THE WALK 2015

Ahhh, yes. It’s that time of the summer when my small group and I have the opportunity to go on a church camp for 4 days at Panama City Beach. This trip is always enlightening, and I’ve learned so many amazing things from the two times I’ve gone so far. I just want to thank North Point for such a good time. I love being a Christian and experiencing stuff like this. Ya feel?? Here is my recap of this week:

WALK 15 THOUGHTS

1. Without knowing the beginning it’s difficult to understand the rest of the story.

2. God is a part of my story.

3. When you have a distorted view of God, you have a distorted view of you.

4. God is good, He loves me, and He has a plan for me.

5. Social media is all about showing the best and hiding the rest.

6. We measure our value based on the approval of others.

7. Is anybody ready to just be you and have that be okay??

8. We get caught looking around (at society) instead of looking back (at Who created us).

9. God designed sex for you in the context of marriage.

10. A lie we believe is thinking we will be happy once we reach the Great Social Status.

11. You don’t have to have it all together to talk to God.

12. We can come out of hiding from whatever we did and come to God.

13. The purpose of being #blessed is so that you can be a #blessing.

14. Be a tear-the-roof-off kind of friend.

15. God always has His arms open, no matter what you’ve done.

This is pretty much all we learned summed up in a few points. My takeaway from them is that I have the choice to serve and love a God who forever serves and loves me, NO MATTER all my screw-ups and sins, or if I tear myself away from Him. I also learned how truly worthless all the temptations of my world are compared to the KING. I loved seeing God in a new light, and I am so thankful to be surrounded with a church and small group like I do. Here are a bunch of pics from the Walk, hope you enjoy!

P.S.- thanks for reading this and getting to see a piece of me!!!!! CLICK ON THE PIC so you can see the bigger version of it.

In the way way back, you can see a really cute guy who's name is Brett Stanfill. My small group got a selfie with him because he's one of our favorite worship leaders :)

In the way way back, you can see a really cute guy who’s name is Brett Stanfill. My small group got a selfie with him because he’s one of our favorite worship leaders 🙂

Here's my small group, my fam, my sisters in Christ, and my friends. They're all very near and dear to my heart.

Here’s my small group, my fam, my sisters in Christ, and my friends. They’re all very near and dear to my heart.

One of the nights, I think it was the second, we all dressed up to look like we were in the 80's, 90's, or 00's decade. We all pretty much chose 80's and 90's, and here is our cute group rockin our outfits from the past. P.S.- my dress was from my mom's Homecoming in the 80's...lol

One of the nights, I think it was the second, we all dressed up to look like we were in the 80’s, 90’s, or 00’s decade. We all pretty much chose 80’s and 90’s, and here is our cute group rockin our outfits from the past. P.S.- my dress was from my mom’s Homecoming in the 80’s…lol

Another pic from the decades night with my friends Ellie, Mary, and Tori :-)

Another pic from the decades night with my friends Ellie, Mary, and Tori 🙂

My really good friends Gabby and Natalie were so excited to be sitting in the front towards the stage...until they had to sit down and get squashed by the 50 other teenagers who were in the front. Good times.

My really good friends Gabby and Natalie were so excited to be sitting in the front towards the stage…until they had to sit down and get squashed by the 50 other teenagers who were in the front. Good times.

Here are my friends Ellie and Mary, and this is our (required) one piece swag that we wore in the pool and ocean during free time.

Here are my friends Ellie and Mary, and this is our (required) one piece swag that we wore in the pool and ocean during free time.

My beautiful, funny friends Katherine and Katie.

My beautiful, funny friends Katherine and Katie.

These are my small group leaders Miss Tiffany and Miss Deirdre :-) they are SO great and I loved getting to know them this week and looking up to them as my leaders!

These are my small group leaders Miss Tiffany and Miss Deirdre 🙂 they are SO great and I loved getting to know them this week and looking up to them as my leaders!

Some of my small group. This was taken right before we headed into the water. (ALECCCC!!!!!!)

Some of my small group. This was taken right before we headed into the water. (ALECCCC!!!!!!)

