend, your momma if yours is missing or your Nana if you aren’t close to yours. She radiates joy from her smile to her laugh.

  130. Ina April 11, 2019 at 8:16 pm #

    Thank you Liz for sharing Fifi’s amazing talent with us. I would love to see a picture of my youngest daughter Fawn who went to be with Jesus at 4 years old.

  131. Sylvie Moisoff April 11, 2019 at 8:58 pm #

    I would love to have Fifi paint s picture of my grandchildren, a brother and sister, who live in South Carolina. I love 3000 miles away in California. I miss them and din’t See them often. It would be nice to have a picture of them in my home!

  132. Nancy April 11, 2019 at 9:19 pm #

    Hello Mrs.Liz, thank you for sharing this beautiful offer with all of us. I’m thinking my granddaughter Haven, would really appreciate a beautiful portrait from Fifi. She is 12 years old and has experienced many hurdles in her young life. I pray God completely heals my granddaughter of these wounds and uses her life for His glory.

  133. Patricia Walsh April 11, 2019 at 9:29 pm #

    Liz, I’d love a painting of my dear husband. He was promoted to Heaven after losing a battle to cancer. He was diagnosed and gone in only 6 weeks. I was in the Czech Republic on a mission trip when he called me. We had 44 precious years of marriage. Thanks

  134. Barbara Keene April 11, 2019 at 9:34 pm #

    Dear Liz, it would bring my sister such joy and healing to receive a portrait by Fifi. We lost our mother when she was 9, and she fell into a life of alcohol and drug addiction and wild living. She is grown now, loves Jesus and has been walking in recovery for several years but the enemy sometimes tries to show her who she WAS. Fifi,s portrait of light would be just the reminder of how she looks to Father God!

  135. susie April 11, 2019 at 11:20 pm #

    My dear friend Jeanie just passed away having lost the battle with ovarian cancer. She just shone with the special light of Jesus all through her struggle, witnessing with joy and hope. I would love to see her painted and gift her husband with such a special memory.

  136. Lisa Harness April 12, 2019 at 6:55 am #

    Cassie. Because she can’t see her beauty & worth in Christ right now!

  137. Linda April 12, 2019 at 7:24 am #

    I have always wanted my portrait painted. After 72 years now, it still hasn’t happened. Oh well, perhaps I’m leaving a different legacy. But people always say they see something in my eyes…guess who that would be? My ABBA, El Shadai.

  138. Colleen Moody April 12, 2019 at 7:38 am #

    Hi. My best friend’s daughter has had a horrible senior year of HS. Pevious close friends have turned on her and made her life ghastly at school.
    I would like to bless her (Kate) and my bff (Karen) with a portrait of beautiful Kate.

  139. Brenda Thomas April 12, 2019 at 7:47 am #

    I would love to have a portrait of my Aunt Paulette. She is 69 years old and is fighting the largest, hardest and most painful battle of her life. She has Small Cell Carcinoma Stage 4 that is an aggressive cancer. It has recently gone to all her bones and her brain.

    She has been my favorite aunt of my mother’s two sisters. And I have looked up to her since I can remember. I don’t know what I’ll do when she is gone as my mother has dementia and doesn’t remember who I am most of the time. Aunt Paulette will be the only living member of their family left until the Lord takes her home.

    Thank you for your consideration.

    Blessings

  140. Jacquelyn Witte April 12, 2019 at 8:12 am #

    I would like a portrait of my mother who will turn 95 this summer. She moved into assisted living just after she turned 93 as she could now longer garden (she loves growing flowers especially) and keep up her home of 60 years. Recently she remarked that she is now useless and we have tried to tell her how important she is to her family and what an example of Christian life she has set for her large family. Perhaps a portrait would show her the light we all see in her.

  141. Tracy Rickert April 12, 2019 at 8:30 am #

    I would love to have a picture of Martha. She is my mother, but more than that she is an adored grandmother to my boys. She has always been so special to them because she has gone out of her way to be fun and energetic with them. She would take them on adventures even when her health issues and crippling arthritis meant she could barely walk. She has been in a nursing home this year in failing heath and can no longer go on adventures with them. Even though my boys are 13 and 15, they still want to spend every possible weekend visiting her and playing board games with her. Not the typical activities of teen boys! They just love her so much. I would love to get a watercolor of her for my boys so that they can remember her in healthier, happier times.

    Thank you for your ministry,
    Tracy Rickert

  142. Deb April 12, 2019 at 9:12 am #

    I would love to have a portrait made of my friend Sarah. She is a beautiful child of God who loathes her physical appearance. She doesn’t see her worth or her beauty. I believe that seeing herself in a portrait would help her to see herself differently and to see her worth to God.

    Thank you

  143. Debbie Underwood April 12, 2019 at 9:22 am #

    I would love a painted portrait of my mother Delores and myself together or of just her. My mother is 82 years old and very special to me. She just had stent placement for 2 heart vessel blockages. It brings to mind how short our time on earth together is.

