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Lolo Jones, the 31-year-old Olympic hurdler and bobsledding athlete, opened up her new year with a scripture as she prepares for the bobsled World Cup stop in Winterberg, Germany Sunday.
The Christian athlete took to her Twitter account on the first day of 2014 to share a passage from the book of Isaiah.
"I am doing a new thing," Jones tweeted from Isaiah 43:19. "Now it springs up; do u not perceive it? I'm making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland."
This is not the first time that Jones shared her faith on the social networking website. Jones took to Twitter to let followers know that she was blessed after tithing following a great deal of criticism on the social networking website last year.
"Pumped! Yet again God showed me a cool sign," Jones previously tweeted. "I tithed on Sun. and by Mon. had a blessing 10 fold. If u've never given, step in faith Luke 6:38..It was a very cool moment. Had to share."
After one person revealed their own struggle to Jones, she provided the individual with encouragement and a scriptural reference.
"2 Cor. 12:9-10 '... for my power is made perfect in weakness,'" Jones tweeted. "Stay strong friend God has showed up biggest when I was lowest."
Jones previously responded directly to critics on her Twitter page. After one person told Jones "God doesn't like ugly," the Christian athlete spoke about the importance of grace.
"Read the Bible," Jones told the individual at the end of last year. "God loved murders, adulterers, sinners... Not like, he LOVES me regardless of twitter #unconditionalLove #grace."
Before her qualifying race for the 2012 London Olympics, the hurdler made sure to thank God.
"As I arrive in London for the Olympics, I'm overwhelmed with emotions," she tweeted in 2012. "Thank you Lord for another chance and for holding me as I waited."
The Christian athlete was seen mouthing Philippians 4:13 before racing and been vocal about her Christian faith inspiring her to maintain her virginity until marriage.