The End of a Season
I came to the bittersweet end of a few things today… I had my very last counseling session – something that was unexpected, yet very timely. I also wrote in the very last page of both my sermon notebook and my journal. I should be studying for a midterm at the moment, but I found it much more pressing to share with you all that God has done for me. Here are some of the most valuable lessons I have gathered from the sermons I’ve heard, from the prayers I’ve prayed, and from the counseling I’ve received:
Highlights from Sermons (since September 2017)
- Our response to trials isn’t what saves us, but Christ alone.
- Good leadership is leading with love. Leading with love is hoping the best so that those who follow you are built up and encouraged.
- Forgive relentlessly.
- There is no greater, no more intimate bond than to be in Christ.
- We are either slaves to sin, or slaves to Christ.
- Woe is me, for I am undone and my lips are unclean!
- We are the adopted sons and daughters of God.
- The fact that we even have a conscience is a sign of God’s mercy.
- We are all hypocrites. We may boast in nothing but the cross.
- In trials, we are to have an attitude of joy.
- There is such a thing as incorrect worship.
- Live with a worshipful attitude.
- Death shall not do us part (favorite sermon of the year – Abner Chou on Hosea 13:14, June 9, 2018)
- Sin followed one trespass, salvation followed many
- Speak the truth, and speak the truth in love
- True peace, though interrupted by doubt, cannot be shaken
Self-Reflections from Journaling (since July 2017)
- I have replaced complaining with thankfulness and praise
- I have looked less and less to my own devices to conquer sin, and instead looked to Christ for strength and humility
- My tendency to be anxious has nearly disappeared in most areas of my life, being replaced by an inexplicable peace in God
- I have gone from being stubborn and mistrusting of the Word to being fully dependent on the truth for guidance
- My desperate pleas for peace have been answered time and time again
- Every anxiety of mine has been put to shame, leading me to repentance
- I have gotten into a habit of repenting often and keeping short accounts with God
- My fear of what others think of me is slowly being replaced by a confidence in the peace I have with God
- My jealousy of those around me who share similar talents has been replaced with a joy that they have something in common with me, and that God has given us gifts at all
- I have gone from being too afraid and selfish to care for younger girls to loving them and seeking to be their friend because I see how the Savior cares for me through the older women in my life
- Jesus is my treasure
Lessons from Counseling (since May 2018)
- The Word of God is truly the only thing that can counsel and restore one’s soul
- When I feel depressed, I must remember God’s truth that He will restore my joy
- Our decisions either please the flesh or please God. Pleasing the flesh always leads to death and destruction; pleasing God always leads to life. Pleasing the flesh feels easy but gets harder; pleasing God feels hard but gets easier.
- His yoke is easy, his burden is light. “It’s not hard to do what’s right when are walking in the Father’s light!”
- I can be content in all circumstances through Christ who strengthens me.
- The things we become anxious about ultimately end in death. Bad grades? No job. No job? No money. No money? No food. No food? Death. But God has said that He will provide our needs – “what we shall eat or drink or wear” (Matthew 6:31). Therefore, every anxiety is silenced in light of God’s sovereign power and care for His people.
- Our emotions either glorify ourselves or glorify God. It is possible to be angry and still please God, if it is a righteous anger.
- The truth does not change even when I doubt.
- Jealousy originates with pride. The only way to extinguish pride is to learn humility by the ultimate example of Christ.
- Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends.
- When I am diligent to study the Scripture and fight sin, God can better use me to counsel others to do the same.