Her Story | Fall 2017 Say Yes Model: Mikaela

Photo: Chris Pereira

Hey girls! My Name is Mikaela Hoke and I currently reside in Ozark, Missouri. I am from Kansas City but moved to Ozark to attend James River College. I love this season of life because I get to be around others I can learn from. I love hanging out with friends and family. You will most likely see me shopping, there are too many options here in Springfield! I wanted to be a part of the the Grace Mask because It is so encouraging. If someone is having a bad day or if they just in need of some encouragement they can come here and see uplifting stories. I wanted to be a part of spreading a little joy. I hope my story can bring you encouragement today.

Made Whole:

I’ve been blessed to have walked with the Lord for years. I love God and because of this I have lived a life full on for the Church. Then I started dating this boy. I really liked him and then out of nowhere he broke up with me. It was the last thing I was expecting. I was shocked. My shock turned into bitterness which turned into anger which turned into insecurity. I was bitter because I didn’t know why we broke up, I was angry because of the way it left me feeling and I became insecure inside because I didn’t think I was good enough for anyone. I would beat myself up day after day thinking “If I would of done this better, we would still be together”  or “If I would of told him this we would still be together”. It was about 6 months later that I fully broke free from that insecurity. I was able to overcome my deep insecurities by speaking God’s word over myself instead of believing the lies that Satan had spoken over me. Eventually what we speak is what we will think about ourselves. And 10 months after I had my heart broken, I was able to get up on a stage in front of 150 students and share my story. I was able to encourage students to overcome heartbreak and insecurities. What the enemy used to shut me down, God used as a tool to build His kingdom.

His Words Evoking Beauty:

A verse that has changed the way I view myself is Psalm 139:14.  I am fearfully and wonderfully made in His image. I had allowed the enemy to come in and speak lies about my value and identity. Where God wanted to release truth, I allowed lies to take root. I learned if  you will dig deeper in the word of God you will find exactly who He says you are and you will realize that only God’s words matter the most. If God thinks I am beautifully and wonderfully made then, I am! His word has also changed my perspective so that I see the beauty in everyone I meet. There isn’t one person God didn’t create here on this earth so together we are all beautifully, fearfully and wonderfully made to serve the Kingdom of God.

Bring Out the BEST:

God is amazing at planting gifts in us and then using our circumstances to bring out the very best in us. With me God used a job I had working at a shop as the administrative assistant. One of my spiritual gifts is administration which is why I was working this job. God allowed me to minister to every person that walked in. Sometimes through a word of encouragement, sometimes through an act of service, and sometimes with just a simple gesture. God placed me in a job by using my giftings which allowed me to love those around me. Isn’t it awesome how God can bring out the very best in us to minister to those around us right where we are?

May you “Say Yes” to His love today!

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