Today, Taliah speaks to us about attention, a devotional book she is savoring and how Leviticus refreshed her view on how Jesus is the perfect sacrifice.
Tell us a bit about how you grew up and your childhood: I was born and raised in Augusta, Georgia. I lived with my mom, stepdad, and siblings. But as a child, I spent a lot of time having fun with my aunt and uncle. Since we were close in age, we were always on a fun adventure. We attended church here and there, but never had our roots established in Christian faith.
Inspiring biblical passage of the moment: I’m currently meditating on Psalm 90:12 which says, “So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.” We are currently in the middle of pandemic, and I’m realizing that life is but a vapor. As I go throughout my days now, I have more free time. My prayer is that the Lord would show me that He has my days written in His book and planned before any of them began. I want to be a good steward of the days and time I have on this earth.
“My prayer is that the Lord would show me that He has my days written in His book and planned before any of them began.”
Spiritual growth focus at the moment: Right now, I’m focusing on growing in prayer. Sometimes, I just get all over the place with my prayer life. But stopping during the day to pray, multiple times, has been so beneficial. Using the Prayer Journal from Val Marie Paper has helped me grow in this area.
Profession: I currently work at my home church doing Kids Ministry.
When did you first encounter God and how did you encounter Him? I don’t remember an exact date, place or time. I know that isn’t everyone’s story. However, I do remember during the summer of 2015, I began to feel the Lord calling me to Him. That’s when I got saved and the process of sanctification began! The Lord is continually doing a work within me that will be completed on the day of Christ’s return (Philippians 1:6).
What has helped you grow spiritually in this season? Staying rooted in God’s Word!
Just read/currently reading (and what has it taught you?): I’m currently in Numbers, so I’m letting it soak in before I speak on it. But I just finished reading Leviticus prior to this, and it’s my new favorite book. I know a lot of people find Leviticus to be a drag, but you can delight in it. The people of Israel were having to make sacrifices for the atonement of their sin, both intentional and unintentional (whoa!). Now, I can understand how Jesus is the perfect sacrifice. My gratitude for what He did for us has been refreshed! We have a great High Priest in Jesus. We can have direct access to the Father all of the time because of what He did, which is a beautiful thing.
Top three essentials: Bible, coffee, and a good book!
How did God speak to you recently? Through a message from Matt Chandler from The Village Church, I have been convicted by questions he asked: What stirs your affections for Christ? What robs your affections for Christ? Now, as I go throughout my days, I begin to intentionally think about the things I’m doing and whether they’re robbing my affections for Christ or stirring them. Now, what I’m not saying is I can’t watch a show or something like that, but when I do those things, I need to exercise self-control so all of my time isn’t robbed.
Hobby: Going on walks with my family.
Top three practical tips for staying spiritually strong:
Reading the Scriptures daily
Community (for accountability)
Favorite person in scripture? Paul! I love how his focus was on God and advancing the gospel. He wasn’t trying to make a name for himself.
“He wasn’t trying to make a name for himself.”
What do you want people to learn about God when they look at you? I want them to see God’s love. I want to be a safe place for people.
A goal you have? I want believers to be equipped to study their Bible’s rightly.
Thing you want to raise awareness about: Biblical literacy!
What does your morning routine consist of? My current morning routine consists of getting woken up by our baby! Then my husband and I get out of bed, and we make our way to the kitchen to get the coffee ready. After that, we read a Psalm and read the Foundations devotional by Ruth Chou Simons and Troy Simons. I’m soaking in these moments!
What is on your nightstand? I always have to a cup of water on my nightstand, essential oils, and Chapstick!
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Until next time, keep witnessing!