Perk to Edgewater Resort: they sell snow cones. Here are my friends Gabby, Natalie, Katie, and Sabrina enjoying them!

Perk to Edgewater Resort: they sell snow cones. Here are my friends Gabby, Natalie, Katie, and Sabrina enjoying them!

One of my best friends Natalie. Here are our faces.

One of my best friends Natalie. Here are our faces.

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Feed Your Soul

Hello. I’m sitting here thinking and looking at Pinterest. If I’m honest, this is how most of my posts begin- a good dose of creativity. Anyway, I found this really striking quote on Pinterest:

 This really appalled me and I just like to talk about it. So if you don’t mind getting a little deep, keep on readin. OH, also! I feel like you would fully enjoy this post by getting some popcorn or tea or something and sitting somewhere quiet. Then you can really get what I’m saying. Anyway, let’s delve into my mind for a lil. Get ready…it’s pretty messy in here.

Recently, I’ve been all about being kind to yourself and loving yourself. Seeing so many people become successful because of their confidence and security has proven my hunch. For example, North Point Community Church had a night called Delight. All high school girls were invited, and it was a very inspiring, detoxing, fun night of songs and friends. Three women spoke to us about labels, who you are, and that you deserve love. These women all came from a past that had its ups and downs, but they used these experiences (planned by God) to turn into women of grace, kindness, and love. I really enjoyed what they had to say, and I think anyone could benefit from their wise words. I know it’s hard to just decide to love yourself. For me, it made a huge difference when I stopped looking and listening to what the world has to say about what you should look like, and started listening to what God says you should look like- your complete, true self.

This ties into the quote I showed you earlier: “She sprouted love like flowers, grew a garden in her mind, and even on the darkest days, from her smile the sun still shined.” Without recognizing your worth and beauty as an individual, you can never accomplish what the girl in this poem accomplished. I think it’s so important to love yourself, because YOU ARE WHO GOD SAYS YOU ARE. He says we are…

“You are altogether beautiful my darling, there is no flaw in you.” ~ Song of Songs 4:7

“She is more precious than jewels, and nothing you desire can compare with her. Long life is in her right hand; in her left hand are riches and honor. Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace. She is a tree of life to those who lay hold of her; those who hold her fast are called blessed.” ~ Proverbs 3:15-18

“Those who look to him are radiant, and their faces shall never be ashamed.” ~ Psalm 34:5

“For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” ~ Ephesians 2:10

Another thing I think is important in order to “grow a garden” in our minds is TRUSTING and COMMUNICATING with God. Ya know, part of being a Christian is having faith and believing in God. But we can’t do those things if we don’t trust Him. Your life is not in your hands. Weird, isn’t it. Your life is actually just a big, metaphorical pond of murky water. You don’t know what’s in there. But God’s got us! God is teaching us and planning everything out precisely to where it needs to be. I think this is really important to hear when we’ve got pain and struggles in our lives that seem to consume us. Just remember that God has got you. Now, as much as God is in control, you have to do YOUR PART in order for Him to do His. Think about it like this: How can you get an A on a math test if you don’t study? In the same way, how can your relationship with God grow if you don’t invest time to talk with Him? These two things are what makes our mind at rest.

The last thing that gives us a smile to have even on the worst days is investing time to ourselves to find peace in the Lord. I always keep a ridiculous amount of books and journals by my bed to just clear my mind of anything that either needs to come out or needs to be remembered. I sit for a good 20 minutes before bed, just reading my Bible and writing. It really eases your mind from anything stressful or busy and gives yourself a chance to unwind and rest. Your mind sort of plants seeds of inspiration and peace when you start to do that. And, as long as you keep watering them, you’ve got your very own “garden”!

See, our minds really aren’t that scary. We don’t have to be afraid to be alone. If you’re like me, you used to be scared of yourself. You were full of doubt and insecurity and wariness. But by treating yourself to doing these few things, you begin to see the You that God made. Beautiful, Brave, and Radiant.

DON’T FORGET: This does not happen in one day. As a young girl, I am so grateful that my church has taught me these things. But I fail constantly. Everyone does. You don’t have to have your life together every moment of everyday. You are human. It’s part of what makes you beautiful.

