Happy December 1st, Friends!
I hope you had as blessed of a Thanksgiving as we did. It was so good to have Hannah home from college for 5 whole days, to have my brother, his girlfriend & her son here, as well just having Ross out of school. We enjoyed getting together with extended family as well, with my aunt and cousins from all over the country, and that is always such a treat. I was truly blessed!
I read this on Facebook this week. I know, what better place to find such great words of wisdom?
"While we teach our children all about life, our children teach us what life's all about." That made me think...I remembered back to the time when mine were very small, I was homeschooling them, and trying to teach them about forgiveness. Little did I realize that I was the one that needed to re-learn that lesson yet again. One of the lines I wrote in the song I recently recorded for them says, "Will they ever know just how much they've taught me?" Goodness, we think we are the teachers, but these children of ours teach us so much more than we ever teach them on more days than we care to admit.
As I just finished out the month teaching my delightful piano students this week before our December break from lessons, I was so reminded of the impact each of us are called to make in the worlds in which God has placed us. He has entrusted each of us with people we are to influence...right now mine include my children, family, friends, those I minister to in my speaking/concert ministry, but also a group of 13 young budding musicians that come into my home on Tuesdays and Wednesdays each week. One of my students' parents sent me a sweet email of encouragement yesterday that really made me reflect on how I am spending that time...he wrote:
"I know your past story is a big part of your testimony, but we are thankful for your future story – the story woven into the lives of young people who may only sit for 30 minutes each week with you. We look forward to many, many more lessons."
The lessons I teach them each week consist of notes, rests, tempos, musicianship, the language that makes up music. However, I was reminded that I am privileged to teach them much more in the WAY that I am teaching them...with kindness, patience, wisdom to see each child's unique style of learning, their struggles, and their strengths. They teach me how to be a better teacher, and it is always my prayer that I will teach them much more than simply music. I pray that the Lord will use me to be a positive influence in their lives, an encourager, and mentor. I thank God for my piano and voice teachers, as they were used by Him to help mold me into not only the musician I am, but the person that I am and continue to become. Who has the Lord entrusted into your everyday life?
As I sat in front of my beautifully lit Christmas tree last night contemplating these things, I thought about Mary, Jesus' mother. Can you even begin to imagine what it must have been like to be in her position? To be the mother of the Son of God? To know that God had chosen her to be the one to raise and teach His only Son how to live, knowing He would be the very One that would one day die for her sins, and yours and mine, so that we could know just how much the Father loves us?
Luke 2:19 says, "But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart." It gives us much to think about, doesn't it?
This month in ministry and Christmas performances:
December is such a busy month every year for all of us. It is this time of year that I have Christmas lyrics running through my head non-stop as I am learning, practicing, and preparing for Christmas events. I am looking forward to making another trip to Charleston Southern University tomorrow night (accompanied by Hannah's boyfriend) to see my own budding music major daughter, Hannah, perform in CSU's Christmas Concert, and then on the 13th go to Dutch Fork High School's Christmas Chorus Concert where my budding singer/guitarist Ross will be singing. I am looking forward to sharing music and the message of Christmas at each event the Lord has entrusted to me. Thank you for your prayers...
Dec. 4 Christmas concert at Immanuel Baptist Church, Lancaster, SC (11:00 a.m.)
Dec. 5 1st dress rehearsal for the 24th annual Columbia Christmas Pageant, Columbia, SC
Dec. 6 Circle of Faith Women's Christmas Event, The Orchard, Tupelo, MS
Dec. 7 final dress rehearsal for the 24th annual Columbia Christmas Pageant, Columbia, SC
Dec. 8-11 5 presentations of the 24th annual Columbia Christmas Pageant, FBC Columbia, SC
Dec. 11 First Baptist Church, Columbia, SC (morning worship special music)
Dec. 12 Fayetteville First Baptist Church Ladies' Christmas Event, Fayetteville, GA
Dec. 15 Sounds of the Season on WIS TV, Columbia, SC (joined by guitarist Jerry Sims, my son Ross Jordan, and possibly my daughter Hannah Jordan)
For more information on any of the events listed above, visit my website at www.dawnsmithjordan.com. Please see the attached 2012 schedule, as we are already scheduling events all the way into December of next year. Should your church be interested in hosting me for an event in the New Year, I would love to hear from you.
Christmas gift ideas:
Also, please remember to visit our website for some faith-filled Christmas gifts for your family and friends. The movie based on my family's story, "Nightmare in Columbia County" is available along with my book "Grace so Amazing" for a package special of $25. My October-released brand new CD "This Far" that includes 17 songs is available, as well as my daughter Hannah Jordan's CD "Shine", along with many other books, personalized children's lullabies, and CD's. And while you are shopping, you could get your own copy of the 2 Christmas CD's I recorded (with guitarist Jerry Sims) to keep you in the holiday spirit! Please go to www.dawnsmithjordan.com.
At this time of year many folks are looking for a ministry or charity to which to contribute. If you are prayerfully considering a year-end donation, please remember that all gifts to Jordan Ministries are tax-deductible and greatly appreciated as we continue to share the good news of the Gospel. Jordan Ministries is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization.
Pray for Jennifer and her family as they travel from Colorado back to NC & SC over Christmas to visit their families. I am looking so forward to getting to see them in real life after only working together via the internet and cell phones for the last year! I am also very much looking forward to having my much-missed daughter home after her final exams for almost a month over the Christmas break. May your family be blessed by the Christ of Christmas' presence as you begin your celebration of this Advent season...may your home and hearts be filled with His peace, love, comfort and joy.