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.

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Much love,

Erica

Where am I now?

IMG_0778Hello friends, and welcome to my newly revamped blog! I am officially “relaunching” my blog on Monday, but I first want to update you all on my life. Some of you know me well, some of you haven’t heard from me in a while, and some of you have no idea who I am! Let me catch you all up.

If you have followed me on social media, you noticed back at the beginning of August I accepted a job as a medical scribe, then I essentially went MIA. Goodness gracious God has done a lot of work on my heart since then (and I promise there are posts to come with these revelations.) Soon after accepting the job as the scribe, I realized my heart wasn’t as interested in the medical community as I thought it was.

For one, God revealed to me that my heart was full of pride on the pursuit of becoming a medical doctor .I mean, A TON of pride. I liked the idea of the status of being a doctor. Yes, there are many opportunities to serve people as a doctor, but my heart wasn’t fully in it for the people. Do I want to serve people with my life? Absolutely. But, I discovered I was truly on this specific path for myself. God was simply gracious enough to reveal my heart to me in a way where instead of it feeling like the opportunity to become a doctor was taken away from me, I now had the opportunity to walk away from the path myself.

Also, I discovered medical procedures weren’t really my thing anymore. My first week into being a scribe, I realized (word for word), “Oh crap. I love getting to know people, but I have no interest in doing procedures on them.” Please, keep in mind that in high school and college I shadowed a few surgeons and loved every minute of it, but this recent experience made me realize I love learning about healthcare, not actually doing it. I FINALLY had the realization there must be other career opportunities out there that are serving and forming relationships with people that aren’t so hands on with their body and would still bring glory to God’s kingdom and joy to my heart.

Another reason I left pursuing medicine is because my life priorities changed. In short, being in my first year of marriage has wrecked my perception of life in a good way. I still have a strong tendency to be self-focused, but I now have the opportunity to focus on someone else besides myself. As a wife, I want to serve my husband and support him in his work opportunities (and he in turn supports me in mine). I actually find myself wanting to maintain our home and cultivate a place of comfort and rest for others. I never, I repeat, NEVER expected myself to be the person I am today. I had convinced myself I would be single for life, married to my career. Goodness has that changed. In a breakdown driving home from a late night/early morning scribe shift, I realized I didn’t want to spend the next decade of my life pursuing medical education when I could be part of creating a solid foundation for my marriage and future life goals.

Wrapping up, I need to give credit where credit is due. I am incredibly thankful to God for providing the past year of schooling to discover I didn’t truly want to be on the medical path.  Without that opportunity I probably would have spent my life believing the opportunity to become a doctor was taken from me, but this time it was my choice. I didn’t deserve the past year God provided for me, yet He took care of me in more ways than I can name. He’s revealed to me even more yucky parts of my heart (cough cough PRIDE cough cough) yet has offered me endless grace and love.

I also want to take a moment to thank anyone who has been part of my pursuit of becoming a doctor. Thank you for the recommendation letters, counsel via text/phone call/ face to face, and shadowing opportunities. You have all helped me tremendously and aided in shining a light on parts of the profession I love and didn’t know about. You all are incredible and continue to inspire me.

Thank you for reading, and I look forward to sharing with you the ministry God is cultivating through me.

Much love,

Erica
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PS if you were wondering, no, I am not a medical scribe anymore. I am now spending my days learning more about God, supporting my husband, homeschooling my dog (tehehe), building content for this blog, and dreaming big dreams.