This conference allowed me to feel at peace and relaxed, as the name of the conference suggests, “He makes me lie down in Green Pastures.” I was reassured through one person’s testimony at the conference how she dedicated her time doing God’s work even though she could be studying and in the end she ended up passing her classes!! I was really reassured because my mentality was that if I don’t use all of my free time studying or reviewing for my classes, then I will fail or fall behind. But thankfully, I am proud to see that this is not the case! Many messages and testimonies from different colleges have encouraged me and inspired me to follow them, to pick up my cross and SERVE THE LORD! Seeing how others had the guts to reveal and share their personal testimonies encourages me to do the same!
But ultimately, what the conference has shown me was that NOW WAS THE TIME FOR ME TO REPENT AND TURN BACK TO THE LORD. Currently, I am living for myself because I want to satisfy my fleshly desires, one of which is to have fun, whether it is through playing video games, surfing the internet, or using social media! Another passage that stood out to me was Psalm 23, David’s song about Jesus being our Shepherd. Sarah talked about the fearful nature of sheep, how they are easily frightened and can never relax as they are always watching their surroundings for any signs of danger.
When a shepherd first meets a sheep, the sheep will naturally run away or avoid the shepherd, for the shepherd is a stranger to the sheep. But with time, as the shepherd spends time with the sheep by soothing him during storms, guiding them through the day and night, and protecting them from the predators and dangers around them, the sheep begin to trust in the shepherd! When they develop a deep bond with each other, they trust their lives to their shepherd, who in other words is Jesus! Only then will they be able to LIE DOWN IN GREEN PASTURES AND EXPERIENCE PEACE AND HAPPINESS, even within this world full of persecution and challenges.
I was a fearful sheep, when I first began studying at USC, I struggled very hard and was suffering from many panic attacks and mental breakdowns. I was scared and I felt so lonely and didn’t have anybody to talk to! My parents couldn’t help me, for they didn’t understand how college life was like. I didn’t bring my problem to my siblings, for I didn’t want to scare them. MOST OF ALL, I didn’t want my FRIENDS to see how I was struggling because I didn’t want to make a bad impression on them and to show them how weak I was, and, ultimately, lose them as my friends. This was how my life was at the beginning of USC, until God sent me back to Jessica for Bible study.
Originally, I studied the Bible with Jessica since the summer of 2018 and during that time I learned a lot about the Bible. But I didn’t really commit myself to God at the time, since I was hesitant to give my life to God. When my Summer Bridge Program at USC ended, I stopped coming to bible study because I thought it wasn’t worth taking the time out of my remaining summer vacation to go to USC and study the Bible, for I thought that it will be better if I wait until the fall semester starts as it will be more convenient for me. But that was a terrible attitude, for it meant that I wanted to be lazy and live a complacent life, which is not fit for the children of God.
When God guided me back to Jessica for bible study, I was so touched by the passages I studied in the book of John! In fact, I always looked forward for future bible study sessions with Jessica during my first semester, because those sessions put me at peace and isolated me from my school life. Thankfully I could see the truth that ultimately without God I am lost, weak and scared. I was encouraged by this wonderful message and truth in Psalm 23 that Jesus will protect me and guide me throughout my life, which diminishes my fear of studying at USC. Through this conference, I now see God as my shepherd, for He is the one in control of my history and plan, understands the sorrows and problems I face in my life, and makes an effort for me to become a strong and loyal servant for HIM!
Thanks to this conference, I will dedicate myself to live and serve the Lord, despite what my flesh desires or wants. Everything that I have, my life, blessings, time, everything, belongs to God! I will now find my source of happiness and peace in Jesus and not in material things like video games, the internet, my friends, etc. In this new semester I will dedicate myself to finding God’s lost sheep, just as he found me so that others may have a chance to experience their good shepherd, Jesus, leading them to calm waters and green pastures.
Wow, Nicky, what a great reflection on how this conference has touched you and brought you deeper peace in your relationship with God.
I was touched how you mentioned that when we pursue God first, He will take care of all matters in our life. He helps us to pass our classes, feeds us, gives us shelter…and like you said, protects us from the storms in life.
I love how you mentioned that like a Shepherd he soothes us in the storm, protects us from predators, and guides us along our paths and then….we come to trust in the Lord. I feel like that’s where I’m at in my life…really coming to trust in the Lord. I pray that you come to trust in Him more and more every day. 🙂
Thank you Alexandra! This really means a lot to me and I am glad that my testimony is of value to you! I pray that God will help you to grow more in His likeness and to deepen your faith in Him as well!
How awesome it is that we have a Shepherd! Someone that is with us and is truly concerned about our well being- practically and spiritually. Thanks be to God for showing you who he is. Keep it up, Nicky!!- Praying for you as well!
