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!