Kristina was a nursing student, single and pregnant. . .

Kristina was a nursing student, single and pregnant. . .

I craved attention, even if it wasn’t completely respectful.  I didn’t want to go back to being “alone.” So I settled. I chose instant gratification over eternal satisfaction, and I ended up pregnant. Pregnant, terrified, and still “alone.”

During my pregnancy I wrestled with God over the circumstances I found myself in. How had this happened? I was a “good girl.” This was not my life plan, nor anywhere near fair – in my opinion. I was so immature, insecure, and just wanted to feel “loved.” Then enters, Jesus… The one I always “preached” about to others, but didn’t really know.

Kristina anticipated her church’s judgment and lectures on bad choices. But judgment and criticism are not what she received; instead she was blessed with a beautiful baby shower and the love and support of her church family! This response of Christ’s love and grace changed Kristina’s and Baby Kate’s lives forever.

Now, I see so many girls in the same place I was two years ago, and all I want to do is share with them all the great love that I’ve been given, because, when you find something good you share it with others! Like a 50% off coupon… Except this one says FREE, no strings attached and never expires.

God put into Kristina’s heart a passion to pour out on others this love and grace that saved her. When she came across Embrace Grace on the internet, she knew God wanted her to start an Embrace Grace group.

God gave two women from Gateway Church in Southlake, Texas the vision for Embrace Grace. What began with two leaders and 3 girls has launched into an international PRO-LOVE movement.  Hear the heart of the Embrace Grace leaders:

God is such an amazing God, when He wants to get someone’s attention and woo a girl closer to Him, He might just use a baby to do it. He might just bless them with the sweetest face they’ve ever laid eyes on, so they can finally get a tiny glimpse of just how BIG His love is for each one of us. What if we thought differently about people; looked past their sins and looked at the actual person?  What if we made the church a safe place for girls to take refuge for their weary hearts and pointed them to the foot of the cross and helped inspire a passionate relationship with Christ?

Kristina and Sunset Avenue Baptist Church just hosted a baby shower for 5 beautiful moms. When this group began 12 weeks ago, the moms came with much fear and hesitation, but now they enter the church fellowship hall with joy as they are welcomed for Wednesday night supper.  They giggle as they make their way to the comfy room the church as created for them to meet.  At the shower, they shed tears of joy for the love poured out on them.  In the words of one of the moms, “God has done a 180 in my life!”

The PRO-LOVE movement is reciprocal. The girls and their families have poured love back on the church, and many in the church are finding an outlet to serve and a place of healing for their own past hurts.  Friendships have been made that will last a lifetime.  None of us are the same! A baby really does change everything! Thank You, Jesus!

There are many others who need a group like this. Is God calling YOU to start an Embrace Grace group in your church? Please contact me at 446.2273 or virginia@friendsofycrc.org .

He Stood at the Front Door

He stood at the front door of the Center. He and his wife had been here before, and we helped them because we offer one-time emergency assistance for those who are not our clients.  But now he was back asking only for a pacifier but needing so much more.  Due to difficult circumstances, he and his wife are caring for their grandbaby.

Our hearts were torn. Our clients go through so many diapers; we always need them.  Their baby wears size four diapers, and we have so few larger sizes. Besides, we had already helped them. So . . . we gave him a pack of 3 pacifiers – along with a pack of diapers and some formula. J

As soon as we handed him the pack of diapers, the phone rang. On the other end, a voice said, “Hello, I’m from Parkwood Baptist Church, and my ladies’ group has collected diapers for the Center.  Can I bring them by, today?” God is so good! Within the hour, the Center was blessed with numerous packs of diapers.  Among the different sizes there were 2 packs of size 4 diapers! We had nervously given away 1 pack of size 4 diapers, but God graciously gave us 2 packs of size 4 – plus many more!

My God will meet all your needs according to the riches of His glory in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19