In awe of the seemingly small

21 09 2005

The ACFW conference in Nashville ended Sunday afternoon. I pulled into my driveway around 9:30 PM Monday night, and I still haven’t managed to corral my thoughts into any semblance of coherence. Lots of fun, exciting, great stuff happened there. I promise I’ll introduce you to the awesome people I met and regale you with conference and non-conference tales you’re sure to enjoy. But right now something else is occupying my thoughts.

I just returned from the doctor’s office. I’ll spare you the details of why I had to go there, because they are mundane and would quickly launch us into too-much-information land. Mostly I wanted to pass along a sweet story that made me happy and will remain in my memory, a soul smile I can always look back on when life enters a season of purposes crossed and dreams unreached.

Here’s the story, from the beginning.

A woman in our church recently gave birth to twins–a boy and a girl. She told me that, even while she was pregnant, one of her babies always reacted whenever I started leading worship. After the twins were born, she said the boy, Jace, noticeably calmed when he heard me sing.

Last night I led worship for a women’s meeting. Just me, a piano, and a microphone. The women were seated in a different part of the room from the piano, so I felt like I do when I’m home alone, just playing and singing from my heart to the Lord. A nurse who works for my doctor held Jace as I sang.

So, today when I went to the doctor’s office, my nurse friend said, “I want you to know, as soon as he heard your voice, Jace relaxed in my arms and peace came over him. His mom had told me your singing always affects him that way, but I saw it for myself. It was amazing.”

Wow. Just wow. I can’t really tell you what this does to me.

As a writer, I want to write books many people will read and love. I want to make a difference. But I also know, if I connect with only one person in an eternal way, that’s enough.

Likewise, I’d love to make music that touches many. But if that never happens, it’s okay. My song touched a baby named Jace, even before he was born.

For me, this is amazing. And it’s enough.


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27 responses

21 09 2005
Anonymous

I’m not surprised

What a cool story.

And I believe God will use your music and writing to calm, comfort, and prick the masses.

Looking forward to the stories and regaling.

Signed,

Russell Fink

21 09 2005
Anonymous

I’m not surprised

What a cool story.

And I believe God will use your music and writing to calm, comfort, and prick the masses.

Looking forward to the stories and regaling.

Signed,

Russell Fink

21 09 2005
Anonymous

I’m not surprised

What a cool story.

And I believe God will use your music and writing to calm, comfort, and prick the masses.

Looking forward to the stories and regaling.

Signed,

Russell Fink

21 09 2005
jeannedamoff

Re: I’m not surprised

Thanks, Russell.

No doubt you will find much of interest in my stories and regaling.

Your faith in my abilities is a huge blessing and encouragement. I’m glad you’re my friend.

J.

21 09 2005
jeannedamoff

Re: I’m not surprised

Thanks, Russell.

No doubt you will find much of interest in my stories and regaling.

Your faith in my abilities is a huge blessing and encouragement. I’m glad you’re my friend.

J.

21 09 2005
jeannedamoff

Re: I’m not surprised

Thanks, Russell.

No doubt you will find much of interest in my stories and regaling.

Your faith in my abilities is a huge blessing and encouragement. I’m glad you’re my friend.

J.

22 09 2005
furiavriel

that makes me want to cry… but in a good way.

l.l

22 09 2005
furiavriel

that makes me want to cry… but in a good way.

l.l

22 09 2005
furiavriel

that makes me want to cry… but in a good way.

l.l

22 09 2005
acornstwo

Sooo, Jeanne, hows about that CD you were recording?

22 09 2005
acornstwo

Sooo, Jeanne, hows about that CD you were recording?

22 09 2005
acornstwo

Sooo, Jeanne, hows about that CD you were recording?

22 09 2005
jeannedamoff

Me, too, my love.

22 09 2005
jeannedamoff

Me, too, my love.

22 09 2005
jeannedamoff

Me, too, my love.

22 09 2005
jeannedamoff

Ah, yes. You are the picture of patience. 🙂

It is still in its original, unproduced form, but I need to get on that right away. My goal is to have it by the end of this month.

Thanks for your enduring interest. That means more to me than you probably realize.

I hope all is well in your world.
xo

22 09 2005
jeannedamoff

Ah, yes. You are the picture of patience. 🙂

It is still in its original, unproduced form, but I need to get on that right away. My goal is to have it by the end of this month.

Thanks for your enduring interest. That means more to me than you probably realize.

I hope all is well in your world.
xo

22 09 2005
jeannedamoff

Ah, yes. You are the picture of patience. 🙂

It is still in its original, unproduced form, but I need to get on that right away. My goal is to have it by the end of this month.

Thanks for your enduring interest. That means more to me than you probably realize.

I hope all is well in your world.
xo

22 09 2005
Anonymous

Hey Jeanne! I check your blog most days, but it’s only every now and then I look at the rest of your website.

While I was perusing it I noticed something on your schedule that I’m not sure we have talked about before…. We had the same birthday! 9/9 all the way!!

Hope yours was wonderful. Mine was.

Craig.

22 09 2005
Anonymous

Hey Jeanne! I check your blog most days, but it’s only every now and then I look at the rest of your website.

While I was perusing it I noticed something on your schedule that I’m not sure we have talked about before…. We had the same birthday! 9/9 all the way!!

Hope yours was wonderful. Mine was.

Craig.

22 09 2005
Anonymous

Hey Jeanne! I check your blog most days, but it’s only every now and then I look at the rest of your website.

While I was perusing it I noticed something on your schedule that I’m not sure we have talked about before…. We had the same birthday! 9/9 all the way!!

Hope yours was wonderful. Mine was.

Craig.

22 09 2005
jeannedamoff

Happy Birthday to YOU!

We’re birthday twins. That’s awesome! I’m glad you had a wonderful day. Mine was lovely.

Next year let’s have a cyber party. 🙂

22 09 2005
jeannedamoff

Happy Birthday to YOU!

We’re birthday twins. That’s awesome! I’m glad you had a wonderful day. Mine was lovely.

Next year let’s have a cyber party. 🙂

22 09 2005
jeannedamoff

Happy Birthday to YOU!

We’re birthday twins. That’s awesome! I’m glad you had a wonderful day. Mine was lovely.

Next year let’s have a cyber party. 🙂

22 09 2005
Anonymous

Re: Happy Birthday to YOU!

You two have a birthday triplet–my hubby, Doug! And thank you, Jeanne, for wishing him a lovely day on fallible. I should have gone right to your blog to wish you a happy bday, and I spaced it out…. sheesh. Old age is a winner, I’m afraid…. 😉

22 09 2005
Anonymous

Re: Happy Birthday to YOU!

You two have a birthday triplet–my hubby, Doug! And thank you, Jeanne, for wishing him a lovely day on fallible. I should have gone right to your blog to wish you a happy bday, and I spaced it out…. sheesh. Old age is a winner, I’m afraid…. 😉

22 09 2005
Anonymous

Re: Happy Birthday to YOU!

You two have a birthday triplet–my hubby, Doug! And thank you, Jeanne, for wishing him a lovely day on fallible. I should have gone right to your blog to wish you a happy bday, and I spaced it out…. sheesh. Old age is a winner, I’m afraid…. 😉

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