The More I Seek You

shutterstock_141063856The memory is etched upon my heart like it was yesterday. A special moment during worship six years ago. Kari Jobe was singing The more I seek you, the more I find you, the more I find you, the more I love you. We were at Pink Impact, a women’s conference, and the worship team was ushering us in to the Presence of God.

Chris Caine came on stage for a moment and said she didn’t even want to break what was happening. She asked Kari and the team to continue in the heart of worship. I remember my heart beating with the rhythm of the drums. Especially when she sang the lyrics I want to sit at your feet … lay back against you and breathe and feel your heartbeat. I could sense Him so near. So close. Eyes closed. Heart fully engaged. Tears falling. Experiencing God in a tangible way. He spoke so clearly.

He healed my heart from wounds and pain I had experienced as a child. There was a rose bush incident that had happened when I was a little girl. Something that was innocently pulled up by mistake thinking the rose bush was dead. Punishment was given by my step dad. It left a lasting mark upon my heart. The scars were there, even though years had passed. The thorns were still lodged deep within. It had caused a lot of deep wounds upon my heart, fear, and hurt… in an instant during that worship service, that pain and heartache was fully extracted.

Chris Caine came back on stage and said Wow, that was awesome! We just experienced healing that could take years of therapy in only 10 minutes of worship. Her words were so true. In those moments, something deep within was healed instantly.

This very same weekend at Pink Impact 2008 during the worship encounters and guest speakers we experienced the conception of Embrace Grace. Something was being born inside of us. We didn’t know at the time what was being conceived, we just saw tiny glimpses, visions, whispers of helping single and pregnant girls. Helping the mommies and babies. Showering them with love and grace.

Our EG baby was born and has been growing and expanding with each new year!

Today is a special monumental day celebrating our 6th birthday of Embrace Grace. Happy Birthday BABY! We are celebrating and attending Pink Impact at Gateway Church the next 3 days and hearts are expectant and overwhelmed with the love and grace that will pour out upon all of us! We are seeking Him and will find Him with all our hearts.

Last night my family and I were at one of our favorite Italian restaurants and a little God wink occurred during our colossal brownie indulgence. I looked up and Kari Jobe walked in to pick up her to go order! It was a sweet little kiss from heaven. It brought me back to that special night 6 years ago. God whispered to my heart, you are seeking me and finding me with all your heart. Show others how to seek me too.

Knowing that Kari will be leading worship at Pink this year and God only knows the healing, restoration, heavenly encounters that are sure to happen during Pink Impact conferences.  Tune into www.pinkimpact.com for more information, and possibly watch live and join in the worship and celebration with us!Pink Impact 2014-03

A sweet friend of mine called me the other day and was speaking from the heart. She said that Embrace Grace is celebrating our 6th year, and that God created the world in 6 days and on the 7th day- God rested. She said she felt there is a time of rest that God is bringing us and to press in and ask God to reveal that during this Pink Impact.

Last night as I opened my sons treasure bible and asked God for a special word, I turned directly to Hebrews 4 and it speaks of how we will enter into God’s rest. It was confirmation to my heart to see these words. Seeking Him more and Finding Him more and more with each passing day.

You can seek Him too. Look for Him in the little moments of your day. Ask Him to give you a word to cling to in a song, the Bible, a friends encouragement, there are so many ways He speaks daily to us. Tune in to His frequency. Quiet the noise around you. Press in. Seek Him with all your heart. Focus your attention on Him. He will speak to you. He will reveal Himself to you. He will pursue you. He will woo you. He adores you!

As you worship Him and seek Him more and more, you will find Him! Rest in Him.

Worship and serve him with your whole heart and a willing mind. For the Lord sees every heart and knows every plan and thought. If you seek him, you will find him... 1 Chronicles 28:9 God’s Word Translation.

We will enter God’s place of rest.

God’s promise that we may enter his place of rest still stands… God said this even though he had finished his work when he created the world.  Somewhere in Scripture God has said this about the seventh day: “On the seventh day God rested from all his work.” … Therefore, a time of rest and worship exists for God’s people. Hebrews 4:1,4,9 God’s Word Translation.

