Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Bye Bye Billy Graham, for now

One of the scariest but life-transforming day was the day I was asked to come to Jesus.  It wasn't that He was scary  No, but His holiness made me know I couldn't be perfect enough to be with Him as I was.  He paid the way for me to be holy and forgiven because of His death on the cross.  I didn't have to earn his love but that He was wanting to be #1 in my life.

Giving up that control and the worldly pleasures I embraced, I resisted the call to come to Him.  I was scared to leave them.  However, my life was a mess of disappointments, deceit, and depression.  I had an appearance of status and happiness  I couldn't fake it anymore. 

I longed for truth and acceptance.  In my search for peace and love, I tried meditation and behavior change which was superficial.  It lasted only a moment.  But when the quietness was over my mess was back. 

Thank you, Lord Jesus, that you took my challenge.  I actually said to God, "If you are real, I will follow you." So many things in this world offer significance, hope, peace, love but ultimately I found that in Christ- having a relationship with my King and Heavenly Father is the only way, the only truth, and the only life. 

I am so thankful that someone told me.  I hope you can know Him too.  He is waiting. 

Monday, January 1, 2018

Too Distracted

I have enjoyed years of the cell phone bible app called YouVersion. I'v done a few plans. However, I have a problem. As soon as I’m near my phone, I get distracted buy 💯 good things and leave for the BEST thing in the dust.

So, this year is the year of paper. Back to a paper list of Bible chapters to read.  I do find it helpful to systematically go through God's Word and not just randomly pick a passage.  It was (mainly) written to be read as a complete letter or story.  Perferring whole chapters to read at a time, the context and other elements of the Bible is easier to understand.Discipleship Journal reading plan

What plan will you choose this year?

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Christmas Update Embrees

James and Ella Embree

Moving Ministry

Lots of changes
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James & Ella (celebrating 20 years of marriage), Hannah 17 (Senior), Bronwyn 13, Max 16
We did sell our home in Palmer and moved to Anchorage about 45 miles away.  Huge praise was we showed our Palmer house one day and had an offer.  The selling was easy.  There were some delays on the purchase of our new Anchorage home that tried our patience as we spent several weeks in James’ parents’ basement between homes.  But, we are moved in now and getting settled in our new neighborhood.  We arrived to a harvest of raspberries and rhubarb in our backyard!   We have met already four neighbors including Makenna with a super cool english bulldog, Remington.  Willow (our great dane) has adjusted to the home quickly.  Now it is the long process of unpacking the remaining boxes and finding a place for everything.

Hannah has just 1/2 of a year left as a senior at West High before heading to Taylor University in Upland, Indiana in fall of 2018 (yes she has already been accepted and knows her roommate).  She is preparing for her dream role as Morticia from the Addams Family Musical.  Max is a sophomore in a complicated mix of schools; he is continuing his study  of Japanese language/Chemistry at Dimond High and enjoyed cross country running  at West High, while homeschooling part-time.  Bronwyn has taken a full load of dance (ballet & jazz) and will continue to be homeschooled this year through Family Partnership while taking Advanced choir at Romig.  She landed a part as Helen in Young Jane Eyre at Anchorage Community Theater.

Summer 2017 Ella started out leading community hikes each Wednesday for free for Thrive Outside and Valley Mountain Bikers and Hikers.  In May, she began her Tour Guide with Alaska Adventure Unlimited.  She has loved her clients and showing off Alaska, but misses her family as it is 6 very intense and long days.  
The children all served the Lord at North Star Bible Camp.  
New Address
1350 West 70th Avenue
Anchorage, AK 99518

James 907-315-3803
Ella 907-795-6604
Hannah 907-521-9443
Max 907-707-3505
Bronwyn 907-414-2998

Random Christmas Questions (Try to guess who answered)

Favorite book you read this year?
a. The Pearl or Animal Farm
b. The Secret Life of Bees
c. Vox Day Novels
d. The Selection Series
e. Lilac Girls

Can't wait to...
b. Preform as Morticia in the Addams Family Musical March 1,2,3
c. Compete in the TriFlake Winter Triathlon
a. Celebrate Christmas and show my family Chicken man
e. explore Hawaii for our 20th Wedding Anniversary
d.  Play Helen in Young Jane Eyre January 19-February 11

Favorite Website
b. Pintress
e. anylist
d.  instagram

If I had $100,000 I would
d.  move to New York City
e. looking for ways to invest/encourage the Kingdom of God
b. give it to Dressember
c. make a down payment on my children's education (three in college soon)
a. pay for Hannah's Choir trip.

