A little bit after I started working in youth ministry, I started collecting frogs. But not necessarily because I like frogs. It was because of what frog stood for. F.R.O.G. - Fully Rely On God.
Not only did I start to collect them for myself, but for others as well. I have given so many frogs out to teenagers that I've lost count. With each frog, I either tell the recipient or write up something telling them what the acronym stands for and how important it is to rely on God for our every need. I thought having something tangible, like a stuffed animal or a frog in some other form, would remind the teen of the message that not only should we rely on God, but that God is worthy of our reliance. He is there for us at all times.
I've stopped collecting the frogs because I have so many. Occasionally I will receive one as a gift or I'll buy one if it's unique or just so adorable that I can't resist. Here are a few of them that I have just sitting on a shelf above my desk. I grouped them together for their first and only photo op.
This one is very special. It was an anniversary gift from my loving husband. He and Dani were out of town one year and he took the initiative to walk into a Build-A-Bear store, have this frog made up, picked out the clothes (and dressed him!) and even recorded a message on a chip located in one of the frog's legs. All I have to do is press the leg in a certain place and I hear Don's voice wishing me a happy anniversary and telling me how much he loves me. Aawwww!
So the next time you see a frog - whether it's stuffed, drawn, sculptured, or even a real one, remember this simple message...
FULLY RELY ON GOD
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