As I sit here on the laptop in the den with my little boy who's home from school sick, after having visited the Dr. myself just yesterday, I am realizing again how life is all about learning how to adjust and make the best of the sometimes less-than-best circumstances. Life is so much about finding ourselves in circumstances that we would have never chosen at times, yet we always have a choice with how we respond to them. My dear friend's two daughters are sick with the flu today. Close friends and church members of mine have recently lost their jobs. Two others are battling cancer. So many people are facing unexpected, trying circumstances in one way or another.
When I woke up this morning, knowing I would need to completely rearrange the day to meet the unexpected needs of my family, my prayer was, "Lord, this IS the day you have made, help me to rejoice and be glad in it." I found myself being so grateful that I have a job that allows me the flexibility to be home to care for my children when they are sick and need me here. Then I asked that He would help me to walk out this day not in my own flesh, but in His Spirit within me...living out His "love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control." (Galatians 5:22-23)
This is a very busy month for us here at Jordan Ministries, and I am so grateful for the many opportunities I have to share the Good News of a God of hope in the midst of these changing, somewhat uncertain times. Tonight I will share a concert at my home church's Columbia Metro ministry at First Baptist of Columbia. Then this Sunday, Feb. 15-18 I will head to Dallas-Fort Worth, TX, to return to the Texas Southern Baptist Evangelism Conference for their women's session, general sessions, as well as their senior adults' luncheon. Feb. 20-21 I will speak/sing/lead worship for Victory Baptist Church of Greer, SC's women's retreat at Bon Clarken Retreat Center in Flat Rock, NC. I am looking forward to once again having Hannah & Ross with me, along with a friend each, for this trip. We will plan to stay over Sat. p.m. & visit with my brother who lives up that way, and weather permitting, we will look forward to getting a day of skiing in over the weekend, as well. Then I will fly to Pace, FL, Feb. 28-29 to speak/sing/lead worship at First United Methodist Church for their Ladies' Conference. I am so grateful for these upcoming events, and am looking forward to what the Lord is going to do through them!
Yesterday Jennifer and I were so excited to receive our copies of Just Between Us, a women's magazine which circulates to women in ministry and church leadership around the world. "Singing a New Song" is the title of our article, and we are both so grateful to have been chosen to fill their Guest Feature section. But what is the MOST exciting to us both is that Jennifer was actually the interviewer, and this is her very first publication! I am so proud of her, and so delighted that we got to be a part of this venture together. The neat thing is that the article that the magazine had originally planned on for their February issue fell through at the last minute, and they received our article just in time! To see the article online, feel free to visit http://www.justbetweenusorg/current.html
Great job, Jennifer!
Also be sure and visit our web site as our wonderful web designer, Chris Carney, is busy redesigning, and having seen his ideas, I am very excited about the new look! Go to www.dawnsmithjordan.com It should be completed in the next week or so.
As you are there, take a moment to see the concert/ministry schedule, and come say hello if I am in your area! I'd love to see you. Should your church have an upcoming spring/summer women's ministry event, a Mother/daughter event coming up, or perhaps a summer concert series, please let us know. It would be our pleasure to schedule a visit over your way! This winter/spring is busy, for which we are grateful, and Jennifer is busy working to fill the rest of the year and would love to hear from you.
I read this quote in recent years and have prayerfully attempted to carry it into each day of my own life, "Remember, the happiest of people don't necessarily have the best of everything, they just make the most of everything that comes along their way." "This IS the day the which has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it!" (Psalm 118:24)
Many blessings today,