  144. Debi Detroyer April 12, 2019 at 9:49 am #

    I would love a portrait of my daughter Natalie and myself, or just my daughter to give to my daughter. She so loves the Lord and shares a smile, love and sincere kindness with everyone who crosses her path. No matter what crisis she herself is facing she is the kindest, most loving person I know. She doesn’t see herself like that and I think a portrait of herself would show the love she has for her Savior, and all mankind. She is 49 yrs old,I’m proud to call her my daughter, sister in Christ and my dearest friend.
    Thank you for sharing Fifi’s portraits and story with us. She is very talented and the light of the Lord shines through every portrait. Have a blessed day Lizzie!

  145. Ann McGee April 12, 2019 at 10:22 am #

    My granddaughters, Maddie, Lauren, Victoria. Special sweetness and they love their GrammiAnn!

  146. Kathy Kiggins April 12, 2019 at 11:26 am #

    I would love a portrait of my grandson Andrew who is on the autism spectrum. I think Fifi could capture the light in his portrait as he shines it in his life for God. His faith is very important to him and he always wants to know if others are believers. He is very unique and loving.

  147. Barbara Shaw April 12, 2019 at 11:40 am #

    Scarlet. My 18 yr.old daughter, graduating high school this year; unsure of her future. A painting of her with her eyes shining bright might speak volumes to her about how others and her Heavenly Father see her. I’d love to gift this to her for a graduation gift if we win. Blessings to you!

  148. Sharon Haddock April 12, 2019 at 6:32 pm #

    Oh how we would love a picture done by FiFi of our son, Kelly. He went home to be with our Heavenly Father at the early age of 30. His passing from this earth to the glorious Heaven helped strengthen my faith. We have had so many signs assuring us that Kelly is right where our Heavenly Father wants him – everything from a spectacular sunset the day he died to a bird accompanying us and singing for us on a walk in the woods on a day we missed Kelly so much.

  149. Carolee April 12, 2019 at 7:31 pm #

    I would love to see a picture of my daughter, MaryAlice, who passed away 4 weeks ago today. She faught a hard battle for 1 year with cancer and died at 41 years of age.

  150. Susan G. April 12, 2019 at 8:20 pm #

    This devotional was fabulous as always.
    Before I got to the bottom of the page where you talked about the awesome painting giveaway, I was already thinking what a great gift for my sweet granddaughter Clara & Joel, getting married in June! What a lovely wedding gift that would be! Fifi’s work is heavenly!
    Loved this and love you!

  151. Melanie April 12, 2019 at 8:22 pm #

    Thank you for sharing Fifi’s work with us! Blessings for a God given talent that she shares and brings such joy to many. I would love to see my daughter Chloe in a picture of her soon to be wedding. But there are so many wonderful comments others have shared of those precious to them, it’s overwhelming!

  152. Debi Eriksen-Boyd April 13, 2019 at 7:09 am #

    I would like to nominate Jessica, our leader of women’s ministry at church for the past 13 years. For the past 1 1/2 years she has been dealing with cancer. She has had two surgeries and has one more surgery scheduled for May 2019. She has also had two rounds of chemotherapy and was just determined to be cancer free. She is in her early 40s and is single and dedicate her life to serving the Lord And inspiring others to do His work. She’s been instrumental in many women’s lives and has inspired me personally to be the best I can be. She loves to read and always has a book list to recommend to others. Liz Curtis Higgs is often on her list!

  153. Rachel F. April 13, 2019 at 10:03 am #

    I would love to bless my father with a portrait of my mother, Robin. This year they will be celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary. My mother found out she was pregnant in high school, and shortly thereafter my father was part of the Vietnam War draft. They married the day after her graduation and both few off to Germany to serve as a military family two days later. She gave birth to my oldest brother in Germany, where they lived for two years. Decades later my mother received another surprise. She was pregnant at 41… with me! Some friends and family members counseled her that she was too old to have a child and that she should give it up or abort. Her faith in God told her otherwise, and here I am today. My mother has led by example, willing to put the needs of others above her own desires. A portrait would serve as a lovely tribute to her.

  154. Sonya Johnson April 13, 2019 at 4:26 pm #

    I choose my Debra to have her picture painted. She is 18 and has already experienced such a dark past. Everyone tells her she is beautiful but she fails to see it. Maybe a picture painted by Fifi would allow her to see the light that shines within her.

  155. Carrie Padgett April 13, 2019 at 5:58 pm #

    What an amazing gift Fifi has! My daughters have had a strained relationship for a few years now. I’d love to have a portrait of them together, to remind them that God chose them to be sisters, and that they can choose to show each other grace and forgiveness, and so honor Him.

  156. Myra April 13, 2019 at 9:10 pm #

    Dear Liz,
    Your writing and these paintings are awesome and encouraging! Thanks to you and Fifi for sharing your incredible gifts with the rest of us! wow… I would love to have a painting of my one and only granddaughter, Stella! She will be an “official” teenager (13) on June 2nd. I would love to gift my daughter with a painting of her daughter as a Mother’s Day gift someday. I know of nothing tangible that would mean more to my only daughter than a painting of her only daughter. ❤️

  157. Debbie Daugherty April 14, 2019 at 7:58 am #

    My mom, Willa Dean. She is 86 years young and a light to my life and her family and a blessing to many people. She is selfless and has always been an example of God’s love.

