Mikaela Ouille

Age:22

Attending: North Central Texas College (Flower Mound) and University of Texas Arlington

Classification: Junior

Major: Early Childhood Education

Hometown: Flower Mound, Texas

Role in Glowing Heart: Alto singer, Acoustic Guitarist, Coffee Stop manager, Pre-Event Coordinator, Assistant Director

Contact: mikaela@glowingheart.org

God is good! I grew up in a Christian home and accepted Christ when I was six but I never felt like that relationship with Christ was real. It felt like my parent’s relationship with Christ. Growing up, I played fast-pitch, competitive softball and I was more concerned with my desire to play sports in college than I was with going to church and serving Christ. Softball became an idol in my life. As I grew into my middle school years, I began to fall under peer pressure as I was bullied because I was homeschooled. This led to rebelling in many ways such as cussing, partying, and drinking because I was so easily influenced. I suddenly realized after church camp one year that I really didn’t have good friends. However, I wasn’t ready to stop pushing God away and quit living in a life of sin just yet.

Although I do believe that I made a slow turn away from my old ways in certain areas, I refused to give my whole self to God and stop running from His grace that He had been waiting to lavish on me. In Revelation 3:16 the Lord warns us, “So because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth” (NIV). The Lord paints a clear picture of how He feels when we can neither fully dedicate ourselves to Him, nor disown Him completely. I was that lukewarm child and not only did I know that verse and understand the consequences, but I still chose to continue in my foolish ways until my junior year of high school when Glowing Heart Ministries grabbed my attention through their dedication to Christ. I had never met people so close to my age who were so on fire for Christ and I was inspired to be more like them.

It was at a D-NOW weekend my junior year  that The Lord called my name and gave me a clear understanding of true love and genuine salvation! No more running, no more lukewarmness. I have fully dedicated my life to Christ and I am blessed to say that God transformed my heart and mind to desire to live 100% for Him! I am going on my fourth and last year in Glowing Heart and am now the Pre-event Coordinator, one of the managers of our Coffee Stop ministry, and Assistant Director. God has already taught me that His plan to shake up my desires and go through with His, saved my life. During a D-NOW this year I was told that the softball team I had committed to playing college softball with, before God broke my knees and told me to join Glowing Heart, had been in a huge bus accident and four players died. I fully believe that God saved my life so that I could continue to spread the message of His love and faithfulness to the students we interact with weekly and at D-NOWs. 2 Samuel 22:31, “As for God, His way is perfect: The LORD’s word is flawless; He shields all who take refuge in Him” (NIV).