This may seem like a silly blog, but I don't think I have ever shared a week in the life of the Jordan Family! So here it goes:
Monday - We start the week of with a bang! I usually have a team leaving and a team coming so it is laundry, laundry and more laundry. After getting everyone fed, kids ready for school, and everyone out the door,I am ready to start our boy John with school. My workers and I prepare the rooms for the team that will be arriving which ranges from 5 - 12 (unless like this week, it will be 14)! Then it is off to the main house for the orphanage for staff meeting and dinner. We return to our home with the team and have an orientation to our home and set house rules! By the time we are finished, it is bath time for kids, short time of fellowship and off to bed we go!
Tuesday - It is up and at 'em for me at 6 am to prepare breakfast for the team and my family. Team is out the house by 7:40 and the kids are down to the school room by 8:15. Then it is off to another day of laundry! By mid afternoon, it is kitchen time to prepare supper for the team. (I cook for people staying in our home on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday evenings). After supper it is baths, some time fellowshipping and bed
Wednesday - Same morning routine; I usually take it easy on Wednesdays and do Sunday School things for my sunday school class! Then it is mainhouse for supper, english devotions, and then back up to our house in time for haitian church!
Thursday - WOW! same morning routine and same evening routine as Tuesday.
Friday - We get a break in the evenings and we usually do family pizza night before going pick up the team from the mainhouse!
Saturday - we take the team out for souvenirs and lunch
Sunday - Is an early morning! I wake at 5:45, set out breakfast, shower and get half way ready for church, get the kids up and fed, get them ready, get myself ready and then it is out the door by 8 am for Haitian Church, back to our house by 10:15 to go to English service and then the mainhouse for lunch. Ladies singing practice is at 2 pm and Teen haitian service is at 3 pm!
And we get up on Monday to do it all over again!!! I love my crazy life! God has given us so many opportunities to minister not only to Haitians but to Americans, Canadians, Australians, French!! It is awesome to see His hand it all that we do! So, welcome to a week in our crazy lives!!!
Thursday, August 11, 2011
As a senior in college, my goal was not a diploma but a husband. I had dated but knew deep down inside that none of them were right for me. When Brandon walked in that first morning for work study, I knew that I was going to marry him some day! Ten years, 3 children, 7 years of serving in Haiti, I love that man more than the first time we spoke the words I LOVE YOU! I do not do well with being left alone, especially here in Haiti. Brandon is my support and my guide; I feel so lost when he is not with me! But as the saying goes, "absence makes the heart grow fonder", and it is definitely true! I miss his laugh and crazy jokes, his shoulder to cry or fall asleep on, his wonderful way with the kids, his servant's heart. While absence makes the heart grow fonder, it also makes us realize how much we take that person for granted. I am thankful that 10 years ago, I married that man that I can't stand to be without!!
Sunday, August 7, 2011
Music - It is such a big part of life and a major part of mine. I can't quitely remember the age that I started singing, but can remember recording myself on my little tape recorder around the age of 10. I have done so much research on music and worship. God loves for us to worship Him. John 4:24 says: "God is a Spirit and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. Sometimes after I sing, I think, "Did I prepare my heart before I stood before these people; did they receive a blessing through the words I sang or was my heart not what it should be and it showed forth in the song." As I watch Haitians during worship service in our church, it amazes me how they worship with all they have. Eyes closed, hands raised, voices lifted; praising HIM with all their heart, soul, and mind. These people know that the little they have, they have because God provided them with it. Our comforts and riches, sometimes, blind us to true worship and adoration for the ONE who provided and blessed us with those comforts and riches. As I use the talent that God has given me, I pray that my heart is right and my thoughts are truly on the words that I sing.
I walked in my kitchen a few months ago and God gave me 2 words: Grace Falling; and I couldn't go anywhere until I had written this song.
Grace Falling Down
Guilty and Broken
No hope could be seen
Life ruined by weights
Of sin and of shame
Then through the clouds
Mercy poured down like rain
Grace falling down
Grace falling down
Let your grace fall down
On a sinner condenmed
And let your blood that flowed free
Come and wash over me
And let your grace fall down
And let your grace fall down
Now hope and peace
They brighten my life
No struggle within
Not burdened with strife
I'm soaked in your mercy
I'm forgiven and free
This is the reason we sing, this is the reason we give him our worship. He poured out his grace and mercy on us, and in return; we can use our voices in praise to Him.
I am not a person of eloquent speaking; I am not the greatest blogger, but as I sat here this evening, I just wanted to share a little of my heart. I love my family, but am not arts and craftsy; I really don't have that many talents, but God has given me a voice and I will glorify Him with the talent of song.
Last week I blogged that it was going to be such a lonely week because Brandon was leaving. Silly man got his dates wrong! So..... Now I am truly in my lonely week! He left yesterday and will be gone for 8 more days! I survived the first night! I am proud of myself! I am not a loner at all and don't want to be alone but I think it will be good for both of us to be apart! I am happy for him that he can go and be with guys of like faith and find encouragement in some pastors and other missionaries at Football camp. So, you may see more blogpost from me this week as I will be super lonely!