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

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