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"The color of springtime is in the flowers, the color of winter is in the imagination."  ~Ward Elliot Hour

"Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire:  it is the time for home. " ~Edith Sitwell

At the end of every season, I look forward to the next. I love spring. I love summer. I love fall. And I also love winter. This winter has been quite a time of different things, good times, and a whole bunch of snow!


Tennessee has had an incredible amount of snow this winter! I love it! I love to dance around in it, I love to have snowball fights, and go sledding!  

What I do without my previous "life"--

Many of you know that after Christmas my sister and I stopped playing basketball. I've played for this team since I was nine. So naturally, it was a very hard decision. It was practically all I did. We quit for different reasons, but it doesn't really matter. But since that was over, and it took up so much of our time, we felt like we needed a thing to DO.  
(We were able to go to Atlanta for the regional tournament, and that was a whole lot of fun! I had a great time with my friends and brother and sister!)

So I have been playing the guitar since November, but lately I've really gotten into it! Free sheet music has been such a blessing! I've been able to just worship while doing something that I have grown to love. It is amazing!  
Another thing I have started to get into is reading. And reading with purpose. Deep books that draw me to Jesus. It's been hard, because I have never liked reading at all. There is just so much good in books, that I can hardly not read!  
My siblings-- 

Within the last two years or so, my siblings and I have gotten so super close. It has been since our conversions that we have become not just brothers and sisters, but good friends.  
Katie has become one of the best friends I could have ever asked for. She and I know just about anything you'd want to know about each other (did that make any sense?). I love her to death! 
Caleb is the sweetest most thoughtful guy I know. He has so many qualities that are completely admirable. Not to even mention His passion for his Father. 
We spent Valentines weekend watching Disney movies, staying up late eating junk food, and sleeping on the magic carpets that he constructed for us! :)  

Ever since my dad was 9, he's wanted a Jeep Wrangler. This afternoon after church we walked outside and the surprise that awaited was shocking. There, in the parking lot was his own Jeep Wrangler! The sweet people from our church had bought him it! There are no words to explain! We are so so so thankful. We went to the mountains today :) 
I have been thinking about putting up a few different posts lately. But only three are going up today. The first is how glad I am that I am not All Knowing. Immediately you are probably a bit taken back. Maybe you would completely agree. I'm going to lay it all out here. Humble myself and say it. Often I think "I wish I just knew who was saved, so I could evangelize to the unsaved" Or "I wish I could know what the end will be like so that I can rejoice more" Or "I wish I knew what they were thinking so I could love them more". I am disgusted by anything in me that feels such things! Then I think "How glad am I that I am not All Knowing?! That I can fulfill my duty and joyful opportunity as a Christian to evangelize. That I can rejoice even in tribulations and give Him the glory in the end. That I can love unconditionally." So that has, more or less, been on my mind recently. 
The second is a song. I frequently put up quotes from the Reformers, or famous pastors, or songs. The reason is simply, I am not wise. I wish I was wise, but nevertheless I am not. I feel like there is so much good out there in books, sermons, and songs. Too much good not to share. 

This song is called "Only Jesus" by Sovereign Grace Music (Sovereign Grace puts out some great, great, Christ magnifying albums) the album "Valley of Vision". I've been working on that song on my we'll see how that goes. 

 "Father of grace, You’ve sacrificed
Your only Son for us, the crucified Jesus
Enlarge our hearts to love Your Son
O grant to us the grace to walk with Him always
To make Him our great delight 
Bringing worship with our lives 

Only Jesus! Only Jesus! 
Give us Jesus, we cry
Only Jesus! Only Jesus!
The Pearl of greatest price

Spirit of grace, You’ve shed Your light
Upon our darkened eyes, unveiling Jesus Christ
Come change our hearts, conform our ways
To honor Jesus’ Name, His glory our refrain
Let His love compel our own
As we worship at His throne

Jesus, our great Savior,
Lord of heaven, Son of God"
The third and finally topic is the power of the Scriptures. Last Sunday after church several people were standing around talking about evangelism. Then they states something that caught my attention. I'm paraphrasing, but it went something like this. They were saying that if you were trying to defend the Bible with Bible to someone who didn't believe in it, then what do you do? Do you try and prove it yourself? "Defend the Scriptures", they said "to someone who attacks it? Why would we ever defend the Scriptures? The Bible is like a lion. Now if there was something attacking a lion, would you protect the lion, or get out of its way and allow the lion to do the work."

 It is so much more powerful then anything that I can say or some strategy to prove it. 
"John Calvin said that repentance "may be justly defined to be “a true conversion of our life to God, proceeding from a serious fear of God, and consisting in the mortification of the flesh and of the old man, and in the vivification of the Spirit.” He further said that "it will be useful to amplify and explain the definition we have given; in which there are three points to be particularly considered." "In the first place, when we call repentance “a conversion of the life to God, we require a transformation, not only in the external actions, but in the soul itself; which, after having put off the old nature, should produce the fruits of actions corresponding to its renovation. . . .In the second place, we represented repentance as proceeding from a serious fear of God. For before the mind of a sinner can be inclined to repentance, it must be excited by the knowledge of the Divine judgment.

"It remains for us, in the third place, to explain our position, that repentance consists of two parts—the mortification of the flesh and the vivification of the spirit. . . . Both these branches of repentance effects our participation of Christ. For if we truly partake of his death, our old man is crucified by its power, and the body of sin expires, so that the corruption of our former nature loses all its vigor. . . .If we are partakers of his resurrection, we are raised by it to a newness of life, which corresponds with the righteousness of God." [Quotes from A Compend of the Institutes of the Christian Religion by John Calvin edited by Hugh T. Kerr, The Westminster Press-Philadelphia 1939.]"

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    I am a lover and follower of Jesus Christ and hope that through me, His name will be praised whether in Knoxville, Tennessee or somewhere in South America. 

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    My Jesus, I beg You that I would become worthy enough to suffer for You wonderful name!

    "Then they left the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer dishonor for the Name" Acts 5:41

    "Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I  am weak, then I am stong." 2 Corinthians 12:9-10

    "There is creation and Creator, nothing more. And creation gets all its meaning and purpose from God." John Piper-don't waste your life 

    "Life is wasted when we do not live for the glory of God. And I mean ALL of life. It's all for His glory. That's why the Bible gets down to eatting and drinking. "Whether you eat, or drink, or whatsoever you do, do ALL TO THE GLORY OF GOD" We waste our lives when we do not weave God into our eatting and drinking and every other part by enjoying and displaying Him." 
    John Piper- don't waste your life

    "Let worship be the heart of mission's aim

    To see the nations recognize Your name
    'Til every tribe and tongue voices Your praise
    Send us out
    You should be the praise of every toungue
    You should be the joy of every heart
    But until the fullness of Your kingdom comes
    Until that final revelation dawns
    Send us out

            -Matt Redman                   Mission's Flame

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