February is over? How can that be? It is already a shorter month, but honestly, when I told Jennifer we needed to work on the newsletter, she said, "Already?" For me, I have thrown in the towel on hoping for snow. It is time to take down my winter/snowman flag, and pull out the spring flower one. And so is life - just like the seasons. Constantly changing. And just as our weather forecasts changed from one minute to the next over the last few weeks, so does life. And yet we can say as Moses did, "Though we are always changing, Lord, You have been our dwelling-pace throughout all generations."
Psalm 91:10 says, "You have made the Lord your dwelling place - The Most High, Who is my refuge." We can camp out there. Through ALL kinds of change, He is our constant.
As we got the news via email from the church hosting me in Tennessee on Wednesday before I was to fly there on Friday that the womens' conference would have to be canceled due to the incredible snow storm they were having, plans changed in that instant. Two other churches had to be canceled, an airline ticket, rental car, dog-sitter. And yet, I camped out at home that weekend trusting that the Lord knew all of the reasons, and I enjoyed a weekend of rest at home. My friends, Yvette & Wayne Eastham, who I was looking so forward to visiting just over the TN/KY line during my trip, said they did not/could not leave their house all week for the snow and ice. Unusual weather? Yes. And it is constantly changing. We had a little snow here this week, and next Wednesday we have a forecast high of 79! After having a high last week of 30! From one extreme to the next.
Change is around the corner yet again for us here at Jordan Ministries. After working with me for over 7 years, this will be Jennifer's last full month as my Schedule Coordinator. As they are expecting baby #5 (a girl) on April 13th, their family will also be facing additional change as they will be moving back to SC for Reid to begin his new position as CPO at Oliver Gospel Mission. As a result of these things, she and her husband feel the Lord has made it clear that her time with Jordan Ministries has come to an end. 7 years is a long time, the longest anyone has ever stayed with me in this position. It has been a journey shared, and my life will forever be richer because the Lord brought Jennifer and her family into it. Though I will miss working with her daily, I completely understand their decision, and actually saw it coming. 5 children, homeschooling 2, 1 highschooler going to school, with 2 babies at home, I am glad Jennifer can take a much-needed breather, well at least from working! There will be no breather for her with 5 children, a new baby, and a move across the country.
In the meantime, we are prayerfully seeking the right person to serve as the new schedule coordinator and are currently talking to a few. Jennifer's last day in the office will be Friday, April 10th. So many of you have been so kind to express what a blessing she has been to you as you have worked with her, as well. I love how the Lord brought her to this position just when my former Schedule Coordinator came to the decision Jennifer now has, and He will do the same again. And in the aftermath of the change, she will just be down the road instead of all the way in Colorado, and we can remain friends and actually see one another in person!
Change is a reality of life in this world. But in the midst of it, "Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever." Hebrews 13:8. So in that, I rest.
We are also in the process of change as our website hosting is being transferred. Please be patient if you visit our site and things are not quite completed. Always in transition, this life is!
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On the Home Front
February held time with family and friends, and I was grateful. Hannah's fiance, Clayton remained in the hospital until Saturday, Feb. 6th. His grandparents live in Clemson, so he was able to go there where his mom could also stay comfortably and take care of him. By mid-week he was back in his apartment, back in school, and his mom back home in Columbia. I was singing up in Greenville, SC on Sunday night, Feb. 8th, so I made my way over to Clemson to visit with them that afternoon. He just had a good report of a normal x-ray with clear lungs, and we are so grateful. He and Hannah were able to make it to see the Broadway musical "Wicked" afterall on the 15th at the Peace Center, thanks to a very gracious ticket office manager.
On Valentine's Day I was blessed by a visit from my 2-year-old
nephew Birkes and his sweet mom Caroline, as Birkes even brought his "Ann Don" a box of chocolates. What joy they are!
We are a family that loves snow, and so we decided that if the snow would not come to us, we would go to the snow! So, Ross, his girlfriend Brianna and I made our way to Wolf Ridge Ski Resort in Mars Hill, NC on Presidents' Day for a holiday of perfect skiing. Brianna had never skied, and this was my 18th birthday gift to her. It began snowing from the moment we turned onto the ski resort mountain road until we reached Newberry, SC on our way home that night. Between you and me, that was THE scariest drive home I have EVER made, as the roads were covered in snow and ice, and I never stopped praying as I very cautiously drove, with Ross in the backseat cheering me on the entire
way. But I would not trade one minute of the rides up the ski lift with both of them, and the 7 hours spent in the car just hearing my son talk and tell me about all of his plans for anything.
Last week we had a "dusting" of snow here, and it was beautiful while it lasted! Of course the rain soon washed it all away. But Hannah and Clayton, and my brother Robert and his family in Tryon, NC got a few really good snows this month, so I enjoyed it vicariously via their pictures and videos.
