Friday, September 21, 2012

Friday, September 21, 2012

Today is the last day of Summer!  It's official.  Tomorrow Fall begins (though I've been celebrating pre-Fall with a lot of pumpkin spiced EVERYTHING!  Are you sad to see the Summer go - or excited to be closer to sweater/hoodie weather?  Maybe a bit of both...  Either way - change is here and that means a new opportunity to shed the past and embrace the gift of NOW.

Heather Williams

Heather Williams grew up in extreme poverty with her mom and stepfather. Throughout her early childhood, she suffered intense abuse and was even chained to a tree for punishment in one instance. Her mother gave her away at age 11, and Williams went to live with her grandfather in Michigan. Living with little guidance and the pain of past abuse and rejection, Williams turned to drugs and alcohol as a way to numb the realities of life. As things began to spiral out of control, the young teenager began to have thoughts of suicide and was even homeless at one point.

At age 18, however, the dangerous road Williams was on took a U-turn when she briefly reconnected with her birth father. Her father, a Christian, invited Williams to church.

“I came to this place where it was either, OK, I’m going to give my life to God, or I just don’t know if I’m going to live. So, I walked up that aisle at that church, and I gave my life to God.”

Having grown up with a love of music, after becoming a Christian, Williams says she began to write songs from a perspective of radical change. But then another wave of tragedy struck the budding singer/songwriter when her first child passed away shortly after he was born. But this incredible tragedy only drew Heather closer to God.

For Williams, she describes her songs as “conversations,” sometimes joyful, sometimes angry, sometimes a mix of both. Today, Williams is grateful for how far grace has brought her. She and her husband, a full-time youth pastor, live in Florida with their two young children.

Album: This Time Around

Twitter: @HWmusictweets



Video: Heather Williams Shares Her Story...

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A:  Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul and mind. (Matthew 22)

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