Spark

shutterstock_157339613A tiny spark. It’s all it takes to start a fire. To ignite a passion. A desire. A fire within that begins to spread rapidly. Others begin to catch wind of it. They can see it, smell it, sense it, and begin to get fired up about it too. They are compelled to know more about it. To find out where it began, how it started, how it is spreading and creating a movement.

Amy and I were in a meeting today with some amazing women and making preparation for upcoming events. The word on my heart this morning as I awoke was spark. I mentioned it to her and she said hey, I’m drinking a spark right now! Coincidence? Think not. Also on a previous phone conversation this morning with our COO, Eric, he mentioned that Amy was the “spark plug” that will ignite the hearts as others hear the vision. Once people, churches, pregnancy centers and beyond begin hearing more about Embrace Grace… something will be ignited.

Something inside me leapt at that moment. It was a prophetic word being spoken.

This may sound silly, but I am going to share this anyways… Since I am a very visual gal, I could already see myself going to an auto shop and purchasing a spark plug, placing in a cute gift bag with pretty tissue paper and handing it to Amy.. oops, sorry Amy I just spoiled the surprise I am brining you. Anyways, I am going to get that gift for her as a symbol that as she goes out and speaks, opens her mouth and shares about the heart of Embrace Grace, the vision and mission, how to be involved and so much more. The passions and hearts begin to get stirred up and fired up. Helping others learn how to begin reaching out and touching the “ONE”: the mommies and babies that need the love and grace of Jesus. Multiplying this over and over again. We are the hands and feet of Jesus and it just takes a little spark to spread and catch fire and sweep across the land.

A spark plug delivers an electric current, a surge, a spark of energy to ignite the compressed air within an engine. They are also sometimes referred as flame igniters. Whoa! Are you catching this? As a spark plug helps the engine to be ignited for a vehicle, a spark within the body can also transpire and create a surge and energy that can spread rapidly. We can see a symbolism surfacing here.

When reading online on auto.howstuffworks.com a comment is made that simplifies and makes it easy to understand and grasp. A spark plug is quite simple in theory: It forces electricity to arc across a gap, just like a bolt of lightning. The top of the spark plug is a connector. The correlation is simply beautiful. Yes I know relating a spark plug as something beautiful may sound crazy. But it truly is. Amy is such an amazing connector, a bridge in the gap, bridging people and making connections in the most profound and prolific way. I am getting pumped up just thinking about the synergy and surges that are about to spread.

She has this electric current, this energy inside of her that ignites something deep within. Others are naturally drawn to her. It’s beautiful and life giving and brings a synergy and spark that is invigorating and so alive. When you are around her, you just catch it. I love these moments! Sweet things are happening.

A leader from Embrace Grace had a vision of these tiny fires that were beginning in a small area in Southlake and began to spread like wildfire. She saw Embrace Grace as the movement being made as these tiny fires are beginning to be lit and spreading around the nation. It’s electrifying!! Stay tuned for more of the good stuff that is to come.

Salina Duffy

Message in a Bottle

shutterstock_105200246On a family vacation to the beach I was enlightened by a new sense of wonder around me. The sunlight by day and the stars by night glistening upon the ocean waters. It was a breathtaking sight and I wanted to capture it and tuck it safely within a pocket of my heart. I could hold these memories close and the reflection of them could be revisited along with the cherished memories that our family made while soaking up the Texas sun.

The paved road came to an end and the entrance to the sandy beach began. 22 miles of seashore to be exact from the beginning to the end of the beach. The sandy shore was our road for 4 days back and forth upon the beach and oceanfront view was on one side and the bay was on the other. Water surrounded us on both sides. We felt as though we were the only ones on the beach and at times we may have been. We could drive miles and miles without seeing anyone. A vacation getaway to remember.

