In the Spotlight

Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein.   Mark 10:15

If you’ve listened to modern Christian music for the past few years, there’s veritably one artist that has stolen the spotlight in a lot of ways…

Lauren Daigle.

When I used to listen mostly rock, sometimes I’d watch music award shows, and for so many times when it came to Country music categories, one duo seemed to grab all the spotlight those times too. But once I began listening to more country, I could see why Brooks & Dunn were so huge.  It’s the same way with Lauren’s music.   I kept hearing her name pop up with music awards, and not only at the Christian venues either.  Then I started hearing more of her as I listened to more Christian music.

Those of you who’ve heard her sing knows she’s got one of the strongest voices out there. That girl is loaded with the gift of voice and lyrics.

I started off this spotlight thread with that verse from Mark because it’s the essence of her latest album, Look Up Child.   This is her second studio album and it’s bound to be a favorite for a lot of folks.   About the thought behind this latest venture thinking about children’s trust and not having the cares of the world weighing on them  she shares,

“Doubt doesn’t impact their decision making and I think that’s something really beautiful… I think when we remove some of those things it brings you into a complete realm of freedom.”

She and I have something in common. We both seemed to have lost our religion.  But found something or, rather some One so much more- our relationship with our Father in Heaven and as kids we can learn to really regain that child like faith and trust again and find freedom from things that could weigh us down, but don’t need to be if we give them to Him.  And also the assurance of who we are to Him…

Lauren is no stranger to life’s tough times, but she’s recognized God’s plans and work through each step.  From the time when she was diagnosed with an immune deficiency disease when she was 15, to a few years ago being diagnosed with Lyme disease and Lupus, she draws from God’s strength.  It was then she said the verse from Isaiah 40:28-31 “we will run and not grow weary. We will walk and not grow faint. We will soar on wings like eagles” really meant something.

Even when I’m weak, God is the one that prevails. He is the one that overcomes. We don’t even need to look at our circumstance. We don’t need to stay bogged down with what’s happening in our bodies because He is so powerful. He is so faithful. And it’s His strength that allows us to overcome and soar on wings like eagles.

She is healed and dedicates her life to the gifts that God has given her, not only in music, but also ministry.  She’s been involved in a program based out of Dallas called Restore Her, which rescues girls from the sex trafficking ‘industry’.  They live in a home with a ‘mom and dad’ and given new hope and healing through family, Christian education and God’s vision for their lives.

She recently visited Statesville Prison in Illinois, a maximum security institution.  Writing about the experience on her Facebook page she says,

We sang songs with inmates whose voices carried deeper into our hearts than the echo of a microphone will ever release. I saw hope in the face of the hopeless, joy in the wake of sorrow, wealth in the gap of depravity, and life in the midst of death…  I watched Heaven befriend those who are often forgotten. With each day that passes, may I never take for granted what it was like to walk around as a free man.

In an interview with Christian Post she explained about going outside the walls of the church to share the Gospel,  “I think the passage that says, ‘Go out into the world and draw people unto Him,’ the Great Commission, that’s what I think about in regard to the mainstream aspect. I  wasn’t looking at [making my music] as in mainstream versus Christian [album]. I was like, ‘OK, what is the purest version of me? Or what is the purest thing that God has written into my spirit and how do I express that? How do I communicate that?”

She’s not afraid to live her faith in the world, and neither are we supposed to.  People of the world don’t get drawn into the church, we are meant to go to them.  And she does, through her music and passion for people to know the love of Jesus.

One of her songs I love is

The song is based on the story of the adulterous woman who was loved by Jesus.  Lauren describes it, “We all have sin in our lives, regardless of the scale. It all took the same death. Knowing that, God says, ‘Don’t run away from Me in the middle of your sin. When you’re trapped, when you know you’ve done wrong, run to Me instead and watch Me set you free. It’s My lack of condemnation that allows you to walk away whole and perfect. It’s My lack of condemnation that sets you free.'”

Lauren’s music style crosses genres and the barriers between the secular and the sacred. Its meant to be shared, to shine the spotlight on where it belongs- Jesus.   That’s something needed more and more in our world.

I hope you find some songs you like, that are not so often played and share them here.  Have a beautiful day all!

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