Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Pray for Kate

I feel immensely burdened to take 5 minutes out of my day to spread the word asking people to pray for this sweet little girl, who I don't even know, who has been battling cancer for the past 2 years with more grace and maturity than I could ever hope for in her situation. I'm moved by her story every time I read it, and last week I sobbed on my couch for quite awhile reading their latest update at the discovery of more possible cancer.

You can read more about her story on the blog at this site devoted to praying for her: http://www.prayforkate.com

Pray that her PET scan today (3:30 Eastern time) shows no sign of cancerous activity. In this, pray for complete HEALING.

No matter the results, pray for WISDOM for her doctors and those caring for her medical needs.

Pray also for her parents, Aaron & Holly, as they seek WISDOM and must make quick decisions in terms of treatment following her PET scan today.

Most importantly, pray for GLORY to be given to God in this, through this, after this. No matter the results, HE IS GOOD.

If you want to read more from both her parents, Holly and Aaron, you can check out the journals they write online. Holly writes on the blog at CaringBridge, which is tied to the http://www.prayforkate.com site, and Aaron writes on his blog here.

Sunday, February 06, 2011

a HUGE gift from God

Just yesterday, Feb. 5th, 2011, God blessed the ministry of Scarlet Hope with a new house!!! This is a huge blessing. We have been praying about houses, buildings, locations to become the home for Scarlet Hope, and God has answered our prayers in a big, big way beyond what we'd ever imagined. A local organization had been praying about who to give their building/house to, and we were one of the options. Obviously, the Holy Spirit led them to us and it will become our home in April of this year.

This building will not just be offices, but it will be used for countless resources and opportunities for us to display Christ to girls in the sex industry in Louisville.

You can read more about it here.

Friday, February 04, 2011

musical candy

Because I'm too unfocused lately to sit down and write anything substantial, I'll just share some music y'all should check out these days:

Adele's new album, 21. My favorite songs: Rolling in the Deep, Rumour Has It, & One & Only (In fact, I'm dying to see someone on next season's So You Think You Can Dance do a contemporary routine to One & Only--I can see it in my head, but unfortunately I am not a contemporary dancer, so I cannot make it happen myself.)

Dave Moisan's debut album, Ungravity Pt. 1 - Dave's a friend here in Louisville who is incredibly talented, and he just released the first part of his debut album in a 3-song EP. It's on iTunes & Amazon. Check it out, seriously. It'll make you want summer here right now. Here's his FB page.

A Lion Named Roar's album Said & Done - I'm new to these guys...also from Louisville. I went to hear Dave Moisan live last week and became a fan of these guys after they performed before Dave. They've also got a great cover of Bruno Mars' song Grenade that you should check out. Here's their FB page.

The Civil Wars' album Barton Hollow - This is their debut album, but you'd never know it. Their insane harmonies sound like The Civil Wars (Joy Williams & John Paul White) have been making music together for decades, but they've only just begun. You would recognize songs they've written as solo songwriters & artists in the past (In fact, Joy Williams was quite the Christian solo artist when I was in high school...loved her then!), but this stuff will blow you away. If you want to hear it before you buy it, you can stream it free here. Trust me, you'll want to buy it. I'm obsessed.

Gateway Worship - God Be Praised - Really love Kari Jobe & pretty much anything she does, so her songs on here are fantastic. Also I am constantly reminding myself of the truth in the song the song Victory on this album.

I'm also experiencing a big resurgence of these not-so-new artists/albums that I've loved for a long time:

-old school Caedmon's Call - specifically the 40 Acres album.

-Needtobreathe - everything. Love all of their music. I don't think there's one song I don't like.

-Sara Bareilles - some of her live stuff - specifically her cover of Sittin On the Dock of the Bay...love it. (apparently so do a million American Idol contestants, b/c everyone seems to sing it during audition weeks...)

-Lady Antebellum - I just cannot get enough of their fun songs sometimes.

-Manafest - I'm new to these guys. Normally I don't listen to much from the genre of Christian music, but I loved the song Avalanche when I heard it on the radio, and I do enjoy their hip-hop feel. Maybe they're new? Maybe they're not? Either way, I'm new to their music...I like it.