Dearest Family and Friends, 2010
Jesus Christ the same, yesterday, today and forever. (Hebrews 13:8)
Jesus came to preach the gospel to the poor; to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed. (Isaiah 61 and Luke 4)
God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil. (Acts 10:38)
While Jesus walked this earth, He healed all who were brought to Him and cast out evil spirits. He did! Read Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. One account after another Jesus healed all who came to Him.
So, why do I start our year-end letter with the verse,
Jesus Christ, the same, yesterday, today and forever?
I have mentioned in our past annual letters that I have battled, off and on, with my health. In July of ’09 my health got really bad. From July of ’09 – May ’10 there were many days that I was unable to get out of bed, unable to take care of our family, barely able to function.
The end of May of this year Jesus healed and delivered me from many symptoms that have increasingly plagued me over the years. When I say healed, I mean HEALED! One day sick in bed, the next doing cartwheels in the yard, HEALED! One day in bondage to the enemy physically and mentally to the next day delivered and set free!
Family and friends, Jesus still heals, He still delivers, He still sets people free, and He still binds up the brokenhearted! He is the same!!!
I don’t know what you are going through, but I can unequivocally tell you that Jesus
Christ is your answer.
Are you uncertain of your future?
Are you sick physically?
Does depression plague you?
Are you constantly anxious and worried?
Is your heart heavy with bitterness and unforgiveness?
Does fear rule your heart and mind?
Do you know where you will spend eternity!???
Let me say it again, Jesus Christ is your answer
Brian, well, you know I think he is awesome, right? He continues to be an awesome Godly leader and it is so amazing to watch his heart grow in love for the Lord and us. He continually lays down his life, striving to follow the example of his Savior.
Matthew (23) married the sweetest young woman we could have ever hoped for. Her name is Elisa. Immediately we loved her as our own and are so thankful for her
Our precious two year old grandson, Levi, continues to hold our hearts captive. He spends just about every Sunday with us.
Luke (20) – Is in his second year of college, doing well. He is still at home with us and we are so thankful for that!
Joshua (18) – Graduated High School this year, and is starting violin lessons and possibly college in January.
Victoria (14) – Continues to far exceed me in all things handiwork, knitting, sewing, and crocheting. We have discovered that she has a beautiful voice with which she loves to sing hymns. Often times I find her with a hymnal in front of her and knitting needles in her hands.
Isaiah (13) Is all boy, he loves forts, sports, building things and continues to have a passion and growing knowledge of the Word of God. He is also branching out from piano, where he has been arranging his own songs, into playing the guitar and singing.
Sarah Grace (9) – Is an apprentice sourdough artisan bread baker to mama, she loves to help in the kitchen. She also continues in her gift of scripture memory.
Isabella (8) –Loves to play mama to Elijah, she gives the best hugs and is just learning to play the piano. She also is developing a beautiful singing voice.
Josiah (6) –Loves to be playing with siblings, he doesn’t care what it is. Just let him in on the fun and he is there! His big blue eyes continue to melt my heart.
Elijah (3) –Is unbelievable adorable and so smart, and knows it and uses it to his advantage, trust me!
You ladies are an amazing encouragement in my life! I thank God for you. This is one of the last posts of the year. I may have a post coming to challenge us for the coming new year. Blessings to you!