Today, Kate speaks to us about a traumatic night that changed her life, a book we should all read and a mentor that is inspiring her journey.
Tell us a bit about how you grew up and your childhood: I grew up in a very small town in Southeastern Michigan, outside of Detroit and Ann Arbor. My grandparents are farmers, and my dad owns a small business while my mom is the treasurer of our township. My younger sister, Corinne, and I would spend our days swimming in and exploring the shores of Lake Erie, which was essentially our backyard.
Inspiring biblical passage of the moment: A verse I turn to often is Romans 8:31-39 – In it, it talks about how we are MORE THAN CONQUERORS through Jesus. This verse reminds me that nothing can go against my Savior – no hardship, heartbreak or failure is greater than He is, and it’s in Him that I can find my confidence and peace. This verse reminds me to be strong and unshakeable, because with Jesus, we’ve already won every battle.
“With Jesus, we’ve already won every battle.”
Spiritual growth focus at the moment: Right now, I’m working on putting God above all else. I live a busy life, so often I put spending time with God, whether it’s through reading scripture or prayer, on the backburner… promising myself I’ll get to it after I finish all my work for the day. I know doing this causes distance between myself and God and that distance leads to difficulties in my life, such as feelings of anxiety or distrust. So, in 2020, I want to make it a goal to start and finish every day with Jesus. In the past when I’ve done this, my days were exponentially more at peace and fulfilling and I want nothing more than to be close to Him like that every day.
Profession: I’m a professional TV Host, writer and editor. I am currently the host of a live sporting game show called HOFr and am a red carpet reporter for a female focused outlet called She Knows. I’m a freelancer, so my jobs change often and sometimes I can be found writing or editing articles for different outlets, acting in commercials, films or TV shows and modeling for brands.
If you wrote a memoir, what would the title be?
Some ideas are:
● This Whole Time – once, in one of my darkest moments, I was crying out asking God why no man would ever stay with me and fight for me, and I heard Him say to me, “What are you talking about? I’ve been fighting for you this whole time.” I’ll never forget that – it was in that moment that I gave my life back to Christ.
● More Than Conquerors – from the verse I mentioned above
● Beauty from Pain – this comes from a song I loved as a girl and represents my transformation from broken and lost to strong and fierce
“What are you talking about? I’ve been fighting for you this whole time.”
When did you first encounter God and how did you encounter Him? This is a tricky question, because for me, I gave my life to Jesus when I was a child, but I didn’t fully know what that meant until I was 24. You see, I grew up in a Christian household and loved Jesus at a very early age. I’d walk around reciting Bible verses or stomping on the ground to “get rid of the devil.” So throughout my life, I always had a foundation of a relationship with God. However, through a difficult childhood and many hardships that I encountered in both high school and college, I turned my back on God for many years. But then, when I was 24, it finally all changed.
Up until that point, I had gone through a series of very difficult experiences – my home life as a child was rough as my parents fought nonstop, I was bullied severely in middle and high school, I was in an abusive relationship (physically, verbally and emotionally) from when I was 15 to 20 years old, my best friend and mentor in Jesus died in a car crash when I was 18, and a year later, my ex, who had abused me for so many years, also died by overdosing. All those experiences lead to me attempting to mask the pain and trauma with alcohol, drugs and men.
Then, after graduating college, I started dating another man who turned out to be emotionally abusive as well and after months of being with him, I eventually snapped one night. I threatened to kill myself, which caused my boyfriend at the time to call the police on me. The police handcuffed me, put me in the back of the cop car and took me to a mental hospital overnight. While I was in the institution, my boyfriend also called and broke up with me.
All of this caused me to start crying out to God, begging Him to help me. I asked Him why no man would ever fight for me and in response, I heard God say to me, “What are you talking about, I’ve been fighting for you this whole time.” It was that night and that moment that changed my life and while it was traumatic, I am eternally grateful that it happened. I believe it was in that instance that I encountered God, fully for the first time. After that, I committed my life back to Jesus and began going to church again. I started serving at my church in L.A., Mosaic, and haven’t looked back.
“It was that night and that moment that changed my life and while it was traumatic, I am eternally grateful that it happened.”
How has your relationship with Him changed you? Today, I am a completely different person. I now work hard to no longer turn to outside sources for comfort or validation, my character and my heart is transformed, and I’ve found healing from years of abuse and trauma. I’m now a leader in my church and am on a mission to help others find the same love, peace and joy that I’ve found in Jesus. Jesus saved my life in a psychiatric hospital, and He’s been making me new ever since.
“I now work hard to no longer turn to outside sources for comfort or validation, my character and my heart is transformed, and I’ve found healing from years of abuse and trauma.”
What has helped you grow spiritually in this season? I’m blessed to have some of the strongest, most inspiring mentors possible, leading me and guiding me every day. One of them, Suzanne, is someone I credit heavily with helping me grow – since meeting her, she’s shown me nothing but love and grace and she’s always there to guide me through any difficulties or questions that come up. Her, along with my Pastors at Mosaic, have helped me continue my transformation journey.
Just read/currently reading (and what has it taught you?): When Helping Hurts – a book that explains to readers how to properly help the poor and less fortunate without accidentally hurting them in the process. I read this before going on my second mission trip with Mosaic to Malawi, and it completely changed how I view doing such work. It’s an incredibly important read for anyone who wants to incite the most effective change.
Top three essentials: Kopari coconut face cream, my Keurig, my ring light for making videos.
Hobby: Improv, acting, writing poetry
Top three practical tips for staying spiritually strong: Surround yourself with a community who will hold you accountable and call you to more, constantly be in prayer (while you’re driving, walking, doesn’t matter, you can always be speaking to God), and read scripture, as it’s one of the best ways to discover who God truly is.
Favorite person in scripture? Saul – Jesus used Him in such a huge and unsuspected way to save so many others and his past did not stop Him from doing so.
Favorite holiday? 4th of July – I love grilling in the backyard with friends and family before watching fireworks
Question you will ask when you get to heaven? WHY ON EARTH ARE THERE NO DOGS HERE?! haha – it will be a very pleasant surprise if there are
Thing you want to raise awareness about: Mental Health
What does your morning routine consist of? Wake up, pray and write some devotions, make my bed, open my shades, water my plants, make coffee and off to work!
What is on your nightstand? A journal my roommate got me where I can write down my daily prayer requests, a pen, a skull coaster
Define Christianity in a sentence: Believing and having faith that Jesus is the son of God who was sent to earth so we could be one with God and could experience a life that’s truly heaven on earth, plus the desire to help others find such a life as well.
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Until next time, keep witnessing!