Embraced by Grace – Special Delivery

EGAnticipation and expectancy of holding a new arrival brings joy deep down inside the depths within you. You may be expecting a little bundle of joy right now, and within your womb is a precious little miracle just waiting to be delivered. There is joy in the waiting.

Along with so many tiny babies being born and those baby buns still in the oven of the mommies within Embrace Grace; there has also been a special delivery of our heartfelt sentiments and a sweet collection of lessons. A compilation of grace filled messages that will tug at your heart strings and draw you closer into the heart of our Father. Our EMBRACED by GRACE study guide is now available!

So many grace filled moments are yours to encounter, experience and receive.

Holding this beautiful book in our hands brought tears to my eyes and joy to my heart. The long awaited arrival was so worth the wait! Seriously above and beyond!

The whole process from conception to delivery has been a journey to remember. There have been so many inspirational hearts that helped this study guide become a dream come true! I would love to share some thank you’s with those that made this special dream become a reality.

Jesus this is all for your glory! The words have been God breathed and echos your heartbeat. So thankful that you have drawn us so deep into your heart, allowing us to hear your heartbeat and bring us closer to you. I am full of adoration, love and a thankful heart of gratitude for gracing us with this beautiful mission to love on the mommies and babies! Such a treasure is found in each and every one!

We are so thankful for all of our mommies and babies that have inspired us since the very beginning of Embrace Grace. Your dedication, strength and bravery to be true life givers to these sweet little ones is so precious and dear to our heart. You have inspired each and every word that has been written. May your days be grace filled and tons of love lavished and poured out upon you. My heart and arms are outstretched towards you all.

Thank you to our contributor writers Jackie and Amy. Your beautiful heartbeats. You were so full of dedication and motivation as you saw this to completion. Embellishments and edits were made possible by you ~ so thank you from the depths of my heart! I love you both immensely!

Irini has been an amazing life coach/ midwife throughout the entire writing process. A close neighbor and friend that listened to my heart when this dream was only tiny seeds within.  She helped to inspire and encourage as the seeds began to sprout and produce abundant fruit and words of life.

Kerrie the way we complete each others sentences… wow, there is no one else on earth like you. Your outlook and freedom sessions knock my socks off! You rock in the best of ways! You helped me uncover things that were buried so deep allowing the dreams that were placed deep within to be awakened and brought to life. We share a special sister connection that will last a lifetime. Thank you sweet friend!

Beautiful Angel thank you for the honor of gracing us with the precious beauty of your baby girl on our front cover. Baby Zoey is a sign of LIFE and she displays grace in the most sweetest of ways. Reflecting back upon the times you were longing to become pregnant with her and hoping for another baby to love along with your 2 beautiful daughters, I will forever treasure the prayers made over your womb. My love for you is so deep!

Amy Headington from Images of Grace: there simply are not enough words to express the gratitude and thankfulness that I have for you. You captured the most breathtaking moments of my maternity and a year in the life with my sweet baby almost 7 years ago. All our family photos displayed as keepsakes on our walls will forever be a treasure! Thank you from the bottom of my heart for sharing your beautiful God given gift of photography and gracing us with the beautiful photo of Zoey for our cover! So fitting for you to capture both my natural born children and portray the beautiful gift of grace for the photo on our guide.

Marsia and the Gateway Create Team you are wonderful in every way. Thank you for believing in us! I will forever cherish our first meeting when you said you girls are world changers! Thank you for publishing our first ever Embrace Grace study guide! We are forever grateful to your team!

Gateway Ministry Resource/ Passages a super big thank you for printing & displaying our EG study guides at all the Gateway bookstores and online. We are so honored and blessed by you!

My sweet boys, Landan and Logan,  your love and cheering me on saying, mommy, you can do it, you can finish your book… You encouraged me all along the way. I love you my sweeties forever and always! The stories within the pages are a reflection of the grace that we give and receive daily. I love you both so much!

My hubby, the love of my life. The tears of joy I remember falling down your cheeks the moment I said, it’s finished! I will hold that memory in the pocket of my heart forever. You were my number 1 encourager from the beginning to the end. You believed the best in me and through me. I love you more, so much more than you will ever know.

Is anything too hard or too wonderful for the Lord? At the appointed time, when the season [for her delivery] comes around…{Genesis 18:14}

And while they were there, the time came for her delivery {Luke 2:6}

As you are awaiting the arrival of your little bundle, may you be encouraged and know that in due season, at the perfect time, your delivery will come! I love you with all my heart!

I expressed to our blooms this past week that I simply wish my arms could stretch like Elastigirl on The Incredibles movie. If only I could stretch my arms so far and embrace each and every single and pregnant girl in the world, that would be my heart’s desire. Through this Embraced by Grace study guide, the blooms are able to be embraced by us. And that makes my heart so happy!!!