Written by Salina Duffy

A daughter needs her Father’s blessing

shutterstock_153959978This is a day that I will never forget. I’m actually going to claim it as a second birthday for what transpired felt like a rebirth! I was already on cloud nine being that my son Antonio was marrying his beautiful bride Amber. The venue was being held at a location that was in a city near us – the challenging part was going to be getting there on time. You see the night before as I was driving to pick up last-minute items the power steering pump went out in my car. Normally I would have gotten upset, panicked, stayed stressed out over it the rest of the night and next day. Instead I just gave it to the Lord and trusted that it would all work out. I then called my sister Rosa who I can always count on. As usual she offered to take me in the morning to run the rest of my errands. I finally got back home to help my elderly parents get ready for the big day. They both were so happy and even had colored coordinated clothes to wear. Once they were ready we got a ride from a friend who was going to the wedding too. I was able to register for our room earlier than quoted which was a blessing in itself, this way my parents had somewhere comfortable to wait until the ceremony began. I had a little more than two hours before I had to get into my “Mother of the Bride” dress. I waited for the very last moment until I had to walk downstairs. So I just stayed in the room with my parents talking to them and preparing for the blessing I was going to release during the ceremony. I helped my youngest daughter Sabrena get into her bridesmaid dress, she then came out showcasing the end result. My parents of course gushed over how beautiful she looked. Then it was finally time for me to get all dolled up:) Sabrena returned the favor by helping me get ready. After everything was tucked in and put into proper order (just being real) I was ready to unveil my dress to my parents. The dress I chose was beautiful. It was an iridescent royal blue color. Now mind you I’m used to my mom complementing me, that’s just who she is. My Dad has always been the complete opposite – he never says anything! His compliments are saved for the grandchildren and the great-grandchildren. I walked out of the changing room and my mom began telling me how beautiful I looked and complimented my dress, I smiled and thanked her. Then my Father began to speak, in my head I heard that commercial I always watched on t.v. growing up saying “When E.F. Hutton speaks everyone listens!” Then all you heard in the background were crickets. At that moment I became a cricket! I just knew that I had to absorb the words that were about to come out of his mouth. My father began saying “Oh you look so beautiful, your dress is beautiful, you look so beautiful.” Those words were music to my ears. A sweet lullaby that was being sung to me for the very first time in my life by my father. Something began to happen to me internally, my spirit was excited. I felt my chest poke out, I stood straight up, my shoulders went back, and my head no longer hung low. I waited 47 years to hear my Daddy tell me that I was his beautiful little girl. I wanted to hug him and sit in his lap all at once and say “Tell me more” but that would’ve startled him:) Instead I just said “Thank you!” He just smiled at me in return. It was time for the ceremony to start so my parents walked down with my brother, I stayed behind to gather my thoughts. As I meditated on what actually had happened I realized that I had just received my “Father’s blessing.” Here it was my son’s wedding day and I was the one given the greatest gift of my life. For years I felt like I was never wanted or loved by my father. I’d go into details but it’s just too much to explain. I know now that everything I felt growing up and even recently were lies straight from the pit of hell. My relationship has been evolving since that day with my Dad, the walls have been torn down making room for love to enter. One day in particular stands out to me I was sitting on the couch exhausted from working the night before. My dad was inviting my mom to the table to come and eat with him, she declined because the news was on. Then I heard my Dad say “Tell Diane to come and eat with me.” I went from being exhausted to getting a burst of energy. See I never felt comfortable sitting at the table and eating with my Dad. I just avoided it at all cost but not this day. We talked about a lot of different subjects, my Dad doesn’t even know how much he blessed me. Then the scripture came to me John 14:3 “If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to myself, that where I am, there you may be also” My Daddy prepared the table with the food for us, he asked me to sit with him, where he was I was with him also. God gave me back my Dad at the age of 90 and all I want to do is make him proud! I know that my time is short with him because of his age but I choose to love him and let him know how much he truly means to me every day of his life. I shared this important part of my life to encourage fathers of any age to pour into your daughters especially the young ones! They need to know that you love them and are in their corner. Show them how a real man is supposed to treat them so that they will never settle for anything less than what their Dad did for them. Thank you for reading my very first blog! I’m excited for this new chapter in my life ♥

Written by Diane Regalado

Semester 12 Thanks YOU!

shower2We had the most beautiful baby shower a few weeks ago honoring 62 girls that chose life. God rained down his blessings as all these young mommas opened thousands of gifts at Gateway Church in Fort Worth, TX. To be able to be a part of something so big and beautiful is life-changing. It gets better and better every semester and I just want to thank everyone involved – all the leaders, photographers, bakers, Gateway Single Families, Tech Team, Food team, all the decorators, the gift managers and of course all the givers. It takes a lot of people to make an event like this happen and it somehow always comes together so seamlessly!

Below are all the thank you’s from the girls that were blessed at the shower. If you adopted a girl, look for hers or just read through them all (not all Grand Prairie and N. Fort Worth thank you’s are posted). 

Thank you so much for all your love and blessings! It was a great night and I had lots of fun! I hope God blesses everyone involved as much and more than ya’ll have blessed me! Thank you, thank you, thank you! – Sarah S. {SLK}

Thank you for pouring out such blessings upon my baby and I. To not even know me and give so much love, is truly an act of God. I’m glad your going to be a part of our lives and I thank God for sending such amazing people into my life. God knows I needed you. – Abby E. {SLK}

Thank you so much for the baby stuff I appreciate it. And thank you for taking time out to think of me. I love the baby stuff and it will really come in handy. – Ali (SLK)

I appreciate the thoughtfulness and your giving souls. I am now 35 weeks and Ledger now has everything he will need.  I appreciate you both and your kind hearts. Without you two, I’d still be a bit stir crazy about everything. I am thankful there are special people like you who will still give and think of others. You are two very special women who I will always remember and hold dear to my heart. Love you both and thank you so very much. – Ashley and Ledger L. {SLK}

I just want to say thank you for everything you guys have given for me. Also for taking the shower1time out of your day for me to love on me, to pray for me and just being there even though the only thing you really knew about me was my name. I couldn’t thank you guys enough. Love, Logan L. {SLK}

