Kaitlyn Denton - Essay
Hi! My name is Kaitlyn Denton and I am a member of Inspiring Teens Issue 63. I want to talk about one of the questions I was asked by the Inspiring Teens Magazine Team. I was asked “If you were to present a topic to a group of your peers, what would it be on and why?” I would present my Faith to a group of peers. In no way am I perfect but through Jesus Christ, I am perfect to Him. I am redeemed and forgiven by His grace that has set me free. I would share how He has shaped me into the person I am today and how He can do the same for them. I could talk for hours about Jesus and what He has done for me.
Backtracking, for more than a year now I have been consistently spending time with God just as I have always wanted to do. I have seen God work in amazing ways over that time span. I have witnessed God work through me, my family members, and friends after praying for them. He also has shaped me into who I am today and I am fully convinced that the friends He has sent into my life over the past couple of years were to shape me into a better person. They truly do bring out the best in me and I am so thankful for them. This past year, God gave me multiple friends that have also helped me grow closer to God. We have done Bible studies together, prayed with each other, given loads of advice to each other, and grew in our Faith together. It’s a friendship I have always wanted and I know it will last forever.
In my lifetime, I have had a few instances where I made the wrong choice but by the grace of God I am forgiven. God forgives us for our sins as long as we believe in our hearts that He is Lord, confess with our mouths, and repent of our sins. I want others to know that God will forgive them; all they have to do is confess. No matter what you’ve said or done, God will forgive you but you have to take that first step in confessing. God is here for you and wants you to come to Him. His grace will set you free and you will feel relieved when you no longer have that weight on your shoulders. I would also like to tell my peers that God created us just as He wanted. We are perfect in His image. Do not discourage yourself if you think you aren't smart enough, pretty enough, or even funny enough because God created YOU perfectly in His image. You are enough and you are here for a reason!
To summarize, God has helped me in a numerous amount of ways and I want my peers to understand that He can do the same for them. You are also perfect in His image and nothing can take that away.
Kaitlyn Denton – Tennessee
Nomination by Kendl Reagan
Photography by Rural Southern
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