About FROG Chapter 1

I am Jacqueline Elaine Samples and I started this blog as a means to encourage others in word, song and images. I’ll post on my blog twice a month, maybe more depending on how God leads me. The name for my blog “Fully Rely on God” seem to fit like a glove, that’s what helped to move us through the storm. This blog continues where I left off with my youngest son’s Caring Bridge website: Jordan A. Samples. He was diagnosed with a glioblastoma multiforme brain tumor – grade 4, Nov. 28, 2011. After a 17 1/2 month battle Jordan, went home to be with the Lord March 24, 2013.

During this faith journey I and Jordan learned so much from God Almighty. He hovered over us when it seem we were all alone. As I write via this blog or any other venues it is my sincere hope to uplift the masses, during any storm we may encounter. I also know that there is healing for my family and I as Jordan is with the Lord. Through God’s healing ointment (balm of gilead) as well as the gift of writing, healing has taken place. God gave me this gift and I plan to use it to the fullest. I also know, God did not bring me this far to leave me. As we went through and still coming out God enlightened us, which made us stronger.

It also became clear to me what I needed to do. A scripture was revealed to me along the way; He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us 2 Cor. 1:4. No, God did not cause this thing to happen to Jordan and my family however, we all have a purpose in life and some realize it and walk in it, while others run and don’t heed the call. Prior to this storm I was always one to receive, never really giving back. Now I know that scripture to reign true for me. Just as God pulled me through I must do the same for others.

If you’re thinking, do I know all the plans that God has for me (Jeremiah 29:11)? No, I don’t know everything but I do know what He has for me and mine is so beautiful, that I can’t conceive or contain it. I believe God is so awesome how could He not have something so great and beautiful for my family and I.

So come and go with me and enjoy Gods words and word as he gave it to me. I can only hope that you too will also find your Jeremiah 29:11. I now know two things: it’s about a relationship with our Father. God wants us to come to Him…Just come and rest. Also, God wants us to Trust in him only. He shall have no other gods before Him. Thank you for sharing in my writings as Jordan and I Fully Relied On God. The healing that has taken place and still continues.

Once we are through the storm it is always good to look back and see what we’ve learned and where we’ve landed. As Jordan and I moved through, he transitioned and is with the Lord. I thrusted ahead and propelled into purpose not that easily or quickly. I learned, in order to move forward I had to release the good, bad and ugly of my past, to soar into purpose. He also showed me that all things are established in His way, in the process of time. On to the next, as this chapter is closed for I am free to move as God purposed me. Goodbye to the things tied to the season of FROG. Hello to my next chapter, You and ME Walk as God introduced it to me.

JAS_jssmooth_mommy

Jordan loved to take pictures with crazy poses.

76 Comments

  1. September 27, 2013 at 6:53 pm

    Thank you for visiting my blog! I love the verse that you shared, 2 Cor. 1:4. I am so glad that my trials and the comfort I experience from them do not end with me. To God be the glory! Blessings!

  2. October 15, 2013 at 7:23 am

    Hi Jacqueline! Thank you for visiting my blog 🙂 You are such an inspiration and I know your little boy is so proud of his mumma. I look forward to following your journey. Bless ya XX

  3. Brayden said,

    October 18, 2013 at 7:35 pm

    From a mamma to a mamma, I’m so incredibly sorry for your loss. But I will rejoice with you that your baby is with Jesus and pray that He will continue to heal you and bless you! I look forward to reading your posts and encouragine one another. 🙂

    • October 18, 2013 at 7:42 pm

      Thank you Brayden for stopping by my blog and such beautiful words. Excited about continuing to read your blog as well. Blessings to you.

  4. Alicia said,

    October 19, 2013 at 7:59 pm

    Hi Jacqueline.. thank you for stopping by my blog. I hope that it can be an encouragement to you. I write about grief and loss regularly. My hope is that I can bring some comfort to the brokenhearted. I pray that the Lord will continue to bring deep healing as you trust Him.
    Blessings,
    Alicia

  5. October 20, 2013 at 5:26 am

    Glory to God in the highest! I know I am not hopeless as Jordan is with Him. I also thank God that I am healed in my heart, mind, and body.

    Jacqueline

  6. October 23, 2013 at 3:43 pm

    Hi Jacqueline,

    Thanks so much for the recent like of my blog post, “Now that’s great customer service.” It has led me to your inspirational blog, which I am now following.

    The name of your blog says it all. I look forward to reading more of your posts.

    May you have a blessed week.

    Nancy

    • October 24, 2013 at 2:02 pm

      Glory to God! He pulls us through tough times so that we can do the same for others. Blessings to you as well.