Michelle what a blessing you are. Thank you so much for an amazing day! The beautiful gifts you and your family gave to my little Abigail has been so extremely helpful and useful. I send so much love your way and will never forget the generosity that came straight from your heart into our home. I’m so thankful for you and my Embrace Grace mamas and love you so very much! Y’all are so beautiful, spiritual, and wonderful. You guys bring so much light and love in my life. My happiness jar is completely full. I’m such a happy mommy! Thank you from the bottom of my heart. It melts my heart. Xoxoxo! Love, Shelby and baby Abigail {SLK}

I just wanted to tell you ladies how unbelievably blessed I am to have met ya’ll. I can not thank you enough for all the wonderful gifts for both Brantley and I. We had so much fun. We appreciate the time and effort put into our special baby shower. Brantley loves all his new toys! 🙂 Again thank you so much! James 1:17 – Love, Brantley and Ariel {SLK}

Thank ya’ll beautiful men and women that made the shower so amazing. I could not have been more blessed than to have all of the beautiful and precious people like y’all in my life and supporting me with prayers and the gifts I received. I’m so glad that God has brought you all into my life and given my child such amazing role models as well as myself. And I Thank ya’ll from the bottom of my heart. Love Haley D. and Ella {SLK}

Thank you girls so much! You all have truly blessed me and my baby. I have never had a baby shower, and to have one and receive gifts from people I’ve probably never met is truly the character of God. To be so loving, and generous! I truly appreciate your generosity. It has been such a blessing to be apart of embrace grace. I have learned so much about God, & learned to forgive. Thank you sooooo much for blessing and loving on me and my baby. You girls are awesome!!!! I love you all do much!!!! I am truly blessed to be apart of this group of amazing women! -Lizette {SLK}

Thank you so much for all that you did for me! I wish I hadn’t been so late and that I could have gotten more time to talk to you ladies. When I left the baby shower I was completely overwhelmed with joy. It felt like I was radiating sunshine out of my pores 🙂 I just couldn’t believe that people that didn’t even know me would be so wonderful to me. Again, thank you so much! – love, Heather {SLK}

I can’t thank you and the people of Embrace Grace enough! Brittany, I really enjoyed going to church with you and your husband this last Sunday service. You’re lovely, giving, spirited self will never know how much you changed my world. One day I pray to have a change in my situation to where I could give someone so much like you did for me. One day I will though, but I’ll never give enough. Thank you so much! You’re an angel! Love, Brittany V. {SLK}

shower3To all the lovely ladies that had adopted me and my baby for the Embrace Grace baby shower. I just want you all to know that I am very thankful for all the great things ya’ll got me. To have ya’ll there in my life at this time was great. Thanks for the gifts and prayers. Love always, Doreen P and baby Milania (gracious) {SLK}

Thank you for the amazing baby shower that you made happen for all of us mommies! I am so blessed for the things that I received and for the great time I had. Love, Malleriy {SLK}

Ladies, Thank you so much for all the things you got for my baby. I am beyond blessed you have no idea. I can’t even begin to say thank you enough. It means so much that ya’ll found it in your hearts to bless my baby and I. So thank you so much from Brantley Ryan and I. Lots of love, Ashley B and Brantley {SLK}

I know that I thanked you guys the night of the shower, but I cannot ever thank you two enough for the blessing you guys have been. My son and I both are forever grateful to you for your kindness and love. I wish you both the very best. With love, Shelby M. {SLK}

To all the givers, I and my family want to thank you all for everything that you gave and have done for all the embrace grace girls. I personally couldn’t afford to have another child and I’m continuously praying asking God to get me through physically, financially and emotionally and through you all, He is showing me that I’m not alone. May God continue to bless you and your families in good health and prosperity. Sincerely, Candace J. {SLK}

Thank you so much for all the love and thought that was beautifully placed into the baby shower! I was so blessed to be a part of the amazing event and so blessed with all the love, gifts and smiles. Thank you for your time, efforts, love and money that was so uplifting and comforting to not only me but my baby as well. I couldn’t be more blessed and appreciative for everything Embrace Grace and the supports have done in and through my life. You all are AWESOME! This shower wasn’t only about the gifts but the help, support, and love that people have for girls that have unplanned pregnancies. Again, thank you for everything and thank you for all the love and uplifting spirits you send my way! Thank you, xoxo Kayla K {SLK}

I wanted to again thank y’all so much for everything that was given to me by you and your family. It will all be put to good use! I most definitely want to keep in contact and would love for you guys to meet baby Chandler. I have your number and will be keeping you guys updated on what’s going on with my pregnancy and life. You guys have been such a blessing to me and my family and will always be in our hearts! Love, Remi H {SLK}

I just wanted to say thank you for the gifts. It means a lot to me because I came to Texas from Alaska with nothing for her (my baby girl). Knowing that someone cares enough to make a difference in my life without even knowing me. It feels good to be something amazing, to be wanted and not feel like a nuisance around the people around me. Here at Embrace Grace I have learned to be closer with God if I want my life to mean something and if I want my daughters life to mean something. And knowing that someone cares about me and my daughter is truly a blessing. I feel like I finally found the place where God wants me to be, and the reason why I got pregnant. Because of y’all’s generosity I feel loved and wanted and accepted. Thank you for everything…( Especially the swing and bouncy!) Love always, Nalani W {SLK}

