For about a year now, I have felt the Lord calling me to begin sharing my heart with others in the form of a blog. As you can see, it has taken me quite some time to follow His lead on this. In fact, I almost refrained from writing and sharing this very post. Why? Well, to put it simply, I did not believe that I had a story worth telling or words worth writing.

I bought into Satan’s lie that my voice was meant to be silenced. I believed that my writing would not be “good enough” to encourage those who stumble across it. I thought that my words would fail to reach anyone, that they would be wasted, and that no one needed to hear what the Lord was prompting me to say. To be honest, at the time, I had fallen into a trap of perfectionism when it came to writing. It was my opinion that I had to have just the right words at just the right time in order to be an encourager to those around me.

In fact, I came to realize that the opposite is true. After lots of prayer and consideration, I saw that the truth had been much different than my original opinions. Sitting on the porch with a book in hand, I felt God speaking into my heart. “Baylee, I gave you a voice because the world needs to hear you. Use it.” This resonated with me. The words “use it” were imprinted into my mind. These words were a call to action- one that I just could not bring myself to ignore. So, here I am. I am not writing for my own good, but for God and Him alone.

If I could leave each person reading this with a bit of encouragement it would be this: use your voice. You never know who needs to hear it or what impact it will have on the kingdom of God. If He places something on your heart, do it. If He gives you words to speak, say them. If He asks you to walk, move your feet. God placed you here in this exact moment in history to make an impact on those around you for his kingdom. Do so joyfully!

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