Written by Salina Duffy

Dreaming Big … because that’s the way God rolls.

ImageThis past week we just celebrated our 4-year anniversary of when God placed the vision of Embrace Grace in our hearts. We had no idea what we were doing, we just had a burden for girls that were single and pregnant – we wanted to encourage them, cheer them on, and honor them for choosing life. As a leader, we have learned a lot, but the most important thing we learned is to wait for God’s timing.  I’m one of those people that just gets an idea and runs with it, ESPECIALLY when it comes to EG. I can’t help it, I just get so excited. But I have learned (yes, the hard way in some cases) to wait on God’s timing and listen to His voice in ALL things. There were a lot of times I let my excitement get the best of me and I would run ahead of God instead of behind.

A couple years ago, God started whispering to me and Salina that EG would be a non-profit someday. Now it’s in my fleshly nature (and how God made me), to just do what I need to do to go ahead and make that happen, but this time, I was deliberate in waiting on Him. I am learning to have discipline in my passions – to make sure in everything, I’m on God’s timing and not my own – because the good stuff happens when it’s in His. Over the past few years, my husband has offered to donate all funds necessary in order to do the legal work of becoming a 501c3 and I really felt like that although I think my husband is SO sweet to offer and to believe in EG, I wanted it to be so obvious that God’s timing was right and He would provide the money from another source.

So a little over a year had gone by and we have just been continuing to lead Gateway’s Embrace Grace and taking phone calls/emails from churches that we’ve never heard of, asking what are we doing? What curriculum do we teach? How can they start the same program in their own church? It was just bubbling up and God is doing such awesome things. He’s always provided exactly enough for our baby showers and extra events, but we just kept waiting for that obvious sign that it was time to move forward with the non profit.

About a month ago, we got our first “sign.”  We got a really big donation out of nowhere that more than covered the amount needed to do the non profit. Taking that as a sign, we start looking for lawyers that can help us with the process and realizing that their fees were VERY expensive. But we didn’t have to look long because a CPA came to us (yes, we didn’t even have to ask – how awesome is God?) and said that she would like to donate her time/services to help set us up as a non-profit. Awesome!  And then to just make it SO obvious that there was NO question whatsoever, Salina was at PINK prayer last weekend and a woman she had never met before came to her and said, “Can I ask you a question, are you trying to save money for a mission trip?” and Salina answered, “hmmm … no not a mission trip. I don’t have plans right now to attend a trip like that.” And the lady then said, “Well then is there a mission that you are a part of or trying to raise money for?” Salina answered with a smile, “I am a part of a group called Embrace Grace and we help single and pregnant girls. We have been working on our mission statement and we’re sending off for our 501c3 this week.” The lady then said, “How much does it cost to make that happen?” Salina told her the amount (which is not cheap) and the lady pulls out her checkbook and writes Embrace Grace a check for the exact amount needed to do the 501c3.

So God has made it clear, it’s time! Embrace Grace, Inc. is almost official and the 501c3 is pending status!

Our Mission Statement:

Embrace Grace is an organization (pending non-profit status) formed for the purpose of providing emotional, practical and spiritual support for single young girls that find themselves with an unplanned pregnancy. The primary goal of Embrace Grace is to empower churches across the nation to be a safe and non-judging place for the girls to run to when they find out they are pregnant, instead of the last because of shame and guilt. We provide curriculum for the churches as well as offer grants to organizations that may not be able to afford the expenses involved with helping young women with crisis pregnancies. If the church, the body of Christ, would join together to support these girls that choose life, young moms will be more open to not abort their baby. Whether they keep their baby or place for adoption, Embrace Grace is a support system for them as they begin their journey of being a young mother or blessing another family with their baby. Emotionally and spiritually healthy mommies parent emotionally and spiritually healthy babies. Through the Embrace Grace program, lives are saved and generations are being changed. God loves these babies and their mommies and we do too.

In other big news, God has also made it clear that it’s time to write our own curriculum. We have LOVED using the Embrace Grace book by Liz Curtis Higgs – it has worked well for us but we have so many ideas and see what is needed in a study, we are going for it. We are teaming up with some awesome princess warrior writers: Irini Fambro, Nancy Smith and Kerrie Oles.

God is so good. I’m so thankful that I get to be used to do His work. I seriously have so much fun. Seriously.

Dreaming Big … it’s the only way I know how to.

Is there anything you have been waiting on God’s timing for, even though you felt you were ready? Did you ever go too fast like I did and then it come back to bite you in the end? Leave us a comment! 

:: amy ford ::