First off,  I have to say that I’m super pumped to have inherited a Mac computer through marriage :D :D Way better than anything else, for sure!

But, UGH… I hate those nights where I can’t sleep. Ethan was up at 4am for work, and I have not been able to go back to bed since… so here I am, blogging! Yeah! It may also be for the fact that Zoe is treating me like a jungle gym and licking my ear on the couch to prevent me from napping. But mostly, I can’t sleep because there’s so much running through my head. I’m having a mix of anxiety, nervousness & excitement for whats to come this fall. Which means I’m probably right where God wants me.

Anywho, not related to the change that’s to come… we have a friend who is on tour with Sex and Money, traveling to all 50 states in effort spread the word on sex-trafficing. I’ve heard so much about this issue relating to overseas, but not really anything about what’s going on right in our own backyards, here in the States. So, last night he was in Maine viewing the finished documentary (um, can I say AMAZING) Honestly, as awful as this sounds this issue just never really sat heavy on my heart until last night. And I couldn’t believe that the issue of trafficing, didn’t just lie with the stereotypical type of men. It’s purchased by your everyday average Joe’s… Doctors, Lawyers, Teachers, and even Pastors and people in ministry. It all starts as an addiction to pornography, then the lines get pushed father and farther, until it hits the streets. I guess this hit so close to home, because I once thought that no one I knew would ever do such a thing. It was only the people who came from the “ghetto”, or the homeless… really anyone but the people that I knew.

However, a few years ago I was confided in by a Christian who told me he once purchased a trafficed girl on the way back from a Mission’s trip. Of course it didn’t sit well with me then, but I think I pushed it to the back of my head. However, now that I have all the info, stats and background on the issue, I’m seriously sick to my stomach over it. Last night the video triggered such a righteous anger for these children. I started praying & crying for these girls, and what hurt my heart more than anything was that, the very people who were sent to “heal the broken hearted” (Isaiah 61)  were fueling the fire. We are supposed to be apart of the solution, not the problem.

I am truly not writing this to out anyone, but honestly I believe it’s time for change. And for us to realize that it’s a BIG addiction that can effect anyone… even the people we would least expect. We are a selfish generation (definitely including myself in that statement) but it’s time to step-up, face conviction, and allow His Grace into our lives. God’s Grace is so big, and I feel that all too often we do not use the amazing gift that Jesus shed his blood to give us.

I just feel like it’s so important to sit on the scripture of Isaiah 61… it’s truly our mission statement as Christians. The Spirit of the SOVEREIGN Lord is on US. We were anointed by His Spirit to proclaim His good news. We were sent to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim FREEDOM to the captives, to release them from their darkened world, and to comfort- not abuse, not live as the world lives… For it is his heart that loves justice– not disgrace. Now more than ever I’m realizing how important it is as Christians to really evaluate the strongholds in our lives. These strongholds do not only effect ourselves and prevent us from living in our full potential of what God calls us to do… but each and every stronghold, and sin effects the people around us. If people were not buying the product (the children) this would not be an issue. Therefore, because of our selfish desires, we exploit and breakdown the spirits of children.

I think I’ve always pushed the issue on child sex-trafficing to the side, because it just seemed too big, and too overwhelming to even go there. Writing this blog for awareness is the least I could do, and I just want to ask for everyone’s prayers (along with Ethan and I) to make a conscious, continuous effort to pray for all the innocent children sold daily into slavery. I know God’s heart is just crying out for justice in this, and he wants to use us to heal these children, so they can walk in the total restoration that Jesus can bring.

Here’s a video from the Love 146 organization (not the same as sex and money) It’s just a short 3 min video, take a look at what could be hidden in the towns we live in, not just overseas…

Isaiah 61

The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me,
   because the LORD has anointed me
   to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
   to proclaim freedom for the captives
   and release from darkness for the prisoners,
2 to proclaim the year of the LORD’s favor
   and the day of vengeance of our God,
to comfort all who mourn,
 3 and provide for those who grieve in Zion—
to bestow on them a crown of beauty
   instead of ashes,
the oil of joy
   instead of mourning,
and a garment of praise
   instead of a spirit of despair.
They will be called oaks of righteousness,
   a planting of the LORD
   for the display of his splendor.

 4 They will rebuild the ancient ruins
   and restore the places long devastated;
they will renew the ruined cities
   that have been devastated for generations.
5 Strangers will shepherd your flocks;
   foreigners will work your fields and vineyards.
6 And you will be called priests of the LORD,
   you will be named ministers of our God.
You will feed on the wealth of nations,
   and in their riches you will boast.

 7 Instead of your shame
   you will receive a double portion,
and instead of disgrace
   you will rejoice in your inheritance.
And so you will inherit a double portion in your land,
   and everlasting joy will be yours.

 8 “For I, the LORD, love justice;
   I hate robbery and wrongdoing.
In my faithfulness I will reward my people
   and make an everlasting covenant with them.
9 Their descendants will be known among the nations
   and their offspring among the peoples.
All who see them will acknowledge
   that they are a people the LORD has blessed.”

 10 I delight greatly in the LORD;
   my soul rejoices in my God.
For he has clothed me with garments of salvation
   and arrayed me in a robe of his righteousness,
as a bridegroom adorns his head like a priest,
   and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.
11 For as the soil makes the sprout come up
   and a garden causes seeds to grow,
so the Sovereign LORD will make righteousness
   and praise spring up before all nations.