Dawn Smith Jordan's Ministry Topics
As Dawn ministers, whether it be in a ladies’ night out event, a women’s retreat, or a church worship service or concert, she intertwines a combination of music, testimony, humor, transparency, and most importantly, the Truth found in God’s Word.
Key Scripture: “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come; the old has gone, the new is here!” (2 Corinthians 5:17)
Sitting on the front row of a Baptist church on a Sunday morning about to give a concert, Dawn overheard the gentleman in the pew behind her say, “That's that girl whose sister was murdered, isn't it?” After over 32 years of sharing a story which she has been called upon to share in thousands of churches, venues, and TV programs, that got Dawn to thinking. Each of us have titles attached to us, assigned by others. But oftentimes we have claimed them ourselves. Divorced, abandoned, abused, depressed, cancer-victim, cancer-survivor, single mom, old maid, unworthy, broken, wounded, rejected, unloved; these are just to name a few that so many women carry around. And yet, God has something different to say about who we are.
“No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:37-39.) While those things are a part of who we are, God is not done, and He is making us into the women He created us to be. We are not who others say we are, or who the enemy would like us to believe we are. He says we are chosen, loved, a royal priesthood, His beloved daughters. Our true identity lies in accepting who we are in Christ.
Key Scripture: “Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work; if one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up.” (Ecclesiastes 4:9-10)
Specifically for women's ministry events, Dawn celebrates the female relationships in our lives. While rejoicing that her mom and sister are in heaven, she focuses on the “sisters” she has in her life, encouraging the women of God to be that to one another. As Sister Sledge sings, “We are family! I got all my sisters with me!”
In 2017 Dawn found herself walking out a “never” in her life: a self-proclaimed non-runner completing five races! And through the process of training with her friend who was preparing to run her first marathon (Dawn's “marathon” was a 5-miler, don't be too impressed!), God gave her a picture of how the body of Christ is a lot like the women with whom she ran. We are in this race of life together, to cheer one another on, take each other by the hand, and press on toward the finish line together. No woman left behind. We put sole to our soul as sisters, hand in hand, crossing the finish line together.
Key Scripture: "Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus." (Phil. 3:13-14)
Our journey is full of choices. How do we respond to circumstances we would have never chosen? We can choose to allow them to destroy, define or develop us. Philippians 4:13 tells us, "I can do all things through Christ Who strengthens me." We CAN do all things, endure all things, persevere through all things, and press on in ALL things, because our Father can be trusted to enable us to do just that, for His glory alone. Phil. 1:6 assures us, "being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus."
(Also a message that is appropriate for secular settings, entitled "Keep Believing" as a motivational message.)
Key Scripture: "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight." (Proverbs 3:5-6)
This became Dawn’s life scripture over 30 years ago as a result of horrific tragedy in her life. At 21 years of age, her 17-year-old sister was kidnapped and murdered. The Lord began to instill within Dawn at a young age a deep-rooted faith in His sovereignty amidst such uncertainty. Sharing the journey from her sister's tragic death, to later going from being a pastor's wife to a single mother, to losing her mother to cancer…Dawn's focus in this session is on the four key words found in this Scripture: Trust, Understanding, Acknowledge, and Direct.
The more we learn to acknowledge God for Who He is in the midst of life's ever-changing and challenging circumstances, the easier it becomes to trust Him.
Key Scripture: "Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ has also forgiven you." (Ephesians 4:32)
In this session, as a continuation of "Keep Believing," Dawn will take the listener from learning how to truly trust the Lord with the hurts of life to the place of forgiving the very ones that have hurt us. In 1989 Dawn received a letter from the man that killed her sister, and while on Death Row he claimed to have met Jesus Christ, asking Dawn to forgive him for what he had done. Dawn shares how God brought her to the place of understanding how true healing from the hurts of life cannot take place apart from the supernatural act of forgiveness in our own lives. Later she would learn to not only forgive the murderer, but to daily choose forgiveness as a path to healing and wholeness.
Key Scripture: "I waited patiently for the Lord, and He inclined to me, and heard my cry. He brought me up out of the pit of destruction, out of the miry clay, and He set my feet upon a rock making my footsteps firm. And He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God. Many will see and fear, and will trust in the Lord." (Psalm 40:1-3)
We all have our own "Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song," but God doesn't desire for us to keep on singing that song. The life-song that we choose to sing is for the most part up to us! The happiest of people don't necessarily have the best of everything, they just make the most of everything that comes along their way. Although we may not choose some of the circumstances of our lives, we ALWAYS have a choice with how we respond…and in those times, if we choose to allow the Lord to do so, He will give us a new song, right out of the mire and into the choir for His glory!
Key Scripture: "Be still and know that I am God" (Psalm 46:10)
As women, we tend to live by our “to-do” lists. However, it is equally important to learn to focus on an attitude of stillness as we go about the daily necessary labor that comes with life…how we can find the balance to "be still" in our attitudes and activities, first and foremost making a time set apart to spend with the Lord in prayer and Scripture to cultivate a heart that is still before Him as the Sovereign Lord over all areas of our lives. It is only then that we can be all that He has created us to be, and do.
Key Scripture: Mark 4:35-39 (Jesus calming the storm)
As Scott Krippane so beautifully wrote in his song, "Sometimes He calms the storm, and other times He calms His child," Dawn relates true-life stories of the various storms we each face in our lives, and yet in the midst of them, how the Lord is speaking to us, "Peace, be still." Reality is that we are either in the midst of a storm, coming out of one, or heading straight into another one. Storms are certain. But if the Father did not have a purpose in the storms, just as He did with the disciples in the boat, He would not allow them into our lives. Instead of telling God how big our storm is, we need to begin to tell our storm how big our God is.
Key Scripture: "Thou wilt make known to me the path of life; in Thy presence is fullness of joy." (Psalm 16:11)
This is a special program for the Christmas season, featuring the songs of Dawn's Christmas project, "Your Presence for Christmas." She shares stories, songs, and a message about the gift of Emmanuel – God with us…a gift that the Lord desires for us to know and experience firsthand all year long. This is perfect for a Christmas ladies' night out event or a church-wide Christmas concert.
If you would like further information regarding any of these topics, please feel free to email Dawn Smith Jordan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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