Thursday, October 20, 2011

Mid-semester

Well it is October.  It is mid-semester here.  Those first two sentences can carry a lot of weight or a little weight depending on who you are.  This time of the semester is absolutely crazy.  Plus, throw in the fact that it is my internship year.  I feel like the Lord has been growing and stretching me in leaps and bounds this semester.  It is so encouraging to see and hear change in my own life and heart.
I am learning to recognize how I relate to people, how to do it differently, and how I have been impacted by other relationships.  God, by his grace has given me sweet friends to walk with me through this hard process of sanctification.
This week I decided I had what one of my counseling books would call a "corrective emotional experience."  I don't really encourage you to go looking for them because they aren't always fun.  They are definitely redemptive experiences as God continues to show his kindness and love to us but a challenge as we see are own brokenness and the Lord at work.

In class this week one of my professors asked us, "Do you believe people can change?"  Of course I want to say yes.  But really there are some days I wonder if they will.  I always want to hope they will but knowing there is risk in investing, in hoping for the change of another.  This professor pointed us to Philippians 1:6, He who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Christ Jesus.  We then looked at Philippians 3:4-16.  We have hope for change.  Christ is at work in us and in others.  Even though I struggle to see change in some and even begin to hope for them, the Lord is at work and will continue on in it.

Thanks for partaking of some of my ramblings as I am processing through things I am learning and experiencing this semester.  It is all a work in progress.

4 comments:

A. said...

Oh friend. So glad we are in this year together! -alisha

caylen{and}david said...

love this, and i love you.

Katie Baird said...

Well, it wouldn't be the internship year...or the Christian life if we didn't have these "corrective emotional experiences". God is growing you, my love! Glad to walk through this with ya!

Kristen said...

I'll be in my office until noon on Tuesday...come find me cause I wanna hear what's going on...

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