Writer Tiffany Hogle authentically shares her experience in times of singleness, hardship, and the struggle to understand God’s calling. Encouraging women to walk in faith, she speaks of the true strength, joy, and hope found in Christ.
Can you introduce yourself - tell us more about who you are, where you’re from, and what you do?
Hey there! I’m Tiffany– a writer and blogger from Tulsa, Oklahoma. I just got married in June of 2021 so I’m also a newlywed and as of January 2022, a new puppy mom! These days I spend my time writing, creating, and figuring out the ins and outs of everyday married life. So much has changed for me in the past year so giving myself grace and seeking the Lord in this new sweet season he’s given me takes up most of my days.
What inspired you to start sharing about your faith journey on your social media platforms
I remember the Holy Spirit really stirring my heart and challenging me about finding out what it would take to grow a platform. I knew he was giving me words to write and share but my blog posts weren’t going anywhere. I just had this conviction that God wanted to use me but I also had work I needed to do on my end. So I dove into researching all the ways that, back in 2016, people were using to grow their Instagram platforms. Slowly, through trial and error, unflinching consistency, and continual surrender, it started to grow.
What are your hopes for this ministry?
My heart beats to tell people about Jesus. My greatest hope with everything I write and share is for people to come to know God more and to place Him on the throne of their lives. I feel desperate for people to surrender their whole heart to Jesus– the only one who offers true hope, peace, joy, and love.
You recently got married (congratulations!) - how would you encourage Christian singles in their season of waiting?
Thank you so much! Marriage is of course such a gift and treasure. But to be honest, so was my season and life before marriage. Lisa Bevere recently said, “Singleness is not a season of waiting. It’s a season of doing.” And I couldn’t agree more. I often encourage others waiting for their spouse with something the Lord told me long before I met my husband: “Get busy with what God’s got you busy with!”
Regardless of where you want to be in life or what it is you’re waiting for next, God isn’t waiting for that next thing in order to start using you. He has things he wants to do in you and through you now, exactly where you are! It could be as simple as learning how to read your Bible and spending time with him consistently. Whatever he’s given you to do now, do it with all your heart and get busy doing for the Kingdom what he’s calling you to do in this season.
Make the mission of your life to know God more and grow in your love for him, regardless of what may lie ahead for you. Because the truth is, no matter what it is you’re waiting for, if you’re following Jesus and walking hand-in-hand with him, you’re going to get to where you need to be and you will have what is meant for you. If you have Jesus, you have all you could ever need, want, or hope for in this life.
You’ve always been so transparent about your journey, not only sharing the exciting moments, but the challenging ones as well. How did you press past the hard seasons?
You only press past the hard seasons by wholeheartedly going through them, one day at a time. Despite the moments I masked and numbed my pain, I finally had to let reality hit me smack in the face. I sat with my feelings and let them overwhelm me. I journaled and wrote out every thought, every angry cry, every desperate plea. I brought my feelings to the Lord in prayer, even super messy prayer, and I laid them at his feet.
It was only by being honest with myself and with the Lord that I was able to come through on the other side. It sucks to hear this when you’re in the middle of the deepest grief and all you want is to magically be lifted out of it. But this is what I find so beautiful about God! He doesn’t keep us from feeling the pangs of death and the whips of defeat. What he does is so much better– he hides us under the shadow of his wings (Ps 17:8) as he lovingly guides us through the valley of death and despair.
It truly brings me to tears to think of a God who would let us fall to our knees in agony because he knows that’s where we’ll find him. And in finding him, we discover true life, true love, true sacrifice, and the meaning of the cross. That is the God I want to fall more in love with and serve with my whole heart for my whole life.
What advice would you give someone seeking purpose, and desiring a deeper relationship with Jesus?
Matthew 7:7-7 “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.”
If you will seek him, you will find him. Don’t seek God just to get what you want out of life. God isn’t a fairy godmother with a magic wand. He is King, Savior, and Lord. If you seek him, be prepared to give him more than what you bargained for. Be prepared to throw your life before him in surrender. Tim Keller said it best, “Jesus may ask of you far more than you planned to give, but He can give to you infinitely more than you dared ask or think.”
What is the life verse or words you live by?
Matthew 6:33- “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”
- When are you most inspired? When I’m not on Instagram.
- It's brunch! What do you eat? 2 eggs over medium, cheese grits, crispy bacon and a toasted english muffin with butter and strawberry jam. Coffee with cream and sugar and a small glass of OJ, too!
- If you could raid one woman’s closet, who would it be? I think Caitlyn Warakomski has such a fun and unique style. Even as a now 30-year-old, I feel like I’m still developing and discovering my personal style and I’m ok that I’m still on that journey. I love the simplicity and elegance of Parisian fashion and everyday basics, but I’m now trying to pair that with pops of color where appropriate. I think Caitlyn’s closet could definitely fit that bill for me.
- What’s your guilty pleasure? Dark chocolate sea salt caramels from Costco. Or green tea mochi. Or Jeni’s Gooey Butter Cake Ice Cream.
- Who do you admire the most? My husband. He’s tender and gracious and loving and kind when no one in their right mind should be any of those things towards me. He’s strong, fierce, loyal, and suspiciously worthy of my trust, just like Jesus.
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