The Road to Thanksgiving

This morning as I spend time in the Word I was struck by the question “What does it mean to give thanks?”. (From She Reads Truth – Give Thanks Reading Plan).

The readings included: 1 Chronicles 16:4-36, Psalm 107:8, Psalm 118:21, Isaiah 38:17-19 and Hebrews 13:15. 

As I went through these readings I was struck by the fact that we are commanded to give thanks to the Lord, to sign his name and praises AND we are called to proclaim his deeds among the peoples (1 Chronicles 16:8). Then I wondered how often do we:

  • Recount the deeds God has done in our lives?
  • Stop to talk about ALL of God’s provisions and recount His faithfulness?
  • Acknowledge that what we have comes from His hand?
  • Cultivate a heart of joy and gratefulness for all we have and even for what we don’t have?

Very frequently we focus on what we don’t have. We fix our eyes on what we are waiting for or longing for. But in 1 Chronicles 16:8-9 we are called to:

Give thanks to the Lord; call on his name; proclaim his deeds among the peoples. Sing to him; sing praise to him; tell about his wondrous works!”. 

A couple of verses later we find the promise that those whose hearts seek the Lord will rejoice (vs. 10). As we begin the road to Thanksgiving, let us set aside our waiting, our longing, mourning or anything that hinders us from focusing our gaze on Him who saved our souls and provides what we need and more. Let us stop and count all that he has done for us, that He has forgiven our sins and given us new life in Him! Let us take the time to praise His name and proclaim His deeds to the world. Let’s engage in a time of conscious awareness of all He has done. Coming to the throne of grace with thanksgiving for He is our Victory, our Life, and our Hope. After we have meditated in this, let us share with others all that we are grateful for.

For some of us, this may be harder as there are hardships in our lives but even in moments of trials we can remember and rejoice in all that God has done!! In this same section, the Israelites are being called to “Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his face always. Remember the wondrous works he has done, his wonders, and the judgments he has pronounced” (vs. 11-12). In the midst, of our struggles, we can still rejoice and give thanks for we have a faithful and good God.

I loved how Jessica Lamb summarized this: “A grateful heart isn’t a response to our circumstances or possessions. It is a posture of worship, an active response to our unchanging God and what He has already accomplished and continues to accomplish. We can cultivate thanksgiving in ourselves by taking time to notice who God is, what He has done and what He continues to do”.

Today, let us take the time to remember who Jesus is and what he has done for us in the cross. To count all of the blessings we have in our lives and give thanks to our God. Finally, let’s encourage each other by sharing with our friends the deeds God has done in our lives and asking them to remember with us all that Jesus has done.

Covered by Grace,

“Rejoice ALWAYS, Pray CONSTANTLY, give thanks in EVERYTHING”. 

– 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

1 & 2 Corinthians

The last 7-weeks, my husband, best friends and family have been diving TOGETHER into the Word of God by reading the book of Romans. To be honest, this was an amazing experience and I am grateful for the opportunity to join with my loved ones in seeking Christ first every morning and to encourage one another through reading the Word of God!

Now, i would love for your to join us. To grab your spouse, your best friend and/or your parents and challenge them to spend the next 9- weeks in studying the books of 1 & 2 Corinthians! I promise you that is worth it and the value of spending time in God’s word surpasses everything else. I can also say that our time in the Word won’t be perfect and you may fall behind some days but again IT’S WORTH it and the impact it has in our lives is everlasting!

So would you grab some friends and join me?

Now,  I am so excited to have the opportunity to do this one more time as we dig deep in the books of 1 & 2 Corinthians!
We will be spending the next 9- weeks in reading and meditating in these letters to the Corinthians. Once again, I am excited to see what God will do in our lives and our families as we dig deep in His Word and let it impact every aspect of our lives!

