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3 Things Jack Larkin Loves about Winter

"Jack, in January we'd like to get your take on three things you like about winter."

That's what the email said when I received it in December. I thought to myself, "No problem! There are lots of things I like!" It was 60 degrees then. As I write this, Baltimore temperatures are in the teens and single digits. It's tough to type wearing fur lined gloves!   

But here goes!

1. Baseball. Yes, I know opening day at Camden Yards is months away.  But my son's travel baseball team is starting their winter work outs. It gives me something to look forward to and a chance to live vicariously through my young man.

2. Flexible waist bands. After Christmas, what more needs to be said?

3. The anticipation of the newness of spring. I know that in a matter of weeks, the weather will warm up and beauty will spring forth once again. It's there right now! It's just hidden under layer of brown and grey. I have to trust that God is at work even when I cannot see Him.  

Life can be like that, can't it? Everything appears brown and grey. Or, at least, that is all we choose to see at the moment. Joy comes when we trust that God has a plan in the midst of what appears lost or even dead and gone.

In John 20:29, Jesus tells us, "Because you have seen Me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed." 

My prayer for you is that you live in today, but anticipate the newness that only God can bring. Not just in the weather, but within you! He is eager for you to grow if you'll only trust him. 

I'd love to know what you love about winter or you can tell me how the Orioles will go all the way this year!  You can email me at jack@951SHINEFM.com

God bless you and Happy New Year,

Jack

Jack & Erin get you home de-stressed and in one piece. Positive music, traffic updates, peace.