Once Lost, Now Found

1117091655In the beginning there was a girl who ran off impulse and insecurities
Surrounding herself by impurities
Lost, insufficiencies
Not renewing, not pursuing to have Christ in her mind
She didn’t do it at first after righteousness, but only to impress the arms of her flesh
You know the rest
Her spirit was so weak as it could not compete
As she consciously continued to cheat
On Christ with the lying and defying
She did not realize but her spirit was dying
She routinely filled her life with sin
Her body not a temple for Christ
She didn’t praise Him and her heart was cold
No desire for her spiritual growth
And before you know it she was held bound – a stronghold
Who would ever have foretold that time would be wasted completely
Now looking back realizing she was deceived – truly
Enticed by the devil at hand she had no idea about the baby boy in God’s plan
It was then she realized without Christ there’s no rock to stand
From there spiritually she went uphill
Believe me without Christ you’re lost for real
Without Him your soul is destined for hell
But that’s the penalty of sin though it’s not a fairytale
So she now looks to the hills for her help
Because she knows she’ll miss Christ if she looks to self or material wealth
Her spiritual guide, she doesn’t want to backslide1920403_10152075789778409_1922636066_n
Just wants to allow Him to remain inside
Now in His word she abides and hides from all pride
Now she knows the true meaning of eternal life
Bold, courageous, saved by grace, crowned
Was once lost, but now she’s found

Written by EG Bloom Chelsea

Speaking Straight from Your Heart

shutterstock_158072753…I thank you for speaking straight from your heart. Psalm 119:7 MSG

I was comfy cozy this morning, bible in hand and flipped to Psalm 119 in the Message. This is one of the longest chapters in the bible and is filled with so much wealth and goodness! I began to see so many nuggets of simple truth in a compilation that spoke straight to my heart. Would love to share the highlights with you today. May they lift you up. May they be exactly what you need to hear. Speaking life into your situation. This is David’s prayer. May it also be a prayer you can lift up to heaven too.

I held a pen and paper in hand and began to write out what is on my heart. Blooms that had special prayer requests, healing, a miracle to be made, an open door, revelation, and so much more. As I wrote out these requests as a simple release from my heart, it is now in God’s hands to fulfill the requests in His timing.

Maybe you are seeking direction in your life. Insight. Wisdom. Counsel. Clarity. Understanding. Comfort. Hope. Light.

God loves to speak straight from His heart to yours. Listen as He speaks these words over you.

I’ve banked your promises in the vault of my heart. I’ll transfer to my lips all the counsel that comes from your mouth. I ponder every morsel of wisdom from you, I attentively watch how you’ve done it. I relish everything you’ve told me of life. I won’t forget a word of it. Be generous with me and I’ll live a full life; not for a minute will I take my eyes off your road. Open my eyes so I can see what you show me of your miracle-wonders. Help me understand these things inside and out so I can ponder your miracle-wonders. Build me up again by your Word. Barricade the road that goes nowhere; grace me with your revelation. I choose the road to Somewhere, I post your road signs at every curve and corner. I grasp and cling to whatever you tell me; God don’t let me down! I’ll run the course you lay out for me if you’ll just show me how. Give me insight so I can do what you tell me- my whole life one long, obedient response. Guide me down the road of your commandments; I love traveling this freeway! Give me a bent for your words of wisdom. Let your love, God, shape my life with salvation, exactly as you promised. Because you have satisfied me, God, I promise to do everything you say. I beg you from the bottom of my heart: smile, be gracious to me just as you promised. When I took a long, careful look at your ways, I got my feet back on the trail you blazed. Before I learned to answer you, I wandered all over the place, but now I’m in step with your Word. You are good, and the source of good; train me in your goodness. With your very own hands you formed me; now breathe your wisdom over me so I can understand you. When they see me waiting, expecting your Word, those who fear you will take heart and be glad. I can see now, God, that your decisions are right; your testing has taught me what’s true and right. Oh, love me- and right now! – hold me tight! Just the way you promised. Now comfort me so I can live, really live; your revelation is the tune I dance to. I’m waiting for your word of hope. By your words I can see where I’m going; they throw a beam of light on my dark path. I inherited your book on living; its mine forever- what a gift! And how happy it makes me! You’re my place of quiet retreat; I wait for your Word to renew me. Every word you give me is a miracle word- how could I help but obey? Break open your words, let the light shine out, let ordinary people see the meaning. Steady my steps with your Word of promise. Take note of how I love what you tell me; out of your life of love, prolong my life. Your words all add up to the sum total: TRUTH. I’m ecstatic over what you say, like one who strikes it rich. My life’s an open book before you. Let my cry come right into your presence, God; provide me with the insight that comes only from your Word. Give my request your personal attention, rescue me on the terms of your promise. Let praise cascade off my lips; after all, you’ve taught me the truth about life! And let your promises ring from my tongue; every order you’ve given is right. Put your hand out and steady me since I’ve chosen to live by your counsel. I’m homesick, God, for your salvation; I love it when you show yourself! Invigorate my soul so I can praise you well. And should I wander off like a lost sheep- seek me! I’ll recognize the sound of your voice. {Excerpts from Psalm 119 MSG}

