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Jordan Ministries February 2018 Newsletter Dear friends,
Happy February. As I was in Denver for Christmas, Ross and I had a surprise that we were about to bust over. I had brought something very special with me on the plane. I had been gifted some beautiful jewelry when I was crowned Miss South Carolina back in 1986, and one ring in particular came to mind when he was sharing his heart with me about wanting to give Brianna a promise ring. It is a one of a kind ring, made especially for me, with 7 diamonds set in it. Ross said it was perfect for her, it was a family heirloom, and he gratefully had it sized to fit Brianna. We could hardly wait for Christmas Day to come.February is the month that we traditionally celebrate love, relationships, give gifts, cards, chocolates, and flowers, I couldn't help but think back to December and that promise ring. Promises. They are made to be kept. Never broken. I remember when Hannah and Ross were little, and I would tell them I was going to do something. Oftentimes they would respond with, "Promise?"
Ross and Brianna have been together for three years. The lovely ring that she now wears on her left hand is a daily reminder to her that he loves her, and he is committed to marrying her one day. When she opened the gift, she cried. It was exactly what she wanted. Not just the ring, but the promise that it signified from the heart of the one she loves.
Hannah and Clayton have now been married over 1 1/2 years. The wedding rings they each wear are a daily reminder to the promises they made to each other before God, family and friends to keep a covenant vow until death parts them. I love watching them grow more and more in love with each other as they learn to live as a married couple. It is an answer to this mama's prayers and a testament to the goodness of God. I could not ask for a more precious son-in-law or husband for my daughter. He loves my girl, and I love him.
God's promises to us are eternal. He tells us in His Word in Jeremiah 31:3, "I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness." He won't change his mind about you or me. He is in it for the long haul. While others may break their promises, even their vows, God never will. He loves you. He loves me. And that is forever. His kindness is unfailing. He is faithful to His Word.
Someone asked me recently if Ross and Brianna had gotten married, because I had referred to her as my daughter-in-love. While she is not yet my daughter-in-law legally, my heart loves her like a daughter, and so I have welcomed her into our family, and affectionately call her my precious daughter-in-love. Even as I write this, tears are welling in the corners of my eyes. I remember the first time I called her this. She cried. Those words meant so much to her, and I believe it is because she realized in a new and deeper way that I truly loved her, and welcomed her into my family and heart.
When we are loved and accepted just as we are, something within us is forever touched. We are secure in that place. And so as we embark on this month of love, let's seek to love each other. Unconditionally.I wrote a song years ago after struggling through a relationship that for years was based on conditional love."Love That Changes Me" (words and music by Dawn Smith Jordan)I always felt that I could never measure up.Sure that I could never be good enoughTo deserve the kind of love I found in You.But I wanted to believe it could be true.I always thought I had to changeIn order for You to want to love me.But now that my thoughts are rearranged,Lord, for the first time I can see,That it's Your love that changes me!
I saw this recently on someone's social media page and screen-shot it to remind myself: "It is not our job to fix people, change people or judge people. It's our job to love people. The rest is in God's hands."
Dove chocolates are some of my favorite "promises." Just last week I couldn't resist buying myself an entire box of dark chocolate truffles just for me, simply because they were on sale in the grocery store! And while it was not yet Valentine's Day or even February, I got them. From me to me!
But my favorite promises of all are found in the Word of God. The greatest love letter ever written. And in it we find that "For no matter how many promises God has made, they are "yes" in Christ." (2 Corinthians ) And so, "Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God." (1 John 4:7)
I love you, precious brother and sister. Happy Valentine's Day to you and your beloveds.
In His love and mine,Dawn
Ministry at a Glance:
2018 started off with only 3 events for the month and it was a welcome way to ease back into the swing of things on the ministry front after being on Christmas break. On I was with First Baptist Church Rock Hill in Rock Hill, SC for their Senior Adult Luncheon. I love singing for seniors. They are always such a sweet, welcomingthe 27th I was in Fayetteville, GA at Harps Crossing Baptist Church to encourage some sisters at their Women’s Retreat. I closed out ththe 28th at Tucker First United Methodist Church in Tucker, GA sharing my story and music for both of their morning services. Oh how blessed I feel to be back on the road, serving these churches and their people in this brand new year. To see God move in such mighty ways never gets old.