Thank you for everything, it was really a blessing. I’m very happy I got to meet y’all. My favorite part was getting to receive all the wonderful gifts. I really hope y’all have wonderful days and I will keep y’all updated. Love, Kori I. {SLK}

I just wanted to say these kind words of appreciation to all the beautiful souls that help and guided me along few months. Not only to mention the most precious events I’ve ever been a part of “Embrace Grace.” Every Monday is so special to me because I get to laugh, cry and get comfort all at the same time. I was having a lot of trouble dealing with changes of life due to unplanned pregnancy. Feeling down, left out, and misunderstood. No family or friends support I just looked for the worst. Then here came along these beautiful souls at Embrace Grace that took me under their wings. Giving me strength, courage, and faith that everything will work as God plans. As I continue to go through these classes the blessings got bigger and bigger. Even the smallest things matter when you’re not used to being loved the way you deserved to be loved. “Unconditionally”… Not once did any one judge my situation, they just listen and prayed for me. Made me feel very special. I got to meet some of the most beautiful people with such huge hearts who just want to shower me with peace and love. As time went on I thought this is so great it couldn’t get any better, and boy was I wrong. Then came this Royalty baby shower that I know it took a lot of hard work, and planning, also a lot of dedication. I am so blessed to have even been a part of such a miracle event. Not only did they shower me with so many gifts, they also shower me with love and I will never ever forget those precious moments. Special thanks to my adopted family Beth Calender, her Mom and friends. Also I want to thank Amy Ford, Jennifer Bellamy, Salina Duffy and everyone else who was a part and helped me and other girls feel so special. I wish I could name everyone but I am not so good with names. I will just say our “Dream Team”… You truly are amazing and I feel overwhelmed with love. Love DeAnna M {SLK}

Brookelynn loves all of her new toys!! Thank you for everything you did to make yesterdayshower4 happen for us. It means more than the world to me. There are numerous nights that I cry myself to sleep because I’m not able to provide everything I wish I could for my daughter but with you guys and all of the support that I have from my family and friends Brookelynn has more than everything she needs right now. You guys have done so much for Brookelynn and I in the little time that yall have known us. Yall are like our second family and we love yall so much. THANK YOU!!! Love Kaitlyn L {SLK}

I just wanted to say thank you, and honestly, a simple thank you is not enough. The help that I have received from you is an indescribable blessing. Thank you so much for your help and care. Jade {SLK}

Thank you so much for all the gifts and the beautiful shower.  I’ve never felt more loved.  I will never be able to express how much this all means to me.  Being shown this kind of love in my situation was something I never expected and it has truly impacted me for the rest of my life.  The love you poured out to me will always be a part of my story. I’m still in awe from the shower.  Everything was so wonderful.  Thank you so much for everything you did. Love, Katelyn F. {SLK}

Ladies, I just want to take a moment to let you all know just how much your precious gifts and heartfelt words meant to me.  I am not usually one to be overwhelmed but as soon as I walked through the doors I was completely overwhelmed, but for once not with sadness and not with worry but with love and happiness.   I will never forget the people who have made me feel so wanted and loved throughout this pregnancy and I will always let Finley know as well how many people loved her before she was even born.  To know that there are people like you ladies who are non-judgmental and fighting for us is the best gift in the world.  Your prayers have helped us in ways I can’t even explain and like I said I will never forget you.  Thank you so much! With Love, Erica W. and Finley {FRISCO}

Driving to the baby shower Embrace Grace had thrown for so many beautiful young momma’s and babies, I was filled to the brim with nervous feelings, excited thoughts and a spark in my heart.  I was so worried and stressed before I found Embrace Grace, or should I say…before God led me here.  I find it the most beautiful thing in the world…a group to support life, spread love, and hope.  This baby shower is pure proof of God’s love for us, using you beautiful women as a vessel, and He fills us all with His light.  I walked into the room with tables upon tables filled with gifts for our precious mommas and beautiful babies.  I was completely drawn aback.  Overwhelmed by the energy and love the entire room emitted.  I felt a spark inside my heart that continued to grow as the night continued.  I sat at the table, labeled with my name, in complete awe, staring at the mountain of gifts you guys had given me.  Each and every one brought tears to my eyes.  By the end of the night, the light emanating from me was almost tangible.  That night was the most beautiful experience I’ve had yet.  Blaize will never forget the love you all have spread into our lives. Thank you so much for your generosity! God bless each and every one of you.  Your blessings have touched our hearts more than you can understand. We will never forget the acts of kindness you all have placed in our lives.  My sincerest thanks! Love, Madeline F. {FRISCO}

The Embrace Grace baby shower was one of the best moments in my life. It was so beautiful. All of the gifts and cards really meant a lot to me. I really loved the swing, high chair, clothes and all of the other gifts I received. It feels amazing to know that people actually care about you. I’ve never been to a baby shower before, but knowing that it was for me made me smile like never before. I love Embrace Grace. It made me become more open. This semester has been so exciting. It was kind of hard meeting everyone, but now I feel like I’ve been knowing everyone for years. They make me feel loved and at home. I really appreciate it all. Thanks to everyone who bought gifts, cards and etc. I really like them. Also thanks to all of the Embrace Grace leaders and mommas. You guys have played a very big part in my life. Without you all my son wouldn’t have anything. I love you guys! With Love, Jennifer T. {FRISCO}

