UPDATE: Congrats to Becky Jo for winning the Kate Carlson prize pack! Congrats to Joanne & Pat for winning Kate’s Radiant EP!
It’s been a month people!! How did that happen? Well… life happened and I seriously didn’t think that you wanted to hear all my dribble about my son graduating and our visit to Auburn and work and life and … ENOUGH! I have much more exciting news to share with you.. life will come after this post. 🙂
I have this really great friend named Melissa Carlson that I met on the the Twitter and the FB and through the blogging world. Really great friend, like drove in just to have lunch with me so we could meet face to face, really great friend. See…
So.. Melissa and I have made a point of talking to each other and trying to see each other (she lives near Nashville..) and praying for one another and laughing.. So it was no surprise that soon after this meeting, I got another chance to meet Melissa’s daughter, Kate. I call her my snug-let. She fit perfectly in the crook of my arm. (I am tall.. she is not) and we were walking outside in the fall…
I’ve made a visit or two to see them and we’ve texted and chatted and emailed and etc… and I knew that her passion was leading worship. Not performing. Not making music for the sake of making music. BUT.. worshiping God. Period. But get this.
I HAVE NEVER HEARD HER SING… OR WORSHIP GOD WITH HER VOICE. NEVER.
Not until last week.
And she has ripped my heart to shreds.
I kinda knew that she had been approached by an awesome woman to lead worship for her conferences… cause Pat rocks. I kinda knew that she had been approached by some really cool and talented guys about putting together an EP. I was praying for her during the process. I was praying for her sweet mom, Melissa (you have to go read her Momma story as well) as she worked and prayed over the art and graphics for the EP. The first time I put the EP in to listen to her I was driving to work.
Ready for a great day.
I was in tears and a mess when I got to work. Sweet Kate had just spent the last 21 and 1/2 minutes speaking straight to my heart and she had no clue.
She had ushered me straight to the Throne Room.
Kate sings three of my favorites.. How Marvelous, Desert Song and Revelation Song. She doesn’t just sing. She worships Him and invites you in.
There is a huge difference.
I have listened to A LOT of Christian music. I used to work for a Christian radio station. I have listened to A LOT of Christian music.
My ears and my heart are conditioned to recognize a performer vs. a worshiper of God. Kate worships Him. She invites you in. Through these songs I can see her singing to Him and not caring who is listening or watching. It’s an intimate and Holy thing. Truly radiant.
My HANDS DOWN FAVORITE song is You are Able. Hands down. I can’t stop listening to it. I can’t stop singing it. I can’t stop running to it. Well.. that last sentence was a lie. I can stop running to it, cause the running is a thorn at the moment. But I can’t stop listening to it. Can not.
He’s all I need and all I have right now. This season of my life is taking me to the end of myself. The only One that can lift me up right now is God. He is the only faithful, constant, firm and able loving God that can lift me up and remind me that I am not enough. I am never enough. He is. This song makes we want to dance around in circles and skip and jump up and down and rock out for Him. It makes me surrender my heart to Him.
Isn’t that the point? And she co-wrote the stinkin’ song. ummmhmmmm. Wrote it. She’s adorable and cute and sweet and kind and TALENTED with all capitals. (No, I am not sorry I just said that)
I love the woman singing these songs. First, cause she is my heart friend. Second, because even at her young age, she gets it. She is tender and kind and funny and points me straight to His throne. Where He never leaves. Ever. That, my sweet bloggy friend is indeed the Truth.
I have a surprise for you.. Besides asking you to go listen for yourself right here: Kate Carlson
I have a surprise for you. Don’t you just love surprises?
Leave me a comment and tell me what takes you to your knees when you are worshiping God and I’ll select some blessed peeps.
One winner will get a PACK.. a shirt and a CD.
Two winners will win a CD.
Look how precious this shirt is:
Kate drew the flower.. Melissa designed the shirt. SHUT THE DOOR. These girls slay me. (and yes I already bought mine… 🙂 )
And this one… just radiant.. completely:
Watch what happens with this sweet girl’s life. God is doing some amazing things through her. I can’t wait to see what happens next! I wanna get in the car and meet my girlfriends for Mexican food in Nashvegas just so I can tell them how grateful I am.
Go ahead.. tell me what takes you to your knees as you worship God…
I’ll pick winners on the Sabbath! 🙂
Ready, set, WORSHIP!
PS. Here is your standard disclaimer… except one of the two CD’s I bought me self. 🙂 And I have a ton more to give to random people that I see smiling. The pack and one of the CD’s have been provided by Kate Carlson Music. I’m not making any money off of this blog post and in fact wouldn’t dream of taking any glory away from Him. And, quite frankly, Kate and Melissa wouldn’t either.