Today, Cassidy speaks to us about the importance of a quiet time routine, finding her path in pleasing God and not the world, and a book on spiritual warfare and tools to help us in the day-to-day.
Inspiring biblical passage of the moment: The passage of scripture that God has really been instilling in my heart lately is Matthew 6:33. “Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and He will give you everything you need.”
Spiritual growth focus at the moment: This leads really well into the area of spiritual growth I’ve been focusing on the last few months. God has been growing my faith in Him tremendously, daring me to take bold leaps of faith and trust that as long as I do what He’s asked of me, I don’t have to worry about being provided with all of my needs. This includes physical needs such as food and clothing, but also spiritual needs like guidance, peace, and strength!
Profession: I have a bachelor’s degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management with a minor in General Business. However, I am currently working from home as a blogger, trying to grow my ministry. I’m releasing a new e-devotional at the start of the new year, which I’m so excited about! Also, I’m planning to open an online virtual assistant/graphic design studio in the next few months!
A one sentence bio of yourself: A 20-something woman of Christ dedicated to growing her faith in the Lord and living a courageous life for His glory
When did you first encounter God and how did you encounter Him? I grew up in a Christian family and was always taught about God. We always attended church on Sundays, and God was a normal part of my life growing up. I accepted Jesus as my Savior when I was young (elementary school age). I didn’t truly understand what living for the Lord meant, though, until I entered my senior year of high school. I naturally had to make a lot of decisions during that period, and it was the first time I finally chose something for myself without the opinions of others solely because I knew it was what God wanted me to do. My first leap of faith, you could say! Ever since, I have fully relied on His guidance for every step I take.
What has helped you grow spiritually in this season? In this current season, I’ve been learning to rely on the Holy Spirit and growing my connection with Him. Trusting solely on His guidance, paying attention to His subtle nudges, and listening for His voice has helped me to grow tremendously in my faith and relationship with the Lord!
Just read/currently reading (and what has it taught you?): I recently read Spiritual Weapons Handbook by Gail Winter, which was an awesome experience for me! It teaches on the details of spiritual warfare, which is a topic that I feel many Christians don’t understand. I recommend checking it out or finding another resource that teaches the ins and outs of the spiritual realm. Very powerful stuff!
Top three essentials: My top three essentials would definitely be my Bible, my bullet journal, and a cup of coffee.
How did God speak to you recently? God has been leading me in extraordinary ways recently, particularly with guiding me towards the career path He’s planned for me. I had to make an intense decision lately on what to do job-wise (do I please the world or please God?) and it hasn’t been easy. But He’s been directing me every step of the way, and it’s been the most rewarding journey! I can’t wait to see how He provides!
Hobby: I love creating! Whether it be writing a new blog post, practicing hand lettering, or learning new graphic design tricks, I’m all for making beautiful things!
Top three practical tips for staying spiritually strong: Certainly, the first would be to establish an in-depth quiet time routine. It’s so important to enter into God’s presence every single day, spend time with Him, listen to His leading, and learn about Him in His Word. This is the key to a strong relationship with the Lord.
Next, choose God-centered entertainment! For the most part, I like to listen to worship music, watch Christian teaching as entertainment, and read faith-based books. This doesn’t mean I never listen to or read anything secular, but I try to make sure that the majority of my entertainment is centered around God. When we choose to fill every part of our lives (including our entertainment) with things that point us back to Him, it keeps our minds focused on His truth and keeps a strong barrier between us and the enemy.
Thirdly, do a daily heart check. I love the passage Psalm 51:10 that says “Create in me a clean heart, O God.” It’s so important to check our motives for everything (does this glorify God? Or satisfy my selfish desires?) and ask the Holy Spirit to reveal any sin or wrong motives in your heart. Doing this can make way for such an amazing intimacy with God and keep our spiritual life strong!
Favorite person in scripture? This will sound typical and cheesy, but Jesus! He’s my favorite person of all time. My rock, my confidant, my life partner, and best friend.
What do you want people to learn about God when they look at you? I hope people will see God’s kindness and acceptance through me. I try to be considerate of all I come in contact with and just listen to others without judging. Of course, I fail terribly, on some days. But God’s ultimate love and forgiveness is what motivates me to try my best to be the same as Him.
Favorite season? Fall! I absolutely love the cool, crisp weather and all the colors! Plus, the mountains (my favorite place to be) is spectacular when clothed in the bright foliage.
Favorite holiday? Christmas! The food, the family, and the birth of Christ! What could be better?
A dream you have? I dream that God will grow my ministry into something that reaches countless women, all over the world, not for my glory, but for His, so that they can be touched in some way by the writing and resources He’s created through me. With that, I dream to continue working from home and continue to create awesome content for His kingdom, while supporting my future family.
A special tradition you and your family engage in or keep: I’m from the Deep South, near the Gulf of Mexico, so seafood is a huge thing down here. On Christmas, we don’t eat a typical Christmas dinner (we save that type of food for Thanksgiving only.) We have a seafood lunch, instead! Gumbo, fried oysters, and shrimp are just a few things that have made it on the menu throughout the years.
Question you will ask when you get to heaven? I think the glory and splendor of being in the presence of our amazing God will be enough to render me speechless, at first! But I would probably ask something along the lines of “How are you so gracious to me, Lord?” It amazes me, every day, how His unconditional love, mercy, grace, and guidance is offered to me, and I could never on my own understand why.
Thing you want to raise awareness about: I really want to speak to the hearts of women with mental health issues such as anxiety and depression. I struggled with anxiety (particularly social anxiety), all of my life, until God freed me. I want to raise awareness to those people like me that there is freedom and hope within Christ, particularly using spiritual warfare and the tools God’s given us in His Word. Satan has done a great job of lying to the Christian community (and the world!) by telling us that this is just something we have to deal with and can’t defeat, but it’s not true! I wish more women knew the power they truly have in Jesus Christ, and how to use their faith to free their minds from the holds of depression and anxiety.
“I wish more women knew the power they truly have in Jesus Christ, and how to use their faith to free their minds from the holds of depression and anxiety.”
What do you usually do before 9 a.m.? I wake up around 8 a.m., get out of bed between 8:15 and 8:30, and immediately start my quiet time. So, I haven’t done much before 9 a.m. I’m much more of a night owl!
What is on your nightstand? I have an essential oil diffuser (lavender is awesome for a great night’s sleep!), Vaseline for my dry skin, a water bottle, and whatever current book or devotional I’m reading!
Define Christianity in a sentence: A life-long journey that begins with accepting the truth of Jesus Christ and the cross, and continues into eternity, as we seek out more and more of our precious Lord.
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