Day 20: A Song You Listen To When You Are Angry (November 20, 2014)

Day 20: A Song You Listen To When You Are Angry

To be honest I do not get angry all that much, honestly I get upset more than I do angry. But I have been thinking and the one that I could picture using would probably be, “Wasting All These Tears On You” by Cassadee Pope

I don’t know why, but it just helps because it gets a lot of emotion out. Like, I don’t know I feel like it is a calmer version of Carrie Underwood’s “Before He Cheats”. But seriously Cassadee Pope is an amazing artist and this song just makes sense when you are in a time of anger I feel, especially about people in general.

“And you left me, Standing on a corner crying. Feeling like a fool for trying. I don’t even remember why I’m wasting all these tears on you. I wish I could erase our memory. ‘Cause you didn’t give a damn about me. Oh, finally I’m through. Wasting all these tears on you”

So yeah, those are some powerful lyrics if you ask me and I think this is a perfect song for anger. At least for me.

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Day 19: A Song From Your Favorite Album (November 19, 2014)

Day 19: A Song From Your Favorite Album

This took me a while, hence why it took me an additional day to write this blog.

I started thinking about what albums have I actually bought, or listened to all the way through without skipping a song. Then it kind of clicked. It is a more recent album, which I do not mind at all by. I love a lot of the older stuff, but this album was just fantastic in my opinion. Gavin DeGraw’s Make a Move album was one of my favorite albums in the past year and I think it was somewhat underrated. The song that I loved the most was, “Need” it was just written really well and there was just something that connected with me that just made me love this song.

Day 18: A Song That You Wish You Heard on the Radio (November 18, 2014)

Day 18: A Song That You Wish You Heard on the Radio

I love the radio, having to listen to the radio in my old car without any other options for 5 years I listened to a lot of radio stations. Having a newer car right now I have a window of music opportunities with the radio, my iPod, and cds. So honestly I was thinking a lot about if I still had only radio in my car and the song that I am really obsessing “Amnesia” originally by 5 Seconds of Summer, but the version that I wish was on the radio is a version by a artist named, Bryana Salaz. And honestly I would also have to go with “Lay Me Down” originally by Sam Smith, but the version I am currently obsessed with is by an artist named, Ricky Manning.

These two songs I have listened to the originally ones and I like them, but these two Ricky and Bryana just bring something new to them and just make them better (in my opinion).

“Amnesia” is a song that I think has such powerful lyrics and every time i listen to it I cry. I cannot help but not. Because I know how that feels in a sense when it comes to friends. I have never been in a relationship before and I am 21 years old, so yeah…. But, there is a lyric in the song that I just connect with and when I hear it, it just makes me think of a certain moment and I cry.

‘It hurts to know you’re happy, yeah, it hurts that you’ve moved on. It’s hard to hear your name when I haven’t seen you in so long. It’s like we never happened, was it just a lie? If what we had was real, how could you be fine? Cause I’m not fine at all.”

The way that Bryana delivers this song is just everything that this song needs. The emotion is just there and honestly between this song and the song I am about to talk about, have been on my iPod, on repeat for the past week. Either when I am walking, driving in my car, or just sitting and working. I cannot get enough for this song, I wish it was on the radio, but this version because it would be a chart topping hit.

“Lay Me Down” is a song that I don’t think is Sam Smith’s best work, but it is not terrible either. When I heard it I was like on edge because I just didn’t really get it. Then I listened to the version done by Ricky Manning and I just fell in love with it. I could understand everything that the song was about and I just felt more from his version compared to Sam Smith’s. I wish this was on the radio because it is powerful and so on point with how long distance relationships are difficult and how one just wants to be with the other. I cannot say I know how that feels because once again I am single, always have been and yeah…. But, if that ever happens this song is just perfect, sure it is hard, but there is a lyric that just makes me feel everything in the world when it comes to feelings.

 “No words can explain the way I’m missing you. Deny this emptiness, this hole that I’m inside. These tears, they tell their own story. You told me not to cry when you were gone. But the feeling’s overwhelming, it’s much too strong. I don’t want to be here if I can’t be with you.”

I honestly hope that these two artists can one day be on the radio and be successful artists because they need to have an opportunity to have EVERYONE listen to their music. Not only are their voices so recognizable, but they are powerful voices that have so much to say. People can relate and connect with them and we need more artists like that in the music industry. These two artists are clearly amazing and I hope that they get the recognition and respect that they deserve. So as their time is coming, people better watch out because they are going to take the music world by storm!

The Voice Season 7, Fantasy League (Day 11): Sorry to Say It But It Was An Eh…. Kind of Night.

Not going to lie I am so out of it right now, I still love The Voice, don’t get me wrong but was it just me or was tonight’s episode just a little lack-luster/boring? Between some really outdated song choices and just not great vocals and with the coaches basically just commenting on their looks and how that seems to be more important than vocals, it just was not a great night for The Voice in my opinion.

