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My real name is Katie and I'm a Christian. I'm a freshman in college, I have long light brown hair and blue/green/grey eyes. I love learning about nutrition and how food effects the body. I am studying to be a dietitian. (:
I am a big fan of Final Fantasy, Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, and Avatar: The Last Airbender. I enjoy watching anime and reading manga. The Sailor Moon manga will always be my favorite. <3
I'm very conservative and enjoy spending time alone. It does not mean I do not like people, but if I'm around people 24/7 I can become a very grumpy person although I do try not to show it. (:
dA if full of great people and it has been a privilege to meet so many beautiful people. I love you guys! God loves you even more! <33
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For those who don't know, my name is Katie and I'm a Christian and that is what my journal is going to be about today. I will tell you my story of how I came to know God. And just so we're clear the God I speak of is the God of the Bible and of Christians.  

I grew up in the Mennonite Brethren church (we're basically the same as baptists, in fact we don't know what the difference between baptists and Mennonite brethren is). I've gone to church since the day I was born. All of my family are Christians and for that I am grateful. I was 6 years old when at church on a Wednesday evening I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. Which this basically means is I repented of my sins and gave my life to God to follow and obey Him and I received the Holy Spirit to guide and direct me. I received the gift of salvation and will spend eternity in heaven with God. I will try to explain my beliefs more thoroughly after I finish my testimony.

I did not experience a significant amount of growth in Christ until I was a freshman in high school. Throughout my eighth grade year I began to question my salvation, had I really understood what it meant to be a Christian when I was younger? Did I understand at all? This led to my re-commitment just before my freshman year started. Which that means is I again repented of my sins but this time I felt an overwhelming and incredible joy. I now knew that I did not need to question my salvation.

I loved God when I was younger (still do) and had the passion for knowing that my friends had accepted God's gift of salvation and I am still slightly confused if I had truly accepted Christ when I was younger. Which led me to question that I still don't know the answer to: Can you love God and have the "qualities" of a Christian when you have not repented of your sins and received the Holy Spirit? I'll have to ask my pastor some day.

Also during my eighth year, I began to pray and read my Bible consistently. And after my re-commitment God began teaching me to respect others opinions and to change how I viewed people. He began to change my character. But about a year and a half later I began to slip into depression. I'm still not sure what exactly caused it. I believe part of it was my insecurities about my physical appearance and I struggled with the lie that I wasn't important and worth that much and that God didn't love me as much as someone else. I wasn't putting my worth in God. I think that's what may have caused the depression.

My depression met its height during my junior and slowly got better from there. About halfway through senior year my depression was pretty well gone. Though I still struggle with it at times and I will for the rest of my life.

Depression was of course not the only hard thing that has happened to me (I won't go into details because this journal is already long enough), but God is my hope. He kept me going through each day and without Him I don't think I would be happy. I can't imagine living life without God. My life is all about Him. Without Him, I see no reason to live, life is pointless and meaningless. And I want every person in the world to have hope and a reason to live. I want God to be that reason.

We are all born sinners. Humans had the ability to choose to disobey God and that is what happened. Adam and Eve chose to disobey God by eating the fruit of the tree of knowledge (which God had commanded them not to do) and thus man fell. The penalty of sin is death. God loved humanity and did not want us to live in hell for eternity so He sent His Son Jesus Christ to pay the penalty for all men by his death on the cross. And God gives us the choice to accept Him or reject Him.

Of course it doesn't stop at accepting God's gift of salvation, we give our life to God and choose to live by His commandments as given in the Bible.

I know I'm awful at explaining things and it would take so much more to explain all that comes with being a Christian and everything about God. There is soooo much more I need to explain but I figure this journal is long enough and I sort of have said the main points so I'll end it here with my final points. GOD LOVES YOU. He is a loving God but He is also just and holy. (ugh that needs more explaining too) Well okay I'll just stop here. If you have questions go ahead and ask. Please respect my beliefs for I will respect yours. I don't want to start any arguments.

Alright I love you guys and I'm going to try to be more active. And God loves you too! Have a beautiful day. (and please forgive all grammar mistakes, I did not proofread this...)
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  • Reading: The Children of Húrin
  • Watching: Star Wars Episode III
  • Playing: FFXII
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:iconfranziivonosterreich:
You know, Interestingly enough, Avatar, TLa (the first series) has some interesting Christian themes in it. Zuko is easily the prodigal son, in that he's trying to seek power and the world, while he is turning his back on Uncle, who is offering a better, happy life. I really like how they kinda turn the story on its head by having Zuko returning home be the wrong choice and being in exile the right path. Also, when Azula shoots Aang and Katara holds him, It looks just like Mary and the broken body of Christ, interesting eh?
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FireNationPhoenix Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
just curious,
(i'm not one of those pro liberal haters, i'm a conservative christian)

what was your stance on the ending and how did you handle it?

my stance was that it was choppy, random, one sided, very leftist, and had no place in an action show, if the show was a satire or allegory for politics, than i wouldn't be saying anything, but touchy subjects in my opinion have no place on a kids show, i handled it by kicking the series to the curb, when something is offending me, i just get away from it,

how did you handle it, and if you disagree with my opinion that's fine, i don't judge, it's not my job. anyway, just wanted to know how you felt about the ending?
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Jesusfreak-kk Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2015
Hello! Since I don't agree with the lifestyle I did not like the ending. However, considering the push for the acceptance of gay marriage in the US I am not surprised this happened. Our society is pushing for the acceptance of the gay lifestyle and one way to accomplish this is through it being represented in TV shows. Unfortunately I believe gay marriage is going to be common place so gay relationships are going to become a prominent part of the media. 
I could see the beginnings of Korrasami in book 3. Although I had hoped they would keep it as a strong friendship I knew that it was a possibility they would turn it into a romantic relationship. Even though it is a touchy subject as you said I think it is more accepted now more than ever. Those opposed to the gay lifestyle are in the minority now therefore making it easier to do something like that. The ending almost ruined the series for me, it does leave a rather bitter taste in my mouth. However I do love the series minus that ending so I'm just kind of ignoring it so I can enjoy the rest of it. So basically I'm handling it by pretending it didn't happen lol. Those are my thoughts, take them with a grain of salt. Thanks for commenting and sorry for the lengthy response. Have a good day!
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FireNationPhoenix Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
oh this is exactly how i feel, and i don't mind a long response at all, and the creators are being very narrow minded about the criticism, 

my female lead in my novel(a border collie), has an interesting full name, she is raised hindu in new dheli by her parents and her full name is Kuvira "Kali" Puri. and that was her name before kuvira the uniter came along. 
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I wanted to say I hated the ending as well. Its just really sad how the Creators did it just so they could be called progressive. And the worst part is, everyone on Tumblr adores them. While clearly there was very little buildup, despite what Bryke said, I had a feeling they would pull something like this. While, I thought the show itself fairly bad compared to the original, I felt like I wouldn't have anything to really be upset about had they just ended it with Korra and Ternzin, it would have at least fit.
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ArunaWolf Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for faving :squee:
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katcrunch Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks so much for the fav! :hug:
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Heart-Worth-Mending Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Hello~! I just wanted to say it was wonderful to read your testimony about God, and your growth with Him! I just wanted to say thank you for sharing that. :)

God bless you! ^__^
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Jesusfreak-kk Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2015
Well thank you for your comment! I appreciate it!
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cos-tam Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014  Student General Artist
Thanks for the fav :iconyeahplz:
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