Happy May! April came and went in a flurry of activity. Jennifer leaving after 7 years and having baby #5, Kelly coming on board as my new Schedule Coordinator, my birthday, Easter, family, friends, a broken foot...well a stress fracture and a big black boot for 3 weeks. A LOT happened, and through it all, God is God and He is so good.
This newsletter will be short(er) and sweet, as this will be Kelly's first time getting it all together and out. We had hoped to get it to you before my family and I headed to a much-needed, greatly appreciated vacation in Myrtle Beach last week. That didn't quite happen, so better late than never!
Jennifer Dale and family welcomed Caroline Grace, weighing in at 10 lbs., 14 oz., 21 inches long.
Though both mommy and baby had a difficult time, they are doing better, at home healing and recuperating. Caroline has to be on oxygen for a while after spending her first few days in the NICU, but we praise God they are ok, and heading to SC this month where I will get to meet her in person. Your prayers for their family in the midst of a newborn, 4 other children, and a move across the country all at the same time I know would be greatly appreciated.
Psalm 37:7 is currently the Scripture that is sitting on my kitchen sink windowsill..."Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for Him." In the midst of all the hustle and bustle of the schedule I am to keep right now, this is the message the Lord would have me hear each day, each morning as I go to make my cup of coffee as my feet have surely hit the ground running...to be still. Patience is a fruit of the Spirit...of His Spirit within me. Patience is not something any of us come by easily, or naturally, but I am daily seeking more of Him and so much less of me.
With Hannah finishing this semester, going into summer school, graduating in December, Ross possibly moving away, Hannah's wedding next May, there is SO MUCH going on. And yet, the Father reminds me daily as I stand at my kitchen sink to be still. Although I missed my Zumba class for 5 weeks, or even walking Cookie around the neighborhood like I have done for years at least a few times a week in addition, with the boot on my foot, I was forced to stop. I had no choice but to be still and rest my foot so it could heal. And it did, thankfully. But had I not stopped and followed the doctor's orders, it would not have. In the same way when the Father tells us to be still, He knows it is for our best. Because we are so busy doing, I think that is why He chose the word "be" in that passage. Being does not require doing. At 51, I am still learning, aren't we all? There are situations that I have been praying over for YEARS. And yet the Father reminds me to be still and wait patiently for Him because there is nothing I can DO to change any of them. In His time, in His way...
A Special Welcome to Kelly Congel!
I am delighted to officially welcome Kelly to Jordan Ministries as my Schedule Coordinator. Her love for the Lord and people is obvious, and I am grateful the Lord brought her into my life and ministry.
Here we are at our first official "staff meeting" at Starbucks as I headed to Florida. She may be reached at email@example.com, or by calling (803)920-8411. I have asked her to share a little with you in this newsletter, as well as from here on out, so would you give her your attention below in "Kelly's Corner."
Ministry at a Glance:
April had me traveling and ministering in GA, SC, NC & FL. Of course I wore the same 3 maxi-dresses for the first 3 weekends of the month due to the boot! So don't judge when you see the same dress in almost every picture!
The first weekend out was spent speaking for Solid Rock Baptist Church's women's retreat from Covington, GA at the beautiful Pinnacle Retreat Center in Clayton, GA. Then it was on to Folkstone Free Will Baptist Church's Women's Conference in Holly Ridge, NC where I was blessed to stay in an ocean-front home with the other speaker and singers. Kay Chandler spoke, and Leslie Swiatocho and her 2 daughters sang. What a delight they were to get to hear and serve alongside, as I rarely am blessed to get to hear others. I got to take off my boot and walk on the glorious shore before heading to Florence, SC where I sang both Sunday morning and night in concert at Mizpah Baptist Church, my Aunt Barbara Lawrimore's wonderful church. She is the pianist and also teaches Sunday school there, and we had a wonderful day together. Then this past weekend closed out the month with me being at Tomoka Christian Church in Ormond Beach, FL for a Women's Night Out event where my friend Melanie Dolich invited me to come. She and her husband Charles are the worship leaders there, and we had served together at another conference in the fall of 2014. How exciting it was to be in their church where they had hoped for 300 women and 450 came! What an incredible night! And before heading home the next day, I spent 3 hours sitting on their beautiful beach in my little beach chair, reading, praying, and soaking in some much-needed Vitamin D. My favorite place on earth is in front of God's great ocean, my feet in the sand.
May has me traveling all over my home state of SC. See my listed schedule at the end of this newsletter and please come out and join me if I happen to be near your neck of the woods!
