4.29.2008

weeping for injustice.



so i've been really overwhelmed at the injustice in the world -- especially towards children. i'm reading girl soldier and i watched the kite runner a couple nights ago. both are incredible stories that paint a picture of reality outside of america...but my heart is breaking for these kids who have gone through such atrocities.

it puts my "troubles" in perspective, and reminds me to be thankful for simple things like peace and freedom, and encourages me to pray for justice.

check out international justice mission to learn how to get involved in ending violent oppression in the world.



"AND WHAT DOES THE LORD REQUIRE OF YOU? TO ACT JUSTLY, TO LOVE MERCY, AND TO WALK HUMBLY WITH YOUR GOD."
[micah 6:8]

4.26.2008

GMA : a week in review...

so i spent the last week at the Gospel Music Association (GMA) "music week" -- where the tag is (get ready) "our music, our week". the week is full of seminars, exhibits, showcases, and luncheons...picture a lot of iphones, boys in skinny jeans, and everybody drinking lots of coffee. the week culminated with the dove awards (think: christian grammy's). sometimes i just had to sit back and laugh at this "industry" and our need to RE-create everything as "our own". couldn't we just SHINE in the WORLD and make excellent music and run excellent businesses, labels, and organizations that honor and glorify God...without slapping a label on it? for example, one thing that killed me...at one of the showcases, we received tickets for "Redeem for God Hour - good for one non-alchoholic drink" (because obviously "Happy Hour" is from the devil...i bet Jesus would really enjoy a yazoo dos perros as He watched some good music...) and don't even get me started on this stuff.
ok, off my soapbox.

so as Mocha Club, our main goal was to get our name out there as an optional partner to join with to serve Africa. we made some great connections with artists, managers, labels, etc. and as much as i make fun of the whole thing, God is doing some cool stuff in this industry, and it really is a privilege to be a part of it. i'm exhausted in every sense of the word, but i'm also humbled that i get to do this as my job -- combine music with missions...wow.

i also got to check out a few of our mocha club artists live for the first time in some showcases...check out ADDISON ROAD and MICHAEL GUNGOR BAND -- both are amazing!!

ME & BRONWEN AT THE DOVE AWARDS AT THE GRAND OLDE OPRY HOUSE!

4.12.2008

"come to Me."

when life's hard to bear, and there's so much pain
it's hard to see the sunshine through the rain
the storms of life bring a heavy load
you feel like you're walking a long, lonely road
the soul needs rest, the heart longs to be free
hear His voice in the distance whisper "come to Me"


...some words the Lord gave me as i sit in a difficult season.

4.03.2008

yes!!


TRADER JOE'S IS COMING TO NASHVILLE!
the news was announced today -- it's official.
special thanks to the bring trader joe's to nashville blog for pushing this -- let's keep pushing for a 2nd store in EAST nashville :)