      Jacqueline

  7. October 24, 2013 at 1:01 pm

    Amen, Miss Jacqueline. I too have experienced loss but see the blessings in my life everyday. I’m gratefully following you now because I think I’ll discover new ways to give back through you. Thank you and thank you for stopping by my blog.

    • October 24, 2013 at 2:00 pm

      Glory to God! How else are they going to see our light shine brightly even in writing, when we stay in our comfort circles. Blessings to you.

      Jacqueline

  8. Debbie said,

    October 24, 2013 at 7:17 pm

    Oh how blessed I was to see the “like” you left at Pardoned or Punished. But oh how blessedly you and the Father took my breath away when I read how the Almighty God has been present in your life. Thank you!!

  9. Ms. Vee said,

    October 24, 2013 at 7:22 pm

    Hello, thank you for visiting, and the like on my blog. Lovely picture with beautiful smiles. 🙂 God bless you!

  10. October 24, 2013 at 7:24 pm

    Yes, looking forward to seeing more of your blog. Glory to God he is the great comforter. Without Him I am nothing.

  11. Debbie said,

    October 25, 2013 at 12:23 am

    Smiling now with a full heart. Thank you for the follow.

  12. coconutspeak said,

    October 25, 2013 at 2:35 am

    I am so honored that you would take the time to visit my blog and read ‘Pointless Loathing’. I am deeply sorry for your loss. Our Dear Lord and Savior cares for this precious child now. And I’m sure Jordon is and was blessed with a fine mother. God bless you and all who love Jordon.

    • October 25, 2013 at 2:12 pm

      Awesome post! Yes, Glory to God in the highest Jordan is with Him. I am thankful that he has healed my heart. I look forward to reading future postings.

      Jacqueline

  13. mardmood said,

    October 26, 2013 at 6:10 am

    Hi Jacqueline, thanks for stopping by my blog. I don’t know how it’s like to lose a son but I do know how it was to lose a father. Either ways, we all need to heal and we need God to deal with our grief. May God make you stronger and bless your efforts 🙂

    • October 28, 2013 at 3:09 pm

      Hi Mardmood,

      Glory to God! Appreciate your words of encouragement. Yes, God heals our heart and that’s how we know we are passed the grief. Blessings to you as well.

      Jacqueline

  14. Sherri said,

    October 28, 2013 at 5:17 pm

    Hi Jacqueline. Many thanks for stopping by my blog, I hope you will visit again. What an inspirational lady you are. May God bless you richly as you continue with your ministry and let your light shine as your heart desires.

  15. Judee said,

    October 30, 2013 at 4:34 am

    Jacqueline,

    The light shines through your words and reaches deep into the hearts and souls of all you and Jordan touch.

    Thank you for taking the time to read my blog and I look forward to getting to know you more through your writing and developing a friendship between us.

    Judee
    colormywords.wordpress.com

    • October 30, 2013 at 9:00 pm

      Thank you for your kind words. I looking forward to reading more of your post on your blog.

      Jacqueline

  16. October 30, 2013 at 9:39 pm

    I’m truly sorry you lost your child, but glad you could rely on your faith to carry your through. It’s how I survive. Thank you kindly for dropping by my blog.

    • October 30, 2013 at 9:54 pm

      Yes, just as He pulled me through I must do the same for others. Glad you have relied on God too. Hope to read more on your blog.

      • October 30, 2013 at 10:06 pm

        Thank you I will be reading more on yours. I know a couple other people that I may connect you with that have lost children, if you’d like?

    • October 31, 2013 at 2:15 pm

      Yes, please do. Many blessings to you.

      • October 31, 2013 at 3:49 pm

        Okay and to you. 🙂
        http://tersiaburger.com/- Lost her daughter less than a year ago.

        I’ll send you the other two soon, one I’m just setting up his site and the other, I have to go find the url. 🙂

      • October 31, 2013 at 4:19 pm

        Hi here’s another one who lost her son to a drug overdoes, she’s really struggling, I don’t think she’s a believer.

        http://forphilip.com/

        The site I’m setting up I’ll let you know when it’s ready is coolnessofjosh.com

  17. thomasjford said,

    October 30, 2013 at 11:02 pm

    Thank you for liking my post, you look like a lvely friendly person! May you find much happiness in life.

  18. mamakinn said,

    November 3, 2013 at 12:59 am

    I truly love the scripture you chose to share. As a mom to a mom, my deepest condolences on your loss. As a sister in Christ to a sister in Christ I say you are a beautiful example of what Henri Nouwen referred to as a wounded healer. May He annoint your heart in His Spirit and bring you comfort and healing as you move forward.

