Ecclesiastes 3:1 says, "There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven..." In just three short weeks from today, my son will start his sophomore year in high school, and the very next day I will take my daughter to Charleston to begin her freshman year in college! This season of having children at home is about to change, and the Lord continues to give me peace in knowing it is going to be ok. There is a season for everything, and in every change that life has brought, He has been faithful. He will be faithful. He IS faithful.
July was a very busy month as I was so blessed to sing in ministry all five Sundays. To be a part of God's Kingdom purposes here on this earth is an overwhelmingly humbling privilege, and He is at work. A few highlights were singing with the wonderful choir and orchestra of the church I spent my teenage years in, Lexington Baptist Church. Reconnecting with so many precious family friends again was such a joy, as that church family ministered to my family in such a unique, selfless way during the tragic death of my sister all those years ago. They will forever be like family to me. This past Sunday I shared two concerts in the town of Loris, SC, where my mother grew up. It was a great day of ministry as God moved through the evening service in a powerful way, and once again I was humbled to be a simple instrument of His. I was especially blessed to spend the afternoon visiting my uncle who lives there, my precious mother's brother. We talked of how much we miss her, and their other brother, but how grateful we are to know where they are, and that we will see them again.
Just this week in my devotional I read in Jesus Calling, "Hope is a golden cord connecting you to heaven. This cord helps you hold your head up high, even when multiple trials are buffeting you. Hope lifts your perspective from your weary feet to the glorious view you can see from the high road. I am training you to hold in your heart a dual focus: My Presence and the hope of heaven." Because of this, we can "Be joyful in hope..." as Romans 12:12 says.
On a Personal Note...
July was a month of much celebration as my Rossman turned 15, and one week later Hannah turned 18! I am still finding it hard to believe, but I am so thankful for the precious young man and woman my children are becoming. Though I have been gone every Sunday, it has thrilled my heart to know that while I was away sharing my ministry, Hannah and Ross were here at home serving in their ministries together, as Hannah leads worship for First Baptist Church Columbia Student Ministries and Ross plays electric guitar in the band. I was thrilled that my morning concert on the 31st in nearby Pomaria, SC allowed me enough time to hear their worship set before heading there. Then that afternoon we joined in the celebration of our friend Bree Boyce, Miss South Carolina's official homecoming in Columbia. Earlier this month, we took a day to head up to NC to see my brother Robert, tubed the Green River, and had dinner together. Time with family is so precious, and we soak in as much as we can during the summer months without school and a more structured schedule. I don't think a day has gone by that Ross and I have not played ping pong, though he beats me 9 out of 10 times! Ross played guitar with a local professional band here in town for one of their shows, and Hannah had an experience of a lifetime as she auditioned for American Idol in Charleston. Though she did not make it through this time around, we will all have a new perspective as we watch the show this coming season, having a behind-the-scenes view unlike before. We are looking forward to taking a short family vacation together this first week of August.
This Month in Ministry
I am looking forward to singing at the Christian Supply Choral Festival on the 5th with my home church choir and orchestra at First Baptist Church of Spartanburg, SC. Then Sunday the 7th I will get to be at home in the morning and see Hannah and Ross lead worship before we head to Wilson, NC where they will join me in concert at Forest Hills Baptist Church that night. On the 12th we three will share some music and testimony at the Department of Juvenile Justice here in Columbia, and then I will head to Hortense, Jesup and Folkston, GA for a Saturday women's ministry event & two Sunday concerts on the 13th & 14th. After taking Hannah to Charleston Southern University on the 19th, I will head to Marietta, GA for a women's ministry event at Milford Baptist Church on the 20th, and also share some music in their morning worship service on the 21st. I will close out the month by sharing a morning concert on the 28th at Holly Hill Baptist Church in Holly Hill, SC. Please remember that all concert information is listed on my website at www.dawnsmithjordan.com.
New Project Update
Urgent Records is finishing up production on my upcoming CD release, "This Far" and is aiming for a mid-September release. I am so pleased with what is sounds like so far, a little pun intended, and can't wait to make it available to you.
Thanks again for letting me say hello.
"Joyful in hope,"