Whose Voice Will You Choose to Listen To?
Those are two pretty powerful words I hadn’t quite considered in the way I do now until I met my friend, Mia Koehne. When she said it out loud, I felt a catch in my spirit and ever since then I tend to ask myself that question in many situations.
When I’m praying? God give me wisdom SO THAT …
In giving my best yes SO THAT …
Or, saying “no” SO THAT …
What about when it comes to our purpose?
God has created us each wonderfully and uniquely to do a good work. Every single one of us. He made us intentionally and purposefully SO THAT …![bctt tweet=”God has created us each wonderfully and uniquely to do a good work. #ChosenandWorthy #hope #voiceoftruth @MiaKoehne” username=”lori_schumaker”]
I’m so excited to share my friend with you today.
You are going to love her! Her love for Christ shines brightly and in her presence, you just can’t help but feel His love. We still can’t remember exactly how we met, but we do agree it was somehow through Twitter.
Since we both live in the Phoenix area, we had lunch. And from there a friendship began! I even had the huge honor and pleasure of serving alongside her at an Aspire Women’s Event ♥
Days, they can be full, hectic, fast-paced or slow.
Here is a small glimpse into a typical day for me. I generally spend it in a couple of ways… either resting, which is my favorite thing to do (and it is also an activity that I count as completely Biblical), or finding ways to encourage those around me. I do the latter through my blog, through sharing scripture, phone calls, coffee dates, writing and touring around the country in women’s and recovery ministry.
Truly, I love being filled up SO THAT I can pour out on those I meet. My heart is to walk alongside women, remind them that they are loved, forgiven, redeemed and chosen. My heart is that people would know that they are not alone.
Many of my weekends are spent traveling and sharing this message of hope through song.
These times are full, exhilarating and exhausting, all at the same time. So, when I come home, my favorite place to refuel is on top of a mountain. So hiking, I go.
Today, as I sat on the mountain reading my Bible and talking to the Lord, I found myself almost frozen. I’m not sure if it was the exhaustion or the fact that I finally had a moment where I slowed down enough to feel as though I could fully exhale. In that moment of release, I admitted to myself that I felt alone, that I felt less than, that I felt unloved. I felt like a hypocrite.
How could I travel around sharing the truth with others when I myself felt so unsure in that moment?
And then I turned to 2 Samuel 7:18-19
“Then King David went in and sat before the Lord and prayed,
“Who am I, O Sovereign Lord, and what is my family, that you have brought me this far? And now, Sovereign Lord, in addition to everything else, you speak of giving your servant a lasting dynasty! Do you deal with everyone this way, O Sovereign Lord?”
I let His word sit in my heart. I heard the gentle whisper of the Lord saying “Don’t leave this mountain until you remember and know the truth until you remember how much you are loved by Me.”
My doubt was turning to awe, my loneliness to thankfulness.
There in those next moments, I felt the prayer of David rush through my soul. I too was saying “Who am I that You would love me, Lord? Thank you for bringing me this far. I can’t believe how you love me and not just me, but all your people!”[bctt tweet=”Who am I that You would love me, Lord? Thank you for bringing me this far #ChosenandWorthy #Hope @MiaKoehne” username=”lori_schumaker”]
His Word reminded me (once again) of who I am.
His word assured me of my identity, my value and my worth because of who Christ says I am. The other voices in my head may try and scream that I am not enough, that everything you did out on the road didn’t really matter, but Truth speaks louder. The voice of Truth remains.
And that is the voice I choose to listen to over and over again because that is the voice that chose me first.[bctt tweet=”His word assured me of my identity, my value and my worth because of who Christ says I am. #ChosenandWorthy #Hope @MiaKoehne” username=”lori_schumaker”]
Mia lives as a testimony to God’s grace and His forgiveness. As one who formerly lived in brokenness and shame, she rejoices that God has restored her and identified her as His own. Inspired to share this message of hope with others, she boldly proclaims the Gospel message of forgiveness to all that will hear.
With a heart for the lost, she prays that others will be freed from the bondage of sin and self-destruction through the one and only, Jesus Christ. She is ready to partner with you in ministry and share through word and song.
Mia is the wife of Bob and the mother of three children, Chris, Aaron, and Miriam.
You can connect with Mia on HERE on her blog or on social media.
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When Mia leads worship, I feel the presence of the Holy Spirit. There’s a beauty and purity of heart and of worship that comes from her. It’s unique. And it has blessed me immensely. I couldn’t leave without sharing a piece of this with you today. As I looked through the multitude of options on YouTube, I couldn’t help but share this one. I could have shared an official trailer. Or a very professionally done video.
However, this live video captures the heart of worshiping with Mia. May you be blessed and may you never forget that you are not alone.
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What an encouraging word, Lori, and Mia!
I love that question – so what?
Thank you for being an inspiration to my life~
Thank Melanie. Yes, words I live by…so that. Great reminder and encouragement to persevere. -Mia
I never though of that, but it is necessary to be specific.