Written by Salina Duffy

My Needs are Met

shutterstock_140544133Daily my daughter asks me if she can, “please have a chocolate or candy,” after every meal. I’ve come to expect the question. I know it’s coming. I don’t give in easily to her sweet charming question. I want what’s best for her. I don’t want my daughter amped up on chocolate all the time. Therefore, my answer is often “No.” Last week my daughter asked me the question exactly as she does every day and once I told her, “No, but thank you for asking nicely,” she had another question lined up for me. My sweet four-year old asked, “Mommy, why can’t I always get what I want?”

How often do you feel like this? How often do you feel the “lemons” in life and wonder why? Why can’t I have a fairytale? Why is life so hard? Why can’t I just get what I want? God is so good. He’s an amazing Father. He looks at all of His children and He knows their wants and their needs. The Lord meets our NEEDS. He knows better than you or me. Sometime the things we WANT will hurt us so instead He gives us something better. Instead of being thankful for that better thing I so often question why I couldn’t have my want.

As The Lord brought these memories to my attention this morning I began trying to think of what I am most thankful for today. I tried to think of what I should be thankful for every day but don’t often stop to thank God for. My mind landed on salvation. Through His death on the cross, Jesus freely gave us what we don’t deserve. Jesus isn’t about keeping a set of rules and doing great things or good deeds that make you good enough to receive eternal life, salvation through Him. Instead, salvation is about simply receiving Grace.

Grace is getting what you DO NOT deserve in the sweetest display of love the world has ever seen. Grace (in basic terms) is the freely given and unmerited favor and love of God. It’s accepting the forgiveness God offers and beginning a new relationship with Him.

Grace is not mercy. God is full of mercy! But mercy and grace live in two different categories. To break it down to the most basic level,

mercy is an act of being spared from judgment. It is NOT getting what you do deserve. Grace is a gift that is everlasting. Nobody deserves salvation but through grace it is given freely to us. And this type of grace is a gift that only God can give. It’s all about receiving. And it’s all YOUR choice. The Lord loves His kids.

The song “Amazing Grace” comes to mind. “Amazing Grace how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me! I once was lost but now I’m found; was blind but now I see.” Grace sets us free. It cancels our imperfections and our past mistakes. Grace says that anyone can receive the amazing gift of salvation because your past is no longer. You can have new life in Him. This gift of Grace frees us from thinking we are beyond help and beyond hope. You may not deserve grace, but you get it anyway. When I think of Gods grace I no longer feel like I’ve been handed a bunch of lemons. I no longer question why my wants are no longer met. Jesus paid my way. He gave me a gift nobody else could. When I think of Grace I am thankful. I know that my needs have been and are continuing to be met by my most gracious Father in heaven. He is so good. Today I choose to be thankful.

Written by Whitney Wells

Pray for Life

shutterstock_116298694Sometime’s it’s not all rosey. Sometime’s it’s not always happy and we don’t always have those fuzzy sweet feelings when leading Embrace Grace & Life.

Sometime’s it’s hard. Sometime’s it breaks you.

Sometime’s the need feels too great that our small hands and hearts can offer the world. Sometime’s we meet our “blooms” and they may be wilting, barely able to hold their head up. They are lost and searching in desperation for a Rescuer to pick up all of the broken petals and help put their life together again. They need someone to point them to the Sonlight. Sometime’s you meet a girl that is completely alone with a child, and has no family support whatsoever. Sometime’s you meet a girl that lost everything and is barely hanging on. Sometime’s you meet girls that are self-mutilators and are tormented by thoughts of fear, worry and suicide.

The battle is real.

WE NEED YOU. We need prayers from every single one of you. We have to fight back spiritually from what is stolen, lost and destroyed. We need prayer warriors that will battle with us in the heavenlies, claiming life and victory over our bloom’s lives. This isn’t a sunday school class where they hear a verse and meet a few people and leave. WE ARE WARRING FOR OUR GIRL’S HEARTS pointing them to the throne of heaven. We are showing them who they are and WHOSE they are. We are speaking life into souls that are CRAVING words of hope and destiny. We are shining a light into lives where their world is full of darkness.