One afternoon we made a stop on the seashore to build sandcastles and do some beach combing and pick up seashells. My son would hand me the prettiest pink hue seashells to add to our collection. We stumbled upon a green glass bottle and my thoughts were to write a message and place inside. So that is what we did. His letter was priceless. He wrote a letter to Jesus. He said “thank you for loving us!” So simple yet so full of depth. We each wrote our letters and placed them inside the bottle. We sang the catchy tune… I hope that someone gets my message in a bottle.. yeah. We said a prayer over our messages. My older son threw the bottle as far out in the ocean as he could. We drove away and wondered if anyone would actually open the bottle and read the words we had written.

The next day as my husband was driving down the beach I reached over to grab my Bible. I began to think of the message I had written down on paper and placed in the bottle. He stopped for a moment to check something in the back of the truck. As he did, I opened my Bible and began to read 1 verse. I glanced over at the waves and saw a very small bottle washing up on shore. It wasn’t very old and still had the label on it, so I knew it had not been there very long. I was amazed and shouted out loud… SERIOUSLY!!! I jumped out and took a quick pic. The amazement was because I had just written a blog the week before that had posted that very day{sunshine and smiles} about reading a verse in scripture and it was like a surge of energy similar to a 5 hour energy boost.

So guess what the bottle that washed upon the shore was… yep!!! A 5 hour energy bottle berry flavor. It was still sealed and had not even been opened yet. Label still in tact. Wow!! That was confirmation. The verse that I was reading was like a boost of energy. Way better than any energy drink this world has to offer. No red bull, 5 hour energy, monster or other energy filled drink can even come close to the power and energetic boost that God’s word can give.

So if you are in need of an energetic boost, a surge of hope or some extra pep in your step… I encourage you to try this. Turn to the scriptures. A message in a bottle that will satisfy your every need. It will last way longer than 5 hours and you can drink in as much as you like with no side effects. It is all guaranteed to last! And you can keep drinking more and more of God’s Word for your extra energy boost. This surge is sure to get things in motion for you.

Here are some verses~ energetic boosts to get you going…

Need some strength?

The Lord is my strength and song, He has given me victory. {Exodus 15:2}

He gives power to the weak and strength to the powerless. {Isaiah 40:29}

But those who trust in the Lord will renew their strength. {Isaiah 40:31}

Need some energy?

…The work is going forward with great energy and success. {Ezra 5:8}

Do it with all the strength and energy God supplies…{1 Peter 4:11}

Spend your energy seeking the eternal life that the Son of Man can give you. {John 6:27}

Need some grace?

…God’s wonderful grace became more abundant. {Romans 5:20}

My Grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness. {2 Corinthians 12:9}

But even before I was born, God chose me and called me by His marvelous grace. {Galatians 1:15}

Need some hope?

Having hope will give you courage. You will be protected and will rest in safety. {Job 11:18}

O Lord, you alone are my hope. I’ve trusted you. O Lord,  from childhood.

When doubts filled my mind, your comfort gave me renewed hope and cheer. {Psalm 94:19}

Need some love?

I lavish unfailing love for a thousand generations on those who love me and obey my commands. {Exodus 20:6}

Give thanks to the Lord, His faithful love endures forever. {2 Chronicles 20:21}

Let your favor shine on your servant. In your unfailing love, rescue me. {Psalm 31:16}

Need some mercy?

 …we will receive His mercy and we will find grace to help us when we need it most. {Hebrews 4:16}

I love the Lord because He hears my voice and my prayer for mercy. {Psalm 116:1}

Because of God’s tender mercy, the morning light from heaven is about to break upon us. {Luke 1:78}

Need some joy?

The joy of the Lord is your strength. {Nehemiah 8:10}

He will once again fill your mouth with laughter and your lips with shouts of joy. {Job 8:21}

Those who live at the ends of the earth stand in awe of your wonders. From where the sun rises to where it sets, you inspire shouts of joy. {Psalm 65:8}

So before you run to the fridge to grab that red bull or 5 hour energy drink, go for a good dose of energy in the Word. You will be so happy you did and you will love the lasting results. A little bit goes a long way! A lot goes even longer! No matter the intake, it will stay with you and bring lasting encouragement to your heart and that boost of energy will help you make it through your day and the next. Try it and see.

Written by Salina Duffy