Happy cold February to each of you! The week before last I ended up with a pretty bad case of sinusitis/pharyngitis that I tried to fight until I finally had to admit I was really sick. During that time, I read something that Jennifer posted on her facebook that really spoke to me right where I was...completely out of control of the circumstances and having to simply stop and rest. I asked her if she would be willing to share some of those words with you:
One of the joys of working for JordanMinistries is the friendship that I enjoy with Dawn. Of course working together almost every day, being on the phone regularly, we've gotten to know each other's likes and dislikes, hard days, joyful days etc. As a result, we're both often contemplating similar things, similar thoughts and ideas, similar scripture passages and eternal truths. One truth that comes up regularly in our conversations with each other is the issue of control. And how we have none! :) Over the years the words in a song by Rich Mullins have stuck with me - for the truth, for the poetic way in which he phrased the truth and because I am reminded daily how out of control I am and how much I need a Savior:
We are frail - we are fearfully and wonderfully made
Forged in the fires of human passion - choking on the fumes of selfish rage
And with these our Hells and our Heavens, so few inches apart
We must be awfully small and not as strong as we think we are.
It took the Hand of God Almighty to part the waters and the seas
But it only took one little lie to separate you and me
Oh we are not as strong as we think we are
So often at the end of the day, when the kids are in bed finally and all is quiet, in those moments the reality of how out of control we are hits me full force. One day all is quiet and running smoothly; it is an ordinary day. The next day an earthquake hits Haiti, a loved one disappears, someone I know finds out they are very ill, political situations change overseas for missionaries we know etc. etc. The truth is that I have no earthly idea what the next 10 minutes will bring. The truth also is that I know a Sovereign God who sees from now until the end of time. "For I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep that which I've committed unto Him until that day." And with the reminders of His precious promises the raging fear in my soul is calmed and all is well. For reasons beyond my comprehension, I am His beloved and precious child and nothing comes to me that has not been filtered through the Almighty Hands of God.
What wonderful reminders of God's truths. January was here and gone before I knew it, but I so enjoyed just getting to be home after such a whirlwind of a Christmas season with all of the different concerts and events for which I was blessed to be a part. This past weekend I had the privilege of being in El Dorado Springs, Missouri's Church of God Holiness for their women's conference on Saturday and then their two morning worship services on Sunday. Their theme was "Survivor!" and we looked at what it means to not just simply survive in this life, but how to thrive because of who God is in the midst of our lives. I landed in Kansas City, called my wonderful hostess Faith, and she informed me that they had snow! So, I turned around, headed back to Alamo, traded my little compact car in for a 4-wheel drive, and began the 2-hour+ drive over to El Dorado Springs. Little did I realize that when she said snow, she actually meant blizzard! This SC girl was driving in blinding, blowing snow, and passing snow plows on the highway! How frightening and exciting all at the same time. Despite the snow, we had a wonderful time together in the Lord, and I fell in love with the people there. I was blessed to speak with so many of the women there about how the Lord had brought them through their own struggles and difficulties, yet how He had been so faithful and they were continuing to trust Him as they were truly survivors/thrivers. One of my favorite parts of this ministry is hearing the many stories of the people of God.
On January 9th, my precious Hannah, who had told me years earlier that she would "never" be in pageants, was crowned Miss Lexington Teen 2010! She also won the talent competition playing guitar and singing one of her own original songs, as well as the People's Choice Award. She is now busy preparing to compete for the title of Miss South Carolina Teen this July. Thank you for your prayers on her behalf as she truly wants to use this platform to make a positive impact, be a positive role model, and honor the Lord in it all. My own brother can relate to how Ross is feeling right now as he is going in support of his sister to pageants, events, etc., but he is being such a great guy in it all. To find out a little more about this exciting opportunity, we'd like to invite you to view the official Miss Lexington web site, see some more photos, as well as Hannah's blog – you can click here for more information.
The month of February is going to be a busy month of ministry as my travels will take me to Greenwood, SC the 6th, Wilmington, NC the 14th, Lancaster, SC the 16th, and Sumter, SC on the 20th. Jennifer is busily juggling all of the requests for the remainder of the year. If you or your church has an event for which you would be interested in hosting me, let us hear from you. Attached is a current schedule, and as always, come say hello if I am in your area. I'd love to see you!
Thank you for always allowing us to come into your hearts and homes once a month with these newsletters, for taking the time to read them and pray for us. Let's continue to pray for those in Haiti as the people there need our help desperately, and do whatever you can to help. May the Lord bless you and keep you as you seek to honor Him all the days of your life.