“Its Important”

March 31, 2009

I never had any idea how magical “its important” can be.  Last night, Chet, Kait, and I were having some good convos in McLean…. tears were almost shed.  So we start talking about life post this semester and how we love our friends…blah blah.  Then Chet’s like “Dojo?”.  Of course me and Kait agree.  So I send a mass text saying “Come to Dojo. It’s Important.”  Let me just clarify that this is probably right around midnight.  So the replies make us almost pee our pants.  

Megan Dephillips got out of bed because she thought it was really serious.

Alyssa and Caleb thought there was some kind of fight.

Katie Dephillips thought we needed to have a house meeting.

Chase Sneed thought we were in trouble and offered to come help.

Ryan just said… on my way.

Speth asked 100000 questions… whos there? whats up? why?

Jacob was “in a rebuke.”  Still not sure if that was a joke.

It was one of the best decisions made in a while.  I love that Dojo will always be a staple to believers at Western.  Laughs galore.  But now I’m gonna be the girl that cried Dojo.  It was worth it.

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twilight_zonePlease do not think that this post refers to the teen girl craze “Twilight”… although I did watch the last 20 minutes of it the other night and still think the whole concept is strange.  I’m really talking about life the past couple of weeks.  Ever since I got back to BG after Spring Break, has seemed like a dream.  Not necessarily a good or bad dream, but just like I am not really living it.  Its extremely surreal almost all the time.  It is so hard to explain this to people, but since it is my life now apparently, I will try to do so as well as I possibly can.

Have you ever just been living and then type your name into a box or hear someone say it and in your head you hear, “oh Charlotte.  that is my name.  how did i forget that.”  This has happened a couple times lately and I just do not know what to think about it.  I am usually extra analytical, but ever since I returned from dear Memphis, land of my birth, I have felt a little off.

This past weekend was really fun and probably the best all around weekend this semester.  I feel so at home at Burton and am seeing so many wonderful sides of this congregation.  This weekend I got to hang out with Kaitlin and Chet quite a bit.  I will never, ever regret a moment spent with them.  Lauren has really been encouraging me lately to see all parts of the local church as beautiful.  It has been one of her personal goals for the rest of her time at Western and its really rubbing off.  I have seen unity and fellowship among the believers in a way I had never seen before coming to Burton.  Whenever we all eat meals together, I am reminded that we really are a family.  Even though the boys constantly get on our nerves (much like my blood brothers who I would never trade for anything), we have a mutual love that has been really evident lately.  Even though I am really pumped about this summer, I have decided that it will be so hard to leave Bowling Green.  After finals this semester, Western will never be the same to me.  I will be over halfway done with college, I won’t live on campus, and some of my favorite people will be in other cities.

Today as me and Chet and Kait shared one of the best afternoons possible…Satco cheese dip, cookie dough, Felicity, and coffee… I got a little sad that these days will be ending soon.  I am probably going to start crying at this very moment just thinking about it…. thats another strange thing about life post- spring break… I have been super emotional.  WOW.  Never thought that would be an adjective I would use to describe myself.  Ugh.  Seriously there is a Twilight Zone I am living in and the strange thing is that I don’t really want it to stop.  I almost like the emotional side of myself and the extremely analytical side.  I must be morphing into Felicity Porter.  And I think I’m ok with that.

Moral of the story….watch Felic, become crazy, cry and laugh with your best friends.  Done.

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I really did forget how amazing this women is.  Don’t even ask how that happened.  I have no answer. Ansleigh and I wore out the “best of celine” cd over the summer.  I just put her on while I was designing the Windyke Newsletter.  I really did get chills during “I want you to need me”.  The more I try to sing and improve my range, the better this woman becomes.  And one of my favorite things about her is how she wanted to be so good, but was just a random awkward Canadian girl.  I watched a Hollywood True Story on her last semester.  There literally are tons of sources who quote her saying, all i want to do is be a household name…. just CELINE.  Somehow she did it.  CRAZY.

Anyway that was my intro to real life…. its been a little bit of a bummer week.  After all the great hype about the house, they found out they can only rent out to single families.  I had the wonderful privilege of telling all the other girls.  So so sad.  Now we have to start from square one.  There is a great possibility that we will have to split up to find something, but I just don’t feel like worrying with that at the moment.

