Sunday, January 22, 2017

Embrace Grace...Even When



Grace...it's been said that grace is not simply a prayer we say before our meals, it is a lifestyle that receives the grace of God and in turn transfers that grace into the lives of others.  Day in, day out and in a multitude of ways.

Definition of God's Grace – How do theologians define it?
"What is grace? In the New Testament grace means God’s love in action towards men who merited the opposite of love. Grace means God moving heaven and earth to save sinners who could not lift a finger to save themselves."

This post is about an area I'm learning to grow in grace.  Unintended pregnancy.  In our culture, it is very common,and hardly receives any attention.  In our churches it certainly attracts attention along with confusion on how to respond.  

 God's Word tells us we all have sinned,(Romans 3:23)  but He offers forgiveness when we confess our sin.  Grace means God moving heaven and earth to save sinners who could not lift a finger to save themselves. Grace means God sending His only Son to the cross so that we might be reconciled to God. Although all sin is condemned, unintended pregnancies in unwed girl offer a physical reminder to others and often bring the tension out between judgement and grace.  

For the church, it should be our greatest desire to draw others to Christ.  He is the All Sufficient One who alone can work in the heart to bring forgiveness, transformation and turn ashes into a thing of beauty. But some areas are difficult to find the balance of grace and discipleship.  In the past year, I have become a part of our local Pregnancy Care Center.  It has been truly eye opening to see the hurt, pain and struggles but often also the grace of God reaching into situations and transforming them. 

Embrace Grace, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization formed for the purpose of providing emotional, practical and spiritual support for single, young women and their families who find themselves in an unintended 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 place they are welcomed because of shame and guilt. 

The ministry Embrace Grace provided a vision and a purpose for girls with unintended pregnancies. 

VISION: for every girl with an unplanned pregnancy to have a church to go to for spiritual, emotional and physical support

MISSION: to inspire and equip the church to love on single and pregnant young women and their families
Love Box

Love in a Box is a pro-love initiative launched to help save babies and help moms get plugged into local churches for spiritual, emotional and physical support through an Embrace Grace group.

Boxes are distributed to pregnancy centers nation-wide and given to young, single women with positive pregnancy tests. The box is full of gifts that will inspire hope and impart love to a mom that may be scared for her future. 

Each box consists of a Fearless Journal and pen, a Bump in Life book, a baby onesie, testimonial letters of girls that chose adoption and chose to parent, an invitation to join an Embrace Grace group and a Brave Girl letter that can be written by YOU!
 You have the opportunity to speak into the life of a mom that could possibly be contemplating a life or death decision. You can encourage, uplift and inspire her to choose life and to get plugged into an Embrace Grace support group at a local church.

We want to help brave moms choose life and get plugged into a spiritual family so they can be saved, discipled, mentored and be a part of a community that loves them the way Jesus loves.  

I was offered the opportunity to review some of the products in the Love in a Box, the journal and pro love necklace.  Both of these items are tangible reminders that can be used daily to remind girls that life is the best choice.  

If you would like an opportunity to win and share these gifts, a giveaway is being held.  Click HERE to enter. 

If your heart is touched and stirred to point others to Embrace Grace, here are a few ideas to get you connected:
  • Start an Embrace Grace at their local church so young women with unplanned pregnancies have a support group. 
  • Partner with the national organization through prayer and support at Embrace Grace 
  • Download and print our brave girl letter HERE and mail to address below for us to place inside a Love in a Box. 

You can mail your Brave Girl letter to:
Embrace Grace, Inc.
Attn: Love in a Box
700 W. Bedford Euless Rd., Ste. G
Hurst, TX 76053

For Christians, churches, families and many young girls, this is a delicate issue that can be responded to with great grace.  

*Disclaimer:  This product was receive from Embrace Grace in exchange for reviewing the item and that this post is part of the FrontGate Blogger Network.


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