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Prayers in the Bible – Powerful Scriptures to Pray

Ladies, we are so excited to be able to once again offer the opportunity to gather for a mid-week Bible study.

Prayers in the Bible–Powerful Scriptures to Pray will begin on Wednesday, November 4 and go for 6 weeks (excluding Thanksgiving week)

We will be meeting in the Sanctuary from 1:00 to 2:30 pm. THERE IS NO COST FOR THIS STUDY. Just bring your Bible and a pen or pencil.

(We will be maintaining the required COVID-19 social distancing precautions and will have hand sanitizer and masks available for you.)

Looking forward to a wonderful time of fellowship and digging into God’s Word together.

No Retreat

Hi ladies … we just wanted you to know that unfortunately we will not be having a retreat this year. We will miss being with all of you! We continue to pray for you and to consider what we might be able to do as a way of providing some sort of service or ministry for you.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to one of our team if you need anything.

Always,

Carolyn, Jeanette, Diane, Diane, Cindy, Nicole, Sue

Retreat Survey

You are loved … and thought about … and prayed for …

We are trying to make plans for our annual fall retreat … this year it’s so difficult …

We NEED your help! 🙂

We’ve sent you a survey via email … did you get it? We’ve received less than 10 responses and would love more.

Here is what was in the email …

Let me hear of your unfailing love each morning, for I am trusting you. Show me where to walk, for I give myself to you! – Psalm 143:8


God is good, and He has given us each a gift of each other to love, cherish and grow with. Fall is upon us once again and the Father’s House Embrace Ezer Women’s Team is at a cross roads of making a decision to go forward or not to have our annual Women’s Retreat. We have come up with four possible choices but would like your input of what you are comfortable with during this time of uncertainty. If you could please respond by September 30th that would give the EE Team time to discuss the census and share that with you lovely ladies. 

Also, we have already engaged an outside speaker for our retreat November 14th. Her name is Kim Donaldson. 

  • Ladies retreat at the Father’s House, outside patio during the day – 3-4 hours 
  • Ladies retreat via Zoom – 3-4 hours
  • Ladies retreat via Live Stream like we do each week for church service
  • Ladies retreat postponed until next year. Please RSVP by September 30th.

You can text your RSVP to 805-610-5425 (Cindy Gould) or email cindya_g@hotmail.com or to Carolyn at: carolyn@sixteenmilesout.com

Thank you in advance for your prayerful consideration and input. Your Sisters in Christ,

The Embrace Ezer Team

Life is Hard … But There’s Help

Life these past months has been interesting to say the least. I’ve grown closer to God, been faithful in reading His Word, had great times with my children and grandchildren, drawn closer to my husband and failed miserably in some of my life’s choices. I’ve called you and talked to you and I’ve ignored your calls. I’ve written notes to you and not sent them. I’ve prayed for you and forgotten completely about you. I’ve been to church both online and in person and then decided that I just wasn’t doing that too. 

How can a person do all of these within such a short period of time? It’s hard to believe, but true. Maybe you’ve done better than me. Maybe you’ve made all the right choices in this time of life. If so, that’s great! That’s amazing! You’re doing so well!  

But if you haven’t and are like me and haven’t done 100% and are unhappy with yourself, you understand. Life is hard and full of difficult choices to make. The enemy is hard at work to pull us off track and to get us to fall into sin … to stray away from the things we know as truth. 

And Jesus is good. He is faithful. His mercies are new every morning! Thank you Lord for that! What would I ever do without Him and His faithfulness to me!

My life is full because of Him. I can always return to Him because His arms are always open wide for me. He is my refuge. He is my strength. I can always find Him.

No matter what we’ve done or haven’t done, His love is steadfast. His love is real. He knows our weaknesses and our strengths and He wants to help us in those areas. His mercies are new every morning. 

As we submit ourselves to Him, He will help us to overcome. Sometimes it takes some diligence. The word tells us to work out our salvation with fear and trembling. I believe that just means for us to work on those things that we try to do right … work on those areas where we stumble … live out our life of salvation rightly. Take all of what God has given to us and allow it to work in our lives … by making right choices, asking forgiveness when we make mistakes, ask for His help to get us to that place where we can do right again. 

He has given us all of the tools … it’s our job to use those tools within our lives. 

p.s. Does any of this resonate with you? If so, I’m here for you. I’d love to pray for you.

Good Memories

Hi ladies! How are all of you doing? As you may have seen, we’re looking for ways to connect with all of you during this time of staying home as much as possible. We’ve been posting over on Facebook. You can go check out some of our posts there by clicking here. We’ve also got a couple of posts here on our blog. Just scroll through and you’ll find them.

We are here for you if you need us. Please don’t hesitate to call, email or message any one of us on the team.

Today, I’m attaching a video full of memories … I hope you enjoy it! And I’m looking forward to when we get back to seeing each other in person once again!

IMPORTANT NEWS FROM EMBRACE EZER

lET ME HEAR OF YOUR LOVE EACH MORNING, FOR I AM TRUSTING YOU SHOW ME WHERE TO WALK, FOR I GIVE MYSELF TO YOU. PS.143:8

She had a dream …

I’d like to introduce you to Anne Berezina–co-pastor of a thriving, vibrant Assembly of God church known as “Tree of Life” in Samara, Russia. This wife and mother of three is on fire for the Lord, and her passion is to disciple the women of their church to reach her city for Christ.