You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. {Matthew 5:14-15 MSG}

Jesus spoke to the people once more and said, “I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.” {John 8:12 NLT}

We need you. We can’t do this alone. We need intercessors to help us in this battle. These young mommies and daddies are precious. They have a beautiful destiny and purpose. They are created for something so much bigger than what they might be settling for. They have real problems and real pain. They have feelings and they carry a lot of weight and baggage with them when they come in – we need prayer to show them how to take it off when they leave.

Tears are flowing as I type this. We lost a precious mommy yesterday that had felt like there was no more hope. Three sweet babies will grow up not having their mommy to kiss them goodnight and to love on them. Our sweet bloom that was her best friend is now grieving the loss of this life taken too soon. Although we only met her once, she will forever be remembered in our hearts and this has fueled the passion for saving mommies and babies even more. This has ignited an even more intense fire to change lives and hearts – we will not give up our fight for LIFE.

Please join us in this battle by loving extravagantly and praying without ceasing. The world needs the love of Christ – everywhere and all around you, broken people are crying out for a sign and to see the world with different eyes. We are the hands and feet of Jesus – all of us together can show the love of Christ.

Today is a day we fight harder for life than ever before. Every life is valuable and priceless. We will not stop our passion for LIFE and LOVE. 

Please add the leaders to your daily prayer list in 2014 as we walk out the calling God has placed on our hearts. Please add the blooms to your prayer list that their hope is renewed in Christ and that they turn to their Rescuer and heavenly Father every day.

Written by Amy Ford

God Made Me Stronger

shutterstock_112693924I never expected to be a  parent at this point in my life. I was career driven with a degree under my belt, and was working my way to the top of whichever path I chose. God, however,  had a different plan.

When I found myself completely alone and pregnant, I didn’t know where to turn. I didn’t know what to do. I had never believed abortion was the “right thing to do,” but I had never been faced with the decision. I had pressure from the biological father to “just get rid of it.” That would make sense, right? Seeing as he had a baby on the way already. Something within me said no. Something inside said to not give in.

I have never, and I mean NEVER prayed so hard in my life.

Everywhere and anyone I turned to, could not or would not help me. I lost close friends, and couldn’t yet tell my family.  I was uninsured, single, hormonal, alone, and very..oh so very..PREGNANT.  It seemed the more I looked, the more abortion became my only option. I prayed, “God I don’t think abortion is right, but what are my options!? I don’t know how to do this!” Screaming on my knees at times, asking, begging for an answer, I was hoping for a sign and a decision I could live with. On the fence with tears streaming down my face I cried for a sign, “God give me something! Tell me what to do!! Give me writing on the wall, anything, please!!” You know what? God gave me a billboard. YEAH, a billboard.

I called Real Choices and was relieved to hear they would see me. I remember crying there too; I cried the entire time, pouring out my heart. I was still considering abortion.

A woman was interning there and it was by divine intervention. With head in my hands she leaned in and with the most sincerity said, “You are so STRONG, and you CAN do this. God has a plan for you, and will help you.” She asked to stay in contact with me, and referred me to a support group “Embrace Grace.” She also prayed for me, again, and to this day those words changed my life.

I went on to get my first ultrasound. I was about six weeks pregnant. The technician asked if I wanted to hear the heart beat. Heart beat? Already?? It has a heart beat? Yes. Yes I do…

I bawled. Love rushed over me and I knew from that moment I would have that child and do my very best. I CAN do this. Her words replayed in my head, and I couldn’t stop crying. This was my answer. This was God speaking to me. This was my writing on the wall.

Even now I find myself asking God, “How am I supposed to do this?!” Being a parent is hard. Being a parent is very hard, alone. Most days I don’t feel like I’ve done a good job and pray I can give more tomorrow. I question why I’m doing this by myself, and wonder if I’m enough. I pray for a husband, and ask God “Why haven’t you sent him yet? Why am I alone?” Because even before I had Grayson, GOD MADE ME STRONGER. God knew the storm I was about to endure. He knew I would face adversities, so HE MADE ME STRONGER. He knew I would have to fall into Him to save myself and my child. He knew I would feel all alone; GOD MADE ME STRONGER.

