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White as Snow

The ground right now is covered in oodles and oodles of snow. It’s snowing right now and it’s such a wondrous sight. I love the look of snow at Christmas time, even though by the time March rolls around I can’t stand the sight of it. J New fallen snow, the white, fresh, pure kind, is so amazing. Snow has been one of the greatest reminders in my life of the grace of God.

To think that he makes our hearts as white as snow… so pure and lovely and clean… it blows my mind away to try to dwell on it. Before Jesus came and redeemed me, my heart was black. It didn’t matter if I had done good things or had grown up in a Christian home, I was still evil because I had rebelled against God in my heart, thoughts, and actions. I was just as bad of a sinner as the thief that hung on the cross beside Jesus. But now, now that he has bought me with his precious blood and now that I am a slave (or bondservant) to him instead of sin, my heart has been made as lovely as the new fallen snow.

He is constantly making my heart more pure and holy as I grow in my love and faith in Him. He is constantly making my thoughts, actions, and desires conform to His and to become white as snow. The thought brings me to my knees. My heart has been cleaned. I am free. It is not of my own doing but the grace of the mighty King of Kings! It’s a free gift that He has given me. I am blessed beyond compare to have received this marvelous gift of salvation.

Remember this Christmas season that if you are a passionate follower of Christ, then you have been given a gift a million times more wonderful than any other gift you could ever receive. You have been given grace. Grace that transcends all that you have ever done. Grace that makes you as white as snow. So take time to thank our amazing savior and Lord for the grace He has given us, grace that washes our very souls.

“Come now, let us reason together, says the LORD: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool.”

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Christmas Writing

Ahh… I am sitting here looking outside at the wonderful winter wonderland that lies in front of me with a big cup of Apple Cider that tastes amazing and turning on Relient K’s Christmas album. It’s truly the Christmas season and that makes me so excited. Thanksgiving is under our belts (literally) and it is finally the best part of the entire year. I love Christmas. The huge amounts of snow, the music, the festivities, the caroling, the annual lock-in at my friend’s church, the family and friends, and the wonder of the season.

I don’t know about you, but sometimes I tend to get caught up in the “fun” of Christmas and rarely think of the deep significance of what we celebrate. God came down in flesh so that he could die for us. It’s not even just looking at the tiny baby in the manger, but that baby all grown up and dying for our sins. I love the whiteness of Christmas up north, it reminds me that the reason for Christmas is that Jesus came to make my heart as white as snow. It’s so wonderful and totally humbling.

So I wanted to let you all know that I am going to be taking a break from the series I was planning on doing and going to be doing a bunch of posts on Christmas and such. There is so much to write about in the next twenty-six days (oooo… that is so exciting to be able to say!) so I’ll return to the series in January maybe. God bless all of your Christmas celebrations!

~Olivia~

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Jesus Paid it All

 The last few days I have had a certain song stuck in my head, and it is a very god song to have stuck. I have been singing it constantly and it has been actually filling me with joy, or should I say the words to the song have. These are the lyrics to the chorus/refrain.

Jesus paid it all,

All to Him I owe;

Sin has left a crimson stain,

He washed it white as snow.

 It is such a true and beautiful hymn. Through the blood of Jesus we are white as snow. God no longer sees our sin, but His son Jesus’ holiness. Isaiah 1:18 says,  

“‘Come now, let us reason together,’
says the LORD.
‘Though your sins are like scarlet,
they shall be as white as snow;
though they are red as crimson,
they shall be like wool.’” (NIV)

 It is such a wonderful promise, that Jesus wipes out all of our sins. Every bad or careless word that we have ever said, every wrong thought, every selfish motive, everything has been made white and pure by the blood shed on the cross. Those who are Christians (and I don’t just mean going to church, reading the Bible, etc. but those who have been truly redeemed by Jesus and are putting their faith in him and love him) are totally forgiven for their sin. Though we will have consequences, we are forgiven. It is such a beautiful and liberating thought.

 But that doesn’t mean we should keep on sinning knowing that Jesus will forgive us. To the adulterous woman that Jesus forgave in John 8:1-11 Jesus said to her, “go, and from now on sin no more” (ESV). A truly repentant heart will be striving to change. As that second line goes, “all to Him I owe”. We owe our all to Jesus, not just some, not just most, all. We owe our obedience and love to the one who loved us first (1 John 4:19) and died for us while we were still wretches(Romans 5:8).
 I want to leave you with the following verse from Hebrews 8:12, “For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more.” (KJV) Soli Deo Gloria
 

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