The Corona Virus pandemic is spreading into Russia now, and people there are getting nervous. Will their shaky-at-best health system be able to withstand COVID-19? Will all the businesses shut down like in the US? How will we survive with no jobs? (It’s already hard!) A few nights ago, Anne had a vision–and after she shared her vision on her Instagram page, six more women from different churches in different Russian cities told her they had similar dreams about floods, big tsunami waves etc. Every one woke up knowing that everything will be okay. May these words from the other side of the world bless and inspire you today as they did me.

“Friends, I want to share a dream, more precisely, a series of dreams (2 in a row). I believe that very often God gives true dreams. And through these dreams, He inspires, warns of something, protects and guides us.

“And it will come about … that I will pour out My Spirit on all mankind; and your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions.”  (Joel 2:28)

I believe the Lord speaks to His people through dreams especially in sad, difficult times, when the society is in panic and chaos, fear and disorientation, and really needs direction and protection from Him.

So here is my first dream:  I’m in our apartment, and suddenly the water out of the tap is getting out of hand and flooding the whole apartment up to my knees.  I’m certainly in horror 😱. I think, when Mom comes, she will be very upset, because 100 percent for sure it will fill the neighbors places! Then I am immediately out on the street near the house, and I can see all the approaching streets! My fear of flooded neighbors and flooding streets is changed by the desire to swim in this stream! And so I swim in this nice, warm, transparent clean water! Horror and panic from disaster changed into peace and grace.

In the second similar dream: I see many different fish in the water. Again, the water is clean and transparent.

My thoughts on what I saw in these dreams:  What the Lord has shown me in the first dream—He calmed me—100%.  Fear and panic, natural disaster–when you feel everything is out of hand—is what each of us is going through today. We can’t manage the situation. Nothing depends on us – it’s true! We are just weak people (I think everyone has felt this very much.) But God teaches us to trust Him fully and even…. relax! It’s like swimming! Life live and realize that He is keeping everything under control.

In the dream, I was visited by such thoughts: “Isn’t it too far to swim and too high in this situation when the apartment and streets are flooded? I probably won’t understand me! What did you think 🤗” I woke up with clear confidence that everything will be fine! With the Lord we will swim! And the second dream is the like first one, also related to water, where there are lots of fish. It represented a lot of people now in need of God, to hear the Good News of the Savior Jesus Christ, to learn about how He loves them and is waiting for them!  Without God there is no hope, no salvation, no joy and peace, no confidence in anything. Now is the time for all people on the planet to turn to Christ, to our only Lord and Savior. To repent of your sins, turn away from evil ways, understand the true values, the meaning of our being, and to live according to it!”

Don’t you love her vibrant faith and passion for Jesus? She is one of my many favorite people to spend time with when I’m in Samara. Never a dull moment with Anne in the room!

How the Past can Serve Us Today

A word of encouragement and some great helpful hints from a survivor of the Cold War.

Hi friends! Jeanette Morris here. How are you all doing?

In my early years of ministry to Russia I was privileged to meet several Campus Crusade staff who had lived and/or served in Eastern Europe during the Cold War. One of these missionaries, Dorota, sent me the link to this fascinating blog post today. I had asked Dorota if she could remember what it was like during Soviet times in Poland (her native country) where there were always shortages and martial law, etc., and if she had any tips to offer.  She thought her friend, Debby Thompson’s  post was spot on and so insightful for such a time as this.  Please take a minute to read and reflect.

Who could have imagined that the Cold War of the last century could have a message for the Corona War of 2020? This is a great example of cultivating an intentional life in the midst of craziness!  Would love to hear how you are coping–and if any of these tips resonate with you. Be blessed.

Poached Pears

At our team retreat in January we ate so much delicious food … as we always do. So we thought it would be fun to share a few of the recipes with all of you ladies. Here’s one that Nicole make for us. We hope you’ll try it out!

Spiced Tea Infused Poached Pears

6 pears (firm works better- like Anjou or Bosc)

3 black tea bags (you can use decaf)

2 cinnamon sticks

8 cloves 

1/8 nutmeg seed (approximate-I cut a small piece off a nutmeg seed)

1/4 C brown sugar

1/8 tsp salt

1 Tbsp butter

Whipped cream

Add tea bags and spices to 3 cups boiling water and steep 10 minutes. While steeping, peel pears, cut in half, and remove seeds. Place pears in crockpot. Remove tea bags from water and add salt and brown sugar. Pour over pears to cover. Cook 3-4 hours on low until soft. Remove pears from crockpot. Pour tea and spices in a pot and boil on stovetop until reduced to approximately 1 cup (about 20 minutes). Remove spices and add butter to tea. To serve: Pour reduced tea over pears and top with whipped cream.

His Word Brings Peace

Reading God’s Word brings peace and stability to my day. Sometimes I just open my Bible and read and other times I follow a plan. There are so many reading plans out there. The way I find a reading plan, is through my Bible that has plans built into it and through apps for my phone.

Here are a few great Bible apps:

The first three apps have both the whole Bible and devotionals. The last is just devotionals. Each one is a great tool to get you started on a journey through the Word.

Whether we use our physical Bible or an app as our source to read isn’t the important thing, as you know. 🙂 The important thing is to read … I love Psalm 119 … maybe my most favorite chapter in the Bible. Here’s a little section of it for you today …

I hope you’re encouraged to read more … to draw closer.

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