There were four stand outs for me tonight and with that being said, only 2 of those performances are a part of my Fantasy League team. For me, a lot of the performances and the voices just seem to mesh together, people who stood out vocally and brought something different have gone off the show and it is sad because The Voice is NOT boring, but tonight’s episode had me in and out doing other things.

The four who impressed me tonight were Chris Jamison & Da’Nica Shirey (on my Fantasy League team) and Luke Wade & Jessie Pitts.

Chris Jamison was the highlight of the evening. Hands down, that performance had me really impressed and it got me to pay attention to the television for the entire performance. He sang the livin’ daylights out of “Jealous” by Nick Jonas. Which by the way the Gospel version of that song which is on Youtube is freaking INCREDIBLE so go check that out. But seriously this just grabbed my attention and I was just so impressed by this. I was nervous at first because there are some high notes in that song, but then once he hit them I was like “OKAY, GO AHEAD” because I forget sometimes just how powerful his falsetto is and it is so powerful.

Jessie Pitts I thought did a beautiful job with her rendition of “Don’t You Worry Child” by Swedish House Mafia. Like it was a little haunting and yet it was just beautiful. I thought there were a few slight moments when I was like “ooohhhh eh…..” but there was not many moments of the song where I was like that. I think she did really well, I was impressed. I still don’t know why I did not put her in my Fantasy League team, but I wish I did because she is one of the most consistent artists on the show.

Da’Nica Shirey I really enjoyed tonight. The thing I did not enjoy as much because it was distracting was those big ol’ fans behind her that were just there. They were not moving anything or making it awesome, they were just there and it was awkward almost. It took away the brilliance that was her performance. I was loving her vocals, I literally when I went back to listen to it, I turned off the screen and just listened to it.

Finally, Luke Wade did a brilliant job on Ed Sheeran’s song, “Thinking Out Loud”. I love that song, it is one of my favorite songs right now. So I was really impressed by Luke, I have not been a huge fan of his, but lately he has impressed me a lot so I was really rooting for him tonight.

Honestly, right now I have 4 artists left, I have Chris Jamison & Damien from Team Adam, Reagan James from Team Blake, and Da’NIca Shirey from Team Pharrell. At this moment I am really only impressed by two and that is Chris and Da’Nica. Damien and Reagan are both amazing, but lately they have not blown me away. I think in the beginning they had my attention, but lately I have not been impressed. I have been super impressed with Jessie Pitts and I wish I would have picked her because she is the underdog for me right now and I just think the perfect Top 3 would be Chris Jamison, Da’Nica Shirey, and Jessie Pitts.

Day 17: A Song That You Hear Often on the Radio (November 17, 2014)

Day 17: A Song That You Hear Often on the Radio

I listen to the radio A LOT. My old car only had a radio it did not have those fancy cd players or iPod hook-up things, so the radio was my companion in all my car rides (unless someone was in the car with me lol). So today in the time we are in I have a newer car that allows me to play cds and plug in my iPod, which is totally new and crazy for me, it has only been a week since I have had this car and it feels like it has been forever since I drove my old car. Anyways so today I turned on the radio and I tried to find songs that were repeats and how many times they were repeated. The song that I chose, which I really enjoy is by a duo, a new duo who made their mark in the Country music industry with their single, “Girl In A Country Song” by Maddie and Tae. 

Later in the summer I went to this place called Wild Country and they were performing there. It was literally the day before their single hit radio stations and they made their television debuts. So literally I had no idea who they were, I honestly thought they were locals just performing. It was not until the next day that I realized they were on the same label as Taylor Swift and literally after that night they just took over by storm. I kept hearing their name pop up everywhere and their single just was blowing up. While I watching them perform I thought they were really great, I loved their harmonies and their vocals were just so on point. They recently released their debut EP and it is absolutely worth every cent because it is so good. I would recommend it to everyone who loves music because it is seriously so good. It has been a while since a strong girl duo or performer has taken over Country music in a while, so I believe that they are bringing their A game and I cannot wait to see where this will take them.

Maddie and Tae Wild Country

Maddie and Tae performing at Wild Country back in August I believe.

Urban Plunge 2014

James 2:18-20 “18 But someone may well say, “You have faith and I have works; show me your faith without the works, and I will show you my faith by my works.” 19 You believe that God is one. You do well; the demons also believe, and shudder. 20 But are you willing to recognize, you foolish fellow, that faith without works is useless?…” 

Something that stood out for me this weekend is when one of our leaders on site quoted, “It takes more to be a follower of God, there is a difference between following and believing because even demons believe in God, it takes more to be a follower.”

