Williams Christmas Letter 2011

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December 19, 2011

Dear Family and Friends,

Blessings and Greetings from our family to yours.  Over two thousand years ago, Elohim, the Creator of all, gave a gift to the world He created.  This gift came as a babe wrapped in swaddling clothes.  Born in Bethlehem, as the prophet Micah predicted, He came with a purpose that is still being fulfilled today – to save his people from their sins.  Isaiah prophesied, 750 years before Christ was born, that a virgin would conceive and bare a son.  His name would be called Immanuel meaning God with us.  The promised Messiah would bring peace to all who would call upon His name.  As the Christmas season approaches our family’s prayer is that you have experienced this peace.  It is a peace that passes all understanding and can only come from the Prince of Peace.

God has certainly filled our hearts with peace this year and has blessed our lives beyond measure.  It would take a book to share with you all that the Lord has done in our lives.  The most significant being our move back to Northwest Arkansas in July.  We left this area 8 years ago when Dana surrendered into the ministry and started back to school.  God saw fit to not only bring us back to our family, but He has blessed us with a dear church family.  We are so honored to be a part of Cornerstone in Bentonville where Dana is joyfully serving as Pastor.

The children are doing very well.  They adjusted to the move quickly.  Of course, being only 30 minutes from their grandparents helped immensely.  They have been reacquainted with old friends and have made many new friends in the short time we’ve been back.  Aaron turned 15 in September.  He is studying for his driver’s license and quickly turning into a godly young man.  Abigail turned 12 in March.  She is a beautiful young lady with a sweet spirit that brings joy to our home.  Andrew turned 9 in October.  He is living up to his name with a sword or gun almost always in his hand.  We are so thankful for the opportunity to still homeschool.  This year marks over 10 years of educating the children at home.  They are in 9th, 7th, and 3rd grade.

I was able to finish my 3rd book this year and have been blessed with several speaking opportunities.  My favorite was a three day retreat in Gulf Shores, Alabama in June.  We haven’t traveled too much this year but we have taken a few short trips. Before our move back in May we met my parents in Memphis for a Homeschooling Convention.  Dana and I went to the seminars and the children enjoyed their grandparents taking them to the zoo.  After our move we took a few days and took the children to Branson then Dana and I enjoyed a week in Branson all alone in October.  We are so thankful for our church who sent us to the Pastor’s Oasis for a refreshing time of renewal.  With our family close by, for the first time in many years, we have no plans to travel during Christmas.

Our plans this December is to focus on the theme of all of Scripture – Relationships – first our relationship with God and then our relationship with those around us.  May the Lord of Glory bless you this holiday season!  “Grace be with you, mercy, and peace, from God the Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father, in truth and love,” 2 John 1:3. 

Love – The Williams

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