You can download the PDF with the study plan here: 1 and 2 Corinthians Reading Plan. During our study of Romans I wished we had the opportunity to share and read what God was speaking individually and collectively to each of us… SO I created a Facebook group you can join in which YOU can share what God is speaking to your life! [I am so excited] Join the Facebook community here Covered by Grace.
I know it seems overwhelming because these are big books and there is two of them; I would just life to encourage you come daily at the feet of Jesus to know him and love him.


  • Day 1 – Read the entire letter of 1 Corinthians.
  • Day 2 – Read 1 Corinthians chapters 1-4 and identify themes.
  • Day 3 – Read 1 Corinthians chapters 5-8 and identify themes.
  • Day 4 – Read 1 Corinthians chapters 9-12 and identify themes.
  • Day 5 – Read 1 Corinthians chapters 13-16 and identify themes.


  • Day 1 – 1 Corinthians 1:1-17
  • Day 2 – 1 Corinthians 1:18-31
  • Day 3 – 1 Corinthians 2:1-16
  • Day 4 – 1 Corinthians 3:1-23
  • Day 5 – 1 Corinthians 4:1-21
  • Memory Verse: 1 Corinthians 1:9


  • Day 1 – 1 Corinthians 5:1-13
  • Day 2 – 1 Corinthians 6:1-20
  • Day 3 – 1 Corinthians 7:1-24
  • Day 4 – 1 Corinthians 7:25-40
  • Day 5 – 1 Corinthians 8:1-13
  • Memory Verse: 1 Corinthians 6:19-20


  • Day 1 – 1 Corinthians 9:1-27
  • Day 2 – 1 Corinthians 10:1-22
  • Day 3 – 1 Corinthians 10:23 – 11:1-16
  • Day 4 – 1 Corinthians 11:17-34
  • Day 5 – 1 Corinthians 12:1-31
  • Memory Verse: 1 Corinthians 12:4


  • Day 1 – 1 Corinthians 13:1-13
  • Day 2 – 1 Corinthians 14:1-25
  • Day 3 – 1 Corinthians 14:26-39
  • Day 4 – 1 Corinthians 15:1-19
  • Day 5 – 1 Corinthians 15:20-34
  • Memory Verse: 1 Corinthians


  • Day 1 – 1 Corinthians 15:35-58
  • Day 2 – 1 Corinthians 16:1-21
  • Day 3 – Read the entire letter of 2 Corinthians
  • Day 4 – Read 2 Corinthians chapters 1-4 and identify themes.
  • Day 5 – Read 2 Corinthians chapters 5-8 and identify themes.
  • Day 6 – Read 2 Corinthians chapters 8-13 and identify themes.


  • Day 1 – 2 Corinthians 1:1-14
  • Day 2 – 2 Corinthians 1:15-23 & 2:1-4
  • Day 3 – 2 Corinthians 2:5-17
  • Day 4 – 2 Corinthians 3: 1-18
  • Day 5 – 2 Corinthians 4:1-16
  • Memory Verse: 2 Corinthians 1:5


  • Day 1 – 2 Corinthians 5:1-21 & 6:1-2
  • Day 2 – 2 Corinthians 6:3-18 & 7:1
  • Day 3 – 2 Corinthians 7:2-16
  • Day 4 – 2 Corinthians 8:1-24
  • Day 5 – 2 Corinthians 9:1-15
  • Memory Verse: 2 Corinthians 5:21


  • Day 1 – 2 Corinthians 10:1-18
  • Day 2 – 2 Corinthians 11:1-15
  • Day 3 – 2 Corinthians 11:16-33
  • Day 4 – 2 Corinthians 12:1-21
  • Day 5 – 2 Corinthians 13:1-13
  • Memory Verse: 2 Corinthians 12:9
I am so excited to walk this with each of you and even more excited to see what God will do in our lives. 
Because of His Grace Alone, 

Follow along on Instagram @ferniecosgrove or on Facebook at Covered by Grace. Let’s do this!