That is something that I will not forget about this weekend and it seriously is making me think everything through and think about my life and how I am living it.

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Urban Plunge Fall 2014

This weekend I had the opportunity to serve along side 31 other individuals and do some amazing work in the St. Louis area. Urban Plunge is an event that is held once every semester at Greenville College and it takes a group of students who go into the St. Louis community and learn about other cultures and problems in the area (such as homelessness, poverty, fair trade, windows, children, battered women, and many other situations and cases) and we get to help serve these communities in anyway we can. It is a great way to step out our Greenville “bubble” and experience for a little bit what is out there and how broken areas in St. Louis and just our world we live in are.

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The first shot of Urban Plunge Fall 2014

I wish this weekend was longer because even though we do a lot of work, it feels like we could do so much more and I know what we did matters so in a way it is still good. But there will always be this piece of me and all of us that just wishes we could do more. I am so thankful for being a part of an event like this, which makes me so thankful for being at Greenville College. Being a Christian it is important, at least to me and how I believe that we don’t just sit, but we go out and do something that makes a difference and shows God’s love while doing it in the process.

Psalm 127:3-5  Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD, the fruit of the womb a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one’s youth. Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them! He shall not be put to shame when he speaks with his enemies in the gate.

The first thing that we were able to do this weekend was be a part of the Christian Activity Center in East St. Louis. The CAC missions statement is “Our Mission: To prepare youth in East St. Louis for successful futures spiritually, academically and physically.” A short description of what they do is, children and youth 5-18 (grades K-12th) pour through CAC’s doors every weekday at 3:30pm (10am in the summer) and stay in our care until 8pm (6pm in the summer). Each child is offered a hot dinner meal, reading and math classes, homework help, computer training, fine arts (yoga, karate, dance), recreation, medical care, college access, workforce training, and mentoring (Bible study, devotions, Sisterhood, Power Hour, etc.) In addition, CAC sends children to summer camps and on mission trips (Belize, Canada, New York, Florida, Louisiana). I believe that the work they do there is super important and I am happy that a place like that is available and the work they do I can see it affects the children and it is such a blessing to witness. I have been there once before and it was an amazing experience so being able to go back was such a joy. A twist from what we were suppose to originally do there was that the children received a roller skating party so we got to be a part of that and it was a lot of fun. Getting to interact with the children was a blast and roller skating with them was a challenge, I have not been roller skating since 6th grade year, which was 9 years ago, NINE YEARS! WOWZA! But it was just so much fun getting to be with the kids and the joy on their faces was so great and it was amazing. If you want to learn more about the CAC, here is their website to get a feel for what they do and ways to get involved. http://www.cacesl.org/

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Roller Skating with the children from the Christian Activity Center

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Some of the GC students reading to the children at the CAC

Matthew 25:35-40 For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’

Once we were done at the Christian Activity Center we headed to another location called New City Fellowship where we eat dinner and stayed for the evening. When we arrived we were introduced to the organization CityLights, which we also learned a lot about the following morning. But CityLights is an amazing organization, “CityLights is a ministry aimed at drawing collegiansand grads towards a lifetime of doing justice and preaching grace – reconnecting hearts with hands, using one’s careers, gifts and resources to live out the Gospel in the homes and neighborhoods of urban St. Louis – and the myriad of places they return to when they leave.” They have a lot of different projects that draw students from all over to stay for a week or longer and they do amazing work within the city. The founder of the organization talked about an amazing Spring Break opportunity that struck interest in a lot of us and we hope it will work out when the time comes because it would be amazing to go back.

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A time to debrief and be welcomed by the founder of CityLights

During this time we got to know one another better (those who were along on this trip), I feel like bonding with a team you are serving with is really important and the people who went on this trip were absolutely incredible.I am so happy that we literally doubled in size from last semester. Getting to reconnect with people from last semester’s Urban Plunge who I don’t get to see on a regular basis was like a mini reunion and then welcoming the newcomers was even better because we added members to our “family”. It wouldn’t be Urban Plunge without multiple rounds of Sardines (a game where teams try to find a team who hides and then once they are found, the other teams hide with them until the last team finds them all) and the place where we were all staying was an old school for the deaf so it was BIG and somewhat creepy in places. Which made this game even more fun. Also, it would not have been Urban Plunge without us all getting stuffed into a closet, we fit about 9 people into this tiny tiny closet and it was a tight squeeze, and it is only all fun  n’ games til someone starts a tickle fight lol

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A round of Sardines, how many people can we stuff in a creepy dark basement corner?

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A little downtime with some pretty awesome people who i am glad to be able to call my friends.

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It was almost as if we found Narnia! This was an amazing alter and architecture outside of the church. It was so neat to explore.

