Saturday, November 8, 2008

Lifesong In The Limelight/Dee Yoder

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:

You'll love meeting Dee from My Heart's Dee-light, because, well, not only is she a delight to know, but also her love for the Lord shines through everything she writes. She's my friend, a kindred spirit and someone I admire deeply, but I'll let you see for yourself as she writes for
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God Speaks Through Music: My Songs

There are so many times in my life that God spoke to me through music, but three times in particular come right to my mind.

When I was in college, I struggled often to find funding for classes and textbooks, but one time in particular led to a miracle! I was working 30 hours a week and also carrying a full load so I would qualify for my loan. I had Human Anatomy and Physiology and found that I just couldn't stretch my budget to buy the book for the class. So I was going to the library every night to read the text book in the reference section. I couldn't keep up. No matter how hard I tried, I was slipping behind. One afternoon, I was feeling really low. As I walked away from my class, I looked up in the sky and saw a whole flock of sparrows. I thought immediately of the song "His Eye is on the Sparrow":

"Why should I be discouraged?
Why should the shadows come?
Why should my heart be lonely,
and long for Heaven and Home?
When Jesus is my portion?
My constant friend is He.
His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me."
(Words: Civilla D. Martin, Music: Charles H. Gabriel)

I was still worried, I have to confess, but I felt peace. The next day, as I was leaving the Human Anatomy class, a girl I didn't know came right up to me and said "God told me to give you this." She handed me a brand new Human Anatomy and Physiology book...the sticker was still on it! By the time I could speak, she was gone. It was just a book, but when hard times came to me later in life, I remembered that song and that book. His eye is on the sparrow...and I know He watches me.

The next song that had a great impact on me was the chorus "Give Thanks". My husband was dying of cancer. He had been in the hospital for several days and I could see he was slowly slipping away from me. His mother and I took turns staying with him all night because we didn't want him to be alone. One night, he was restless. He had pulled and tugged at his oxygen mask and he just looked frightened. I remember leaning over his bed and stroking his dark hair and I began to softly sing to him:

"Give thanks with a grateful heart
Give thanks to the Holy One
Give thanks, because He's given Jesus Christ, His Son...
And now, let the weak say 'I am strong'
Let the poor say 'I am rich'
Because of what the Lord has done for us...give thanks."
(Words and Music by Henry Smith)

Jim immediately grew still. His brown eyes locked onto mine and he smiled and then he slowly fell asleep for the night. I can't sing that song without reliving that moment and remembering his smile and his brown eyes.


After he went to Heaven, life was so hard for me. I missed him so much, I literally thought I would die myself. I can't begin to describe the despair and the pain of those first few weeks and months. I had my little boy, only three years old, and I had to get on with life, but there were nights and mornings when I just wanted to go to Heaven myself. It hurt so bad. I would try to be strong all day, but when night came, and the house grew quiet, I'd lie in our bed and just weep. I'd struggle with reading God's word and trying to find comfort and even trying to find God. One night, I was awake all night. When morning came, I looked out the window and saw the pink dawn. In my head, I heard the song:

Great is Thy faithfulness, O God my Father
There is no shadow of turning with Thee
Thou changest not, Thy compassions they fail not.
As Thou hast been, thou forever will be.
Great is Thy faithfulness
Great is Thy faithfulness
Morning by morning new mercies I see
All I have needed, Thy hand has provided
Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me."
(Words: Thomas O. Chisholm, Music: William M. Runyan)

Oh! I sang it over and over that morning and all the lonely mornings to come and one morning, I meant it again.

Music has always had an impact on my life, but these three songs are some of my favorites because each time, they pointed me to a loving Father who cared and KNEW me, inside and out.


Dee is a wife and mom living in Ohio. She has a degree in Biological Sciences, with minors in German and Religion from Lee University. She has been a Home Educator for 6 years. She has several short works of fiction waiting for future publication in the Faithwriters Anthologies. She also had an article accepted by Pathway Press, for publication in the Church of God Evangel magazine, and an article published in the December 2007 issue of Faithwriters magazine.(Exit Quickly, Stage Right) She is currently doing research for her latest NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) project; a novel titled "The Miting." This is a story about a girl who decides to leave her Amish faith...and the consequences of her decision. You can read more of Dee's short fiction pieces, devotions and other writings on her blog and at Faithwriters.com.


In the Key of HE,

11 friends shared a comment:

Patty Wysong said...

What a beautiful testimony! Love both of you! Huggles!

Joanne Sher said...

You brought me to tears, dear Dee (and Laura, of course!). Thank you so much for sharing!

Melanie said...

Wow... what a beautiful testimony! Music affects me in similar ways and I found this to be so very moving. Dee, thank you so much for sharing this with us today.

Betsy Markman said...

Wow, I had no idea you had been through all of that! Bless your heart, and bless the Lord!

Lori said...

How awesome is He? I can't tell you how He has guided, reassured, convicted...etc. me through the lyrics of a song. I love hearing stories of how faithful He is to speak to us. Loved this!

Debra said...

What a beautiful testimony! Thank you so much for sharing this.

There are so many times that I'll be listening to a song in church and the Spirit of God will just begin to reach in and grab my heart and I wonder if it is moving other people in the same way? Silly me ~ of course it is .. proof right here! This was just beautiful, Dee. Thanks, LauraLee for posting it!

Debra said...

LauraLee,

On a different note, I have a friend whose daughter is struggling with a boyfriend issue...I would like to send her the story you had posted here about True Love Waiting. Can you email that to me? Or is it ok if I copy it and send it to her?

I'll await your response. Thank you and Blessings to you today!

Catrina Bradley said...

Thanks for sharing Dee's testimony. So many songs have impacted me, too, and I loved reading how these 3 worked in her life.

Laury said...

What a powerful testimony! Thank you, Laura, for posting it and Dee -- thank you so much for sharing.

Cheryl said...

Laura Lee,

This is an awesome testimony. Thanks for sharing!. Songs speak in volumes. Dee, thanks for sharing your story.

Have a great weekend.

Cheryl

Leah Orcutt said...

Wow....what a moving testimony! Very encouraging! Thank you so much for sharing.