Reading and Writing 7-week plan


A few months ago I shared that I began writing the word of God as a way to slow down my time in the Word of God and really be able to meditate on who God is, who I am and the appropriate response of my heart towards His amazing grace!

I have never done this before,  but I compiled a 7-week reading and writing plan on the book of Romans.  [If you plan on joining me to write the book of Romans you would follow the reading plan and write out the entire section that you read that day].
As I first thought of it, I planned it as a means to guide my reading through the book of Romans and break-down how I would focus on writing out the book. But as I talked with family and close friends they expressed their interest in joining me (WHICH I AM SUPER EXCITED ABOUT) in coming together to the Word of God and letting His perfect Word transform and change our minds.
Join me in digging deep in the Word of God for the next 7-weeks as we take the time to sit at the feet of Jesus, meditate on who He is and as his Holy Spirit shapes and transforms our hearts and minds.

You can download the PDF with the study plan here: Romans Reading and Writing Plan.  [En Español Romanos- Plan de Lectura ] I would also recommend downloading the PDF of the book of Romans written as a letter here: Romans. I know it seems overwhelming because it’s a big book but its so important to remember that these books of the Bible were written as letters and reading them as such makes such a difference!


  • Day 1 – Read the entire letter of Romans.
  • Day 2 – Read Romans chapters 1-4 and identify themes.
  • Day 3 – Read Romans chapters 5-8 and identify themes.
  • Day 4 – Read Romans chapters 9-12 and identify themes.
  • Day 5 – Read Romans chapters 13-16 and identify themes.


  • Day 1 – Romans 1:1-7
  • Day 2 – Romans 1:18-32
  • Day 3 – Romans 2:1-16
  • Day 4 – Romans 2:17-29
  • Day 5 – Romans 3:1-20
  • Memory Verse: Romans 3:23


  • Day 1 – Romans 3:21-31
  • Day 2 – Romans 4:1-25
  • Day 3 – Romans 5:1-11
  • Day 4 – Romans 5:12-21
  • Day 5 – Romans 6:1-14
  • Memory Verse: Romans 6:23


  • Day 1 – Romans 6:15-23
  • Day 2 – Romans 7:1-13
  • Day 3 – Romans 7:14-25
  • Day 4 – Romans 8:1-17
  • Day 5 – Romans 8:18-25
  • Memory Verse: Romans 5:8


  • Day 1 – Romans 8:26-39
  • Day 2 – Romans 9:1-19
  • Day 3 – Romans 9:20-33
  • Day 4 – Romans 10:1-21
  • Day 5 – Romans 11:1-24
  • Memory Verse: Romans 10:9-10


  • Day 1 – Romans 11:25-36
  • Day 2 – Romans 12:1-8
  • Day 3 – Romans 12:9-21
  • Day 4 – Romans 13:1-14
  • Day 5 – Romans 14:1-12
  • Memory Verse: Romans 10:13


  • Day 1 – Romans 14:13-23
  • Day 2 – Romans 15:1-21
  • Day 3 – Romans 15:22-33
  • Day 4 – Romans 16:1-16
  • Day 5 – Romans 16:17-27
  • Memory Verse: Romans 15:13

Honestly, what I am most excited about is the fact that I will be doing this 7-week reading with my husband, siblings, parents, in-laws and my best friends. I am so excited that you will join us too and I would encourage you to grab your best friend, spouse, siblings and/or parents to spend our times where it matters, knowing Jesus Christ!! 
I pray with all my heart that God uses these next weeks as we dive in the book of Romans to transform us, to give us a deeper love for him, a greater appreciation for the cross, a hope that is firm because Jesus is alive and reigning on the throne and that our lives may glorify Him! 
I pray that as we read the book of Romans our families are transformed, our marriages strengthened and our friendships build on the rock of Jesus.
I am so excited to walk this with each of you and even more excited to see what God will do in our lives. 
Because of His Grace Alone, 

Follow along on Instagram @ferniecosgrove or on Facebook at Covered by Grace as I share some of my imperfect insights on this book. Let’s do this!

