MISSING SUMMER by DESTINEE

the grass so green,
the sun so bright,
life seems a dream,
no worries in sight

tans and tank tops,
laughter and bliss,
each moment passes,
without even a miss

friends and cookouts,
memories and laughs,
good times to remember,
but how long will it last

the grass soon fades,
leaves begin to fall,
school replaces sleepovers,
oh I’ll miss it all

Source: https://www.familyfriendpoems.com/poem/summer


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1 THESSALONIANS 5:16-18

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“Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”


I looked up this Bible verse because I personally needed a BIG WAKE-UP CALL. It all started with how a conversation with one of my friends turned into a “complaining fest”- I felt miserable at the time and just spewed all of my unimportant annoyances and petty anger. After, I took a step back and was like “No, nope. I have nothing worth complaining about because there are other people suffering much worse without blessings I’m fortunate to have”. Instead of wasting my breath being ungrateful for what Christ has given me, I decided that I’m going to use my voice to “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks..” 

So I hopped on my laptop, scouring the internet for the perfect bible verse that described my new goal to achieve!!

I believe what God commanded through Paul’s writing in the first book of Thessalonians, is difficult to achieve but an important goal to strive for in our lives. He says:

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1 TIMOTHY 4:12

“Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, and in purity.”


what does this bible verse mean?

i believe this verse calls all young teens out there to live in its meaning, we are the new generation.  we are on this earth to grow and learn and to even teach. don’t let someone older put you down because of your age, prove you can do GOOD and GREAT things!!!

“Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young..” : your youth doesn’t have to be a disadvantage. your mentality and wisdom can be mature beyond years and used for greatness!

“…set an example for the believers…”: in order to counter the negativity and lack of belief, be a leader. people are likely to take you seriously if you work in God’s grace, doing things you should be doing (even though it’s difficult).

“..in speech…” : build others up, not tear them down in your words. try to speak in positive perspectives and refrain from negativity.

“…in conduct…” : we are created by God with GOOD intentions, live up to that good!!! try to avoid hypocrisy in your life. treat others how you want to be treated!

“…in love…” : do you love others regardless of their differences? remember that we were made out of love, so live and EMBRACE LIFE through love! 

“…in faith…” : trust and put your faith in God that things will turn out okay. believing that He exists and that He rewards those who seek Him (Heb. 11:6)!

“…in purity…” : the pure in heart shall see God! especially being young, our judgment and thoughts can be clouded by numerous things! cleanse your mind so that only the good clear things are around so your leadership and love can shine through.

i have trouble truly following this verse but a little reflection like this helps detox the bad and help me think about how to be a better person. ♥♥♥♥ 

hope this makes your day a little brighter and your a life easier!! -KATIE

 

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find LOVE in everything you see

 

7 THINGS I CAN’T LIVE W/OUT

here are 7  things I LOVE and are very important in my day to day life!

  1. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Ephesians 2:10

let’s be real here, God gave the world life, He gave us the breath of life and an eternal soul.. none of us would be alive w/out our beloved Lord and Savior!

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see God in the little things

2. FAMILY!!!!!

my FAMily is like fudge, a little sweet but can def be NUTS but i still love them unconditionally!

i believe families come in all shapes and sizes, it doesn’t matter if they’re your blood relatives or not because a family bond is so much more loving and strong then a physical tie.

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throwback w/ my lil sibs and my sis keeping the choker game strong

 

3. FRIIIEEENNNNDSSSS!!!!!!

everyone has a friend whether they realize it or not, your family can be your friend, i’d even say that God is the ultimate bff, and even your dog or lizard can be your friend.

i absolutely love this acrostic from Pinterest. it says:

Fight for you

Respect you

Include you

Encourage you

Need you

Deserve you

Stand by you

 

and nooooow..onto a less serious note

3. FOod foooooddd

theres nothing better to have when you’re down or if youre partying, FOOD is always the perfect solution. some of my favorite delicious foods I LOve are steak, pasta (especially some good lobster mac and cheese 😍), mangos, pineapples, raspberries, pho, banh mi, froot loops, tacos, mint chocolate chip ice cream in a waffle cone(!!!!), brie cheese, Belgian waffles, Nutella strawberry crepes, Thai coconut soup, spring rolls, pomegranates, bacon, fried rice, popcorn, cotton candy, and everything else that exists!!!

 

fun kinda grossss fact: when i was in vancouver, canada, i ate moose heart tartar which is raw chopped up moose heart topped with a raw egg. not exactly delicious but really cool! :/

4. clothes & fashion!!!

i’m farrrrr from what a fashionista is, but i DEFFFF love shopping and attempting to follow trends! also finding bargain dealss ahhhhh!!!

LOVE OFF-THE-SHOULDER CLOTHING, SNEAKERS, CHOKERS, AND SWIMMIES!

 

5. MOVIESS & BOOKSS!

this means Barnes & Noble and my local public library are my favorite places ever!! i mean, come on, who doesn’t like free stuff which the library embodies and barnes and noble is amazing if you just want to roam the numerous aisles and sit down at their Starbucks cafe inside.

my favorite movie is Jurassic Park, hands down, one of the most well-made movies ever. thanks, Spielberg 

my favorite book is The Little Women, it’s a 800ish page book that makes you cry and laugh at the same time- an amazing classic!!!

6. TRAVEL

“Wherever you go becomes a part of you somehow.”- Anita Desai

Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.” – Gustave Flaubert

how true these quotes are, i consider traveling one of luxuries i am blessed with and it’s not because of the resorts or all the things you can buy there. it’s about learning, EMBRACING, and experiencing LIFE! its amazing and so cool to see how a different country functions and their unique culture. it gives you perspective and a sense of gratefulness for such a great God that has made all these wonderful people of the world.

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Mount Rainier. 2016

7. dreams, hopes, aspirations!

as far as i can remember, my mind has always been set on my dreams and what i want for my future. when i was four, i wanted to be an artist. when i was nine, i wanted to be a lawyer (inspired by yours truly, Legally Blonde), and now i know that there are so many possibilities in life i can achieve!!!

i believe you can reach anything you set your mind to and especially love this (overused but so true) quote:

“Reach for the moon, even if you miss you’ll land among the stars.”

having a goal in life, helps me move in the right direction and make the positive decisions so that i’m ensured a rewarding and joyful future!!! ♥♥♥♥♥

thanks for reading!! & keep a look out for the next post 🙂 – KATIE