This interview spotlight is for all women who are seeking to inspire and motivate other women to pursue their passion. We want to hear real stories from people we can relate to and learn from. Hope you will be inspired, encouraged and motivated by what they will be sharing. This week we caught up with Bethany Baker.
Hie Bethany, Can you tell us a bit about yourself?
I’m 21 (It’s my birthday today) and l graduated from Keele University with a 2:1 bachelors degree in Media, Culture and Communications and Music.
How did you come to know Jesus Christ and can you briefly share your Christian Journey with us?
I’ve grown up in the Seventh-day Adventist Church, I’m actually 4th generation lol, but knowing that has made this journey even more difficult for me because it took me a very long time to understand my faith for myself, I still have a way to go but I’m much more confident in where I am with God and where I’m going.
What is your significant life bible verse?
Proverbs 17:17, I particularly love the way the Message bible puts it, highlighting family, “Friends love through all kinds of weather, and families stick together in all kinds of trouble”.
What have been some of your joys and greatest challenges as a young christian woman living in this generation?
My greatest joy to date is having a lady tell me that she wanted me to be a role model for her daughter because she admired the way I carried myself. I was fully taken aback because I’d never considered myself a role model – like ever, and I didn’t realise that anyone was watching how I behaved because I didn’t think I was doing anything special (still don’t) but God uses you in unexpected ways. Relating to that, one of my greatest challenges is knowing my worth and understanding that God can use me despite all the things I feel are wrong about me, believing that wholeheartedly has been a journey in itself.
Can you share some key lessons that God has taught you or that God is teaching you in this season of your life?
No matter what, He’s in control. Whatever ideas or plans I make are fine, but they aren’t his thoughts or his plans and I need to be okay with that and trust his process.
What is your life work or passion? Or what you currently doing?
I’m on my way to a masters in Critical Musicology, beginning September, and also working on being involved in various musical and other creative projects.
What is a day in your life look like/Can you give us a glimpse into your daily life?
I always try to start with some kind of devotion… Doesn’t always work like that but I definitely don’t move very far from my bed without praying, feels like putting on a coat with no clothes underneath if I forget lol. Because I’m transitioning to masters, there isn’t much studying involved right now but I keep myself busy by picking up one of the various instruments in the house or sing/try to sing something to keep the practise up. I also spend a lot of time in my sketch book. And eat. Eating is quite high on the do-to list everyday.
In the busyness of life how do you cultivate your spiritual growth as a young woman?
I try to centre everything I do or plan to do around God. Something as simple and mundane as getting the bus, I always find myself either praying it comes on time or that if it doesn’t, there’s something that doesn’t go to plan the other end so I’m not that late or praying that the person I’m meeting has a forgiving spirit lol, the little things like that help me to trust him with the bigger things which in turn help my faith the grow because I trust Him more.
What are some ways the Lord has given you triumph in the midst of life’s challenges? And how would you encourage somebody else going through a challenging time in their life?
Whatever it is that’s going on, don’t stop praying. Even when it seems like nothings happening, just don’t stop. I prayed the same prayer for about 6 years before anything happened, but when it did, I knew it was God.
What advice would you give to a young woman who desires to go deeper in her relationship with Jesus Christ?
Start small. Don’t try and injest whole chunks of the bible or try to pray for hours on end because you think it’s the right thing to do… You won’t get very far and it’ll become more of a chore. Talk to him like he’s your best friend and you’ll want to know more about him as you tell him all about you!
What are some of the greatest lessons you’ve learnt about love and relationships in your life?
Don’t rush things. It easy to get caught in the hype of wanting a relationship because someone else’s looks good. Pray and listen. If God isn’t at the centre, it’s almost definitely a relationship that isn’t good for you and will lead you down a pretty dark path. Trust He wants the best for you, so wait on Him. There is NO greater love than the one God has. Legit. None greater. Trust me lol. Don’t go looking, you’ll waste your time. Wait.
Who inspires you and why?
My siblings. Biologically I’m an only child but I have been blessed with a brother and many many sisters who show me what it means to be strong, how to keep going when you really feel like you’ve got nothing left.
Do you have any books or sermons that you recommend young women to read or listen to?
I know people may have seen the film but reading the book ‘The War Room’ really awakened a serious endeavour to pray unwaveringly. I haven’t read it yet but Melody Masons ‘Dare to Ask for More’ is on my list.
What are some of your favourite things?
Art, in all its forms but particularly music. And the colour teal. And blackberries.
What advice would you give your younger self?
Stop comparing yourself to everyone else, you’ve given me a lot of work to do years later lol. Trust God, your parents and your family and friends more. God gave you them for a reason.