Today, Taylor shares with us thoughts on holistic healing, the times she feels her faith is strengthened the most, and the book that is changing her life, right now.
Inspiring biblical passage of the moment: I relate to Psalm 16:11 best, right now. “You make known to me the path of life. In Your presence there is fullness of joy. At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.”
Spiritual growth focus at the moment: My spiritual growth focus at the moment is the freedom that comes from resiliency and whole healing: spiritually, mentally and physically, and how to begin to love myself. I really believe that God wants to give you the fullness of the life He has planned for you, and sometimes that includes being put through the fire. Healing is not usually pretty, but the outcome is beautiful. He uses everything for good and for His glory, and right now, I am leaning into the fact that He cares, and He really wants to give me life and life abundantly (John 10:10).
“Healing is not usually pretty, but the outcome is beautiful.”
Profession: I am a receptionist at a chiropractic office. It’s a Christian facility, and I absolutely love my job there. The people I come in contact with, my coworkers–everything. I love seeing what God does through this source of natural medicine and seeing people feel better.
A one sentence bio of yourself: I am 25 years old, married to the best man I have ever known and really love seeing God bring dead things to life.
When did you first encounter God? I have been in church long since I can remember. I was saved at 7, but I really feel as if I started to experience God at age 15. I would say, though, that just a little over a year and a half ago, I experienced a really difficult situation, and it was the first time I can say that I consciously felt and recognized God’s unending love for me, and since then, my life hasn’t been the same.
What has helped you grow spiritually in this season? It’s been an interesting season, because I feel like God has put a lot of people into my path to minister to and love on, but not too many people to lean on myself, besides my husband. I honestly don’t mind, because I am seeing He is really intent on teaching me how to grow with Him. I have also been making it more of a priority of mine to worship and study His Word through the pain, and through the times I feel as though He is being silent. I find my faith and strength grows so much during those times.
“I find my faith and strength grows so much during those times.”
Just read/currently reading: Right now I am going through Present Over Perfect by Shauna Niequist and oh my goodness, what a book. Amazing.
Top three essentials: My new ESV study Bible, Present Over Perfect, and my small faux fireplace.
How did God speak to you recently? Actually, during one of my prayer times, I had prayed for breakthrough in a certain area and over the next few days, it was extremely prevalent in my day to day life. I recognized that He was asking me to be extremely honest about what I was going through and struggling with so that I could experience true freedom. I realized through that, that He allows us to feel some pain and asks us to take extremely scary steps in order for Him to grow and really refine us for the next step in our journey.
Hobby: I love to sing—often think I missed my calling to be on broadway (lol) I love relaxing and spending the day with my husband.
Top three practical tips for staying spiritually strong:
Read the Word. I am realizing just how imperative it is to our daily walk. Pray and talk with Him every chance you can. It doesn’t have to be long and pretty. Some of my favorite prayer times happen when we are just in casual conversation throughout my day. Worship, worship, worship. I am a firm believer that worship ushers in freedom and breakthrough in every aspect of life. He is worthy to be praised, and even when we don’t feel like it, He is still worthy to be praised.
Favorite person in scripture? Definitely David. I have been studying him and his life, and wow. I love seeing that even when he made mistakes, God still saw his heart as pure. I long for that to be said about me-that no matter what happens in life, my heart remained pure before the Lord.
What do you want people to learn about God when they look at you? His love, His joy, and His care. I really want people to see that He changes lives, He makes all things new, and that He’s worth pursuing and worth living for, even through life’s difficulties.
Favorite season? Winter, 100%.
Favorite holiday? Christmas!!
A special tradition you and your family engage in or keep: Any activity related to Christmas. We have an ongoing joke that my dad is Santa Clause because he really, really loves Christmas. Seriously, his Christmas music goes on November 1st and he even changes his ringtone on his phone to a Christmas jingle.
Question you will ask when you get to heaven? Oh wow, I don’t really know that I have one. If I had to come up with one I would ask the true connection between Melchizedek and Jesus.
Thing you want to raise awareness about: I want to raise awareness about the importance of human life at every stage. I think this is such a difficult subject to talk about, but is so important to discuss. I think the way we value other human beings begins with valuing human life beginning at conception.
“I want to raise awareness about the importance of human life at every stage.”
What do you usually do before 9 a.m.? If I am awake, I usually will get up and get ready for the day then head to my desk for my devotions.
What is on your nightstand? One of my favorite pictures of my husband and I, and right now an oil diffuser, because it is winter, and I am trying my hardest to stay healthy.
Define Christianity in a sentence: Christianity is learning that there is an almighty God who loves you and chose you and it is spending every day of your life loving Him back.
Until next time, keep witnessing!