Lemon Vitality

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What is it? Lemon Vitality Oil supports the immune system! It’s a great pick me up and also adds flavor to savory foods.

How do I use it? I add 1-2 drops to my water in the morning for an uplifting morning boost! I keep it with me during the day so I can add it to water throughout my day. It’s also fun to mix lemon with other citrus oils in your water!

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Made to Crave

This book. Wow. I have heard many people speak positively about Made to Crave, and I now understand why. Aimed towards women, Lysa TerKeurst shares her story of struggling with food and her weight and explains how to relook at food cravings (or any craving for that matter) and focus the craving on God. This book challenges you to reflect on your life and relationship with God, and all of her points are backed up with scripture. It’s an easy read with short paragraphs, and I recommend it to any woman struggling with any craving!

The Power of Habit

I love learning how our minds work, and this book is definitely a peek into that. In The Power of Habit, Charles Duhigg begins by telling how our brains process habits, then applies it to individual habit creating. He then describes creating successful habits in organizations and societies. I fairly often reflect back on this book in reminding myself how to break old habits and create new ones. He writes in a way that’s easy to understand and can reach pretty much anyone at any stage of life! I highly recommend this book if you’re interested in creating new habits, or just if you simply want to learn a little more about psychology!

Potter’s Hands

“Let go, my soul, and trust in Him. The waves and wind still know His name.”

This song has been stuck in my head all morning on the day of writing this, and I am brought to complete worship by these lyrics from “It Is Well” by Bethel Music (link at end of post).

Letting go is something I have immense trouble doing. I am an ultimate perfectionist and expect complete control over my life. I lIMG_0340augh when I think about the fact that even though sometimes I feel in control, that’s all it is: a feeling. God has complete control of my life. Over and over I grasp for control, yet it never fails that at some point God reminds me that the control is His.

Last night, God gave me a vision of Him using His hands to shape clay into me. It was a messy process with clay caking onto His hands while I was being formed, yet He continued to work on me. He continues to work on me to this day. All off my days, He will continue to shape me into someone who longs to know His heart and strives to do His will. Being human means I will fail time and time again, but by His grace He will reshape those portions of the clay to glorify Him.

I can’t help but wonder if the way I approach life each day would be different if every morning I could just remember that picture of Him forming me, and hang on to that vision throughout the day. How do you think your life would be different if daily you saw yourself being shaped by our Father’s hands?

For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.
I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.
My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth.
Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.

Psalm 139:13-16 (ESV)

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(I do not own the rights to this song.)

Lavender

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What is it? Okay y’all, this is the swiss army knife of oils. It’s used for relaxing due to its calming and soothing aroma. It also supports healthy skin! Use it to boost your physical and emotional health!

How do I use it? My favorite way to use lavender oil is at nighttime! I keep some mixed with jojoba oil on my nightstand and put it on myself and my husband every night! We sleep well and wake up with glowing skin! I also keep a bottle of lavender mixed with peppermint and lemon with me at all times to breathe in for those seasonal nose issues!

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The Language of God

If you’re a bit of a science nerd like me and question how God and science mix, this book is for you. In The Language of God, Dr. Francis S. Collins, who was the head of the Human Genome Project, takes his passion for both God and science and wrote this book in a way that shows the harmonious relationship between the two. I was drawn into this book from chapter one and could barely put it down. He discusses controversial topics such as evolution and the question of if it is even okay for us to continue to learn about the way the world works around us. The Language of God answered many questions I had about God and faith. It’s at the top of my list of books I recommend!

Biblical Work

A couple of months ago I was convicted of how I view work. You see, I am perfectly content spending my days reading by the pool, beach, mountains, fireplace, etc. I’m assuming you see my point. I had no desire to put in work in any area of my life. As you can see in THIS POST, my life has not turned out to be what I expected. Therefore, when my life went a very different direction, I essentially gave up on myself.

IMG_0339Then came the work conviction. So, I decided to do some research into what the Word of God says about work.

Genesis 2:2 states, “And on the seventh day God finished his work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all his work that he had done.” SLAP. IN. THE. FACE. Hear this: GOD WORKS. He didn’t rest until his work was done. Okay, then. What else is there?

Psalm 8:3-4 states, “When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him?” Wow. We have constant reminders of God’s work around us every single day, yet here I am only wanting to enjoy his work, not put in work of my own. Also, God is mindful of me… I don’t deserve this grace, yet he lavishes it upon me.

Proverbs 16:3 states, “Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established.” Yeah, about that one… I very much tend to try to do things on my own, not asking God to bless my pursuits. I have very much found that if I’m trying to do something on my own, the motivation to work just doesn’t present itself like I expect. On the other hand, when I have committed my work to the Lord, it has been blessing after blessing after blessing.

I’m going to go ahead and stop here. There are many verses about Biblical work, and if you’re interested in them, most Bibles have a concordance where “work” may be listed with verses following. I personally took the time to go through the list and write down each verse word for word in my journal so I was taking the time to digest what I was reading, which helped me refocus my view of work.

To wrap up, goodness gracious to work is so very Biblical. I pray often for the motivation and strength to continue to become more and more skillful in my work in order to glorify God. I would like to know, how have you committed your work to the Lord?

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Who am I?

Who am I?

Thank you for hopping onto my blog! Before jumping into my main content, I thought I should introduce myself to those of you who may not know me, and reintroduce myself to everyone else!

21077726_10211759166149122_2966551003375106225_nFirst and foremost, I am a forgiven daughter of the One True King, covered in grace, lavished in love, and immersed in mercy. It wasn’t an easy path that brought me to this identity, and if I’m being honest, I still often struggle with it. You see, I don’t deserve this identity. It is by grace that I am able to assume this role. Jesus took on my sin, sacrificed it on the cross with himself, then overcame death in order for me to be His Father’s daughter.

Secondly, I am Erica Jean Baker (previously Grogg)! I was married to the love of my life by my father-in-law on my grandparents’ 57th anniversary (December 31st, 2017) in my parent’s living room while wearing my grandmother’s wedding dress! (Did you catch all of that? Haha!) Joshua has shown me how to love our Savior in a way I believe I am only able to fully see through marriage. He points me to Christ daily, and when I’m struggling, he helps me fight through the battle. He shows me how to rely on Christ, thus putting away my perceived need for control of my life. Marriage is very much something God led me to (I was determined to be single for life, whoops!), yet marrying Joshua is the best thing I have ever done in this life second only to deciding to follow Christ.

Finally, I am a newly established blogger who desires to share my passions and loves with you, my readers. I am interested in all things having to do with Jesus and our body. My “Daily Life” section of this blog is here to keep you in the loop as to who I am and what I’m doing, along with some random life happenings that might not fit into the other categories of this blog.

Anyhoo, thank you for popping in, please sign up for my weekly email (HERE) which will include links to my previous week’s posts, and I look forward to growing in God with you!

Much love,

Erica