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
Jeremiah 29:11

So I continue on this journey. When I feel abandoned, I know I am never alone; He is with me. He gives me comfort, and has given me great joy.  God has surrounded me with a network of prayer warriors, and has provided every time I fall short. Even in my weakest moments, GOD MADE ME STRONGER.

written by Sarah Young, Embrace Grace Southlake bloom

Were you born with a bloom in your tummy?

shutterstock_15274792I rolled up to pick up Logan in the car pool line… Just in time! His eyes met mine and he smiled expectantly. He opened the door and held his puppy valentine box he had handmade. His box was now full of sweet notes and cards from his classmates. He peeked in the front seat and saw his giant heart shaped cookie cake that said puppy love. He reached for his special build-a-bear box. Inside was a puppy that was stuffed and fluffed with lots of love along with a red heart that said one in a million. We drove and he excitedly told me about his daily adventures.

Then the question came… So mommy, how do babies get in tummies?

I paused and collected my thoughts. Said a prayer that God would give me the perfect words to say to my 6 year old little boy. I had been waiting for the right time to tell him about the birds and bees~flowers and trees. I began by saying that babies come from heaven. God’s creation of animals and humans were made to give life. You know how chicken’s lay eggs, birds and ducks have eggs. Penguins have eggs.

Then we drove past some horses and explained to him that horses have an egg inside of them. Horses lay eggs? No son, the mommy horse has an egg inside of her, and at the right time it will be fertilized by the daddy horse and she will have a baby colt. The same thing happens with a mommy dog. She has an egg inside of her and at the right time the mommy will have puppies. He smiled big since puppies have been his favorite animal recently.

Mommies also have eggs inside of them, in their womb. When the time is right, God will make a baby inside of her. The egg is fertilized by the daddy, by his sperm, and then a baby is made. His little mind was processing and I asked if he had any questions? He thought for a moment and then asked the sweetest thing…

So, were you born with a bloom in your tummy?

I smile and look back at him with so much love in my heart and say Oh, son, you just melted my heart! He replied, but Mommy I don’t even have any fire. I tell him sweetly… I love that you just called the womb~ a bloom!!! He says, Mommy, write that down and call Gran. She will like to hear all about this bloom inside tummies.

His heart is now happy and content with his questions answered. Now that he knows babies come from heaven to earth in mommies blooms (womb).

I love the simplicity and symbolism of this. A bloom holds within life, beauty, a sweet fragrance that fills the room. Creation. Life is all around us. The air that we breathe, the birds that sing, the precious babies that are born.

A womb is a place where something is conceived. A baby. A dream. A destiny. You were born with a bloom in your tummy. Embrace your bloom!

Written by Salina Duffy

Less of me…

shutterstock_145332532Today in my morning time, I picked up a book called Praying God’s Word by Beth Moore. In the first chapter, Beth Moore states that in her research on the captivity of God’s people there is one main underlying cause: idolatry. She goes on to explain how idolatry can show up in many forms in our lives: we make ourselves idols, another person, work, exercise, food…and so on and so forth. She says that at the root of every stronghold in our life, there is idolatry working there. As I sat back and thought about this, I was struck by how much I idolize SELF. What am I feeling, what do I want, what are MY desires, how can I be comfortable, I..I..I…

The scripture reference is Isaiah 43: 10-12
“You are my witnesses,” declares the Lord, “and my servant whom I have chosen,
so that you may know and believe me and understand that I am He.
Before Me no God was formed, nor will there be one after Me.
I, even I, am the Lord, and apart from Me there is no savior.
I have revealed and saved and proclaimed – I, and not some foreign God among you.
You are My witnesses,” declares the Lord, “that I am God.”

As I read this it awakened in me the truth that I am not my savior. I am the one who manages to get myself into trouble by following my emotions rather than asking myself some important questions: Where will this lead me? Does this line up with God’s will? How will this affect my life in the next year or two or three?

As I go along with my day’s daily duties, I am led to contemplate how much I strangle God’s power in my life every day by relying on mySELF rather than relying on the power of God.

I love the way Beth Moore states it:

“Lightening flashes from His throne. The winds do His bidding. The clouds are His chariot. The earth trembles at the sound of His voice. When He stands to His feet, His enemies are scattered. He is transcendent over all things. Absolute. Uncontested. Omniscient. Omnipresent. The Lord God omnipotent reigneth. He is God and there is no other.”

John 3:30 says “He must become greater; I must become less.”  As you allow God to increase in your life, you will truly see His power on display.  When you give of yourself, you get in return.  When you meet other needs, your needs are met in return.  When you make room in your heart for the one who created it, you are given more than you could ever ask for in return.

Written by Jamie Stapleton