Submission, a hidden treasure

“Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands as you do to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything”. – Ephesians 5:22-24

This passage is usually hard for us to embrace. But, before we let our hearts begin to struggle with the topic of submission we need to STOP our hearts and minds from bickering and remind ourselves that submission is a good thing.

It is a good thing for us, why?

Well one, because God is the one who commands us to submit to our husbands. But two, because by being obedient and faithful in our submission even when it’s hard or when it does not make sense we are under God’s Sovereign, Holy and Graceful coverage.

Before I got married, my mom explained to me that when I obeyed my parents even if it didn’t make sense I would stay under God’s umbrella of protection – this didn’t mean that nothing bad would ever happen to me, but that if it did or my parents made mistakes in their parenting I would still be backed up in my actions by God because I was being obedient and faithful. Now, as a young wife the same concept applies to following my husband. He is not always going to be right, he is not always going to guide me or our family in the best way, he will make mistakes and many times following him will not be easy and my heart will struggle to follow him. But this I know, that even if he is leadership is not perfect, God will back me up for being faithful and obedient. At the end of the day, when I stand in the presence of my Savior, I will not be asked (I think) to give account of how I lead my family, my husband will give account for that. When I stand in the presence of my Savior I will give account of how I followed God by following my husband, how I lived my life rooted in Him and if I was a witness of the love of Christ to my family and the world.

So, in this my heart rests: that God is the head of my husband, as my husband is my head. My trust if fully set on Christ!But, I am not saying this in naive type of way. Honestly, submission is difficult for me as well. In our four years of marriage, my husband has not always made the right decisions and at times as made mistakes in his leadership. But even through the trials and the tears, God was faithful. Even when following him was hard, I did. Not because I am wonder women or have it all under control, but because I knew that I was better off being obedient to Christ even when it did not make sense than to be disobedient. But here is that hope sisters, even when it was hard and difficult, it was worth it! God did not leave us alone, God did not stop guiding us and comforting us. HE WAS FAITHFUL! He worked in my life, in the life of my husband and carried us through! So, let me encourage you that even if you are in a difficult season and following your husband seems hard.. trust that our Lord and Savior will carry you both through, pray for your husband and love him, and if necessary seek counsel from the pastors at your local church. We were so blessed, our marriage healed and our hearts comforted by the love of the pastors that walked this seasons by our side.

I hope this encourages all of our hearts and reminds us that at the end of the day our submission to our husbands is a reflection of our submission, trust and dependence on the ONLY ONE THAT CAN SUPPLY ALL OF OUR NEEDS, our Lord Jesus Christ.

I love what Lisa Chan (You and Me Forever) says about submission:

“When we submit, we are respectfully submitting to a God-given position, and not perfection. In other words, our husbands are going to make mistakes. They will not always “deserve” to be the leader in our eyes, but God will always deserve our obedience to Him in this way. And since the command to submit comes from God, our submission is ultimately to Him.”

I pray that as we meditate in this passage today, we allow the Holy Spirit to lead us in obedience of Him, trust in His purposes and a willingness to follow wherever He leads us through our husbands. I pray that through our submission we are lead to love our husbands more and that our love leads us to pray and intercede for them- so them like us can be man rooted in the Word, equipped for every good work and faithful to lead their wives and families. Not for our comfort but for the glory of Him who seats above all, Jesus Christ!

PS: I think it’s important for me to add that I love my husband with all my heart. He is a humble, joyful and wise leader of our home. Through the rough seasons I have learned to trust his judgment, confide in him and follow him wholeheartedly. I can honestly can say that this man has laid his life down for me and seeks to love me, guide me and serve me like Christ loves his church. He is a man devoted to learning God’s will for his life and focused on guiding and challenging me to devote my life for Christ and His mission- at the end this is the most important investment of our lives. This is a man worthy of all my respect and I will follow him until the day we stand in the presence of our Savior.