Pastors, Worship Leaders, Women's Ministry Leaders, as you are looking ahead to your 2018 ministry calendars, I would love to be considered to minister to your congregation or group. Please take a moment to visit my website. I would love to hear from you, and I would be delighted to be invited to come and share my ministry as a part of yours as we partner together in this new year to reach people with the Good News of the Gospel. www.dawnsmithjordan.com
*Available Piggy Back Dates*
The following dates are available for me to stay over for amorning/evening concert. There would be no travel expenses, simply a love offering and a place to lay my head. Email me if you would like to take advantage of one of these dates!
Funnies from the Road:
and again I was going through the drive-thru at my bank with Cookie in the backseat, eagerly awaiting his treat. At 14 1/2 year of age, this is a highlight for my faithful companion. Both times a different new teller was at the window, and both women made my day when they told me I had come to their churches and had been a blessing to them. Of course one of them said she had heard me "many years ago." And while I couldn't help but snicker, I was deeply touched that after all these years, the Lord has been so gracious to take a very simple singer girl from SC and use her story and music to minister to people I may never meet, and some I just might get to meet right here in my own drive-thru at home.
On the Homefront:
January held not one, but TWO snow days for us here in the Columbia, SC area. Only problem was, that while they were two weeks apart, the schools were closed both days, along with many churches and offices, there was one very important thing missing. THE SNOW! We had NONE here at my house either time, except for a few flurries that lasted about 5 minutes. Cookie, Zoey and I enjoyed the warmth of the fire, however, as the temps sure were cold enough for snow.
However, in Charleston, SC, Hannah, Clayton, Blue and Shadow enjoyed 6 inches of snow! That is unheard of for that part of our state, and I so enjoyed their facetimes and pictures. Charleston was shut down for a whole week! I was excited for these newlyweds to have such a rare treat.
Ross and Brianna enjoyed some more snow in Denver in January, and I loved getting to facetime with them too, living vicariously with them as they took me along on their walks with Malakai in their winter wonderland. Even Robert and his family got some beautiful snow a few times up in NC. As for me? I will still hold onto hope that the winter is not over yet, and there is still a chance! But for now, I will continue to be thankful for the fluffy white stuff the Lord blessed me with when I was in Denver for my first ever white Christmas. Let's keep doing our snow dances, SC friends!
On the Road Again:
Prime Timers dinner
Corinth Lutheran Church
Sunday, February 25th
Mountain Hill Community Church
Special Music- a.m.
A Note from Allison
In preparing to write my blurb this month, I was trying to really think about what I feel God has been showing me and impressing on me. As I was nursing and rocking Ryan , it came to me.
Being a mom of 3 little ones is hard y'all...HARD!!! I struggle every day with feelings of failure in one area or another, being overwhelmed, being a bad wife/mom/Christian/friend, feeling like I'm doing too much yet not enough, and the list goes on and on. In an effort to simplify things a little I decided at the end of last year to give up some commitments. And doing so felt so great but also brought guilt that I should be able to do it all and that I was disappointing someone. And then I think about all these volunteer opportunities at church and how I should help out more, but I know I just cannot.
And through all this I have come to a realization, that while yes I could do more at church, read my Bible more, cook more often, etc...being mom and wife is exactly where I am supposed to be right now and exactly what God has called me to at this point in my life. And that's what needs to take priority! There will be volunteer opportunities at church until Jesus comes back (literally!). So for now, I rest in God's amazing grace and in knowing that serving my family is my ministry right now and there's no other place I'd rather be!
I mean, how cute are they!!!
For more information and details on specific events go to www.dawnsmithjordan.com