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Swell.

You know those extraordinary moments in life that you experience?  The ones that fly by and you can’t even believe you experienced them…

Well, I had one of those last night.

I went with a small group of friends to see The Swell Season last night.

If you’re behind the times, have poor taste in music, or live under a rock, and you haven’t jumped on this bandwagon, you can listen here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1RCUJav54NU

They are freaking incredible.  I was in awe all night.

The opening act (Justin Townes Earle) was completely different from what I was expecting, and after the first song I was a little mesmerized. He fit the “Old Nashville” type to a T.  Seriously talented.

The Swell Season sang all of my favorites (I say all because there is no way to have just one favorite..) And they had such a great stage presence.

The best part of the show was the encore.  Glen (we’re on a first name basis) came out and sang Say it to me Now with no microphone and just his guitar, and after a few minutes the rest of the band came back out and they played for another 45 minutes.  As a tribute to Bruce Springsteen, they sang Drive All Night, and I’m pretty sure that every girl in that performing arts center fell in love with Glen Hansard.

After the show, we went out back to wait by the bus, (yes, we’re aware that to some of you, that seems pathetic. But can you say that you’ve met them? Didn’t think so..) Anyway, after about an hour of listening to a crazy 53 year old lady talk to Wendy (hilarious), the band came out.

We were completely blown away. Glen Hansard is the nicest man on the planet. period.

He was so wonderful.  He took pictures will all six of us, and then talked to us for a good 10 minutes.  He was in no rush, and was unbelievably humble.  We were all raving about the show and about how wonderful they are, and he was genuinely thankful and was quite impressed that we drove so far to see them.  He also invited me to join the tour, but with CMB coming home soon, I had to gracefully decline. 😉 It was such a great ending to an absolutely phenomenal show.

On the way home, I was trying to think of just a few words that could sum up the feeling of the night.  But, I can’t. It was just too good.

There is just such a difference in going to a show and seeing people ooze with passion and talent and genuine love for the stuff they create, as opposed to people like John Mayer who no doubt have crazy talent and catchy songs, but totally take for granted the life that they live.

The whole night was just amazing.

CMB, I’m sad that you didn’t get to experience it with us.  But, Glen said you’re welcome to come around anytime 😉

And Wendy-Darling, I thoroughly enjoyed singing Queen songs with you in the car.  It’s nice to know there’s a fellow fan in the group! 🙂

Go see a good show, blogfriends.

Madlove.

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In the moment.

After leaving an extremely timely small group, I felt the need to blog it up’!

If you know me at all, you know that I sometimes have a hard time only focusing on the current moment.  I was that kid in middle school who was picking colleges if that tells you anything. 🙂

I hate that stupid cliche, “when you’re too focused on the future, life passes you by…” blah blah blah.

As much as hate it, it’s true.  I’m all about planning things.  It’s basically my hobby.

But, I’m also aware that it’ll rob you of the joy that comes with taking each step as it’s placed in front of you.

In my season of stillness, I have learned, with some failure I might add, that I can’t make it happen.  There is absolutely nothing in my will power that will bring the things I want.  I have to wait and take the step that has been placed at my feet. I seriously don’t enjoy it, but its a lesson that’s being taught and with much hesitation is being learned.

Everyone knows that one scripture that everyone always brings up when anyone is talking about the future or a struggle or whatever else it could apply to.  It’s Jeremiah 29:11…”For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”  It’s probably more popular than John 3:16.  😉

But tonight, before small group, I was thinking and praying and basically telling God that I needed to hear something regarding a particular situation and that as much I don’t want to admit that things won’t fit into my plan, I’ll adapt if I can just hear it from Him.

And then we talked about surrender at small group.  WHAM! How stinkin’ timely was that?!  The planning side of me hates surrender. HATES IT.  It feels like it’s giving up in a battle, or wimping out in the heat of things.  And if you know me at all, you know I can’t stand to not have the last word.  I hate to feel like there’s no closure and I hate giving in. But, that side of me is wrong is this aspect.

When I got home, I couldn’t stop thinking about Jeremiah 29:11, and I looked it up in my bible biblegateway-ed the rest of that chapter.  I’m glad I did because I discovered that verses after 11 are more powerful and in the message version they’ll knock you right in your noggin.

“When you call on me, when you come and pray to me, I’ll listen. “When you come looking for me, you’ll find me. “Yes, when you get serious about finding me and want it more than anything else, I’ll make sure you won’t be disappointed.” God’s Decree. “I’ll turn things around for you. I’ll bring you back from all the countries into which I drove you”—God’s Decree—”bring you home to the place from which I sent you off into exile. You can count on it.”

I guess in my planning, instead of listening and waiting, I just dream and take action.  And naturally, things go sour.  Luckily, He gives me chance after chance to go back to square one and try it with Him the next time.

If I would just stop and ask Him before hand, I’d know what to do and I could avoid 90% of the messes that I get myself into.

And I guess because He knows me better than anyone else, He knew that I needed to hear those words straight from Him because coming from anyone else, I would have let the words go in one ear and out the other and chalked it up to another dumb cliche.

Sometimes, I suppose you just have to let go.  And as much as I want to push back and take the reins, I know that if I seek Him, He’ll bring me back and won’t disappoint me. I can count on it! 🙂

So here’s to seriously embracing this season of stillness, letting go of my plans, and embracing His.

Madlove.

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’tis the season!

I’ve been neglecting you, blog. You haven’t been a priority, and for that, I’m sorry. 🙂

The last few weeks have been pretty crazy.  School ended, I moved, CMB graduated, CMB and I went to play in Atlanta, CMB left for Peru, school started, I became addicted to Harry Potter (yes, I’m aware that the books were written for 11 year olds…) and summer fun finally returned.

As weird as it sounds, during all of the madness, I’ve been in a season of stillness.  (Sometimes it feels like a season of silence) And that has a lot to do with my absence.  I’m always amazed at the purpose of each season in my life.  And even more so at the way that certain things/people play such vital roles.

Psalm 46:10 says to “Be still and know that I am God…”

Well..I had big plans.  Tons of stuff that I was going to fill these 3 weeks with. [you know, while CMB’s hangin’ with some kiddies in Peru]  Cooking classes, organizing some stuff, beachin’ it, the gym, and relaxing (but only when I felt like it)…basically whatever my little heart felt like doing.  It was going to be grand.

But an unexpected situation came up and put a quick halt to the funds that provide that fun. 🙂

Week one of my grand adventure has been filled with dinners at home and lots of movie watching and Potter reading.

It’s actually been quite nice.  I even napped for the first time in a gazillion years!

I’ve had quite a bit of quiet time with Hay-zues. And, instead of fretting about not getting my way, I’ve decided to trust Him and know that there’s a reason for this particular season..a good reason at that! Life never seems to slow down anymore, and even though I didn’t choose to be in this particular place, in a strange way, I’m grateful for it.

And, just to show you how faithful He is..I got a raise at work this week! The Big Guy knows what I need!

So anyway, if you’re feeling frazzled and frantic about whatever is going on in your life, take a step back and remember that your season has a purpose and when it’s over you’ll be able to look back and have yet another thing to prove that He is faithful!

Here’s to trusting! And to blogging more frequently!

Madlove.

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