Today, Dez speaks to us about her life as an influencer, the Bible reading plans that helped her through a sad season, and how being intentional in her choices was a game-changer.
Tell us a bit about how you grew up and your childhood: Since I was two years old, I grew up as a military child and very sheltered with my parents and little brother Ivan. My parents divorced by the time I was nine years old, and we moved to many different places after that. I have a very large family and have always been connected to them, family is very important to me, I admire lineage.
Inspiring biblical passage of the moment: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer & petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” Philippians 4:6 NIV
Spiritual growth focus at the moment: The part of spiritual growth that I am focusing on right now is trust. Sometimes, I’m crazy enough to believe that I have to control and orchestrate all of the things that are happening in my life instead of letting God do it. So, I have to make an active choice to relax, take a deep breath, and lean on Him and His word. Not my own understanding.
How do you incorporate your connection with God into your daily, secular work? I like to incorporate God in my social media platforms. I’m young and interested in learning about God because I finally decided to take Him seriously which has been one of the best choices in my life but also challenging. I’ve had to out some of people I was comfortable with and bad habits that kept me from moving forward which is good but hard at times. I know that I can’t be the only one who struggles, so I love to encourage others. I make Bible plan groups and post scriptures and devotionals on my channel/stories because I know not everyone is seeing Christ every day.
“I make Bible plan groups and post scriptures and devotionals on my channel/stories because I know not everyone is seeing Christ every day.”
If you wrote a memoir, what would the title be? Truth & Growth
When did you first encounter God and how did you encounter Him? I first encountered God at 18, after my first heartbreak, and I was desperate. I was emotionally broken down, and instead of trying to fix myself, I asked God that time. I prayed and ugly cried, and He sent a very clear message the next day.
When I started getting intentional about the choices I made it became easier to be vulnerable. I enjoy doing Bible plans and these specifically helped :
“Love Junkies: Break The Toxic Relationship Cycle”
What has helped you grow spiritually in this season? Being around better people who love God and truly seeking Him has tremendously helped me spiritually in this season.
Top three essentials: Headphones, snacks, lipgloss.
How did God speak to you recently? I was praying to Him about my future and things I want and strive for because the fear of not succeeding terrifies me. I told Him that I didn’t understand, and I basically have no idea what I’m doing, and He reminded me “For I know the plans that I have for you.” (Jeremiah 29:11)
Hobby: Creating content on YouTube. My channel is “Dez Hopkins” and I produce videos about hair, make-up, and vlogs!
Top three practical tips for staying spiritually strong:
1. Keep praying.
2. Keep like minded people close.
3. Read the word so that you know who is talking.
Favorite person in scripture? Esther, she was very strong.
What do you want people to learn about God when they look at you? That He accepts anyone and loves you regardless of any mistakes that you have made.
Favorite holiday? Christmas, I love my family to death and having all of them around me that vary in ages makes me a better person.
A goal you have? Reach 3,000 subscribers by this time next year.
Question you will ask when you get to heaven? What took you so long? Haha!
Thing you want to raise awareness about: Education and prison reform.
What does your morning routine consist of? Prayer, music, make-up, and not being 15 minutes late to work or school.
What is on your nightstand? A pretty lamp, my Bible, journal, and probably a snack/candle.
Define Christianity in a sentence: People who strive to be more like Christ!
For more Dez:
YouTube: Dez Hopkins
Until next time, keep witnessing!