Monday, March 28, 2005

My weekend

Well, I haven't heard from anyone in a while. It's been quiet in the blogging world. But I will join my computer and break the silence with another post.

Seems like I've been fairly busy lately. I went home last Thursday (I had Friday off since it was Good Friday) and had a great time. It's always crazy at home with so many brothers and sisters and friends to catch up with that you can't please them all. I ended up going to lunch with my college friends on Saturday and spending Saturday evening with part of my family at my sister's house. We played "the traveling game" (ugh!!) and Apples to Apples, which was very interesting. And words of advice: don't watch the greatest from Will Farrell from SNL. Just don't.

Sunday was nice just to spend some family time, have some good food, and watch Carolina (that's UNC, for those of you from SC) make it to the Final Four. As for church in the morning... Don't get me wrong, I love the people in my home church, but it was just missing something for me. I know it shouldn't be what you get out of it - it's about giving yourself in worship to God. But... I don't know. Maybe it's that my heart wasn't fully into it. I have a lot of mixed feelings about Easter anyways. First of all, it's not about Easter (which actually comes from the name of a pagan goddess). Secondly, we're not celebrating eggs and flowers and spring and bunnies. Ugh! It's about the greatest act of love ever. It's about freedom from death. It's about hope and new life. It's about the fulfillment of the old laws. I'm very interested in celebrating "Easter," or the Ressurection as I'm going to call it, when it actually happened, right after Passover. Passover is some time in late April, I think. So... not that we shouldn't celebrate it all the time, I really want to focus on that time on "the 14th day of the first month," as it says in Leviticus, and throughout that week. I think it would even be neat to have a passover meal. There is so much pointing towards Jesus in the Old Testament laws that make it so rich and fulfilling to participate in something like that, knowing the true Lamb that was slain for us!

Anyway, I definitely went on a tangent. But I guess this was in the back of my mind all weekend. If you have any comments or interesting facts about this subject, please feel free to leave me a message. Otherwise, have a great week and I will blog again soon!





Tuesday, March 22, 2005

Thoughts on Love...

You know what? The only freaking thing that matters in this whole world is God’s Love. You might think that sounds cliché, but it’s because you don’t really know. I’m not trying to say I know and you don’t because I don’t really know. I have barely even tasted it. But if only people would get out of being stuck in their own butts and really open their eyes. People act certain ways just because they want to be “cool” or fit this mold. Even the people who are so against fitting a mold are so consumed with appearance anyways. I know because I’m so there. I want so bad to be the opposite of cliché that I’m trying to be this person, who in my mind is so different and “cool” and great because I’m “not like everyone else.” All I’m consumed with is appearance and being liked anyhow. None of this stuff is going to last. None of it matters even if it did last.

I wish I could actually talk about God’s Love. It’s just something that you can’t talk about. Ever. If there were words that actually summed it up, just hearing them from a distance would kill you. That is why people think God’s Love is cliché because no one can ever describe it in the words that come close to being appropriate. Everyone uses the same old words over and over. It almost lessens its effect.

To start to understand Love, you must open your eyes to it. The amazing thing about it is that you actually can experience it. Isn’t it crazy that God wants you to experience this thing that is too incredible and wild to explain?

Listen. I practically want to beg you to accept this Love. I wish I could explain it if that would mean you would give it a shot. I guess what I should say is that you ought to take a risk this once. I promise you can risk everything for this Love because it risked everything for you. Let me tell you what it does for me…

I love it when I feel God’s Love so close to my skin. It’s a beautiful thing. Sometimes I don’t understand it because I know how I can be. It doesn’t seem right for it to be so… endless. It seems like when I mess up it would take me a step farther away from His Love. So when He says nothing can separate me from it, I am dumbfounded. It’s too hard to comprehend. The meaning of unconditional gets a little blurry when it enters my head. My heart asks – longs – for its meaning. But my spirit says to accept despite understanding. Because if I wait to understand, I’ll miss out on the greatest adventure life has known.

What is it that is so adventurous about God’s Love? Oh, when you accept it you’ll know. It will catch you up in a whirlwind beyond your greatest dreams and imaginations. It is wild and free, capturing you away from the wears and tears of this world. It is strong enough to open your heart, and soft enough to mend it. It is crazy enough to believe in you even when you don’t believe in yourself.

How can all this be? Let me tell you again – I cannot explain. You have to find it for yourself. What do you have to lose? Okay, maybe a little sanity, but that’s a good thing. It means you’ve finally shaken this crappy perception called “worldly view” out of your vision. That’s what’s been keeping you from seeing what’s real anyways.

So, are you ready for the challenge? Open your heart…





Sunday, March 20, 2005

Technical Difficulties

Well, I don't know why I'm having technical difficulties on my website! Please excuse the problems... :(





Saturday, March 19, 2005

Never grow up!

So I took this quiz to find out which Disney character I am. This is what the results were:

You scored as Peter Pan. Your alter ego is Peter Pan. You are a child at heart. Anything you believe is possible, and you never want to grow up.