Walking in obedience and faith,

I Pray

I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, would give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him.

I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened so that you may know what is the hope of his calling, what is the wealth of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the mighty working of his strength.

[Ephesians 1:17-19]

I pray that he may grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with power in your inner being through his Spirit, and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith.

I pray that you, being rooted and firmly established in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the length and width, height and depth of God’s love, and to know Christ’s love that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

[Ephesians 3:16-19]

What would happen to our lives if we prayed like this?

If as we prayed for our time in the Word we asked God to give us wisdom and revelation to know Jesus Christ? To enlighten the eyes of our heart? To understand the riches of our heavenly inheritance? To be strengthen in the Spirit? To be rooted firmly in Christ? To really comprehend Christ’s love for us and how secure our Salvation is?

What if we prayed like this for our spouses? Our children? Our siblings? Our parents? Our church? Our unsaved friends and family? Our city? And our country?

I believe that if we prayed like this we would be women and men strong in the Lord, firm in our faith and fearless in our mission.

Our marriages would be strong, Christ-centered, mission-driven and would witness the gospel everyday.

Our churches would be light in this world.

Our witness of the gospel would be clear and loud.

Our world would come know Christ!

Let’s come to the throne with boldness as we pray these things. These prayers and requests are in the Bible, accessible to us as examples for our prayers. The best thing is that if we ask for these things through Jesus Christ, He will answer because they are according to His will and His purpose. He wants us to know Him fully, to love Him wholeheartedly to serve Him passionately.

Isn’t this such a comfort?

Now to him who is able to do above and beyond all that we ask or think according to the power that works in us — to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen! [Ephesians 20-21]

Learning to love God fully,


[Ephesians 1:17-19; 3:16-19, 20-21]

God’s Handiwork – by Steven C.

My wife really is an inspiration to me – I remember first falling in love with her by seeing how she loved Christ. It was by seeing her faith that I knew in my heart that I wanted to marry her so young. God knew that we needed each other so that we can continue our work on Earth for him, and this has been revealed to me time and time again. At the time it seemed crazy, and today it seems even crazier; but, time and time again, God has shown us how his will and his way really is divine beyond our understanding. We all have a tendency to put ourselves up on a pedestal, to view ourselves as the center of the story of life, but the Bible paints for us a different picture.

“And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”

– Ephesians 2:6-10

The Bible tells us we “are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good work, which God prepared in advance for us to do,” – Ephesians 2:10. This is both terrifying and inspiring, as it essentially gives us the meaning of life. We are to do good works! Not that we are saved by those works, but rather it is an expression of our faith and by extension our very selves. If we were to be saved by our works, then we would have reason to boast. We would be able to say it was our own ingenuity that led to our salvation, rather than total submission to our God. Following God is hard, it requires us to let go of our desires and our pride.

Growing mature in faith does not have to do simply by being weathered by the world, in fact I see it making us more and more cynical. For “When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known,” 1 Corinthians 13:11-12. Rather, becoming mature is learning to love, learning to put others desires above our own.

We tend to think that this maturation and service to God can happen within the confines of our self-determined path of our lives. We want to dictate how this looks and when certain milestones are met. How foolish of us! God “raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus.” Why? So we can live comfortable lives in the American dream of a nice, comfortable home, a stable income, kids in a nice, safe neighborhood, with the next thing to look forward to a nice vacation? NO. It sounds preposterous to propose that the meaning of our lives is to be comfortable and complacent when God will seat us with him in the coming age! God didn’t create us for this purpose. Yes he does love us beyond comprehension so that he gave his only Son (John 3:16), but he will also raise us up “in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus,” Ephesians 2:7. We are a part of the love story that is God’s love for his son, and if God loves us to the point that we would give his son for us, how great should our response to be to carry out the will of God. The Bible is pretty clear about what happens when we serve – God is glorified. What an amazing fact to dwell on! God is glorified when we serve. Just saying that makes me want to find every opportunity humanly possible to go out and witness God’s glory!