Today is Day One of Hymn Cd recording.  We are going to try to knock out our 2 A cappella songs- Come Thou Fount and the Doxology.  And we are also going to work on a couple others.  I am so excited about this project.  I really love singing with friends whose hearts are right where mine is.  It is really encouraging to know that the Lord put all of them in my life and in my Church so we can all bring glory to Him in song together.  

Oh and on the note of American Idol, I had my second lesson with Sophie in Nashvegas yesterday.  I am really a fan of her.  I’m so proud of Ryan for finding her.  We decided to start working on Bleedin’ Love by Leona Lewis for the audition.  Its a pretty big song… specifically on F note in the bridge.  But she convinced me that if its not challenging, I probably won’t get anyones attention.  I agree with that…. so now its just going to be a lot of practice and developing my range to hit that F note strong.

Only about 47 more days at Westy this semester.  I’m trying to spend them as wisely as possible.  I’m a little nervous that that time frame means finish school work, talisman stuff, hymn cd, find a house, and countless other things…. not to mention mentally and spiritually prepare for TEXAS…. wow.  I better get going.  Have a great weekend!

Isaiah 43 is extremely encouraging.  The Lord is making all things new again… I am so grateful!

But now thus says the LORD, he who created you, O Jacob,
   he who formed you, O Israel:
 “Fear not, for I have redeemed you;
   I have called you by name, you are mine.
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
   and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you;
when you walk through fire you shall not be burned,
   and the flame shall not consume you.
For I am the LORD your God,
   the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.
I give Egypt as your ransom,
   Cush and Seba in exchange for you.
Because you are precious in my eyes,
   and honored, and I love you,
I give men in return for you,
   peoples in exchange for your life.
Fear not, for I am with you;
  I will bring your offspring from the east,
   and from the west I will gather you.
I will say to the north, Give up,
   and to the south, Do not withhold;
bring my sons from afar
   and my daughters from the end of the earth,
everyone who is called by my name,
   whom I created for my glory,
   whom I formed and made.”  Bring out the people who are blind, yet have eyes,
   who are deaf, yet have ears!
All the nations gather together,
   and the peoples assemble.
Who among them can declare this,
   and show us the former things?
Let them bring their witnesses to prove them right,
   and let them hear and say, It is true.
 “You are my witnesses,” declares the LORD,
   “and my servant whom I have chosen,
that you may know and believe me
   and understand that I am he.
 Before me no god was formed,
   nor shall there be any after me.
 I, I am the LORD,
   and besides me there is no savior.
I declared and saved and proclaimed,
   when there was no strange god among you;
   and you are my witnesses,” declares the LORD, “and I am God.
Also henceforth I am he;
   there is none who can deliver from my hand;
   I work, and who can turn it back?”

 Thus says the LORD,
   your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel:
 “For your sake I send to Babylon
   and bring them all down as fugitives,
    even the Chaldeans, in the ships in which they rejoice.
I am the LORD, your Holy One,
   the Creator of Israel, your King.”

 Thus says the LORD,
   who makes a way in the sea,
   a path in the mighty waters,
who brings forth chariot and horse,
   army and warrior;
they lie down, they cannot rise,
 they are extinguished, quenched like a wick:
“Remember not the former things,
   nor consider the things of old.
Behold, I am doing a new thing;
   now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?

 I will make a way in the wilderness
   and rivers in the desert.
The wild beasts will honor me,
   the jackals and the ostriches,
 for I give water in the wilderness,
   rivers in the desert,
to give drink to my chosen people,
 the people whom I formed for myself
 that they might declare my praise.

“Yet you did not call upon me, O Jacob;
   but you have been weary of me, O Israel!
 You have not brought me your sheep for burnt offerings,
   or honored me with your sacrifices.
I have not burdened you with offerings,
   or wearied you with frankincense.
You have not bought me sweet cane with money,
   or satisfied me with the fat of your sacrifices.
But you have burdened me with your sins;
   you have wearied me with your iniquities.

 “I, I am he
  who blots out your transgressions for my own sake,
   and I will not remember your sins.

Put me in remembrance; let us argue together;
   set forth your case, that you may be proved right.
 Your first father sinned,
   and your mediators transgressed against me.
Therefore I will profane the princes of the sanctuary,
   and deliver Jacob to utter destruction
   and Israel to reviling.

This is the postcard we will be sending out to people inviting them to the Easter Weekend services.  Hot off the press….combocard