During the entire month of November my social life came to a screeching hault (along with many other things) because I had to crank-out 100 pages of research material in less than five weeks.
It was a whirl-wind experience, and I would not necessarily recommend pursuing a thesis in the same manner, but I really did enjoy it and it is my continued prayer that the Lord would be glorified and honored with the end-result!
However, I did not do this alone! I could not have done it without the Lord’s enabling and the help of my amazing husband, prayerful family and supportive friends 🙂 . I would like to publicly thank each one of you for your role and participation in the process … it has been a journey in some way for all of us!
The journey is still not over, as the editing process will be underway next month. But, the Lord has graciously provided a brief season of rest until then.
Also, in the midst of the writing process, He also allowed a ministry opportunity with some of the girls in our Youth Group. We have formed a club, called “Daddy’s Girls” (Jn 1:12), and we gather together about once everyother month for a time of fellowship, encouragement and instruction. The most recent meeting took place on November 24th in our Church Youth Group Room. I taught on “Purity in Dating” and it provided a great break about half-way through the writing process. I have included some pictures below:
One of our older college-aged, Youth Group girls volunteered to help with this event. She played a fun “Dating Game” with the younger Youth Group girls to really get them thinking about the types of qualities and characteristics they tend to find attractive in the opposite sex:
Craft Time!!! One of the younger Youth Group girls volunteered to lead the craft activity. Each of the girls were able to make their own “button bracelets” to take home as a memento of the day:
Then, came the time of instruction (Gen 1:26-31, 2:15-25; Eph 5:22-33; Col 3:18-19; 1 Cor 7; Matt 19:3-12 )
It was such a blessing to spend an afternoon (away from the computer 🙂 with the girls … oftentimes, I think they bless me more than I ever could them! But the Lord was good to not only allow me to work on the thesis, but to carry me through the process and even provide a break in the midst of it … He is so good!
(Addendum: My thesis is titled, “Ministering Christ to Cutters”. I will be posting my thesis on this blog after the editing process is complete with the prayer that the Lord might be pleased to use it as a ministry tool for fellow biblical counselors, working with those who are tempted to cut themselves.)