Today, Tiffany speaks to us about how nothing replaces the Bible, when it comes to being spiritually fed, praising God regardless of circumstance, and how she separated herself from a toxic lifestyle.
Inspiring biblical passage of the moment: The one that has been speaking to me recently has been:
“In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us.”
1 John 4: 10-12 (ESV)
Spiritual growth focus at the moment: My spiritual growth focus is to learn the boundaries within leadership, actually. It’s a pretty interesting thing to be learning. I am currently reading this book called “Boundaries” by Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend. It has been very thought provoking and supplementing my daily devotions and walk with Christ.
Profession: I am studying Business Administration, Accounting and Auditing. I have worked in corporate accounting, public relations, and project management.
A one-sentence bio of yourself: I am a type-A, Jesus-loving, coffee-shop exploring college student, trying to find where God wants her to be.
When did you first encounter God and how did you encounter Him? I accepted Jesus in my heart at the age of 4, but I wasn’t fully transformed by the Gospel until sophomore year of college. I first fully encountered Him when I was in a bad place. It was my second year of college, and I had gotten myself stuck in the party scene. I didn’t want to be there, but I felt stuck. I got into a toxic relationship and when I felt exhausted from living a double life, I ended up spilling the truth to my parents. That had to have been one of the hardest conversations of my life, but even though my parents were disappointed, they still sat and did devotions with me everyday (for about a month) and helped me come up with a game plan to avoid trouble. I completely cut off everything in my old life and chose to pursue Christ first and foremost. Once you encounter Jesus, you don’t want anything else in life.
“I completely cut off everything in my old life and chose to pursue Christ first and foremost.”
What has helped you grow spiritually in this season? What has helped me grow spiritually in this season is the amount of accountability I have been able to have, whether it is with the leaders I serve with or by the people I am serving. It is awesome.
Just read/currently reading (and what has it taught you?): I have been re-reading Ephesians. It has taught me to remind myself how important the Gospel is and how to apply it daily. The Gospel message is still very relevant.
“The Gospel message is still very relevant.”
Top three essentials: My cell phone, my wallet, and my lactaid fast act pills!
How did God speak to you recently?How did God speak to me recently…? I think in one way He has been speaking to me is that He has been pushing me to praise Him first, regardless of the situation. With that said, He has been challenging me to pray more and praise more.
“He has been pushing me to praise Him first, regardless of the situation.”
Hobby: My hobby is event planning. I absolutely love wedding planning, birthday party planning, etc! However, recently, I have had a lot of people ask me to do branding for their companies or events, and I have equally enjoyed that. If you need someone to plan an event for you in Southern California, please feel free to reach out to me.
“If you need someone to plan an event for you in Southern California, please feel free to reach out to me.”
Top three practical tips for staying spiritually strong:
– Read the Bible. It’s the main source of sustenance. It’s God’s truths. Devotional books don’t make up for reading the Bible.
– Don’t confuse serving with task doing.
– Your faith is your own. You can’t rely on anyone to carry that for you.
“Devotional books don’t make up for reading the Bible.”
Favorite person in scripture? My favorite person in Scripture is probably Daniel. He exemplifies true obedience and who a prayer warrior is.
What do you want people to learn about God when they look at you? God’s redemptive love is for all.
Favorite season? My favorite season would have to be fall. It’s not too hot and it’s not too cold.
Favorite holiday? My favorite holiday is Christmas. Everyone is so nice. And I LOVE sitting in my comfy bed with a glass of hot coco and marshmallows.
A dream you have? I think a dream I have is for me and my significant other to travel the world without having to worry about finances or obligations at home.
A special tradition you and your family engage in or keep: We still celebrate Chinese New Years!
Question you will ask when you get to heaven? I don’t think I will have any questions… I think I will be too busy worshiping God.
Thing you want to raise awareness about: Prayer is the most powerful tool you’ve got, girls and guys. Don’t overlook the power of prayer.
What do you usually do before 9 a.m.? I eat my toast with honey peanut butter with a vanilla soy latte. I read my Our Daily Bread devotional. Get ready for work and write my schedule for the day! If it’s during the school year, then I typically try to squeeze my morning workout in before 9 am. Working out when you are half asleep is the best type of working out.
What is on your nightstand? The “Boundaries” book I mentioned in #2, a Kirkland Italian Sparkling water bottle, CeraVe daily Moisturizing Lotion, and my cell phone!
Define Christianity in a sentence: Agape love.
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Until next time, keep witnessing!