Saturday, September 25, 2010

Sara Groves concert


It was amazing! A very intimate setting, a very intimate time of worship. The concert was at a very large church in Birmingham, but not in the sanctuary. It was in the student center and I would guess there were about 200 people there. It was small and lovely.

I don't know how many of you know her music, but I love her heart-felt, soul-filled lyrics, and the beautiful piano & drums & sometimes even a cello send me to Heaven and back. She sings about Truth and life and love and pain and everything in between.

She is passionate about a modern-day tragedy: the trafficking of women and children.

Our eyes were opened to the reality of this slavery Friday night. Hearing story after story of real-life women and girls who are being deceived into this horrible nightmare, well it broke our hearts.

Ever pray that prayer "Lord, break our hearts for what breaks yours"?

He will.

The proceeds from the concert went to benefit this amazing ministry: 1040connections based in Chattanooga TN. They are doing a mighty work to STOP human trafficking, especially focusing on the borders of Nepal/India, but also in China and other countries.

And this morning my eyes were opened to the fact that human trafficking occurs right here on the home soil. Yes, it does.

What can we do?

Pray. Support. Go.

There is something we ALL can do.

I read verse after verse in God's Word about how much He loves justice. (Psalm 89:14) He is just. He will stomp the wicked. If He is passionate about the needy, poor, oppressed, widow, orphan.....we should be too. And His Word is pretty clear that He is all about the least of these.

"Lord what do you want us to do? What does obedience look like for our family?"

Do you know how many people have said to me, "Well, I think you've done enough! You've definitely got your rewards in Heaven since you adopted 4 special needs children. You don't need to worry about what else you could do!"

Seriously. People have told me that.

I pray to God that it will NEVER be enough for us. I pray that until He calls us Home that we are obedient, open, willing, ever-listening for His direction, 250% sold-out, ready to leave our nets and follow Him. We battle complacency everyday.

What does obedience look like for our family? What does it look like for YOURS?

9 comments:

Amy Murphy said...

Oh, how true! We just started a study in our church on "The Hole in Our Gospel." Your post just continues me thinking along the lines of "What can I be doing now?" You are so right, we are so complacent.

Our Journey to China said...

Yes, Laine, you are right - we grow too complacent, even when we try to be aware, it creeps in oh so craftily. I pray our family will be aware and ready to move when God directs us to move for Him and that we will not be slow in following His lead. Thank you for the reminder. :0)

TanyaLea said...

wow...it amazes me when people say that. As long as we live, we should always strive for God's plan for our lives and never think we've done enough. Did you see the post on the We're Grafted In blog about "Enough" ??? ...it was so good!! We should always remain open and prayerful to God's direction and path for our lives...it's so easy to sometimes get complacent in today's world and not 'pay attention' to His direction. Sounds like a great concert...and I LOVE Sara Groves for all the same reasons as you. Sounds like a blessed time! <><

Hugs,
Tanya

Kristi said...

We constantly ask what obedience looks like for our family ~ and pray that we don't fall into the comfortable seat of complacency...
I wonder if Sara is coming my way. I'd love to hear more!

Cindy said...

Reading your post only brings confirmation that the church as a whole does a really poor job of talking about those realities that exist, even in downtown Birmingham. The church we attend several months ago had a Prayer Concert for just this very thing. When you get a chance please visit a website that you may already know about, it's http://www.makewaypartners.org. They are based right here in Birmingham, and like you said once you learn the truth how can you ever just turn away and do nothing. It's like Sara Groves song "I Saw What I Saw", whose lyrics summed it all up.

The Ferrill's said...

Awesome, Cindy, thank you so much for sharing the website. I was not aware of it and I'm going to check it out now...

Football and Fried Rice said...

I saw what I saw rocked my world!! I love sara's heart. And her voice! ad her passion! praise the Lord for witnesses like her!

Robyn said...

I do love Sara Groves music, but more than that I love how your heart and words honor God. We are struggling with that right now, not being complacent and trusting the Lord to open doors when we may not even see the door. Does that even make sense?

When we are asked to be obedient, in my mind there is only one way to answer, Yes, Lord. Send me.

Blessings,
Robyn

The Byrd's Nest said...

I LOVE her songs and the words to her songs....she is such a blessing!

You are so right about being complacent....even I have been guilty of that our first month here in Mexico. I was so self focused on getting settled in, I almost drove myself into the loony bin!!!

Thank you for this reminder...and we also get those comments about getting treasures in Heaven for adopting and for being missionaries....it always makes me so uncomfortable.

I love your heart my friend:)