Sunday, March 27, 2011

Summer Playlist {Song #2}

Well, hello topic of Summer Playlist almost a month later...woops.  As you can see from my prior post that I’ve been a little busy out and about in Chi-town.  But, don’t worry, I haven’t forgotten about letting you in on my Summer Playlist! 

It’s funny how easy it is for people to so easily connect over music and become friends.  I mentioned in my previous post about meeting up with one of the guys {Ryan} that goes to school up by Chicago.   I have grown up with him and his brother in church and at school but I’ve never had more than a two or three sentence conversation with him.  I knew he played football and that was about it {not implying that he's a dumb jock, btw}.  Somehow Ryan and I got to talking about music and different concerts we’d been to {NeedtoBreathe and Muse to name a few good ones}.  He asked if I’d ever heard of The Temper Trap, handed me his iPod and I started to become acquainted with an awesome band as our group walked down the Navy Pier to see Chicago at it's finest.

Kudos goes out to Ryan for this next song on my Summer Playlist.  This is a great band and their album is awesome - highly recommend it.  Without further ado, I give you Fader by The Temper Trap.

The moral of the story is: get to know people that are "right under your nose" - they may surprise you - and music can connect what may seem like two completely different people.  So, when this song comes up on my playlist, I'll think of walking along the Navy Pier looking at the beautiful city lights of downtown Chicago... 


Listening to:


By The Temper Trap

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

{Love Broke Me}

This song has been my prayer and my cry for the last few months.  I truly believe that God used Chicago to break me. 

Love Break Me by Starfield

Mark me with Your grace
Shape me in Your wisdom
Place in me a heart
Of mercy
Open up my eyes
Let me see Your glory
Lead me to the place
You want me

Love, break me now
Strip me down
May Your beauty
Deep inside of me resound
Through me be found
Come break me now

Guide me in Your truth 
Mold me in Your nature
Birth in me a hope
To hold on
Show me how to wait
Teach me how to listen
Be in me the strength
To let go

Break me now...

Love, hear my plea
Rescue me, bring Your peace
I have come to You on bended knee
I'm desperate for Your breath in me
Your ears to hear, Your eyes to see
Set me free, come set me free

Like rain flowing over me... 


Listening to:
by Starfield

Monday, March 21, 2011

{Chicago Spring Break 2011}

So, it’s been almost a month since I posted last and I promise I will give you more songs for my Summer Playlist.  So, what have I been doing this past month, you ask? I thought you’d never ask!

On March 12th, 19 people all of which I did not very well left at 8am for a mission trip to Chicago, IL.  We didn’t have a set plan of exactly what we were going to do, which stressed a few of us out, but we were excited.

We stayed at a hostel in the heart of downtown Chicago.  It was definitely a different experience but we met a lot of great people from all over the world.  Thousands of questions were thrown at our European friends including someone, who will remain nameless {Ol’ Red!}, asking them if they had stop signs or not.  Made us proud {tear}. I, on the other hand, late one night decided to show one of our British friends the hand motions to do when something gets awkward.  This included awkward turtle, moose, turkey, and we threw in some miscellaneous hand motions such as snail and jellyfish. 


Sunday: We worshipped at Willow Creek Chicago across the street from our hostel and had our socks blessed off.  Yeah, it happened.  The music was amazing and the preaching was real and very challenging.  We had a training meeting with John Yi, our contact in Chicago at Forest Park Baptist Church along with the TCC/TU BCM.   Before our training, Steve led us in worship {he found out like an hour beforehand} and John preached out of John 6:1-13 which is the story of the Jesus feeding the five thousand with five loaves of bread and two small fish.  To sum up what John said, he basically said that we try to lean on our abilities and resources.  But, what we really need to do is put those things into Jesus’ hands so he can use our feeble abilities and multiply them beyond what we could imagine.  I was extremely nervous about our task at the different colleges but after hearing John speak, I realized I need to set aside my anxiety/worry and place my trust in Christ to do what he wanted to do through me. 

Monday:  My group consisted of Tonya, James, Derek, Matt, Brett, Danielle, and Abby H. and we embarked on our first Red Line train to Truman College.  The other group consisted of Scott, Steve, Abby T., Sami, Carol, Emily, Skye, Heidi, Chelsea, Justin, and Wes and they went to Northeastern Illinois State University.  My partner, Abby H. and I had great conversations with two girls, which was so encouraging.   We ate lunch, regrouped and went to Maywood to help pick up trash with the TCC/TU BCM group for the rest of the afternoon. 

Tuesday:  Went to our same campuses again and talked to one girl and then we decided to meet out front and play a form of hacky sack which we called “Feather.”  We met a lot of people that way and showed off how horrible we were.  In the afternoon, we headed down to Pacific Garden Mission, which is the oldest homeless shelter in the U.S. and has a great program that has been in place for more than 100 years.  Afterwards, we met up with our British friends and went to “da Bulls” game.  Aretha Franklin was there sitting courtside and we took a limo back to the hostel from the game.  Yeah, I said limo.  Aretha let us use it for the night. 

Wednesday:  Back on campus as usual but unfortunately for Abby H. and I, we didn’t really have an opportunity to talk to anyone for very long.  We met out front again and played Feather.  After we ate lunch, part of our group went back to play more Feather and meet up with some of the students we’d connected with.  The rest of the afternoon for me was spent doing some shopping with Carol and Abby H. mainly at H&M. 

Thursday: FREE DAY!  Totally slept in that day and took our time getting ready.  We didn’t leave the hostel until at least 10:30am.  Abby T., Heidi, and I did a little shopping at Nordstrom Rack and then hopped on the train to go take pics at Wrigley Field and with Harry Caray, of course.  Went back to downtown Chicago for Round 3 of shopping and then went on to The Bean in Millennium Park.   From there, we met up with the majority of our group and went to the Arts Institute of Chicago where I FINALLY got to see original paintings of Monet and Van Gogh. Dream. Come. True.  From there, we headed to the Navy Pier to eat dinner with one of our hometown “Fusionites” Ryan who plays football at Wheaton College and had just gotten back from a mission trip to Haiti.  We ended the night out on the Pier taking pictures of the city skyline. 

Friday:  Headed home.

It was an amazing experience and I’m so thankful I was able to go on this trip.  I was stretched and uncomfortable but it was awesome.  This is just a little recap of what all happened that week.  The next time you see me, just ask me and I’d love to tell you more. 

Oh, and the most important question on all of your minds: “Where did you eat?”
Here’s a brief summary of where we ate:
Exchequer, Potbelly’s, Lou Malnati’s, Portillo’s, Jimmy John’s, Harry’s Chicken, Murphy’s Tavern, Bubba Gump’s, and Hard Rock CafĂ©.  It was all very yummy and I’m pretty sure we all gained 10 pounds each that week.  If it weren’t for all the walking we did, it would’ve probably more like 20…


Listening to:
By The Temper Trap

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