MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Merry Christmas. I’ve not posted much in the way of Christmas greetings today…responded to a few, but mostly just spent the day with Marsha, lounging around.

It’s been a quiet day, unlike last evening when Mike’s family, Jeff’s family, and Tyler McLaughlin’s family was here for our traditional Christmas Eve celebration.
For the last several years we have celebrated Christmas Eve with a delicious cheese soup that Shannon Mc fixes. This year we decided that everyone should bring their favorite soup. Marsha fixed her mom’s vegetable beef soup recipe which was, of course, delicious. Shannon brought her cheese soup; Jeff brought broccoli cheddar cheese soup and chicken gumbo; Mike brought Gnocchi.  Following dinner we had our gift exchange. I won’t bore you with a list of gifts given or received, but Santa overdid himself, as usual.

It’s been an interesting year. I left the alarm company in November 11 to pursue a leasing company opportunity, and then went back to the alarm company in February on a part time basis while I continued to work the leasing company. Then, in July I went to work for the local Hyundai dealer. I did well, but learned that the car business was not for me—too much just standing around hoping to talk to someone. In September I got an offer from the alarm company to go back into management with them, and the offer was too good to turn down. It’s been a very good move going back there.
Marsha has continued to look for a job. It’s been right at a year and a half since she lost her job at the nursing home. The man at the employment office says she is a victim of age discrimination. Meanwhile, she keeps looking.
Our house has finally sold, with a closing on or before March 1. We plan to move across the street to a nice home built by the same man who built ours. It’s quite a bit smaller than what we have now, but that’s kind of the idea.
No trip to Peru this year. Hopefully we can make it at least twice next year. Our first planned trip is June for the Evangelical Church of Christ’s annual pastors’ and leaders’ convention.
Emily and Megan are both in competitive volleyball leagues. Mike is helping coach Emily’s team, and Rhonda, Megan’s. They are in two different leagues, but fortunately their tournaments don’t conflict, except I think, for one.
Abbigail is looking forward to having a little sister. Vanessa’s due date is March 10.
January 1 will be sworn in as chaplain of the Benton County Sheriff’s Office. The new sheriff, Kelley Cradduck, is a former Rogers Police officer, and we have a twelve-year connection. I’m looking forward to getting back into the chaplain saddle. The Rogers Police Department dropped their chaplain program, for all practical purposes, almost four years ago, and I’ve missed serving. Jeff will also be sworn in.
Marsha and I continue serving our church, Word of Life Fellowship. I oversee the hospitality ministry, small group ministry and missions. Marsha’s involvement is, basically, supporting me in my roles.
There are four and a half hours remaining until Christmas day is over. I hope you’ve had a very Merry Christmas, and that you have a healthy and prosperous New Year. May God’s best be yours in 2013.
In His Love,
Jim

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About Pastor Jim Dixon

Jim Dixon is a husband, father, grandfather, pastor, missionary and with his wife, Marsha, an author. Jim and Marsha are founders of God's Blueprint for Marriage, a ministry based on the experiences they had during reconciliation and restoration of their tumultuous marriage that would have ended in divorce, had it not been for God's intervention. Their marriage workshop called, not surprisingly, "God's Blueprint for Marriage" shares details of their failing marriage and, more importantly, the lessons they learned during the restoration process. Their book, "God's Blueprint for Marriage", is available through their web site, www.godsblueprint.info Jim is Missions and Small Groups Pastor at their church, Word of Life Fellowship. He and Marsha have a strong ministry presence in Peru, where he is a leader in the Evangelical Church of Christ of Peru, a Peruvian denomination. And Marsha is founder of Mujeres de Valor (Women of Worth), a ministry helping women in Peru find their place in service to God. They also work with Victory Bible College-Peru and Victory Fellowship of Ministries, organizations dedicated to training and supporting pastors and church leaders in that nation. Their two sons, Michael and Jeffrey, are also in ministry, Jeffrey full time as Youth Pastor of their church. Additionally they have a number of "adopted" sons and daughters, many of whom are in ministry as well. Jim is a professional storm chaser. You can hear him during severe weather in NW Arkansas on 40/29.
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