Hannah and her best friend Kelly McKinnel came home this past weekend and it was sheer joy having them here along with Blue, my grand dog. We checked out a few potential wedding venues, went to lunch at Panera, went shopping, played Scattergories, ate ice cream sundaes, and then finished out the wonderful weekend together seeing Hannah sing as a part of the worship team on Sunday morning at Fresh Church here in Columbia.
In March I will be heading to Clemson for Hannah's Spring Ring Ceremony at Littlejohn Coliseum. She is getting her college ring! Hard to believe that in December she will be a college graduate.
She and Kelly, V-Pres. & Pres. of CCHA (Clemson Collegiate Horseman's Association) will be flying to Houston, TX and driving to College Station the weekend of the 12th-14th for the National Collegiate Horseman's Association Convention. How grateful I was to have saved up enough frequent flyer miles for Hannah to be able to fly out there. Then she will be coming home that next week for her spring break. So this mama is looking forward to having her girl home again!
Ross, Brianna & I are hoping for one more trip up to the NC mountains for another day of skiing before this winter officially ends. So that is the Home Front in a nutshell!
Ministry at a Glance February held only 2 ministry events once all was said and done. I was blessed to be with the NOWW women's conference at Sandridge Baptist Church in Ridgeville, SC, where I served alongside my friend/speaker/singer Kristie Howell Mills. One of the highlights of my ministry was sharing a concert as a part of a cultural worship service with 4 churches in the upstate, hosted by Reedy Fork Baptist Church in Simpsonville, SC. I believe we experienced a little taste of heaven that night as we worshiped together. When I started singing my first song acapella, their organist, who sported his Delvin Choice hair, begain joining in, and continued to do so throughout the entire concert. He amazingly played along on songs he had never heard, and it was remarkable. At times their wonderful choir joined in, and it was like nothing I have ever experienced before. Afterward, we all joined together for a delicious covered-dish meal in their fellowship hall. What a joy! Of course the women's conference and 2 concerts in TN did not happen after all due to snow. But March is going to be a very busy month...my concert schedule is listed below!
My annual Jordan Ministries Board of Directors meeting was held here in my home in February. How grateful I am for these faithful friends/members who faithfully give their time, friendship, support, prayers, and godly counsel. We are seeking the Lord for His direction in this year, feeling yet again, a time of transition, and asking Him to make that clear. Rev. Brad and Melissa Bird, Bob Debenport, and Sharon Cone are such a blessing to me, and I thank God for them as I seek to walk worthy of the call the Father has placed on my life.
Thank you, dear friends, for sharing a glimpse into life here at Jordan Ministries again this month, and thank you for your prayers during this season of change! May you also know, in the midst of everything you are going through, that Jesus is the same and that He wants to be our dwelling place.
Dawn's Concert Calendar
Dawn is booking concerts all the way through Christmas 2015 and beyond. We would love to hear from you if you are interested in scheduling a concert or Women's Ministry event.
If you are interested, Dawn also has some piggy-back dates in 2015 that are available (churches that are hosting her in the area have already covered her travel costs; Dawn would love to share a concert at your church also while she is in the area or traveling back to Columbia, SC):
Here are the dates that are available and where Dawn will be: - Sunday evening, March 22nd, in Mebane NC
-Sunday evening, March 29th, Ninety Six, SC
- Sunday morning and evening, April 12th, Clayton, GA
- Sunday morning and evening, April 26th, Ormond Beach, FL
- Sunday evening, May 17th, in Easley, SC - Sunday evening, September 13th, Myrtle Beach, SC - Sunday morning and evening, November 8th in Knox, PA
We are selling out of Hannah's album Shine and only have a few more copies left. A great gift for the younger people in your family and at a great price as well - only $5.00. This album features five of Hannah's original songs. The stylings are pop/country, and feature Hannah on lead vocals, background vocals, acoustic guitar, keyboard and piano! You can order it here.
Dawn's New Blog Amazing Grace Notes
My new blog is entitled "Amazing Grace Notes," and I would love to invite you to join me at http://dawnsmithjordan.blogspot.com/ for regular updates.
If you are considering a ministry you would like to support at the beginning of this New Year, would you prayerfully consider supporting Jordan Ministries? 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.
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Dawn Smith Jordan Ministries, PO Box 2846, Irmo, SC 29063
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Little Dale Tales
As you can see from Dawn's letter above, there are a lot of changes underway for our family. It has, at times, been overwhelming to think about moving cross-country with a family of 7, including a newborn. But as several of my friends have reminded me, for this I have Jesus. One of my greatest concerns has been "fitting back in" and finding our place in Columbia as a family. It is always a process and takes times to build friendships or re-build old friendships. A friend here reminded me of something that I needed to hear - His gifts are everywhere and in every situation. Being very aware of my great need for His grace in these days, I want to be on the look-out for those gifts - not just when we get to South Carolina, but in the moving/packing process and in the midst of saying good-bye to people here we have come to love dearly. James 1:17 says "Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows." That's one of many promises we can hold on to!