What is Embracing Grace Ministries?
Embracing Grace Ministry is a non-profit organization under the directorship of Marji Stevens.
Our purpose, and our joy, is to present the Gospel of Jesus Christ, at conferences, retreats, church events and Bible studies. It has been our privilege to minister in a wide variety of denominations and organizations all over the world.
Embracing Grace Ministry also includes Mim's Pickety Press - children's books, non-fiction, art prints, and other inspirational products. It also includes the ministry of Lives Overcoming Loss - a warm, supportive fellowship for widows, and those going through loss.
Where did the name, Embracing Grace, come from?
The name Embracing Grace came from a picture Marji drew as a young Christian. It is her heart's response to the subject of grace.
"God has always helped me to understand deep principles of faith through simple pictures. Here is the story . . .
A young woman wept as she read God's Word, realizing that no matter how hard she tried, she could never earn God's favor.
As she wept, the Savior wrapped His arms around her and whispered,
Embrace Grace, My child. Wrap the arms of your faith around Me. This is where you will find favor."
No artist can portray the beauty of the Lord - but by His Grace we can know the mastery of His brush strokes upon our hearts.
Marji is ordained through the ministry of Elim Fellowship, Lima, NY.
Marji was married to Bill Stevens for forty years, until being widowed in 2007.
Marji became a follower of Jesus Christ in the early 1970s and has been in the speaking and singing ministry for over forty years. She has also traveled in ministry with Rev. Sylvia Evans and has served as a part of the retreat ministry at Watson Homestead for over twenty-five years.
Following a severe accident, Marji developed difficulty with her singing voice. Unable to sing without pain, the psalmist portion of her ministry had to be laid down in 1998. During those years of silence, the Lord led Marji into new areas of creativity. Art and writing replaced her singing.
As a result of her own journey through loss, Marji realized that there was a need for greater outreach to widows. So, in 2013 Marji launched Lives Overcoming Loss as a branch of Embracing Grace Ministries.
In 2016, before a mission trip to the Ukraine, the Lord miraculously restored Marji's singing voice. She is now singing and playing the guitar again, as if no time had passed. Her original recording have been resurrected and are available in CD.