*Summer Love-Offering Concert Opportunity*
Because the summer months are always slower and more challenging for a ministry like this one, I am available to come to your church simply asking for a love-offering and my mileage to be reimbursed. The Sundays that I have left in June and July are:
June 7 (AM & PM)
June 21 (AM & PM)
June 28 (AM)
July 5 (AM & PM)
July 12 (AM)
July 19 (AM & PM)
July 26 (PM)
I love sharing my summer concert that has something for the entire family...a mixture of traditional hymns, worship songs, my original songs & testimony, even a song for the children to join me up on stage (everyone's favorite), a beautiful powerpoint presentation which enables everyone to worship corporately together, and myself on the piano as well as singing. Some hosting churches enjoy having their choir join me, which is always an added treat! Interested? You can email me personally at firstname.lastname@example.org, or Kelly at email@example.com.
On the Home Front:
I celebrated my birthday with so many of my friends and family and felt so blessed to have had almost a month's worth of celebrations! Hannah and her best friend Kelly came home for my birthday/Easter weekend and they spent the full day with me. We went to see "Cinderella," had Clayton join us at Macaroni Grill for dinner (thanks for a giftcard received from my brother's family and my friend Julie), then us girls got pedicures (to make my boot a litte more attractive.) That night Ross and Brianna came over and enjoyed some birthday cookie with us.
My Aunt Sue took me to my favorite restaurant Inakaya for sushi earlier in the week, and my friend Sharon took me back there again...double blessing birthday dinner!
Easter Sunday we all spent together, which was such a joy to this mama's heart to have her children and their friends around our dining room table for a home-cooked meal.
My sister-in-law Caroline's birthday was also in April, and we had the rare treat of meeting at Starbuck's for lunch just the two of us as her mom kept Birkes.
My brother Robert's birthday is in May, so the celebrations will continue.On my trip home from Clayton, GA, I was able to attend Clemson Equestrian Center's Open House Dinner with Hannah as she is the Vice-President of CCHA.
I passed right by her wedding venue and got to see it, Chattoogabelle Farm in Longs Creek, SC, which is absolutely breathtaking. I spent the night with her, then she, Clayton, Kelly, her mom and I went to church together that Sunday morning.
Hannah, Clayton and I headed to Myrtle Beach last week for our family vacation, and Ross and Brianna joined us Thursday-Saturday as their work/school schedules allowed. Hannah and Clayton both start summer school and/or their summer jobs in Clemson this week, so this is the only opportunity we had to go on vacation together. It was a wonderful week, and I will write more about it in next month's newsletter. Next summer we will be having a wedding, so this may be our only chance to head to the beach together for a few years.
My private voice/piano students will be performing in our two recitals this year, on May 21st and May 28th, as we seek to bless the residents of Agape Senior Center in Irmo on the first one, and then are hosted by my friends Brad and Melissa Bird for the second one. Busy month ahead!
Thank for your allowing me to come into your life, home, and heart this month. Thanking God for you today, and praying that you too will find the time to simply be still before the Father in the midst of your own faith journey.
Love and blessings,
Dawn Smith Jordan
Professional Christian singer, songwriter, author, speaker
"Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your paths." Proverbs 3:5-6
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I’ve been thinking about Adam and Eve recently. To be honest, part of me is a little jealous of them, Adam was able to walk with God in the garden. The bible does not say this but Eve was the most beautiful woman on the planet….well maybe the only woman at this point but still. They were given everything they would ever need. It was given to them straight from the hand of God. Can you imagine that? Life, lived in perfection. Eve did not have to pick up Adam’s socks that were thrown on the floor. Adam did not have to face the corporate world to make a living for the family. I am not putting stereotypes here, just a brief glimpse of reality. Taxes? Nonexistent. Healthcare reform? What is healthcare? Racism, crime, hate…sin? They had no idea what these thing are. How many of you would like to live in a world like that? Peaceful, harmonious bliss. God allowed them access to everything in the garden, the fruits, the vegetables, streams and waterfalls, flowers, walking down the path with a slight breeze blowing through the air, the melodious sounds of creation singing out to the Creator. Never to be hungry, never to feel sadness. The peace that passes all understanding that we talk about now, that was the ever present emotion in the garden. There was nothing to fear, nothing to be ashamed of. “You may have anything, everything” God said, “except this one fruit.” Did you get that? God allowed them to have anything in creation, except one thing. Well, now, what would you do? Put it in terms of today. Let’s say you have been given everything you could possibly need, a house, food on the table, clothes to wear, a good job, a loving family, no debt, peace in your heart. Adam and Eve had all they needed and more. But they were tempted by the one thing they didn’t have. Where are you today? Are you focusing on the blessings that you have, trusting Daddy to provide for you or are you focused on what you don’t have? I confess, more times than I would like to admit, I see what is missing, not what is right in front of me.
God says he will provide, and he does. We might face times of trial and suffering, but as a child of the King of creation, he will take care of you. My definition of need is usually want. Let us not focus on what others have, even it is seems unfair. He has chosen a path for you to walk and He will provide what you need for that journey. He can be trusted, He is faithful. Take His hand and enjoy the journey.