It is June 1st! And it is supposed to be 100 degrees here in Columbia, SC. I am so looking forward to the summer break, having both Hannah and Ross out of school and here at home. On this day 26 years ago, my precious 17-year-old sister, Shari, went home to see Jesus face to face. On May 31, 1985, she left her high school graduation rehearsal, having no idea that the plans she thought were ahead of her were never to be. However, I know she "graduated" from this earth, and heard her Father say the words I am living my life to hear, "Well done, my good and faithful servant."
Today my 17-year-old daughter goes to her high school graduation rehearsal, and I was up late last night just thinking over so many of the events of the last 26 years of my life. As Hannah prepares to graduate with honors from Dutch Fork High School this Friday and attend Charleston Southern University this fall to pursue a degree in Music in Worship Leadership, I am so grateful for the testimony she has lived out in her school and life. She will be singing and accompanying herself on guitar the song she wrote for her senior class, and the message is such a strong testimony of her faith in our Lord and the plans He has for each of our lives.
I received this precious note from a fellow Lexington High School graduate from my brother's class a few months ago, and it reminded me of just how important it is to live our lives well, intentionally. She wrote, "I have such amazing memories of Shari and I truly think of her often. I think she had a huge impact on my life choices, her life and death really opened my eyes to all the gifts life offers and the importance of grabbing everything that comes your way. My clearest memory of Shari is her laughter and the joy she took in life."
It touched my heart deeply that all these years later, she remembered the way my sister lived her life, though it was so short. In her farewell letter to my family that she wrote before her life was taken, Shari said, "Don't let this ruin your lives. Just keep living one day at a time for Jesus."
The Scripture that Hannah recently wrote on her bathroom mirror is from Psalm 104:33-34, "I will sing to the Lord as long as I live. I will praise my God to my last breath! May all my thoughts be pleasing to Him, for I rejoice in the Lord."
May that be the cry of our hearts today, dear friends, that our life songs would sing to Him, for His glory alone! I am so reminded today by the many facebook messages I have been sent in memory of my sister, that it does matter how we choose to live our lives, others are watching, and they will remember us and the example we set before them. I want mine to be a good story!
Summer Ministry Schedule:
I am so thankful for a very busy summer concert calendar. I was thinking about last summer and the crazy busyness of our lives...Hannah and I went on a cruise to the Bahamas with the Miss SC Pageant before she competed, I traveled to Oregon, then Ross and I went to Houston. This summer we have no "flying trips" scheduled, as Ross calls them, and I am actually looking forward to just staying closer to home this summer. All of my concerts are within driving distance, and we will get to enjoy some rest and relaxation here at home during the week. I am looking forward to teaching 8 piano students this summer. As my school year students usually take the summer off, I am welcoming several new ones for a summer session. Hannah is now on staff at First Baptist Church of Columbia as the Student Ministries' worship leader for the summer and she is excited about her ministry. Ross will be playing guitar this coming Sunday with the worship band at Sea Coast Church in the worship service, and I will look forward to going to see Hannah lead worship in Sunday school, and then scooting over to Sea Coast to see him play after that.
Jennifer and I are busy working to finish filling up the remainder of this year's ministry calendar for the fall, while already having several things scheduling into 2012. I am excited about returning to Oregon once again in February for another women's retreat. As this economy has changed much of what churches are able to do in having guests like me in, we continue to see the faithful provision of the Lord here at Jordan Ministries. Please prayerfully consider if your church has a ladies' ministry event this fall or during the holiday season that I would be a good fit for, as well as a Sunday I could come share a concert. We'd love to hear from you!
On a personal note:
Last night I realized that my sweet friend and ministry partner, Jennifer, has her birthday on the same day as my sister's home-going. Yes, today is Jennifer's birthday, so take a moment to wish her a happy one if you have a moment! She is in her 3rd year serving as my ministry Schedule Coordinator, and I am so blessed to work alongside her during the week from here in my home office all the way to her home office in Colorado. Happy birthday, Jennifer!
May your life song sing for Him! Live your life well, and leave a good story behind for others to remember.