When the weather starts warming up, I'm always drawn back to my roots. I crave being back where I grew up. I miss pulling up to my parents' driveway and seeing, truly, the most beautiful view of rolling hills and forest that you can imagine. You see, in the western outskirts of Cincinnati there is a pocket of people who live in the straight up country. I watched bull riding every single Saturday at the Fox Hollow Rodeo with my dad throughout all of high school, year round. We did family turkey shoots around Thanksgiving. We knew not to play in the woods during deer hunting season. As kids we spent most of our time outdoors playing in the creek. I still think line dancing to 90s country songs is the most fun way to spend a Saturday night.
Around the warming of the weather, I usually get out my old rhinestone belt and collection of western boots. I remember where I came from and the special gifts of a beautiful home that God gave me.
Around this time I'm usually drawn to turn on country music. Some country music I don't mind at all. The song, "Carolina" by Eric Church is a good example; it a love song towards the Carolinas, and as some of my fondest childhood memories surround visiting family in South Carolina, that song allows me to reminisce sweet times. But a lot of country songs romanticize drinking/partying... and that's where I have to be careful. I don't want to be entertained by the things that my Jesus died on the cross for.
Every spring, I have to readjust my thinking on a daily basis and remind myself that my "culture" cannot be the country culture. It has to be the Jesus culture. My identity is a daughter of the King, and so I need to be careful what I listen to or watch... what I present my eyes and ears to. I question I ask myself regularly is, "will this music/show be a hinderance towards my obedience to Christ?"
"Do not let any part of your body become an instrument of evil to serve sin. Instead, give yourselves completely to God, for you were dead, but now you have new life. So use your whole body as an instrument to do what is right for the glory of God."
All of my boots are the brand Justin's Boots. This particular pair are very old but you can find similar ones on Amazon! My hat is a staple right now in my wardrobe and is on sale for less than $20. I sized down for my shirt (small) and pants are TTS!
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