Thank you Darius! I really appreciate it and definitely! Praise God! He is the reason why I have become a much better person! Even though I make mistakes and mess up a lot, I want to put in the effort to be His good servant! I pray that God will be with you in your struggles and that your relationship with Him deepens!
Praise God for his wonderful work in your life Nicky!!! I’m glad you recognize Jesus as your shepherd who makes you lie down in green pastures. May you experience more of the peace of God as you serve Him with love and thankfulness. This testimony helps me to think of how good my good shepherd has been to me all these years. And how I need to trust in Him and follow His guidance all the days of my life. I hope that I can grow to be more and more like Jesus, even leading many sheep into his wonderful pasture. May God bless you! 😁
Praise God indeed! I’m very happy to hear that my testimony has helped you to recognize the importance of trusting in your shepherd! This is definitely important as even right now, I will hear about things that I need to tackle later on in school, and normally I would immediately shut down and go into flight mode. But thanks to Jesus, I have become stronger in resisting these fears and doubts of mine, and pushing myself to please Jesus, both in school and in my mission life! May God bless you!
What a beautiful testimony. I remember being so touched when I first heard it. And I’m just as touched this time! Praise God for his amazing work in your life. It’s been so wonderful to watch you grow up in God. I can clearly see that God knew and understood you very deeply. And he knew exactly what you needed when you needed it (even sending the perfect shepherd to you). I’m so encouraged by your struggle to serve God at USC. I pray you may experience him and fall in love with him more and more.
P.S. I love the sheep pictures. So cute!
Now I’m imagining us as lambs leaping through green pastures with Jesus chasing behind, trying to get us to lie down and take our nap 😀
Praise God! He helped me to recognize this beautiful truth as I wrote my testimony! I really appreciate everything you said, and I give all the credit to God, for He is the one who helped me to come to Him in the first place! You can thank Sarah for the cute sheep pictures! I pray that God will continue to help you grow more like Jesus and to hold TIGHTLY to His words!
What struck me the most when I first heard your testimony was your complete determination to turn to God – it was powerful! Of course you had worries of your own, and the heavy burden of studying, but God really stirred up your heart to be dedicated to Him despite all that. I pray you will be strong and courageous through these challenges by remembering the grace of God in your life, and enjoy heavenly fellowship with Jesus continually 🙂 Thank you so much for sharing this with us!
Of course! This is all for the Glory of God! He really touched my heart at the conference and opened my eyes to see why I need to put Jesus above everything else, no matter what the world insists to me. Sure, pursuing an education, having a job, connecting with others are some of the important things people should do, but they shouldn’t take us away or consume all of our time with Christ Jesus our Lord! The conference helped me to realize this important lesson, and I want to aim to please God no matter what! I pray that God will also help you grow more and more with Jesus and that He will handle all of your personal problems!
As I read your testimony and the comments below I couldn’t help but smile and my eyes even began to tear up. God has loved you so deeply from the beginning and has gently guided you. I was filled with joy to see how God prepared messages of comfort, reassurance, trust at the conference and helped you to “lie down.” I pray that you will come to know God’s shepherd heart for you more and more and serve him powerfully with love and thanks in your heart.
All glory goes to God! I’m really happy to hear that you were touched by how God supported me tremendously in my life! May God bless you and continue to help you grow and endure through the challenges of this world! I pray that you too will also grow in your relationship with Jesus!
What a wonderful testimony! Thank God for bringing life into our lives!
Definitely! Praise God for wrestling with me and helping me to submit myself to Him! It is truly a blessing to be serving and living for Him!
Praise God for being the good shepherd. He knows us very well, and he is good to each of us. May more of his goodness fill our hearts which would assist us to make the gospel attractive to people in the world, so that they would want what we’ve been given by Christ Jesus.
Amen! Praise God! I pray for all of our loved ones to come closer to Jesus and not be dismayed by the conditions of this world!
Here’s a joke
Here’s a SIGNED A FOOL
A pastor received a letter from a congregant. When he removed the letter from the envelope, it had one word written on it-“Fool”! “Well”, said the pastor, “the sender signed the letter, but didn’t write anything else.”
Hahah!! Thanks for sharing!
OoOOOOOooooOOOoooOOOoooh the burn!
Thank you for sharing your beautiful testimony! When you first shared your testimony, I was surprised, encouraged, and impressed by even the bold tone that you had while reading your testimony. You had that determination in your voice and I was amazed to see how the Word of God really touched you through the conference. Praise God for His wonderful work in your life!
Praise God! I honestly didn’t think I expressed a different tone! I always thought of myself as a monotonous person who doesn’t really express feelings or emotions the way other people do. All of that was all thanks to God, for He worked (and still does) powerfully in me! May He support us during this difficult time as we carry off His mission :D!