The Little Green F.R.O.G.

It's little. It's green. And thanks to one woman, it's spreading hope and faith and inspiring people everywhere.

By Arline Bee, Roanoke, Virginia

As appeared in

They call me the frog lady.

An expert on amphibians I’m not. But it’s a nickname I’m proud of. Let me tell you why.

Four years ago I was living in Florida when Hurricane Wilma tore through. The damage the storm caused to my church was so severe that we had to hold service and Sunday school classes in the fellowship hall.

One muggy afternoon 80 of us crowded into the small hot room for class, and sat side by side on folding chairs. It wasn’t very comfortable…or inspiring.

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“How many of you know what the letters F.R.O.G. stand for?” the Sunday school teacher asked.

People shouted out lots of different answers. Where on earth is she going with this? I wondered.

Then our teacher pointed heavenward. Perched atop her index finger was a bright green rubber frog with big googly eyes and spindly legs. It was about the cutest thing I’d ever seen!

“F.R.O.G. stands for Fully Rely on God, and that’s what we need to do, especially now,” she said. Everyone clapped. The message was just what we needed.

All at once, it hit me. Maybe other folks would be inspired by these frogs too.

With some help from the teacher, I ordered several dozen frogs. I wrote, “F.R.O.G., Fully Rely on God,” on small slips of paper, attached each one to a frog then tucked some into my purse. I figured I would hand them out to people who might need a lift.

But what if they thought I was crazy? What if they thought I was some kind of frog lady?

I tested the idea out first on my son, Joseph, a dentist, by mailing him a frog. He was concerned about relocating his business.

He loved the frog! “I wear it in my lab-coat pocket every day,” he told me. “That silly little face and knowing what it stands for always encourages me.”

That gave me encouragement too. Pulling into the gas station one afternoon, I couldn’t help but notice the woman standing at the pump next to mine. She just seemed so sad about something.

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I reached into my bag. “I have something for you,” I said, handing over a frog. “I know it doesn’t say much, but I think it says it all. It will bring you a blessing today.”

She didn’t say a word, just stared at the little green frog.

Uh-oh, she thinks I’m crazy, I thought. I turned to walk away.

The woman touched my arm. “You just made my day,” she said. She hopped into her car and drove off with a smile. Right then I knew I had to pass frogs on to more people.

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I first read about your little green frogs 4 years ago. My Dad passed away and I had to meet up with my sister who was on vacation and both of us had to get to England in a hurry as there was no-one there to help Mom make arrangements. I was very stressed as I went to the store to pick up supplies for my teenage son who would be on his own for a couple of weeks. As I was standing at the check out I felt something under my foot. I looked down and there was a small green rubber frog. This frog has been with me ever since as a constant reminder that in Gods hands it will all work out for me as it did at that difficult time.

Love the story. Want to use it at our United Methodist women circle meeting. Where may I purhase the little grenn frogs?

Hi Virginia. There's info at the end of the story above for ordering frogs.

I was so amazed how the Lord used the FROG to get his message across to this person. Basically the same thing happen to me in Fl.and as I came North the Lord turned this into a ministry for children along with adults. Instead of having a Duck Pond we use a Frog Pond and pass out tracks and talk to the little ones about our Lord.I just got married last year and now my Husband and I do this together. So far for this summer I am invited to the local Farmers Markets also there is going to be a Revival at one of the local church's and they would like me to bring JUST F.R.O.G. ministry there for the children. I don't know what all the Lord has instore for us with this ministry but I am JUST going to F.R.O.G.