    • November 3, 2013 at 1:13 am

      I receive such thoughtful words. Yes I am moving in the healing of my heart – mind – body. Much happiness to you.

    • November 7, 2013 at 4:40 am

      There is no other explanation but God. Thanks for reading my blog. I look forward to reading more of yours.

  19. November 6, 2013 at 10:47 pm

    I am so very sorry for your loss, but grateful that the Lord is in you! Thank you for stopping by my blog, I look forward to reading more of yours!

    • November 7, 2013 at 4:31 am

      Glory to God in the highest! Without God we could not have made it. I look forward to reading more on your blog.

  20. limbiley said,

    November 8, 2013 at 6:31 pm

    Inspiring and condolences for your loss,its uplifting to know that even at a such a time God still saw you through.

    • November 8, 2013 at 7:22 pm

      Yes, this does not mean I did not experience the hurt. I did but I am walking in the healing of my heart as the Lord guides me. I know I would not have made it without the great I AM. It is so true that He never leaves us nor forsakes us. Thank you for checking out my blog.

  21. dalecooper57 said,

    November 8, 2013 at 8:37 pm

    Sorry to hear of your tragic loss. My mother died of a brain tumour when I was a child and my father had terminal cancer that eventually spread to his brain about 15 years ago, so I know how hard it is.
    I am an atheist and perfectly content in my non-belief. However, if you take solace from your faith then I am happy for you.

  22. Sherri said,

    November 14, 2013 at 9:48 am

    Good morning Jacqueline, I wanted you know that I’ve nominated you for the One Lovely Blog Award because I think you and your blog are so lovely. No rules, just yours for the taking. Here is the link: http://sherrimatthewsblog.com/2013/11/13/first-frost-melts-in-the-heat-of-dragons-loyalty-award/
    God bless you my lovely new friend and have a blessed, joy-filled day 🙂

    • November 14, 2013 at 4:37 pm

      Sherri,

      Thank you(s) and blessings are in order to my sweet new friend. I receive the award. Glory to God in the highest. May you be refreshed in your day.

      • Sherri said,

        November 14, 2013 at 9:02 pm

        Blessings to you too my lovely new sweet friend, and thank you so much for sending refreshment my way, do I ever need it!

        God bless you Jacqueline and enjoy, you are so very welcome 🙂

  23. rmudge said,

    November 20, 2013 at 3:43 am

    I’m so sorry to hear about the loss of your son. I am glad, however, that it strengthened your relationship with the Lord and inspired you to reach out in love to others. I am a fellow Christian and I just followed your blog. I look forward to reading your posts!

    • November 20, 2013 at 3:08 pm

      Yes you got it! That is the principle thing. God is 1st in my life now. He healed my heart so that I no longer have to harbor grief of my youngest son not here. I’ll always remember Jordan but not grieve. Thanks for checking out my blog. I hope to see more of yours. Blessings to you.

  24. mrssumma said,

    December 31, 2013 at 4:23 pm

    Ms. Jacqueline, I have been missing your posts. I pray you are well this Holiday season and cherishing your memories of your precious boy. Thank you for letting us into your heart, I pray you are refreshed with joy and peace this New Year, and that others come to Christ from your example of faith! Blessings, mel

  25. January 6, 2014 at 11:58 am

    Thank you for the awesome encouragement. The Bible says as believers it is good to encourage one another, after all that’s what Jesus did while here on earth.

    I took a little time to rest in HIM. This allowed me to embrace the things of He and not fall into a pit of grief. The memories of my son are certainly cherishable and live on in my heart. I have a brand new post that came out of this time of reflection and Endurance. I am so excited to get back to writing about God and all of life’s pit stops along the way. May you experience all of the new things God has for you in this new season.

  26. mschapmannra said,

    January 10, 2014 at 9:57 pm

    When my I was struggling with my son (he’s autistic and had very difficult moments) someone told me that “your children are only loaned to you so you may grow and learn.” My condolences for your loss, but glad you found peace and your path. Keep on celebrating his life!

    • January 10, 2014 at 10:55 pm

      Yes, Jordan was never ours. I realized this and began to understand that God wants us to be healed in our heart, mind, and body. That we should not have any gods before Him. Glory to God!

  27. Patty B said,

    January 14, 2014 at 2:47 am

    Hello and thank you for visiting my page, I am so glad you did. God has answered my prayers through so many Godly men and women that I feel your page will also be a part of my journey. This past year I have learned what it takes to fully rely on God! Blessings ~

    • January 14, 2014 at 3:11 am

      Looking forward to keeping up with your postings. God places people across our paths for a reason. As we all go through our tough times He pulls us through so that we can do the same for others. Glory to God as we all experience seasons where we must FROG no matter what we see or hear!

