Happy November to you! Proverbs 16:20 says, "Trust in the Lord and you will be happy." In my devotional time recently I read a quote: "It is not how much we have, but how much we enjoy, that makes happiness." (Author Unknown) Proverbs 15:13 says "When people are happy, they smile." And smiling is contagious. Think about when someone tells you to "have a nice day." This common phrase should challenge us to consider that it is totally up to us whether our day will be nice or not. I want to challenge us to ask God to help us choose cheerfulness.
1 Thessalonians 5:18 says, "In everything give thanks, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus." This has been a reminder to me over the last few months, that happiness is a choice, and no one is in charge of our happiness but ourselves. When we choose to give thanks in everything, even when we are in a situation that we are not necessarily thankful for, but we choose to trust the Lord believing He is working it all together for good, then we truly do find that we can be happy. Barbara Johnson wrote, "None of us can avoid the gray skies and dreariness in life. At times we get absolutely drenched with troubles. But you know what? They're gonna clear up! Nothing lasts forever. The stuff we go through is only temporary. There will be lots of clearings along the way. And one day we will enjoy blue skies forever." The Lord has taught me over these 35+ years of knowing Him as my Lord and Savior that He can be trusted, and He has certainly brought me through some stormy times. I read a Facebook status a year ago that said, "Just because it's stormy right now doesn't mean it's gonna rain forever."
A year ago is when I let Ross go live with his dad and step-mom, and it about broke my heart. Today, I can look back and see the growth that has taken place in his life, and see that what he needed was what I thought I wouldn't be able to endure, but here I am today, and the Lord has taught me to choose to trust Him, and in the process, I am happy. Happy to see my son maturing into a fine young man...happy to know God's Kingdom purposes are being established in all of our lives...happy to know that I can always trust the Lord, because all I have to do is look back and see how faithful He has been. My mother was such an example to me of a woman that always had a smile on her face, even to the end of her life. Proverbs 31:25 says, "Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she smiles at the future." Just as my sister and I used to sing, "I may not know what the future holds, but I know who holds the future." Because of that, we CAN smile.
October was a good month in many ways. I was blessed to host the FirstBaptistChurch senior girls for our fall retreat, though it was a bittersweet time as I realized it would be the last time. I was also honored to minister at Pine Bluff Baptist right here in Columbia as well as Mountain View Baptist in Hickory, NC and CrossgateChurch in Seneca, SC. I enjoyed 2 full weekends at home with my children while also being able to see them both lead in their student ministries' worship bands, as well as the release party of Hannah's debut CD, "Shine."
We also lost a precious family friend in the month of October, and I had the privilege of singing for his memorial service. Jack Maffet lost his battle with pancreatic cancer, and he will be greatly missed, though we can rejoice that he is no longer sick and is well and whole and with the Lord. He and his wife Barbara have been family friends and supporters of this ministry for years, and I would ask that you lift up Barbara during this time of loss.
In November, I will be busy traveling once again. This week in particular is going to be very busy. I’m going to be at Gateway Baptist in Columbia on Thursday and am delighted that Hannah will be joining me there (on the 4th). I will be at Rocky Knoll Baptist in Walhalla on Friday (the 5th), at New Hope Baptist in Seneca on Saturday (the 6th) and back again at Rocky Knoll Baptist on Sunday (the 7th) for both the morning and evening services. I will also be at White Oak Conference Center, ministering at a women’s retreat for the women at Church of the Apostles in here Columbia November 12th-14th. We’re also busy getting December lined up for all the upcoming holiday events. I can’t believe it’s already that time again.
Speaking of Christmas, as the season has officially begun, please take a moment and visit our website. Hannah's CD is available for only $5, as well as personalized lullabies for children, my books, my Mom's book, Christmas CD's, as well as many other CD's. These could make great Christmas gifts for your family and friends, while also being an encouragement to them, and we would so appreciate your support in this way. Go to www.dawnsmithjordan.com. Thanks so much! My prayer for you today is that you would "Trust in the Lord and you will be happy."
Dawn Smith Jordan
Contemporary Christian singer/songwriter/recording artist with Urgent Records
Professional Speaker, Author www.dawnsmithjordan.com
"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."
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