One Little Word

As we’re wrapping up 2018, many people have been posting on social media about the one little word they’ve chosen to follow in 2019. I remember last year many people chose the word flourish, and this year I’ve seen people yet again choosing motivating words such as determined, brave, and present, amongst many others. I’ve stressed over this more than I probably should have, considering words such as fearless and comfort, but then I happened upon this quote while reading Live Fearless by Sadie Robertson: work the Word for the Word to work.”

IMG_8977That’s when it hit me.

My word of 2019 is word.

Strange, I know, but word encompasses so much of what I would like to focus on in 2019.

I want to dive deeper into studying the Word of God and be able to live out His Truth during both times of joy and struggle.

I want to be more aware of the words I use towards others, cultivating words of kindness and respect.

I want to continue to use words as my creative platform, watching them pour out into my journal and blog.

It really just makes so much sense for my word to be word. It’s an odd choice, but I love it. I’m excited to focus on my word and to see how much I grow and change in 2019.

Word is my word.

Also I would love to know: what did you decide as your one little word of 2019?

Thirty-One Prayers for my Husband

Ladies, Thirty-One Prayers for my Husband is a wonderful resource to own. Jennifer Smith writes in prayers you can pray word for word, but she also includes journaling space. Each prayer has is given a subject and Bible verse, so you can reference it when you’re needing help in praying a certain topic over your husband. As a newlywed, this book was incredibly helpful in opening my eyes to different areas in which my husband might need prayer, and I know this will be a book I reference frequently.

Headlights

I’m one of those people who prefer things to be my way. I guess you could call me a bit of a control freak. (And I think it’s safe to say quite a few of you reading this probably feel the same way.) I often find myself questioning God’s plan for my life, wondering what in the world He could have up His sleeve for this journey.

As of lately it seems like He’s asking me this question more and more: “Do you trust Me?” My initial response is usually, “Well yes God, of course I trust you.”

But then I dig deeper…

Do I really trust Him?

Do I really trust that He’ll lead me to places that are best for me, even when I don’t see it?

One of my favorite quotes for the past few years has been, “You can only see as far as your headlights, but you can make the entire trip that way.” (Shout out to E. L. Doctorow for your wise words!) He speaks so much truth in that statement.

Isn’t that how life works? You can’t see far into your future, but you’ll make it.

If you’re like me though, this can be pretty dang tough. I want to know now what God has planned for me. It’s so difficult to give up the small sense of control I think I have of my life.

Friends and fellow control freaks like me, I want to encourage you to keep pursing God and His will for your life. Have an open heart, open mind, and open ears. Take pit stops to fill up with gas, but stay on the journey laid out ahead of you. As difficult as it sometimes may be, trust our Navigator.

“Therefore, having this ministry by the mercy of God, we do not lost heart.” 2 Corinthians 4:1

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I Believe…

Hi friend!

So you found your way onto my blog… Fantastic! You’re probably wondering what this blog is all about. Let me share a bit about what I believe:

I believe in dancing in the rain.

I believe in being the voice for those without.

I believe in helping others find their voice.

I believe education goes beyond the classroom.

I believe coffee is life support.

I believe in love.

I believe in loving those who long for love.

I believe in loving those who deny love.

And most importantly, I believe God’s love is the most beautiful, the most precious, love.

This love of God’s, this love so full and complete we cannot fathom its depths, I believe every single soul longs for it. I also believe that not everyone knows this love is what he or she is searching for in this world.

This brings me to my goal of this blog:

Love Him and love His.

How do we love others without first loving God? I believe we don’t. I believe the way we authentically love others
is by first loving Love Himself.

“’Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?’ And he said to him, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all y
our soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’” Matthew 22:36-39

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Vulnerable Love (& Ecuador)

“To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything and your heart will be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact you must give it to no one, not even an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements. Lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket, safe, dark, motionless, airless, it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable. To love is to be vulnerable.” –C. S. Lewis

This week has proven to be a time of temptation to withdraw and to not be vulnerable. It’s been a hard week, filled with trying times in both my life and some of my closest friends’ lives. Pain, sorrow, and heartbreak have been present. A recurring theme I noticed was the willingness of all of us to be vulnerable and say, “No, I’m not okay, and here’s why.” The support and love to and from each other in our hard times grew us even closer, and I think I can speak for all of us when I say that no, it was not easy being vulnerable and admitting our deep pains. Though difficult, the vulnerability kept us from burying our hearts in the casket C. S. Lewis mentions in the quote I previously mentioned.

Sharing in our struggles presented us with an opportunity to love each other even deeper. For me personally, I was presented with an option: to cast my anxieties on God or run. (1 Peter 5:6-7) I like to ignore problems and pretend like they don’t exist, but from past experience I knew that was not the solution. So I cried to our Wonderful Counselor. A lot. For my struggles and my friends’. None of our problems are quickly solvable, but I try, and sometimes I do struggle, to be thankful for the trials. They bring us closer to our Father. We grow closer together. We learn to be vulnerable. We learn to love and be loved. “To love is to be vulnerable.”

Even in this tough week, I have felt loved by many. Friends and family have supported me emotionally, and even the donations to my mission trip to Ecuador have been more touching than could have been imagined.

Before closing, I have an Ecuador update. First, I want to thank those of you who have donated to my trip. Your thoughtful gifts have been felt this week and were a huge encouragement to me. I feel your love now, and I pray that God uses me on this trip to share His love with the Ecuadorian people.

Next, I’m only $650 away from reaching my fundraising goal of $950 to complete funding! If you are able to assist financially, here are some options:

PayPal: Create a PayPal account for free! (https://www.paypal.com/home). Next choose “Send & Request,” then “Send money to friends and family.” At that point, you can enter either my email (erica.grogg@hotmail.com) or name (Erica Grogg). You will see my picture.

Cash or check: please give cash or check donations to me directly, or via mail. I will send you my address if this is your preferable route.

Thank you for your support, both in prayer and financially. If anyone would like to grab a cup of coffee so I can share more with you about my heart for missions, please contact me!

Happy Valentine’s Day and much love,

Erica

“Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things…So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.” –1 Corinthians 13:7,13