Saturday, October 18, 2008

Lifesong In The Limelight/Laurie Ann

I truly believe that a person's testimony, salvation or otherwise, is one of the most powerful expressions of the Christian faith. I thrive on hearing God-stories. When I had my blog giveaway/contest, I asked for testimonies based on songs affecting one's faith. Well, people submitted, and I was moved. That's where "Lifesong In the Limelight" on Saturdays was born:

So allow me to share Laurie Ann's song testimony that she posted on her blog: A Magnolia's Heart Beats. I hope her authenticity and passion move you as much as it did me...


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The song, I Pledge Allegiance to the Lamb, deeply changed my life. Instaneously. I heard it sung in church by a friend who sang it 10x better than the original author/recorder, and this southern baptist girl was on her feet by the time the song ended - a huge step for reserved Laurie Ann, who almost jumped up and fled out of fear the first time she heard applause in a new church at the age of 14. Grew up in the same church all my life till then, and when we changed, even though it was still southern baptist, they clapped after a song was sung and it scared the fool out of me. But this is not about that. This is about how this song moved me so much that I was standing on my feet by the song's end.

I was deeply moved in spirit by God asking me three distinct questions. During the song! (No, not out loud. I would have left the building for sure if He spoke to me audibly, although I think I have heard Him whisper before, but that's another post.)

1) Do you pledge your whole allegiance to Me? (Yes, God.)
2) Would you die for Me? (Yes, God.)
and
3) Are you really ready to reject the world and embrace the Cross no matter what? (Huh? Yes, God, but I'm scared.)

Because I chose to reject the world and embrace His Cross in total and complete obedience to Him, I immediately knew it was going to cost me a friend. A dear friend. She had referred to my God as the Sky Fairy, and I had been praying about how to respond to her post. Was I to try to back off from sharing my faith with her, perhaps pushing her farther away? Was I to respond to her post in love and with forgiveness? No, God is not to be mocked, and I knew I had to Pledge Allegiance to the Lamb. In losing my friendship with her, I lost connection with about 9 other women with whom I felt inseparable at the time. Only one friend remained, and she emailed me the other day and told me she had found God. It was worth it to reject the world and embrace the Cross, pledging my total allegiance to God, and being willing to die for Him (my life was not threatened as this "friend" posted this offense from a gazillion states away and I only saw her once a year). But the question was asked, "Are you willing...?" Yes, God.

I Pledge Allegiance to the Lamb as sung by Ray Boltz (no endorsement of Mr. Boltz, but he does have a great voice.)

I Pledge Allegiance to the Lamb

as sung by Ray Boltz

CHORUS: I pledge allegiance to the Lamb
With all my strength
With all I am
I will seek to honor His commands
I pledge allegiance to the Lamb

I have heard how Christians long ago
Were brought before a tyrant’s throne
They were told that he
Would spare their lives
If they would renounce
The name of Christ
But one by one they chose to die
The Son of God, they would not deny
Like a great angelic choir sings
I can almost hear their voices ring

CHORUS I pledge allegiance to the Lamb
With all my strength
With all I am
I will seek to honor His commands
I pledge allegiance to the Lamb

Now the years have come
And the years have gone
And the cause of Jesus still goes on
Now our time has come
To count the cost
To reject this world
To embrace the Cross

And one by one let us live our lives
For the One who died to give us life
Till the trumpet sounds on the final day
Let us proudly stand and boldly say
©1994 Word Music/ASCAP (a div. of Word, Inc.) and Shepherd Boy Music/ASCAP (adm. by Word, Inc.).

Laurie Ann loves her family, her friends and sweet tea. She married her best friend 17 years ago and falls in love with him again each day. The nest is empty but fills up again and again with frequent visits from her bonus daughter, son-in-law and grandsons. Her heart beats to serve her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Please join her at her blog: A Magnolia's Heart Beats where her heart shines with humor, depth, authenticity and Truth in each and every post.



In the Key of HE,

11 friends shared a comment:

-bill said...

LauraLee, thanks for posting this. Laurie Ann's story is so compelling. Ray Boltz has served as God's instrument for moving many, many people.

God bless,
Bill

Denise said...

This was precious, Laurie Ann is such a sweet blessing.

Homesteader in Training said...

I am so glad that I've come to know Lauri Ann. She is so sweet and such a blessing. I loved her testimony. She has great Friday Funny jokes as well lol.
Hugs my friend.

Betsy Markman said...

Praise God for Laurie Ann's faithfulness despite the cost, and her assurance that Christ is worth it all! May He show Himself more precious to each of us every day!

Debra said...

Laurie Ann's testimony touched my heart the first time I read it and it has touched me again reading it now.

Knowing it would cost her a friend immediately, the Spirit still moved her to submission and she yielded....it never gets old hearing these testimonies...never!

To God be the glory for the great things He has done and will continue to do for our Laurie Ann!

Rick said...

Ray Blotz - a good man. I actually got to meet him once. He's shorter than I imagined. My favorite song of his is "The Anchor Holds." Boy, oh boy, that one has brought tears to my eyes.

Debbie said...

Great testimony!! thanks for sharing!

Joanne Sher said...

A wonderful testimony of the willingness to give up ALL for Him. Excellent. Wow. Thank you for doing this, dear Laura.

Meridith @ The Road Less Traveled said...

Beautiful testimony... thank you for sharing...

Marsha said...

What a beautiful post, LauraLee and Laurie Ann. Such a beautiful testimony of counting the cost to follow Him.

Unfortunately, as of Sept.12 of this year, Ray has come out of the closet. It deeply saddened me when I heard this news. I've been praying for him and his family. (They've known for several years.)
http://blog.christianitytoday.com/ctliveblog/archives/2008/09/ray_boltz_comes.html

LauraLee Shaw said...

Yes, Marsha, I knew of this when I posted it. He needs our prayers, but I'm thankful for the way the Lord has used his music, especially regarding this testimony.