Friday, August 24, 2007

do you FROG?

Welcome to Show and Tell Friday!" Do you have something special to share with us? It could be a trinket from grade school, a piece of jewelry, an antique find. Your show and tell can be old or new. Use your imagination and dig through those old boxes in your closet if you have to! Share photos and if there's a story behind your special something, that's even better!

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...

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jennifer said...

Love the stuffed frogs, had one when I was a kid that I named Freddy the frog.

But i love fully rely on God!!
Excellent show and tell

Momma Roar said...

So cute!! I love the frog's sandals!

Here are a couple of my frog stories:
1) We picked Quintin's name because we saw it on a stuffed frog in a store - he has that frog in his room - I'll have to share it soon.
2) My parents have a Kermit the frog in the bedroom that they hide from each other occasionally and the kids and I like to play too. We'll go up and hang him from the ceiling or pop his head out of a drawer!! :)

And, yes, I FROG!

inspired said...

excellent, (ribbit, ribbit) ;o]

Penless Thoughts said...

What a GREAT show and tell. Loved it!!!! I had never heard F ully R ely O n G od. Believe me I won't forget this one.

Your Build A Bear frog is the cutest!!!! What a sweet hubby and thing to do.

striving... said...

I try really hard to F.R.O.G. all the time, but sometimes I slip, and rely on someone else. Anyway, I love all your frogs and seeing this post will help me when I see the FROGS anywhere.

USAincognito said...

How cute!!! :)

Diane @ A Watered Garden said...

Our youngest daughter used to collect frogs as well...and used the "Fully Rely On God" reminder. Love the cute frog your DH gave you...really thoughtful!!

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

I enjoyed reading about your frogs! My daughter collected frogs when she was a teenager. If she knew what the acronym means she would probably still have them!

Love the frog your hubby dressed!


Tammy said...

Those are adorable! I love the Fully Rely on God meaning behind them!

Lynne said...

Ribbit!!! I will never look at a frog the same way again, Fully Rely On God-I love it!
That Build-A-Bear frog is so cute-how thoughtful of your hubby.

Ruth said...

I love frogs and what it stands for. In fact, that is one of my classroom themes! Your froggie collection is cute!

Lori said...

Those frogs are all do darn cute. Love em.

Love that saying, "Fully rely on God"