I (Jennifer) am a BBC Masterpiece Classic junkie and one of my favorite recent miniseries is called “Cranford,” a story about a group of women in a sleepy little rural Victorian England town by that name. In one of the episodes, a friend from London comes to visit and Miss Mattie, one of the main characters, says to her friend with all seriousness: “You must gird your loins! It is all go here in Cranford!” The quote always makes me chuckle. But the truth is, that it certainly applies to Jordan Ministries. Dawn and I must gird our loins for it is all go here at Jordan Ministries! J Particularly this spring! Dawn has been on the go almost every weekend and things won’t slow down for too long though she is looking forward to Spring Break coming up. I’m glad she asked me to write this month’s newsletter, because I get to mention something she probably wouldn’t – it’s Dawn’s birthday this month!!!!!, and this year, she actually gets to celebrate it on Easter Sunday of all days, so be sure to drop her a line if you have a minute! If you haven’t already joined us on Facebook be sure to check out Dawn’s fan page there and leave a message for her.
Dawn has been exceptionally busy this past month, participating at a revival service at Bethel Baptist in Greenville, sharing at women’s conferences at Sawney Creek in Ridgeway, SC, at Smyrna UMC in Robbins, NC, at Lake Logan Retreat Center in NC with the ladies of Community Bible Church in Highlands and also with the ladies at Folkston 1st Baptist in GA. She so enjoyed the opportunity to speak and sing at each of these events! In addition she also shared during the morning services at Antioch Baptist in Waynesville NC and at Folkston 1st Baptist. In addition, Dawn continues to record children's names for Kid Music and do all the additional things a Mom needs to do. I honestly don't know how she does it all!!!
April takes Dawn back to Mt. Carmel Baptist in Easley and she is excited to be sharing with the precious ladies there at a women’s event. She will also be sharing at a ladies event at Ashley River Baptist in Charleston and at a church wide concert at West Columbia 7th Day Adventist Church. The first of May will take Dawn to Cornerstone Baptist in Darlington SC. As always, if you are in the area, please come and join her. She would love to see you! June and July also still have a number of dates open and Dawn would love to come and share a love-offering concert if you have an event you think she would be a good fit for.
On the home front, Dawn is looking forward to Spring Break next week and getting to spend time with Hannah and Ross. Currently Ross is in Washington DC with his 8th grade class and Hannah and Dawn both are staying busy with Miss Lexington Teen activities and in preparation for the Miss South Carolina Teen pageant coming up in just a couple of months.
By God's grace, I’ve stayed busy keeping Dawn busy J, in addition to homeschooling and nursing sick kiddos and all the fun things us Moms get to do. I’m so thankful I get to be home with the little ones the Lord has entrusted our family with though and working for Jordan Ministries has made that possible. Being on the scheduling side of events gives me an interesting perspective. From time to time people will ask me what Dawn is like and how it is to work with her. I know what they are asking. Is Dawn the same person in private that she portrays in public? And the answer to that question is yes, absolutely. Reid and I have marveled over the past few years at Dawn’s love and care and generosity toward our family. Not a day goes by that she doesn’t ask me how we’re doing. The other day she knew I was having a particularly difficult day. On top of it I knew Dawn herself was facing some difficult circumstances. But she stopped and took the time in the middle of it all to come by and drop off a gift and just let me know she cared. I can’t even begin to count the ways in which she has cared for our family – very specific blessings. The kids think Miss Dawn has hung the moon and Reid and I are so grateful for her friendship and how God provides for us through her continuously.
A topic that comes up regularly in conversation between Dawn and I is the fact that this life is a daily, difficult and strenuous battle. Sometimes the simple truth is that we get battle-weary. Thankfully, during those times we’re there to lift each other up in prayer and listen to each other. Just last night I read the following in John Piper’s book Let the Nations Be Glad: “We cannot know what prayer is for until we know that life is war. Life is war. That’s not all it is. But it is always that. Our weakness in prayer is owing largely to our neglect of this truth. Prayer is primarily a wartime walkie-talkie for the mission of the church as it advances against the powers of darkness and unbelief. It is not surprising that prayer malfunctions when we try to make it a domestic intercom to call upstairs for more comforts in the den. God has given us prayer as a wartime walkie-talkie so that we can call headquarters for everything we need as the kingdom of Christ advances in the world. Prayer gives us the significance of frontline forces and gives God the glory of a limitless Provider.”
Dawn and I both need God’s limitless provision on a daily basis. We talk regularly about how needy we are and share excitedly about the ways God provides for us time and time again. Thank you so much to all of you who pray regularly for Dawn and for Jordan Ministries. You cannot know the daily battles she faces. Knowing that there are those that lift her up before the throne of grace is humbling and comforting all at the same time. Do you have someone who does the same for you? If not, will you commit to pray that God will provide that person? I believe that is a prayer God delights to answer. And if you don’t do so already would you be willing to pray for Dawn and for Jordan Ministries as God brings us to mind? I cannot think of a better birthday gift you could give Dawn this year!
Thank you so much – and God bless you as you celebrate a RISEN SAVIOR. To Jesus, and to HIM ALONE be all the glory in all that we do and say and are!