Love, Katie

Pics from Delight: 

      

The Walk 2014.

The Walk 2014.

Wow. I want to start explaining the most incredible, life-CHANGING, awesome, and best four days of my life by saying that The Walk was the bomb.com. Seriously. I loved the four days of bonding with friends, nurturing my faith in Jesus, and just having some pretty cool moments.

If you happen to stumble upon my blog and you have no clue what The Walk even is, let me explain myself. The Walk is a church retreat that the Northpoint, Brownsbridge, Buckhead, Gwinnett, and Watermark Community Churches attend. The churches are split up into different groups, so we don’t all go at the same time. The high school environment called InsideOut takes all the teenagers to Panama City Beach, where we learn about God, grow a strong faith in Him, and have loads of fun.

We talked about tons of stuff on this trip. I cried, I laughed, and I never felt so happy to be in the Arms of God (and know that yes, I am in the Arms of God because I, and you, are children of God). The preachers that talked to us delved into a few facts.

1. It’s time you start to see yourself for who you ARE and for who God IS.

2. Desperate people experience God in desperate ways.

3. Jesus wants you to love Him MOST (out of everything and everyone you have right now).

4. Even though we were dirty SINNERS, Jesus DIED for us.

5. Confessing your sin will cost you something, but concealing your sin will cost you everything.

6. Do not let what you cannot explain keep you from believing (or sharing) in what you cannot deny.

7. God loves to do extraordinary things for ordinary people.

8. Jesus is worth living for. Totally.

Do whatever you want with these facts. But I have a point that I hope you remember long after you read this.

Maybe the reason why we invest ourselves in the things of the world is because it’s where we find the most passion. Maybe churches feel dry to us, and it feels judgmental, and it feels pointless. Maybe it’s time for a change.

Not to advertise in any way, but I feel like the past four days was filled with the most passion I have ever seen in one building. The picture you see with this post is a thousand high schoolers worshiping the Lord. Not because everyone was doing it. Not because you had to. But because we all wanted to. We all felt something in our soul, something that stirred our hearts and turned our eyes to God. GOD. God.

God is ready to accept you into his family no matter your flaws. God wants to use you for something incredible no matter your past. God doesn’t CARE about anything you’ve done. God loves you enough to the point of brutally dying for NO GOOD REASON except to give you and me a second chance at this whole life thing.

And that’s what I learned at The Walk.

My Baptism…

Hey! So guess what happened?? On Sunday, Dec. 18 I was baptized!!!! It was so much fun!!!! It was at Northpoint church, and if you didn’t have a chance to see it in a month a CD will be given to me of the whole thing. Ok, here’s what happened. First, they showed on a video my testimony, which we had shot about 2 weeks before. Then, Miss Jennifer (a worker at NP) told me how proud she was of my decision. She then dunked me in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, and I was a Christian. It felt life-changing. I am so thankful for the people that care for me and love me, and that I had the opportunity to be baptized. Thx Northpoint!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

If you’re wondering why my mannerism in this paragraph is very…excited, then I should let you know that this was when I was in the sixth grade, and I posted to share about my Baptism. Hahaha, oh the memories.

Think +

So this week I wanna focus on all the positives that are in life. If you have one, than comment on my blog, and I’ll put it up where everyone can see. The first one that I wanna say is this: We can go to school and learn. My compassion kid, Roda, has taught me soooooooooo many life-changing things that we all take for granted. I want to be more grateful in 2011, and this is how I start. :o)

 

Wow, this was very old post of me going into seventh grade. I like to keep it up here for sentimental reasons:)

God and His Praises

You know how God can just answer your prayers at the most sudden time? Well, I have a lot of friends who have praises that I can’t keep track of. God is goooooooooooood! A bible passage that I was reading in class included the Trinity; God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit in Mathew ch. 3. I think God has put a special spot for me to fit in the world 😮 He creates the world as if it’s a 100-pieced puzzle. Each piece of the puzzle is one sinful human, and when they all come together, it becomes the body of the world.

 

This paragraph was a little thought I had in the sixth grade, probably. Decided to keep it up here because it is still true to me.