I pray that God continues to stir in me to continue to live an uncomfortable life. I want to show others just how crazy faith can be, so that they can witness how faithful and great our God is. I want Christians to let go of our human desire for safety and “fairness,” but to zealously strive to do good works, even at the expense of themselves. I no longer want Christianity to be associated with the American dream, but rather for it be associated with people so radically transformed and selfless that they no longer belong to the world, but to God; for we “are not in the realm of the flesh but are in the realm of the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, they do not belong to Christ,” Romans 8:9.



Yesterday I got a text from my husband saying “I am drafting my anniversary present, I am writing a blog post for your blog”. All I have to say is that when I read this final draft my heart was so moved to praise and glorify God for the work that He is doing in our lives and for giving me a husband that loves Him more than he loves me. As I read each of my husband’s words I was encouraged, challenged and my perspective shifted once again. Beyond words, I am grateful that my husband’s anniversary gift is not to give me things that he knows will perish but to take the time to refocus my eyes and my heart on Him who matters, He who is more precious than anything I could have on this earth, Jesus Christ.

Love, thank you for loving our Savior Jesus Christ more than you love me. Thank you for leading me in living an ‘uncomfortable’ life to seek Him, know Him and serve Him. Thank you for humbly guiding me with your example.  Thank you for letting Christ take the lead of our lives and for following him to unexpected waters trusting that He will provide. Thank you for running this race faithfully by my side. Thank you for gently reminding me that my hope needs to be set on Christ – not you, not our future kids, not the ideal of our future home. Thank you for loving me with the love of Christ and for literally giving up your life and comfort to serve me.

I will follow you wherever you lead because I know that your eyes are set on Christ!

Four years of beautiful marriage and this is just getting better – can’t wait to grow old and wrinkly with you! Together until eternity babe, I love you!

April 18, 2014

My life is not my own

Every day I am learning that my life is not my own. I was bought with a price. Bought with the blood of the Holy Lamb. Not for my glory but for His. Called for a mission.

“Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age”.

-Matthew 28:19-20

Most days this mission fills me with joy and excitement. Other days, I struggle with dying to myself, my personal dreams and specially my timeline for how I believe things ‘ought’ to be and ‘when’ they ought to happen. In days like these, I have to be intentional in preaching to my own heart and surrendering my dreams at the foot of the cross (dreams for us to grow a family, to pursue a career, to serve in different areas – all good dreams that can become my idols if I am not careful); continuing to ask God to take it all and to mold my heart and my desires according to His will and plan for my life. I am learning to embrace all He has for me , even if that means giving up other things I would want.

In Jeremiah 29:11-14 the Lord declared, “For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you”.

I love the hope this verse gives us. It reminds us that we can trust that God knows the plans He has for us and that these are good plans. We know that He is working on our lives every single day. He uses every season, every trial, every moment of joy and every tear to mold our character and draw us closer to Him. We can be confident in every season of our lives that He is working these for our good— the good of knowing him and finding him. Working in us to give us hope – an imperishable, unspoiled, unfading hope in Jesus Christ.

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade”.

– 1 Peter 1:3-4

May God gives us the grace to walk humbly and faithfully in this life; learning to love Him and trust Him with all of our hearts. May He use each of our lives for His glory, sharing of the gospel and building of the church. May we learn that even when it feels hard, living our lives for Him is absolutely worth it and more precious than anything else we could have on this earth.

Personally, I pray that with every passing day, the saying ‘for me to live is Christ, and to die is gain’ becomes a more tangible reality.

Even if its hard to see…. “Even now, He is writing a continual story of grace, regardless of our ability to see it in the moment. But as we learn to trust Him more, we find that His grace is never-ending, His forgiveness abounding, and His love unwavering”. – Wynter Pitts @shereadstruth

Only through Christ,