Embrace Grace has been a breath of fresh air for me this semester and has been a day of the week I look forward to!  Words can’t describe how amazing the baby shower was.  I told the women at my table how overwhelmed I was by all the gifts and was shocked to know they were all for me! The women at my table were all so amazing and friendly.  I’m so glad those ladies were there to adopt me.  I felt so “showered” with love!  This whole experience has been life changing and extraordinary how so many women of God can come together and come out of this semester already with lifetime friends with similar experiences.  I am so thankful for all of the love I have been shown by women I hardly knew but have come to love!  Thanks for always showing us unconditional love! Love, Jessica H. {FRISCO}

Thank you for everything you all did for Serenity and I. I will never be able to thank you enough for all the wonderful gifts we received. The car seat and stroller pack was the most amazing gift of all. The clothes were super adorable and she listens to her lullabies as she falls asleep. I’ve already used tons of diapers and wipes and her bath pack smells amazing! Thank you again for everything y’all did. And I’m so grateful that the Lord put it on the heart of every one of you to adopt us. Love always, Elizabeth and Serenity {FRISCO}

Thank you so much for the wonderful baby gifts, love, and support you have showed me. Not only was I surprised, I was stunned by the beautiful atmosphere of love and happiness I was surrounded by. I will never forget this journey in my life. I was welcomed with open arms to join by all the lovely people I was able to meet and share a few things about myself and my love for God. The baby shower was more than I had ever imagined. I was truly blessed to have such caring and thoughtful people who made all this happen. Thank you for always praying for me it truly makes a difference. I hope one day I can be just like you and make a difference in somebody else’s life. Again thank you so much words can’t express My love for you all. Love always, Milica D. {FRISCO}

I absolutely felt overwhelmed by love, affection, and sheer gratefulness.  I’ve honestly never seen a bigger act of love from complete strangers.  It’s definitely motivating and inspiring.  The ladies I met are amazing and such a blessing.  Thank you so much from the bottom of my heart. With Love, Meagan M. {FRISCO}

I want to thank you so much!  You have no idea how much you have blessed me and I thank God for Him picking you to do this for me.  Everything you got for me and Drew means so much and it helped my life so much that you did this for us.  I will keep you updated on Drew.  Thank you so much again! With Love, Mickey {FRISCO}

I am very grateful for everything y’all have done for me. I didn’t expect to have this much support, and help. It makes me so happy knowing people care about me, and my baby girl. This whole experience from start to meeting you have changed my life and the way I feel, and think. I will keep in touch. I’m glad God brought people so special into my life when I really need it. I wish I had more people like ya’ll in my life more often. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. Thank you for making me feel special. Rosa and Zaniyah {GRP}

Thank you so much for coming to my baby shower. I greatly appreciate the gifts that you got for my baby girl. In just a few days my family and I will be able to enjoy her outside my tummy and with your wonderful gifts we will be able to make sure that she has a comfortable environment. I know that Genesis will greatly enjoy the gifts. I look forward to the day when you can meet Genesis. I’m so grateful for your love and support. Ariana S. {GRP}

shower5I want to thank everyone involved in the baby shower for the many blessings and for the happiness you have brought into my life for Shane and myself. It was amazing to feel so much love from so many people who don’t even know who I am and have never met me. Ya’ll just gave out of the pure love that was in your hearts. This is an experience I will never forget and will share with Shane one day. Thank you again and God bless. Audrie B. {GRP}

I thank you all who blessed me the great wonderful and beautiful night on April 4th. I was so touched by everyone and blessed by the ones who love and care for me and my little girl. The way it was set up was wonderful and made me tear up in joy of how you all made it rain with love. Thank you so much I couldn’t ask for anything more than what you guys did for me that night and to all the other blessed moms also. I hope to be a part of next semesters baby shower and make these other girls, to make them feel how I felt on that special night. I’m blessed to have you all in my life. I love you and truly can’t wait to see how all of our lives turn out in the end. Your Embrace Grace girl, Chelsei P. {NFW}

Thank you for everything you got me and Micah! I really appreciate you taking the time out of your day and spending your hard earned money on me, even though you didn’t even know me. It means a lot. Two days after I met you at that baby shower the father of my son left me for his new coworker…. And it really broke me apart. But I have been reading the “Jesus calling” book every day and it really seems to be helping. I find myself relating to a lot of the day by day paragraphs and it makes me smile. I’ve also been writing down my feelings in the journal you got me. I didn’t realize when you gave it to me that that’s what I would end up using it for but it has helped me a lot to document certain things. I’m glad God gave you guys to me and put it on your heart to get me that stuff, because he knew that I would be needing it. Going through this is really hard but the books have made it easier, and I really appreciate them, and you. Thank you very much. From both Micah and I. Please keep us in your prayers. Hollan {NFW}

I just want to say from the bottom of my heart, thank you to all that blessed Mercy and I for the baby shower! She loves her new toys and activities. I never knew how much we were really loved and blessed until the day of the baby shower! God has shown us his love through you all that contribute to our blessings! Thank you again and God bless!  Kyra and Mercy Shiloh {NFW}

