You don’t have a soul. You are a soul. You have a body.

C.S. Lewis

Digging through a shoebox of random old stuff tonight. Found this written on a piece of paper, something I wrote in the summer after my freshman year of college…

Joy is a choice that you make. Happiness is a choice that you make. Being joyful and being happy are things that are completely independent of the circumstances going on around you. What that means is, the things that are going on in your life have absolutely no effect on your choice to be happy and joyful in the Lord. You may have a bad day. A lot of bad things may happen to you. But in the end, no matter what is going on, it all comes down to a choice…Am I going to praise God through this anyways, and be joyful because I know he loves me and that’s all that matters…or not? That’s it. A yes or no question. Yes to be joyful anyways, or no. Situations don’t become problems in your life until you let them become bigger than your God. In the end, there’s always a choice to say, “My Jesus loves me, and that’s all that matters. I’m going to praise him no matter what, bad days or good days, problems or no problems, suffering or no suffering.”

Everything I ever wanted I have found in You.

Oh, God is a wind, and God is a whirlwind when we meet him.

Walt Wangerin Jr, Preparing for Jesus

People I Will Never Be As Cool As: Part 3

Sophia Grace Brownlee

If you’ve never seen this girl, go Youtube her NOW!

‘Martha, Martha,’ the Lord answered, ‘you are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed.’

Luke 10:41-42

Thanksgiving Day from Andrew’s Bald in the Smokies.

Such a sweet picture of Jesus and Young Life.

I’ve held my heart for ransom
for a price you could not pay to me
as I rose to fly my fears
held me down like gravity
I felt my best intentions
crushed beneath my feet
like a crown I’ve worn my scars
for everyone to see
when I tried to say I love you
a thousand times a day
my weakness and pride were two separate wings
on the same bird of prey

from My Father’s Son by Billy Cerveny

Mumford and Come Thou Fount

My friend Zac…

via Taylor Lane Photography

A few courtesy of SavannahLe Photography…