The Giver of every good and perfect gift so graciously gives each of us various talents. God has gifted our friend, Baylee Mather, with the ability to encourage others by "creating a space for grace" through her writing. She is yet another voice in our Swirl of Good at Karama.

Photography by: Valyssa Stark at Reflecting Him Photography.

Photography by: Valyssa Stark at Reflecting Him Photography.

I fell in love with writing the moment I received my first journal and pack of gel pens. Putting pen to paper, I found I have the ability to correctly process my day, and all that may come my way, through a filter of truth, love, and grace. Journeying through each season of my young life, my desire to write continues to grow. I never knew I would one day be called to encourage and equip women to seek God and find His goodness and grace through the sweet and simple words I string together. Just recently, God has fostered this feeling I have to share my heart through my writing. As a result, I found myself packing and preparing for an opportunity that would change my life forever: She Speaks 2016. With a knot in my stomach and words of doubt racing through my mind, the Lord whispered:

“Be still, I am still God. I know the purpose and plans I have for you.”

I pulled open the door to She Speaks Conference chasing my dream to write words that move and matter. I was hungry for knowledge, wisdom, and guidance for this little desire burning deep within my soul. I grabbed my goodie bag and immediately browsed the booths lining the long hall. Even though I could barely contain my excitement that all She Speaks attendees had the special privilege of purchasing Lysa TerKeurst’s newest book before it officially released, I couldn’t ignore my doubts, nerves, and insecurities. My Type-A self desperately wanted control. I wanted to know what opportunities, connections, and assignments lie ahead over the next few days as I chased this dream of mine. In this very moment, the Lord whispered:

“Be still, I am still God. I know the purpose and plans I have for you.”

As I approached the end of the hallway, I noticed a woman standing alongside the most unique and beautiful displays of jewelry. Her sweet smile and inviting presence drew me in. I introduced myself and instantly felt comfortable sharing my heart and dreams with her. We connected over our passion for people and following after Jesus, one small step of obedience at a time. While my goal is to string words together that matter and move others closer to Jesus, my new friend seeks to spread the Good News by providing artisans in Africa an opportunity to showcase their jewelry-making talents. Her organization, Karama, alleviates poverty by restoring dignity through creative, purposeful work for artisans. As our conversation continued, she brought out a piece of jewelry that, without a doubt, had been made specifically for me to receive at this very moment. I was given a beautifully designed cuff made of hand-hammered brass, hand-stamped with the words: “Be Still and Know.” In this very moment, the Lord sent this precious, hand-made reminder that I must be still and know He is still God. He is still God over my circumstances. He is still God over my desires. He is still God over the whispers of doubt. He is still God over every purpose and plan.

“Be still, I am still God. I know the purpose and plans I have for you.”

Allowing this tender truth to seep deep within my soul, I rested in knowing I am not in control. I celebrated the fact that taking one small step of obedience, travelling over eighteen hours to She Speaks, allowed me to be in alignment with God’s assignment that He created just for me. God equipped me to rise joyfully to the opportunity of stringing words together that inspire and encourage others by being still and allowing Him to work out the purpose and plans He has for me and my writing. And today, I am choosing to be still and allow Him to dictate each step of my writing journey.

“Be still, I am still God. I know the purpose and plans I have for you.”

Artisans seeking to provide for their families while living in the largest urban slum in Africa have no choice but to be still. Daily, they must remember to surrender. God is still God over their living conditions, even if it means sleeping on dirt floors with close relatives. He is still God over their financial resources, even when they cannot make ends meet. God is still God over the sickness that continuously sweeps through their family circle, even when there is not adequate medical care at-hand. These artisans seek to live a life of dignity, relying on the purpose and plans God has for them, even when their reality and circumstances tell a different story.

“Be still, I am still God. I know the purpose and plans I have for you.”

If I didn’t make a quiet surrender to the One who is Higher, I would have missed the purpose and plans He has for me and my desire to write. If the artisans in Africa didn’t remember to surrender their hopes, dreams, and aspirations for a better life, they would have missed the opportunity to participate in dignified work through the gracious organization of Karama.

“Be still, I am still God. I know the purpose and plans I have for you.”

What opportunity is waiting for you in the quiet surrender? Is there a dream deep within your soul God is waiting to breathe into life? When you are still and remember He is still God, you give God the space He needs to fill in His grace and give your dreams wings.

If we're honest, we all need "space for grace." Follow Baylee's blog and meditate on the words that God has spoken to her heart. As you do, we are certain that you will be reminded of His unending grace.

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