The Point

Come and hear, all you who fear God, and I will declare what He has done for my soul.
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Someone explain this cohort thing to me

Sometimes, if you are too scared to go forward, take a look back at what God has done. And if you want to quit, you can. But on your way out the door, realize that you’re going to step over miracle after miracle after miracle after miracle of Him being good to you. When we look back as Christians, it should be only to see the cross— and if you fear what is in front of you, look at what is behind you. His faithfulness, His grace, His healing power when you didn’t deserve to get healed, His grace when you didn’t do enough to earn it, His power when you didn’t do anything to get it. You have got to believe that the best is yet to come because He has already done so much

Aftermath - Hillsong

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The lyrics explain the song beautifully. It contains many truths that I needed to hear this week. Thank you, Jesus.

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The skies lay low where You are
On the earth You rest Your feet
Yet the hands that cradle the stars
Are the hands that bled for me

In a moment of glorious surrender
You were broken for all the world to see
Lifted out of the ashes
I am found in the aftermath

Freedom found in Your scars
In Your grace my life redeemed
For You chose to take the sinner’s crown
As You placed Your crown on me

In that moment of glorious surrender
Was the moment You broke the chains in me
Lifted out of the ashes
I am found in the aftermath

And in that moment You opened up the heavens
To the broken the beggar and the thief
Lifted out of the wreckage
I find hope in the aftermath

And I know that You’re with me
Yes I know that You’re with me here
And I know Your love will light the way

Now all I have I count it all as loss
But to know You and to carry the cross
Knowing I’m found
In the light of the aftermath

This has been the background of my phone for a couple months now.

It’s lyrics from the song End of Days.

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It’s a wonderful reminder— to always worship. To always remain joyful. To always continue to chase after Him.

Many things are happening in the world. And in New York. And in my life. Regardless, I will always shout His praise. Because He’s always good.

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Be at rest once more, O my soul, for the Lord has been good to you.

I realized that writing about every single thing about summer will take a couple decades to write. A tl;dr for this post would be.. God is good.

Summer was the time where I put everything I learned in sophomore year to use. Basically, I learned over sophomore year that Jesus is everything. It’s not Jesus and a bit of what I offer, but it’s only and always because of Jesus. And I was curious as to how that played out in the work place. How does proclaiming that Christ is the center of my life look like in a professional environment? It’s amazing.

Serving was easy. Making friends was easy. Stirring conversations was easy. Talking about Jesus was easy. I didn’t even need to think inside of my head whether or not to bring Jesus in this conversation. It just happened way too naturally. Everything was so easy to the point where even I was confused and taken aback a bit. I heard many many people tell me that it’s only going to get harder after this and that Christian life was hard and that it’s never easy. I always wondered if I was doing something wrong. It can’t possibly be this easy.

Then I read Psalm 23. The Lord is my Shepherd, I lack nothing (there’s a post on this).

At the end of summer, not a single person accepted Christ. Not a single person came out to church. But I can still say that our God is good.

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Life group was good in an interesting way. First, the community itself was great. I loved spending time with the people in life group, especially the sophomores. We had way too much fun.

A lot of conclusions that Bible studies and conversations with leaders yielded were all very.. questionable. This discrepancy made me look in to the Word even more. And the more I read and the more I asked and the more I looked to other places, it helped solidify what I believe or broadened my perspective. 

There was this one life group where we were challenged to go and tell a person about Jesus. I was kind of confused. Is it necessary to be challenged to do something that should be an everyday thing..? Still something to ponder. Probably because I have no idea what people mean when they say “challenge.”

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There are so many more instances of how good our God is. Like, literally, way too many. Tumblr probably doesn’t have enough memory to store all of it.

I am grateful for this summer. Grateful for all the people pushing me towards Jesus when I go off. Grateful for the pastors who always point people back to Him.

With Jesus at the center, life is actually really simple. And really easy.

PS. I wrote a ‘My Story’ tab on the side. It’s just a little snippet of my life story. Check it out!

Nothing Like Your Love - Hillsong

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Learning little by little of what agape is, and how there really is nothing like His love. 

Summer post will be done soon hopefully (:

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Love unchanging
God Your mercy never fades
And I’m surrounded
By Your compassion and Your grace

Your love
Brighter than the sun
More beautiful than words could ever say
This endless light
Shining over all
It leads me to Your glory everlasting

In Your kindness
For the broken and the lost
You gave Your only Son
To bear my shame upon the cross

Your love
Brighter than the sun
More beautiful than words could ever say
This endless light
Shining over all
It leads me to Your glory everlasting

Your love amazing
Fills my heart and I sing out
There is none like You
There is nothing like
Your love amazing
Fills my heart and I sing out
There is none like You
There is nothing like Your love
There is nothing like Your love

If there’s one thing I’ve done this summer, I can say that it’s chase Jesus. And I thought Psalm 23 was a great reminder that chasing Him is all I ever need to do.

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The first line of the first verse of Psalm 23 says, “The Lord is my shepherd.” Logically, that makes me a sheep. And there’s something interesting about a sheep that someone told me.

Sheep don’t strive.

Sheep don’t try and do great things in their sheep life. Sheep never have thoughts of going “beyond the usual sheep life” and becoming a super sheep. The only thing a sheep does is follow the shepherd. 

And I think it’s correct to translate the sheep’s situation to my own life. I don’t have to go about and chase these big things in life. I don’t have to chase that perfect relationship or that perfect job or that perfect situation. All I need to do is follow the good shepherd just like a sheep would.

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Verse four talks about walking through the valley of the shadow of death. David said that even though he’s walking through it, he will fear no evil. Why? Because the shepherd’s always with him. Whether I am in the darkest of times or the best of times, I know the shepherd is always with me. He is always leading me.

It’s reassuring to know that I no longer need to strive to make my situation better by my own powers. The only thing I have to do, in the best of times and in the worst of times, is faithfully follow the good shepherd.

If you start from the premise of not how awesome your life is but how good God is— even when you fall your failures can point to the glory of God

Yup, summer in Ann Arbor is drawing to a close. Will write more about it when it actually does, but for now, just writing down simple reminders :)

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Incredibly blessed by EML

Thankful for God-centered friendships

Occupied my street

So much joy with much more to discover!

Working at EML and Markley = new friends!! Lots of them

Working is hard

Joyce got married!

Soooooooo many shifts in perspective

Many meaningful conversations

!gnite.. selflessness, worship, New York

Jesus is the main point