Who is Jesus Christ to you?
e.  Abba Father-Daddy-Friend
a. Literally perfect
d. My Superstar
c. God
b.  My Dad

Tuesday, December 12, 2017


Often times, when hostility exists between two parties, a mediator is needed to stand in between the two parties and bring reconciliation. 

The mediator’s sole job is to restore peace between the two, to bring flourishing back into their lives. 

Why so often people have a hard time realizing the hostility that exist? Before I knew Christ my mind raced with the knowledge that I wasn’t as good as I could be. The pain of other peoples wrong choices affected me. I also hurt others. Even the good Id do, wasn’t good enough. Sadly my striving for accomplishments or status ended up in disappointments. 

 But truly I didn’t know my need for a savior because I always saw people worse off than I was. Doing things that were worse than I did.It wasn’t until I realize God is holy. His perfectness —demands actually requires perfection. I cannot even enter into his presence as I was. But His love called to me and I wanted him as My father. 

That’s when love came in. That’s when Jesus who knew everything I have done: my intentions, my motives, my heart, and yet he still died for me. 

My selfishness and self centered  couldn’t be in his presence. But if I Accepted  his free gift of being my prince of peace —reconciling me to a holy God a relationship with HIM began for  all eternity. 

During Christmas time is when I found out about this good news. I just wanted to let others know (my friend my family) that You too have an opportunity to experience the peace of God through the king who IS and will be Prince of Peace.

Jesus said, “Peace I leave with you.” (John 14:27)
Jesus said, “My peace I give to you.” (John 14:27)
Jesus said, “in me you may have peace.” (John 16:33)

Jesus is that Mediator. Jesus is the one who would stand between God and mankind in order to restore peace, to reconcile our relationship with God. When Jesus was born, peace came into our world!

Friday, April 7, 2017

When feeling a disconnect to the Lord?

Just the past few weeks, I have lost some of my zeal and "hearing" from the Lord.  When I spend time with my Sweet Savior, pages are filled with insights and prayers for the various promptings from the Holy Spirit.  Currently, I have worked a few more hours and been uncertain in our future ministry.

I recently went to my MOPS leadership meeting.  During our prayer time, I asked for spiritual revival and not the recent dryness.  Thankfully, I came home and the Holy Spirit gently reminded me of two things.
1) Time with Jesus needs to have His Words center.  I am doing a great Lent study, but it is just a little word or action of Jesus passion week journey.  To hear from the Lord, I need to read His Words not just devotions about His word.

2) Lack of Community. Not having our Friday Life group is another reason for the lack of joy when encouraging and serving together. I need one-another.  God made us want to be in community.

Understanding these two missing elements, allowed me to make changes.  Up on the Butte today,  this picture shows me doing a plank.  Would I do them by myself in the dirt? Nope.  I needed TWO friends today to push me.  We even did a sprint after going up and down and up and down the Butte.  I function more completely and at my fullest potential when I am with others who will spur me on to Love and Good Works.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

28 Day Challenge: Day 3 & 4

Day 3:  Becoming Our Mothers
Truth:  What are two things you hope your kids will talk about as adults when they describe their memories of you?

I want them to see Jesus.  That she made mistakes but leaned on His strength.  That their mom would love them right where they were.  She modeled freedom in Christ because she had it to give.  She was spontaneous and did what she could to have family fun (even if it was forced).  She loved creation because it reflected her Creator.

Day 4:  Sister Courage.
Dare:  Start a conversation with a stranger who would normally make you uncomfortable.  (That will be hard to find, but I am intimidated by pretty people.)  Well, I engaged in a conversation with the checker.  It was good.  I usually try to meet the same checker.  So, she was "new to me".

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

28 Day Challenge

Day 1:  Truth- In what ways do you feel out of control in your life?
Right now, it is a crazy time.  It is a valley time.  Nothing is certain except God's Word and His Character.  I have my health, my family, friends. However, nothing is permanent and even my husband's job is in transition.  We are a very active family, wanting to impact this community and be a light.  But, I have no idea if we will be in our home in the next two months or still walking through the unknown.  God is faithful.  But, this control person has no control but to cling to the ROCK who is stable.

Day 2:  Blessing the Night
Dare:  Go outside at night and count 100 stars.  Pray when you see the brightest star!  The person who wrote this challenge had NO IDEA that it would be -2 below 0 and with a wind chill of -17.  Ugh.  But, it was STUNNING!  I counted by 10's. My prayer was that that God's Will Be done on Earth.  Added blessing of square shaped crystals on the stairs and frozen eyelashes (my favorite).  Keep hot and steaming.  Thanks Mellissa.