  158. tina April 14, 2019 at 4:32 pm #

    My husband…he is an inspiration to so many

  159. Darlene Shughart April 15, 2019 at 5:57 am #

    Liz – Thank you for your monthly emails. You are a blessing and God’s word through you is inspiring and gives hope. I especially appreciate you sharing Fifi’s story. Although I could submit a reason why a portrait of my step-grandchildren would be a huge blessing to me, God spoke to me and told me to submit a friend’s story. She, too, is a recovering addict and is in a custody battle to be able to see her kids. She is trying so hard to entrust them into God’s hands, but you can imagine it is difficult to truly say “Lord, it is ok if you take them from me because I know you will watch over them.” She struggles a lot, and in those times, she cries for other people who are “going through more difficult times than she is.” So humble, so kind, and so merciful. For her to have a portrait of her boys would be more than a blessing.

  160. Annette April 15, 2019 at 6:03 am #

    My sister, Dana, works so hard for the approval of others: her boss, her sons, her parents. I long for her to REST and let herself be accepted for who she is, not for what she does.

  161. Michelle Wintrow April 15, 2019 at 9:43 am #

    I was moved to tears with this! Hope amazingly beautiful. Your writing surrounding the paintings was the perfect balance of color and light! How well they complemented one another. I would very much love to see my daughter, Morgan, painted in water color, for two reasons: she is God’s answer, His gift of light, from my darkest days. She is literally and figuratively my reminder every day that God is faithful and gives great joy. She is His masterpiece to me. Morgan is also my artist. She loves nothing more than to create with various mediums. I am the writer, she, my artist. The beauty of this all, in light of God’s goodness and mercy, overwhelms me! Thank you, Liz, for introducing us to Fifi! (I must also mention that we named my new car Fifi because she’s pretty and I’ve got her decked out in color, mostly pink!)

  162. Penny April 15, 2019 at 10:44 am #

    I would like to see my sister and myself together as we are senior citizens and would have this for the rest of our lives.

  163. Savannah April 15, 2019 at 12:30 pm #

    Such talented artists, both of you, with God’s light shining through all you do and create! I would love a watercolor of my 3 kiddos to freeze this precious, exhausting beautiful time while they are little and growing so fast!

  164. Elaine April 15, 2019 at 1:05 pm #

    Today is the anniversary of my 45 year old sons death. Your post helped cheer me up as well as the clump of violets which Jesus makes sure to send on this day every year. God is so good.

  165. Dara Gunnell April 15, 2019 at 5:04 pm #

    I so enjoyed reading this wonderful “post” “blog” not sure what you call it, as I’m not up on a lot of social media terminology, but it was beautiful and a true blessing to the soul, i am also an artist, somewhat anyway. I’m a newly just turned 64 year old, and have a broken heart over a lost relationship with my “gay” daughter, oh motherhood is so hard, ask Mary right. But she hold such ill will towards me for being a Christian, or I should say for holding the biblical stance on it. I would so appreciate anyone’s prayers who reads this and yours… who I have just recently discovered to be one of my favorite new authors! We have a similar past I think. But to answer I would love a painting of my other daughter who is also another story, but the one who has remained “faithful”. Thank You and excited to find YOU!

  166. Julie April 16, 2019 at 6:57 am #

    Fifi’s work is stunning. If I were commissioning a work, it would be of my parents who will celebrate 50 years of marriage this year. It has been a difficult year for them for many reasons, and this would be an encouragement to them.

  167. Sherry Lederer April 16, 2019 at 9:09 am #

    Picture this: A shabby-chic little granddaughter filled with so much love and joy. One in whose spirit danced lively every day. It was a spirit of love that I know continues to dance every day with Jesus in His Wonderful Light.

    Whether at church, in the grocery store or just walking the neighborhood, I hear her laughter and giggles resounding in the little girls who are her age — forever seven. Ava is always present in my heart and even more so in her daddy’s heart, my son.

    A life taken away from her earthly family far too soon in a tragic accident by an underage drunk driver—a day that has forever changed the lives of so many.

    Her joyous and creative antics always brought so much laughter and smiles and the words, OH AVA!, to our lips. And while we never again can say those words to her, she has left an indelible mark on our lives. BUT, that day when Ava danced into Heaven, not with her ravaged and damaged little body, but with a glorious new body, I know Jesus welcomed her with His ‘OH AVA!’ and she is now in paradise with Him…Death did not have the final say…Hallelujah.

    I would love to see Ava captured in a beautiful watercolor by Fifi to be presented as a blessing to Ava’s daddy, my son David, as a reminder of the daughter who though no longer walks hand in hand with him, has eternal life dancing with Jesus.

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