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|Jennifer Shaw Music Newsletter ||March, 2010 || |
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| |This has been a really hard week for me personally (see article below) but I have been so reminded of God's presence with us, I wanted to share it with you. Do you know today that God is with you? That He is mighty to save, He is our refuge and strength, and He prays for you? He has been reminding me of these things all week, and I have needed that.
On the musical side of things, things are going great. In the last several weeks I've done concerts, guest worship, and interviews in Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana, Pennsylvania, New York, Michigan, and Ontario, Canada. I've filmed 5 more TV shows, and been to a bunch of radio stations. God is opening doors in amazing ways, and I've loved doing the ministry He's put in front of me.
I'm booking the rest of spring, summer, and fall 2010 now, and have booked a bit of 2011 as well, so if you are interested in putting something together, drop me a line. I'd love to talk with you! You can read more about my events here, or see some ideas for women's retreats and events here. I'm also happy to plan with you - here is some of what people have said about my events. I've also updated my whole blog, so you can look back and see where we've been and what we've been doing.
I am so grateful that God is with us, and so grateful that He loves us so much that He reminds us that He's with us in difficult times. I want everyone to know this! I hope you do.
Until the whole world hears,
Jennifer Shaw Music
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P.S. I'll be back in Florida at the end of the month, and I have Friday, March 26th and Saturday, March 27th open - if you're within 3 hours or so of Ft. Myers, I'd love to come do an event with you!
God is With Us
She's one of my oldest and dearest friends. We've grown up together - known each other since we were five, call each other every day. And this week she's had absolutely devastating news. The kind where you can't catch your breath, you can't believe it's true, you don't know how to get through the day. I've been some of the places she is right now, and it kills me to see her hurting like this. How do I help here? How can we know God is with us, even in the midst of this terrible tragedy?
"But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid" (John 14:26-27)
When she first told me, she said, "I can't feel God. I know He's here, but I can't feel Him." (Zephaniah 3:17 "The Lord your God is with you, He is mighty to save.") She said, "I can't even pray, I don't know what to pray. But I know the Holy Spirit is praying for me." (Romans 8:26 "In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us.")
And God gave me John 14:26-27. The Holy Spirit reminded me of the verse about the Holy Spirit reminding us of what He has said to us. My friend would answer her own questions with truths from Scripture, and that was the Holy Spirit with her. It was like He was telling her, "Maybe you can't feel me right now, but that doesn't mean I'm not here. Maybe you can't pray, but you don't have to, I will." And by reminding her of the truths she knows, He proved that He is with her, even in this terrible place.
"God is our refuge and strength, an ever present help in trouble." (Psalm 46:1)
As we hide God's word in our hearts and seek Him every day, He meets us. Our smallest turn toward Him is met by His running, joyful acceptance. How He longs to be with us!
"Yet the Lord longs to be gracious to you; he rises to show you compassion." (Isaiah 30:18)
Do not forget today that God is with you. He is Emmanuel, God with us. Whether it's the best day of your life, or the worst, He is there. And that makes all the difference.
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