Thank you just for even choosing to do something for me.  You don’t understand how much you have blessed me.  Throughout the whole shower I just kept thinking what I did to get all of this.  Thank you for showing me and my family love without even knowing us. Emori, Nyla & Billy {NFW}

I really thank every single person who helped get stuff for my baby girls. I really felt the love from some whom I don’t even know. Everything was beautiful and I am so thankful for everything! My girls appreciate it all. Raidyn {NFW}

Thank you so so much for blessing me and my daughter with so many thoughtful precious very much needed gifts at the baby shower. When I arrived and saw all the presents and love I thought what did I do to deserve all this. It really touched my heart to see the works of God. You guys are truly amazing to show that much love and support to someone you’ve never met. I am so so blessed. Being a part of Embrace Grace has meant so much to me, it was the one time a week where I could have fellowship and embrace my pregnancy with spiritual amazing women. It has truly been my lamp in the dark thru out my entire pregnancy. April, Christy, Brandi & Jennifer are amazing women and leaders and I am so blessed to be a part of the Embrace Grace group. I’ve learned so much not only about myself but what God has in store for me as a new mom. Thank you guys for showing me all of God’s work and love for me and my daughter. You guys are amazing I love you God. Bless you guys. Amor H. {NFW}

 

Ask Jesus

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Driving home one morning after church a handmade sign in red lettering on the roadside caught my attention as a red bird swooped down in front of my car. The sign read: ASK JESUS HE CAN HELP YOU.

In a word/ sign so simple yet so profound it keeps resounding over and over on the inside. Ask Jesus. Ask Me.

So many times in seeking Jesus for an answer; however it may arise. In times of need, unknowns, uncertainties, questions, or just to feel Him near. Ask Jesus. He can and will help you!

In those moments when seeking healing, answers, wisdom, guidance, peace, protection, provision, His Presence, parenting advice, dating advice, revelation, the list is endless. In all of these and so much more. Jesus will answer you if you just ask!

One of our blooms was rushed to the hospital when her water broke and she was concerned and scared since she was going into labor really early. Her due date is July 22nd. The Dr.’s were able to stop the leaking and fluids and in the middle of all of it, the only thing she could do was say Jesus, Jesus! Her Mom recalled the same events and said she just kept saying Jesus, Jesus, Jesus over and over again.

I love the song by 7eventh Time Down- Just say JesusWhen you don’t know what to say…Just say Jesus; there is power in His name! Whisper it now, or shout it out! He hears your cries. Out of nowhere He will come. If the words won’t come cause your too afraid to pray. There is just one name Jesus.

I went to visit this beautiful bloom and her sweet Mom in the hospital. They began to give the full story of what had happened in those moments leading up to her early labor. Also sharing praise reports of how Jesus had heard their prayers and her baby was safe and sound in his mommies womb. They are hoping and praying this little one can stay warm and cozy inside the womb until the right moment of delivery.

His gender reveal party was so special as the pictures showed mommy and daddy opening the oven and a little bun inside. Their hopes are that this little bun in the oven will stay inside as long as he can. Jesus knows the exact moment of his delivery time. Not a moment sooner we pray.

I began to say a little prayer over her and sweet baby. She said he was moving around so much inside during the prayer. His little ears are developing and he can hear the words beings spoken over him. Baby whispers. One moment in the middle of the prayer as I said Jesus can hear you and the moment you need him just ask Him.. the beeping of the monitor began to sound and the nurse rang in the room Can I help you? At that moment I began to laugh during the prayer and said see, just like that…its that easy. So simple. As you speak out and ask Jesus to help you… or the nurse in this instance… He will listen and help you. He will assure you. She began to smile and could sense sweet peace settle in her hospital room. She trusted that everything would be ok.

Bend down, O Lord, and hear my prayer;
answer me, for I need your help.
Protect me, for I am devoted to you.
Save me, for I serve you and trust you.
You are my God. Be merciful to me, O Lord,
for I am calling on you constantly.
Give me happiness, O Lord, for I give myself to you.
O Lord, you are so good…
so full of unfailing love for all who ask for your help.
Listen closely to my prayer, O Lord; hear my urgent cry.
I will call to you whenever I’m in trouble,
and you will answer me. {Psalm 86:1-7}

Whatever you have need of today and always. Remember. Just ask Jesus- He can help you!

No question or concern is too big for Him. In the little details and big. Big decisions and small. Trust Him. He will answer you. He will bring answers and deliverance in His own special way. He is listening. He will hear you. He will always come through. It may look a little different than you expected. He is creative in His ways. Trust Him. He loves you and says JUST ASK ME!

Ask me and I will tell you remarkable secrets you do not know about things to come {Jeremiah 33:3}

Written by Salina Duffy

You lead, I’ll follow

shutterstock_24759604It never ceases to amaze me at how the disciples dropped everything and followed Jesus. “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish people.” At once they left their nets and followed him. When he had gone a little farther, he saw James son of Zebedee and his brother John in a boat, preparing their nets. Without delay he called them, and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men and follow him.” (Mark 1: 17-20 NIV) A chance encounter with a man they had never met and they were ready to drop everything they knew in an instant and follow after him.