When we woke up the next morning we were welcomed with breakfast and devotional which was led by the founder of CityLights. It was there when he made the comment of,  “It takes more to be a follower of God, there is a difference between following and believing because even demons believe in God, it takes more to be a follower.” That stood out for me and made me just think a lot. We discussed a lot about racism especially everything with Ferguson, Missouri going on right now, it is like people need hope more than ever and if we want things to change, we have to be that change. It was just a lot to take in for it being 8 in the morning, but I am so glad to have been there because it was so important that we heard that because it is seriously something that has gotten better, but at the same time it has not. Some of the stories that he told us during our group work time just brought both sadness and also this anger inside me. Made me just really want to do something. Something that one of our own, I think it was Dylan and he asked, “Is there hope?” and as simple the question sounds, it was powerful and the response that this guy gave was just so on point that I think we just need more people like that around.

Ben photobombing the shot that Rachael and I were about to take lol

Ben photobombing the shot that Rachael and I were about to take lol

There were different job opportunities for us on Saturday and for the group I was in, were were in charge of putting dirt down at this man’s house who had terrible flooding problems and so not only did we lay dirt down we landscaped pretty much. On top of that we had to load dirt up into trucks and we dug this dirt up at the nearby cemetery. It was an experience, I think a lot of us had the theme song to the movie Holes in our heads at the time. But being able to help this man brought us as a group closer because we were serving together and that is one of the best ways I think we can really put use to the Greenville College term of, community. Those trips to fill up the trucks brought really great conversations and stories that the founder of CityLights and another man who was working with us told us and I will remember for quite some time, I really want to go back and spend the Spring Break with CityLights because it was something that does a whole lot of difference and they even told us that we got a small taste of what a usual WEEK looks like.

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Digging Up Some Dirt!

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1 Truck Full of Dirt!

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The Dirt Crew

“If there is anyone in need, a member of your community in any of your towns, open your hand, willingly lending enough to meet the need.” Deuteronomy 15:7-8

To end our weekend we ended up going to The Loop in St. Louis where we visited Plowsharing Crafts, which is a all fair trades store and it is just an amazing place to learn about fair trade and what it is. Something that I found via the world wide web was this about Fair Trade and how it can relate to biblical scripture.

There is a biblical mandate for Fair Trade. We see this in Proverbs 13:23, “The field of
the poor may yield much food, but it is swept away through injustice,” and in Micah
6:8, “What does the Lord require of you? To do justice…” Fair Trade is a way of doing
justice. It allows artisans to receive up to 50% of the selling price of their work. In
conventional trade, they can receive as little as 1% of the final price. By buying Fair
Trade, you are giving these artisans a chance to make a living wage so that they can
have access to food, shelter, health care, and education.

I feel like going here was a great way to end our trip because we continued to learn more and trips like these it is important to take away from all the experiences we get and this was another way of learning about how we can do our part.

Plowsharing Crafts on the Loop

Plowsharing Crafts on the Loop

This weekend was a blessing, a true blessing. Getting to serve and getting to do it with people who share the same beliefs and have an incredible heart for serving was such a blessing that I am truly thankful for. Opportunities and experiences like these teach me so much about life and just make me think about what is really important. When we get caught up in our everyday life it always seems like we only care about ourselves and what we can get to pull out ahead of the rest. So to get a chance to step away from that and just serving others is so humbling and an eye opener to how much this world needs hope, and it needs God. Urban Plunge is a small taste of what is really out there and I just believe that we as Christians are called to do something great and just to show others that God is love. We have the opportunity to show people that, to show them God’s love and I cannot wait for Urban Plunge next semester. But I don’t want to just sit here and do nothing til that time, so with that what is out there? It is my job to research.

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Urban Plunge Fall 2014 Memories

Ps, a lot of the photo credits go to Shelby Riddle, who is not only AMAZING, but also a friend!

Day 16: A Song That You Used to Love But Now Hate (November 16, 2014)

Day 16: A Song That You Used to Love But Now Hate

I don’t really hate any songs that I loved, I honestly if anything get tired of them until I like them again. And the only song I can think of at the moment is a song that I originally did not like all that much, until I listened to it again and just loved it. Which led to me putting it on replay until it became my #1 most listened to song on Spotify and also iTunes. The song I am referring to is, “River Bank” by Brad Paisley. 

I really just loved the fun aspect this song brings and the groove of it is killer. It isn’t like the best song you will ever hear in your life, but it is a rather fun song to listen to, especially for those who like to go boating or even floating. The thing that gets me the most with this song is the groove, I just love how it flows. But after listening to it for hours and hours in such a small period of time, it got tiring and it just did not excite me anymore. So it has been about 2 months, and I am finally able to listen to it again without it annoying me.

There is not really a favorite lyric for me, because it all is just fun. The music video is where it is at though, I love the water skiing squirrel, that was just icing on the cake for me.