Today we have the pleasure of sitting down with Becca Rhea Frederick, Owner, and Operator of Barnyard Boarding in Hope Hull, Alabama.
Thank you so much for taking the time to share how your faith is at work out in the community where God has placed you. To begin with, how long have you been a follower of Christ?
Becca: I have been a follower of Christ for 10 years.
As Christians, our primary purpose in life is to glorify God. In what ways are you able to glorify Him in your occupation or while at work?
Becca: I am able to glorify God in the way I treat the animals in my care. I choose everyday to treat the animals like they are family to me. I always treat them with the love and respect that I would want with my own pets.
For most of us, family plays an important role in our lives. In what ways has your family been instrumental in your faith journey?
Becca: My parents have always taught me to follow the path that Christ has set me upon. They have always encouraged me to learn more about myself and my journey with God and to live out what I have learned.
For Christians who struggle to live their faith beyond the church walls, what encouragement would you give them?
Becca: Find others who can walk with you in life. Become a part of a “life group” that can help remind you to continue to live out your faith every single day.
We have been living in strange times lately. What are some tools of the Christian faith that keep you focused on loving God and loving others?
Becca: I have been listening to a lot of online worship services. This has helped me tremendously in staying focused. With in-person services being less available, I have found that making more time everyday for devotions helps to keep me aware of my actions and helps me through the days.
What do you enjoy most about your job?
Becca: My favorite thing about my job is simply the interactions I have with animals every day. Animals have always been my comfort in hard times.
To me, animals have always been a way for me to see God in my daily life.They freely share love and comfort with everyone around them. This always reminds me how I need to be as a Christian walking through life.
How does your Christian faith shape the way you approach your job?
Becca: It affects how I treat the clients that come in as well as the animals. With Christ on my side, I treat them with love. I always treat everyone who comes into my business with fairness and friendship.
Faith@Work is about living your faith wherever God has placed you. In your work with animals and their owners, how does being a Christ follower fuel your actions each day?
Becca: My faith helps me get through the tough days. Dealing with animals, you never know what you are going to find when you walk into the boarding room in the mornings. One day you might see spilled water all across the floor or a dog bed completely destroyed by a chewing puppy. My faith helps me and reminds me that not everyday is going to be a difficult one. I am reminded daily that Christ can help me through every problem and situation.
Becca is the owner and operator of Barnyard Boarding, which offers domestic & exotic pet daycare, boarding and grooming. Becca’s business is located in Hope Hull, Alabama where she lives and attends Hope Hull United Methodist Church. When she is not taking care of her client’s animals, she enjoys reading, crocheting, spending time with family and taking care of her own personal pets. You can find Becca on Facebook at Barnyard Boarding.