This inspires me so much because how many times in our daily lives do we barter, kick-back, argue or try to persuade God differently when he tells us to “follow Him.” When we come to Him to believe in Him, when we receive salvation, it seems like we will always have this zeal to follow wherever He leads. And then as time goes on and the honeymoon phase is over and now you are getting down to the nitty-gritty of the relationship with Jesus and He sees your messiness, your selfishness, your insecurities and then you feel He has His standards set really high and you don’t feel like reaching them all of the time. You don’t want to follow all of the time. This is where I am in awe of the disciples and their obedience to Jesus call on their lives.

The battle of the will. Will over emotions. The Word of God over the will. Free will to choose God’s will. The Holy Spirit empowering us to obey. Obeying leading to seeing God. Really seeing God meaning you get to really know God. Had the disciples not stepped out and followed Jesus when they did, they would have missed so many unbelievable miracles. They would have missed out on the opportunity to walk with God in the flesh!!! Oh, to be obedient and follow Jesus, no questions asked like the disciples. To be like Peter when Jesus told him to walk on water! To listen with ears not bent toward a worldly view, but that are set to pick up only the tune of the voice of God.

Today, as you set out to accomplish the things on your to do list, where might the Lord be asking you to follow Him?  What might you need to set down in order that you may go?

Written by Jamie Stapleton

 

Dancing in Fields of Gold

shutterstock_106996061In my youth, as the hardships of my life piled on top of each other I lost my faith in God and relied on myself to prevent the pain and rejection I had come to know so well. I just couldn’t understand how God could help me. I thought it was solely up to me to keep my heart safe and control what happened in my life. So to prevent myself from getting hurt, I decided that I needed to be accepted by my friends, by boys, and the “cool crowd”. I told myself if I wasn’t accepted, I was worthless. As the days went on and my focus remained on my peers opinions, I lost connection with my family which added more deeply to my lost connection with God. With time, I increased the weight of my chains with every action I made to be accepted by men in particular, adding guilt and deepening my self-criticism. I felt as if I couldn’t get out of the pit I dug for myself.  I didn’t realize how completely weighed down I was by the chains I had created for myself. I felt I was stuck – with no way out. No family to help me, only people around me who didn’t know who I truly was and didn’t care if I failed. The people I strived for acceptance from didn’t care about me. All they wanted was their selfish needs to be met, they wanted to suffer with someone.. And they had no problem using me for that. In a moment of complete despair, I talked to God for the first time since my childhood. I begged him to help me get out of my abusive relationship. I begged him to put someone in my life to help me. I begged him to remember me. The next day I left the guy who was drowning me with him. I felt I had the strength to get away from the lifestyle I had been living. I contacted my family, and apologized for my actions, and began to make amends with them. My friend Nick, who had stuck by my side even through the time that I couldn’t communicate with him, asked me to be his. And life seemed like it was falling back into place. God remembered me. A few weeks passed by and I started having some pains in my stomach. I went to the hospital to get a doctor’s note for work. Nick came with me and in mid conversation, four nurses walked in and they all put a hand on me.  One nurse looked me in the eyes and told me I was pregnant. I immediately broke down in tears. Nick grabbed my hand and told me we could do this together. That he wanted a family with me, no matter who the biological father was. No matter how much he tried to comfort me, I was devastated. Who would accept me now? My parents surely wouldn’t, all of my “friends” would abandon me. So I prayed. And the one thing I realized was that my life would completely change. My life would completely change…. I liked the sound of that. And through that little voice.. telling me things will get better. I grew the strength to move forward. Despite my sister’s attempts to convince me abortion was the right choice for me, and my father’s attempts to convince me I should choose adoption. I decided I could do this. I prayed that God would put someone in my life to help me, to save me. And He did. God gave me my son. I started praying every day. Reading my bible. Building relationships with my family, and building a relationship with God. Before, I never understood why Jesus died on the cross. I thought of it as morbid.  I never understood the true meaning behind his sacrifice. One day in the shower I was thinking about God and Jesus, and the reason people wore crosses. In that moment I realized; Jesus sacrificed his life.. being taken by the very people he loves.. to show us what his love truly is.. to show us what he can do for us.. to remind us what it means to be God’s children. And we wear crosses to remind ourselves of this every day. I had an epiphany. As soon as I could, I grabbed my bible and prayed the salvation prayer. I understood now. And I could completely accept Jesus Christ into my heart. It wasn’t until Embrace Grace that I realized those chains I had felt so heavily before were still lingering. We were told to write down our chains on a piece of paper, and wait to go into another room. When my turn came, I was filled with an excitement stemming from somewhere unknown. I had no clue what was in store for me. We talked about my chains and came to the conclusion that every one of them stemmed from my need for acceptance. In that very second, it all made sense. So we prayed. Prayed God would lift the chains from my shoulders, and show me that his acceptance is all I need. God showed me that I am a girl in a white dress, dancing with Him in a field of sunflowers, soaking up the sunlight of his love. Knowing I have always been accepted by God for who I am. God has never taken His gaze off of me. I am his daughter! I AM FREE!