Sleeping Beauty

75%

Peter Pan

75%

The Beast

63%

Goofy

56%

Snow White

50%

Pinocchio

50%

Cinderella

44%

Ariel

31%

Cruella De Ville

25%

Donald Duck

13%

Which Disney Character is your Alter Ego?
created with QuizFarm.com


So (much to the surprise to my former roommates, I'm sure!), I am not Snow White - even though I do love to imitate her voice. I am Peter Pan at heart because I don't want to grow up, or in other words, be a boring adult! I'm definitely a dreamer and a believer of adventure and fantasy. And, truth be told, I've always secretly wanted to be able to fly! So there you have it! Feel free to take the quiz yourselves and leave a comment as to who you turned out to be! Have fun!





Thursday, March 17, 2005

What's with the pinching?

Happy St. Patrick's Day to all of you! As for those of you who are wearing green, two thumbs up! But go easy on those of us who don't own any green work clothes... I mean, who started the pinching thing anyway? Kind of a weird little tradition we have here, isn't it? Seems a little pointless, but that's just me... Actually, if you want to know what you're really celebrating click here. Did you know that St. Patrick's Day is really a Christian celebration? Yeah, it's a pretty cool story, so you should check it out. It's actually not a pagan holiday (which is what it seems like America usually celebrates).

So, before I go, one of my co-workers wanted to me to give him a shout-out, blah, blah! Haha, just kidding! So this is for Brandon, who like me, is a RLC (Residence Life Coordinator). You're famous now because I mentioned your name on my website! Now I expect at least a comment from you or something.

Well, I hope you all have a fab St. Patrick's Day, and watch out for lepricons (*cough*... Brandon...)!





Tuesday, March 08, 2005

Wrightsville Beach, NC



 


This past weekend I went to Wrightsville Beach in North Carolina and met up with some college friends. It was a lot of fun. Here we are at The Oceanic, a nice restaurant on the pier. While we all paid the full (and expensive) price for our meals, Sarah Moore only paid $1.75! It must be her charm...



The lovely, blue-green Atlantic! It was so calm and peaceful, it almost looked like glass.



Looks may be deceiving... Although beautiful and inviting, the ocean was definitely not warm! Here are the psychopaths that jumped into the subzero waters!



Crazy girls! (From left to right: Rachel, me, Bobbi, and Holly trying to make Laura, who was sick of pictures, smile!)



Burke, Michael, JohnCox, and Ugene



Bathing Beauties!



Reminiscing the favorite "Cup Game!"



Carey and Holly - "We can't take a bad picture!"



Trying to control the poor kite... It never worked!



Rach and Me :)



And there you have it! Our beach trip was a huge sucess! Until next year, watch out for those seagulls....





Sunday, March 06, 2005

My thoughts on where I am in my life

"You Led Me"
By Barlowgirl

Good morning
The night is over and gone
I thought once
This dark would last for so long
Feel the sunlight
On my face
You have brought me
Through this place

Jesus, Jesus You found me
Through the long night you led me
You set me free

Do you see
Just what you've done in my life?
You gave me
More then I hoped for; now I
feel your sunlight
On my face
You have brought me
Through this place





Friday, March 04, 2005

Drum roll, please...

Yes, folks, it is I, Charlestongal, back from a long and busy couple of weeks. I know it's been a while, but I am back, refreshed and ready to go. From business at work and fighting getting sick, to finding out some wonderful news, I have had a lot on my plate (of course, it should not excuse my neglect).

I guess you are wondering what my wonderful news is... Well, let me back up and tell you a little about what has been going on first. Before Christmas I wrote down in my journal the three things that I wanted to do the most in my life. They were: singing, traveling, and ministering to people. I remember talking to my mom one day about it and she was like, "Well, why don't you join the Continental Singers?" It was something I had thought about in the past (before I graduated from college), but never pursued. So, at that point I decided to look into it. I looked at their website and realized that they fit the three things I wanted to do the most exactly. That's when I really started praying about it - first just praying that God will show me my next step in life, and then I started praying that if it meant traveling with the Continentals that He would make that clear. I prayed til February and then felt like I was supposed to apply. It didn't matter at that point if I made it or not, I just knew my first step of faith was to apply. Well, after a long, drawn-out process of applying, getting references, working on an audition and singing over the phone, I found out on Tuesday that I got in!

I can't describe to you my excitement! It's been a hard couple of years of learning and growing, but God has been so faithful and has not stopped showing His love to me. I guess I'm proof that if you trust in Him, He will surely bless you (which seems to be my lifelong lesson)! Sometimes it still hard to believe that I actually am leaving and pursuing my dreams! But it's true... I'm going to tour Scotland and England in the fall. It's only short term missions (with support we have to raise), but I'm confident that God will show me the next step after that, whether it be signing on for another tour, moving back to Charleston, or who knows what! Thank you all for your encouragement and prayers to help bring me to where I am now. I'm so excited to see what God has for me as I move forward in this new season.