5:30am.....WAMP, WAMP, WAMP....the alarm goes off and in a blurr, I stumble out of bed and down the stairs to our little office area. It's right off the laundry room where the boiler sits so it's the only warm room in the house. We're so thankful to be able to heat our home here with firewood to help keep our costs down, but it does get a little chilly in the rest of the house until my husband gets a fire going. 5 degrees outside this morning...brrr... I look out the window in front of my desk and see a flurry of white. It's snowing, again. October 25th, the ground was clear, October 26th everything was completely white and it's here to stay until summer. It's a way of life up here at 9000 feet elevation in the Rockies. I think we figured out that we had a total of 100 days without snow. I turn on the computer and start working on my emails....it's two hours later on the east coast and things are busy at work this morning. Emails to be replied to, hosts to be contacted, flight arrangements to be made for Dawn's upcoming travels. Everything is humming along like clockwork, like a machine and my brain is in work mode, albeit still a little fuzzy. Then the email comes in. "Dear Dawn and Jennifer - what a wonderful time we had with Dawn this past weekend. She touched my heart so deeply." And the story unfolds - each time it's a little different. "My husband left me to fend for myself with my children." "My sister has stage four cancer and I am losing my best friend." "My children have made some poor choices in life and it is breaking my heart." A life-time of stories, joys and deep hurt behind each email. And I am reminded that with each concert that we prepare for and each event Dawn attends, there will be a room full of those stories and people in need of simply being reminded that God has plans and a future, that we are to grieve the hurt and then grab a hold of His outstretched Hand and move forward.
My eyes blink as I stare at black words on a bright white computer screen. Each of these emails takes me a little by surprise - such intimate stories - and always the words "I have no one to talk to" or "I have never told anyone about this." I know Dawn hears far more in person as ladies pull her aside and pour out their hearts. They hear her story and FINALLY they feel safe to share with someone for a little while. They know she identifies with their pain. They know their secret is safe with her. So the hurt and the ugliness of life comes spilling out....I read...I pray for this hurting one....and I know Dawn is doing the same. And I wonder "will someone in her church reach out to her and love her through this? Why so many secrets? Why is the church not a safe place to share? Where did things go so terribly wrong that we feel safe with a stranger but fear being open in our own community of believers?" And then the haunting questions - what about myself? Am I a safe person that someone at church could reach out to, knowing they will be accepted and loved? Knowing the rest of the community won't hear their story from me? All of a sudden work isn't just work anymore, not just black words on a laptop .... there is something much bigger going on with each email that is written. Ministry doesn't just happen when Dawn arrives at an event - for a couple of hours on a weekend. Ministry goes on when she returns home and turns on the laptop....and gets groceries for her family....when we are cleaning our homes to host friends for a meal....when we carpool our children to and from school and listen ... to their fears and joys....ministry is a way of life. "So whether you eat, or drink, or whatever you do, do it ALL for the glory of God" (1. Corinthians 10:31)
Hello everyone! Can you believe that it is November already and that we're peeking around the corner and looking at celebrating Christmas in just a few weeks??? Wait a minute...wasn't that just a few months ago? Jennifer is busy putting together Christmas concert plans (and I'm going to be sharing two Christmas concerts this weekend already!). I'm looking forward to this season at home with my children. But the fall in and of itself has been enjoyable - just to be home with Ross and have Hannah here on the weekends and for fall break. Ross has started playing Lacrosse now as well and though we have more carpooling to do, it's been so fun to watch him practice and enjoy being a part of a team sport! Hannah is doing well in school as well and I so enjoyed seeing them both lead student worship at FBC Columbia this past weekend. "I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth - 3. John 1:4." In October I headed to Jacksonville, FL again to share at the Church at Sun Coast for a ladies event and Sunday morning service, then had the privilege of sharing a concert at the Joy Club at Riverland Hills Baptist here in town. I had another precious weekend of ministry in Summerville, SC just outside Charleston with the ladies at Miles Road Baptist Church and shared in a morning service at Ridge Baptist Church and an evening concert at Miles Road again where I was delighted to have Hannah join me on a few songs. Last weekend I had the privilege of giving a concert at St. John UMC in Sumter, SC to close out the month.
I'm looking forward to being home a little more this month and celebrating Thanksgiving at home with my children, my brother Robert and some of his friends. But before then I'll be giving two Christmas concerts at Trinity Baptist Church in Manchester, TN this week (Nov. 3-4) for their women's event "Holidays That Honor Him" and I'll be heading to Summerton, SC for a retreat with the ladies from Summerton Baptist Church from the 11th-13th. I'll also be sharing a concert with Athletes in Action in Holly Hill, SC on the 13th and then have the joy of returning to Boiling Springs UMC in Lexington, SC for a Christmas Concert on the 19th. As always - if you're in the area, please join us. More information about my schedule is online on my website at www.dawnsmithjordan.com. And speaking of Christmas, if you are looking for some gift ideas for loved-ones, or just want some fresh holiday music to listen to this season, please check out my products page for ideas - my books and CD's are available there (including my newly released album "This Far" and the movie "Nightmare in Columbia County" based on my life) and I have a package deal for both of my Christmas CD's (both albums for $20). I am glad that we can now make the movie available but since it is not completely accurate and I do tell the true story in my book, I am also making both the movie and my book "Grace So Amazing" available together for $25.
Thank you for your prayers and support for all that I have the privilege of doing through Jordan Ministries. If you are considering an end-of the year donation to a ministry, please know that all gifts to Jordan Ministries are tax-deductible. I am honored that you would consider supporting JM.