      • Patty B said,

        January 15, 2014 at 1:23 am

        YES indeed! God bless you.

  28. seannapearl said,

    January 18, 2014 at 5:58 am

    Praises 🙂 thanks for liking me in “Eternity”~ Sea

  29. January 19, 2014 at 11:05 pm

    Hi Jacqueline,
    Thank you for checking out my blog (atoyadventure.wordpress.com). I look forward to diving in to your posts, both past and future. I don’t often dive right in to reading blogs from all those who like my posts or page. However yours is one I look forward to diving onto more. From what I’ve read already I look forward to it.

    I am so very sorry for your loss, I can’t begin to imagine your pain, but your strength to trust in God and let Him be your strength and your healing is inspiration to fight through my own little battle by leaning on my Savior and trusting Him to lead me through. Continue to bless others and let God filly you!

    Thanks for sharing.

    Lindsay

    • January 20, 2014 at 1:37 am

      Wow such gracious words. Glory to God! Likewise on reading your postings. Yes, without God I would not and could not Be still and know that He is. God loves you and blessings to you.

  30. jollymoments said,

    January 21, 2014 at 5:14 am

    Hello,

    I just came across your blog and am so encouraged by your story. I pray God continues to heal and restore you as share your story and life with the world. I am certain that you have comforted so many along the way with your testimony. I love the acronym F.R.O.G! I don’t think I will ever forget it, for truly FROGing is the best thing and only sure thing we can do in this life. As a new mother of a 19 month old, my heart breaks to hear your story but I am so blessed by the courage you walk in. I could go on and on, but I will end with this – Romans 8:28 “All things work together for the good of them who love the Lord..” God bless you!

    • January 21, 2014 at 5:11 pm

      Glory to God! Such beautiful words. FROG was and is monumental in allowing us to move through that season and to follow. I pray you enjoy your mommy time with your precious one. I know I did three times and did not regret those moments for anything. Thanks for sharing that appropriate scripture as that one speaks loud and clear. Look forward to reading your blog as well. Peace and blessings to you!

  31. merlina21 said,

    February 14, 2014 at 9:18 am

    Thanks for liking my blog, Jacqueline, and for sharing your own very moving story in your own blog. I think it’s great that your faith is helping you to deal with the difficulties you have faced in life, and also that you want to support others who are also going through difficult times.

  32. April 18, 2014 at 9:08 pm

    Blessings to you, this glorious Easter weekend. Thanks for the visit.

  33. May 2, 2014 at 12:21 pm

    Thank you for transparently sharing your heart! I am so sorry for the loss of your son. I am here. Thank you for visiting my blog; I look forward to journeying together in our pursuit of healing and hope!
    ~Gracie

    • November 5, 2014 at 7:55 pm

      You are welcome! I thank God He removed the sting and healed me in my heart mind and body. I found His truth for me through writing transparently. God bless you Gracie.

  34. Less to More said,

    May 8, 2014 at 9:53 pm

    Thank you for taking the time to read my blog! May God continue to use you to encourage others to look to Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith. God bless!

    • November 5, 2014 at 7:49 pm

      You are welcome! Glory to God in the highest. I know He has me in the palm of His hands, that’s how I am standing. The same goes for you! Blessings 2 u.

  35. May 8, 2014 at 11:04 pm

    Your faith and that of your son are amazing! I will keep your family in my prayers!

  36. June 17, 2014 at 2:04 pm

    God bless you Jacqueline… What a tough journey. Blessings and comfort to you each day too 😊

  37. ninamishkin said,

    November 5, 2014 at 12:07 pm

    Thanks so much, Jacqueline, for stopping by and liking my most recent post. You’ve had an extraordinarily difficult journey. I’m so glad you have found surcease, comfort and inspiration in your faith, and that it has given you the strength to begin helping others.

    • November 5, 2014 at 12:30 pm

      You are welcome. Yes I thank God that I am healed in my heart, mind and body. I know without my relationship in Him I would not have made it through.

    • November 5, 2014 at 12:33 pm

      God loves you and blessings to you.

  38. Crystaline Blue. said,

    January 18, 2015 at 5:24 am

    Thank you for visiting my Blog post. What a lovely place you have created here full of love. blessing to you always Suzanne.

    • January 18, 2015 at 5:35 am

      Suzanne, you are welcome. All glory belongs to Him and thank you. Blessings beyond measure to you.
      Jacqueline


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