Love Lives Here

In Love Lives Here, Maria Goff is a strong Christian woman who explores what she needs in a world telling you what you want. She shares stories of heartache and love, struggles and joy, talking to the reader as if they are a friend. Pick up this book if you need encouragement in life’s daily tasks.

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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

Thanks for reading! I would love to know, what are your thoughts on love?design.png

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! ( Next choose “Send & Request,” then “Send money to friends and family.” At that point, you can enter either my email ( 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,


“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