Written by Madeline Fairley

Babysavers

shutterstock_126094013The sweet voice on the other end of the phone seemed so fragile, like a tiny teacup. I had been expecting her phone call. A couple of hours earlier a lady had called and shared a little bit of this girl’s story. She said she had an abortion scheduled on Saturday (just 2 days away). She asked if I would be willing to meet with her? Oh please, have her call me and we can connect. I will meet her anytime, anywhere. I waited expectantly for her to call.

Resembling a Dr. as they are on call for a delivery, my heart felt that I was on call. This precious life was waiting. My phone was just a tiny grasp away. The call came. I was so sensitive to her heart and the place she was in. She was so scared to tell her mom. She said she was afraid of the rejection she would feel. I began to speak life giving words to her. Precious tears began to fall and she sniffled a little. I asked if I could pray with her and she agreed she would really like that.

Life and love words began to flow and touch her heart. That tiny teacup began to fill up with peace and love as it poured out from my mouth. I asked if we could meet for lunch tomorrow? She said yes please. The next morning I woke up expectant and empowered knowing that God had an appointed time for this precious girl. At 11:11 am on April 11th I began the journey to meet her. A truck ahead of me had a yellow caution triangle road sign that read PREPARE TO SAVE. At that very moment my heart said prepare to save this baby. Pray. Pray and pray some more. I had sent messages to other leaders in Embrace Grace to also be praying and believing for this baby.

We met at Wendy’s for lunch on a very windy day. Trees and leaves were blowing mightily outside. She walked in and we shared a sweet embrace. She sat down and said she had gathered the courage to call her mom after we had talked and prayed last night. The reaction her Mom gave was totally opposite from what she had expected to receive. Her Mom said looks like we have some planning to do! She offered for her to move back home so that she could offer help and support. At that moment she called and rescheduled her appointment for the abortion. She needed more time to process and think.

She began to express her heartfelt desires and how she had imagined this to be in different circumstances. She had not planned for this to happen. She was not ready to be a single mom. She had so many questions. She felt unsure of her decision. I was there to listen. To encourage. To inspire hope and speak life into her situation. Each minute that passed she seemed more expectant and hopeful. She said she knew it wouldn’t be easy. That there was so much to consider in each decision that she made.

Again, I prayed hope and spoke Jeremiah 29:11 over her and her baby.

Ill show up and take care of you as I promised and bring you back home. I know what I’m doing. I have it all planned out- plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for. When you call on me, when you come and pray to me, I’ll listen. {Jeremiah 29:11-12}

She told me that she had a dream before she ever found out she was pregnant. Her eyes began to brighten and a glimmer of hope began to sparkle as she said in her dream she held a baby boy. She felt in her heart that she was carrying a baby boy. That gave her hope. Something special to cling to. She did not know how everything was going to work out, but she was encouraged to trust God to work out the plans and details of this life for her.

That morning before I woke up to meet with her, I kept hearing the word babysaver and lifesaver over and over again in my heart. Babysaver, babysaver. You are a babysaver.

You are a babysaver too. All of YOU! As you reach out to those that are placed in your path. As you listen to their heart and have compassion upon them and share the truth that God will be there for them. To guide and help them through each step. He promises to be there. He will pour out His love upon them. You are saving babies lives. Speaking life and love over them.

Pro-life & Pro-love in action!

We are 4 UNBORN!

Many times we have heard this from our blooms:

My baby saved my life!!

Each and every bloom and alumni that has been to Embrace Grace and those that are to come- you are a BABYSAVER! You chose life and love for your baby.

You may have made the biggest and bravest decision and chose adoption and blessed another family with your baby! That is a priceless gift and you are a babysaver!

You may have a tug in your heart as you may have had an abortion in the past, come very close to having one or know someone that has. Even if the thought has ever crossed your mind. Please know that you are not alone. Healing and wholeness is yours for the taking. This post is not in any way to make you feel ashamed or condemned. It is the total opposite. This is a life giving message. Grace filled! You are a babysaver too!

A song just came on as I am typing this post and I feel it is for you precious one. May the words speak tenderly to your heart. May you feel the whispering grace it brings.

Majesty enthroned in beauty
All my life, Your love pursues me
and I’m found in You
Oh Holy One, the King of glory
You’re the Author of my story
and I’m found in You

‘Cause You give me life
And lead me to find Your grace and Your mercy
Given so freely
Your word is my light
It leads me to find Your comfort and healing
The hope that I’m needing

Your love is all around, Oh

And I hear Your voice
I hear the words You’ve spoken
This love is Yours
This love restores the broken

And this is all my hope and peace
Nothing but the blood of Jesus
And this is all my righteousness
Nothing but the blood of Jesus

And oh, precious is the flow
That makes me white as snow
No other fount I know
Nothing but the blood of Jesus
Oh, Your love is all around

– by All Sons and Daughters- Your Love is all around

I pray the words to this song bring you comfort and healing! A bonus song for you to listen to that is playing in my heart right now… Scandal of grace by Hillsong United… check it out!

Oh to be like you, give all I have just to know you… your all the hope in my heart…It’s all because of you JESUS!

I love you precious BABYSAVERS!!

Written by Salina Duffy