Embrace Grace – Gateway Southlake & Frisco Baby Shower

The shower was this past Sunday and I believe it was our best yet!

Hundreds of women came and about 500 gifts were wrapped with care all to bless 34 girls with a crisis pregnancy. Most of the girls brought a close family member or two – it was so sweet to see them proudly showing off their gifts that they received. I saw many tears and many smiles as I glanced around the room. It was such a beautiful picture of grace.

I mentioned at the shower about the story of the Prodigal Son in Luke 11:15-32. It is a story about a dad that split his estate in half and gave half to each of his 2 sons. The younger son went immediately to travel abroad and squandered all of his money away. After he spent it all, there was a huge famine in the country and he was starving but no one would give him any food. He finally came back to his senses and decided to go back to his dad’s and he could just be a hired servant even though he was ashamed. He had planned to say, “Father, I’ve sinned against God, I’ve sinned before you; I don’t deserve to be called your son. Take me on as a hired hand.”

He headed back home and here comes my favorite part …

When he was still a long way off, his father saw him. His heart pounding, he ran out, embraced him, and kissed him. The son started his speech: ‘Father, I’ve sinned against God, I’ve sinned before you; I don’t deserve to be called your son ever again.’ “But the father wasn’t listening. He was calling to the servants, ‘Quick. Bring a clean set of clothes and dress him. Put the family ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. Then get a grain-fed heifer and roast it. We’re going to feast! We’re going to have a wonderful time! My son is here—given up for dead and now alive! Given up for lost and now found!’ And they began to have a wonderful time.

I love this quote by Max Lucado: “The difference between mercy and grace? Mercy gave the Prodigal Son a second chance. Grace gave him a feast.”

This is what we did on Sunday. We gave these girls a feast. It was a beautiful display of grace. Women that came just to honor a girl that chose life, someone that they had never met before. It was touching for everyone involved.

Some sweet facebook posts popped up the night of the shower from the girls:

“Today was an awesome display of the unconditional love that God has for each one of us!!!! I am so thankful to God that I was at work and Amy’s husband felt led by the Spirit of God to introduce me to Embrace Grace! The support and prayers that the leaders have provide is unprecedented! Aiden and I are truly blessed to have found you! The EG Shower was AWESOME and it was wonderful to spend time with my sponsors and leaders! I am looking forward to paying my blessings forward as an active EG member in the semesters to come! Praying that God continues to lead, guide and direct each EG church, home, and family! God Bless ….. SO THANKFUL” {Kristen J.}

“I’m so glad and thankful that God put Embrace Grace in my life!! I’m so glad to be part of a group of ladies that have such big hearts!!! The baby shower was amazing today!! More than I imagined, and I am so thankful that God put it in the hearts of so many to bless us all the way we were blessed today!! May the blessings keep coming and may we also be able to bless someone this way one day!! I love you all ♥ {Ruby G.}

“I know i say the same thing like everyday, but i seriously could not be more thankful for embrace grace. all the girls & leaders.. everybody who was ever involved…
when im feeling sad/down whatever, y’all are right there to put a smile back on my face & make me feel like i DO have family & CAN be happy no matter the situation. i love that y’all can make me laugh AS im crying is just unbelievable. i love y’all so much & y’all all have such great, kind, powerful, meaning words that touches every bit of my heart. couldn’t be anymore happier than being with y’all with A’veiya. y’all are all angels♥” {Tabi H.}

Loved this post from an Embrace Grace girls’ mom:

“I want to thank you all for the baby shower today I am a mother of one of the Southlake girls, Raven, I am still having a hard time accepting the reality that things just didn’t turn out the way “I” planned for my daughter. BUT I know that our God has greater plans for my Rae. I know that everything goes through His hands first and that Raven and Kacey will be a walking testimony one day. All glory to God! My coming to the shower was a last minute decision and I am ever so grateful for the tugging of the Lord and His prompting me to go and support my Bird, as I walked in I was so overwhelmed by 1) the presence of the Holy Spirit and 2) the generosity of His children. I have not fully supported Raven through most of this pregnancy because I was still dealing and healing (and still am doing so), but today I couldn’t be more thankful for the ministry of Embrace Grace you have truly helped and supported Rae when I didn’t or couldn’t. So again thank you. I am truly able to begin the healing process and be there more for my Rae more.
Today the Lord also reminded me of my dreams and the vision He has given me and He has begun to chisel at this hardened heart so His will can be done and completed in my life as well as Raven’s.”

 

There were tons of sweet connections made and relationships started just by these groups connecting with their Embrace Grace girl. We heard sweet stories of how they were chosen. One girls’ name is Sadie and the woman that chose her said she had always loved that name and if she were to ever have a girl, that was the name she had chosen. Another woman chose a girl named Zoe and she messaged me about what she was going to name her baby and I said, “Landan Thomas” and the woman said “whoa … that was confirmation. We just had our first baby ourselves just a few weeks ago and we named him Landry Thomas. Zoe’s our girl.” A couple of girls were amazed that they received some of the exact items that they had registered for even though the gifts are not purchased off of a registry. 

 

One girl tearfully said how her mom reached out and touched her baby bump for the first time at the shower. It had been something that she was having a hard time being excited about but the shower helped her mom realize that this is a life that can be celebrated too. It was a moment where healing is beginning in both of their hearts.

We will share full thank you’s and more photos from the shower soon!

Written by Amy Ford 

3 thoughts on “Embrace Grace – Gateway Southlake & Frisco Baby Shower

  1. Thank you for sharing the back stories, Amy; it was comforting to see how His grace was rippling out to families to bring healing, through the simple means of a baby shower (though the efforts to pull it off were not simple!) And the shower itself was a warm hug, reminding me that His grace can redeem *any* situation. Loved it, and was loved in sharing in it. Thank you.

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