The Lead Vocalist

I met her at the first writers’ group that I held at my house about five years ago. She was an amazing woman of God surrounded by grace and humility. She dedicated her heart to writing devotionals for my ministry and several months later, God called her to be the Women’s Minister at my church. I was honored and blessed to be under her leadership.

Along with being a writer, women’s minister and church staff member, she also sang onstage with our church band. I would watch her sing and become irritated. I couldn’t hear my friend’s voice! She would only sing back-up, and I, not being musically inclined, couldn’t distinguish her from the others. I told her my frustrations about not being able to hear her, but she was content to use her voice to support the lead vocalist.

One Sunday morning my friend wasn’t singing, and I finally heard it: her voice was missing! Although I couldn’t discern her voice, I could definitely tell when it was absent.

I saw her the following week and exclaimed, “I heard it!”

“What?” She asked.

“The lack of your voice!” I yelled excitedly.

She looked at me for a moment puzzled, but then she smiled with understanding. In a small way, I finally felt like I could appreciate her singing talent.

This past Sunday morning, God had a very special gift in store for me. After five years, I finally heard my friend’s voice. She sang  lead vocals, and I bawled. All my makeup was off my face before the pastor even said one word. I listened to my friend sing, and I thanked God for the amazing ways He shows Himself to me. What a beautiful sight she was singing for her mighty God! Her voice is forever imprinted on my heart.

As I reflect on that morning, I know that many people have trouble hearing God’s voice. They recognize when it’s missing, but they have never heard Him speak so powerfully that there was no doubt the words were from God. I once struggled with hearing God’s voice, and I worried whether or not I was listening to the wrong one.

But something changed. I now hear God’s voice loud and clear. He speaks to me through the Bible, the Holy Spirit and other Christians. He engulfs me with His presence, and He whispers to my spirit. What’s different? Why has it become so easy to distinguish His voice? The answer is simple. When I put God center stage, He became the Lead Vocalist singing into my life. All that I am stays focused on God, and I’ve learned to discern His voice.

“God’s voice thunders in marvelous ways; he does great things beyond our understanding” (Job 37.5 NIV).

Alisa Hope Wagner

Alisa Hope Wagner is aggressive about leading a simple life. She enjoys working out, reading, writing and communicating God’s love and truth. She married her high school sweetheart, and together they enjoy raising their children in a Christ-centered home. Though an introvert by nature, Alisa easily expresses herself through social media, especially on her blog. She has earned her B.A. Degree in English and her M.S. Degree in Applied English Linguistics, and she volunteered in women’s ministry leadership and life group ministry for her church. She trained in Mixed Martial Arts and won her bout by TKO! She has written her debut novel, Eve of Awakening, and has started the sequel, Bear Into Redemption.

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  1. Bless you for such a beautiful post.

  2. An absolutely beautiful connection to hearing God’s voice. Love this devotional, Alisa.
    Thank you for sharing it!

  3. What a fabulous analogy – but I’ve come to expect that of you, Alisa. Excellent. Needed this.

  4. What an amazing word. Written by a beautiful writer about a beautiful singer. Love them both. Treasures from heaven.

  5. Just beautiful. Life is so different when He is not center stage.

  6. Your voice, His words, I hear. The brevity and precision thunder.

  7. Amazing devo, Al! I felt the same when I saw & heard DeeDee up there finally singing lead!
    Using this as an example of hearing God’s voice is genius & I can COMPLETELY relate to this.
    Your writing always makes things clear to me… I wonder at how you can pull these analogies out of everyday things I just don’t see. Then again, I don’t. God has given you this gift, this ministry. And I praise Him everyday that He gave me your friendship. LOVE you! xo

  8. Beautiful. Love you both!

  9. What a beautiful connection between her voice and God’s. Just found your site tonight, and I it will be a blessing to read more of your writing.

  10. Alisa! Love this devo, and love DeeDee! It is an amazing “sound” to hear God’s voice and I love that you can relay that throught your obvious God given friendship! Thank you for sharing!

  11. Girl – I’m crying now. You bless me always, as does DeeDee. And just so you know, your sweet spirit and smile are missing from my life. Love you!

  12. Alisa,
    This is a lovely, lovely story filled with a powerful message!!!

  13. Alisa,
    I don’t know you but I’ve know DeeDee for a very long time. We have served and worshiped together before. I am in total agreement with you on how the Lord speaks thru her. Thank you for speaking from your heart. I am so thankful that the Lord is using both you and my sweet friend DeeDee..
    Your sister in Christ,
    Tisa cole
    worship leader @Lifepointe fellowship
    Victoria tx


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