The Just Shall Live By His Faith Series is dedicated to a VERY special set of people who we call our friends and are a part of our dear church Family – for that is what they are – they are FAMILY!

This dear couple is David “Oxee” & Cynthia “Lady Oxee” Groff, two of the most caring folks anyone would have the pleasure of meeting.  They are all about the WONDERFUL God they serve and one will QUICKLY learn what “Oxee” size hugs are all about!  Discovery is a daily occurrence with these two, for which the image for the original print was just that… a discovery, almost forgotten!

The Surprise Hydrangea

As is per the normal for anyone who knows me, my camera was not far from me as Bro. David was heading outside to tell me about some of the landscaping ideas they had been brainstorming through, which is where a “discovery” of the “surprise” kind was made.  We meandered around like bees for a few minutes till the Hydrangea was spotted, from which Bro. David seemed surprised, offering up that he had “forgotten” that “thing” was even there.  For a surprise, it sure was BEAUTIFUL!!!

Right in the back of my mind, with the occupation of my heart, an idea was beginning to form on something special to do for the two of them… Not know just what that might be, just added to the excitement and allowed me to recall a number of places, times and events where the two of them were the “life” of the moment – very special moments indeed.

The Phrase “Just Faith”

Ms. Cynthia’s explanation of how she lives from day to day, which Bro. David will tell you SO quickly is lived out daily in his dear bride, said in a visit to their home the last weekend in May 2010 was “Just Faith…”  The phrase stuck with me – she had only mentioned that phrase specifically only once, but her life exemplifies it daily, as our family has witnessed it often.  Even remember her shrugging her shoulders when she said it, which came with the mention of the “faith of a mustard seed” excerpted” from the Bible in Matthew 17:20:

“And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.Matthew 17:20 | KJV

As the opportunity presented itself that night, those two words stayed at the forefront of my mind, till my curiosity overcame me to look it up in God’s Holy Word, the Bible.  As some time was spent looking for the words “just faith”, two “b’s” came into play, one from the Old Testament and one from the New Testament – Habakkuk 2:4 and Matthew 9:29:

“Behold, his soul which is lifted up is not upright in him: but the just shall live by his faith.”
Habakkuk 2:4 | KJV

“Then touched he their eyes, saying, According to your faith be it unto you.
Matthew 9:29 | KJV

Often people don’t realize just how deeply they are touching another individual’s life, by just merely living theirs our in front of them – that is exactly what this print is all about.  Ms. Cynthia’s actions spoke even louder than the words, and David’s discovery of how sweet his life has been with his wife over these many years was afresh and anew just like the discovery of the beautiful hydrangea in their front yard – it had been there for a quite a while.

Their Dedication

This part of this Website is but a “small” piece in a way to showcase the special relationship that these two incredible people have through their Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  They both dedicated themselves to each other in a covenant that they live out in front of us each time we see them – which is proof that they live it out daily to and with each other.  Most importantly than that, they have always given “credit” where “credit is due” – telling anyone and everyone they do what they do by “Just Faith…”


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