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Most Memorable Christmas...

Thursday, December 02, 2010


With the CHRISTmas season approaching,
I thought it would be fun to get to know more about my 'faithful friends'

Please share your
most memorable Christmas with us...

I'll start...

My Most Memorable Christmas

I loved Christmas as a child. We always spent time with family & close relatives. One of my fondest memories as a kid was snowmobiling with aunts, uncles & cousins in the dark, with the full moon shining bright. We used to love singing Christmas carols at the top of our lungs!!! But, even though we sang the Christmas carols, we didn't have a real understanding of who Jesus was & what He came to this earth to accomplish.

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son,
that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
~ John 3:16 NIV

I wasn't raised in a Christian home; in fact, I didn't accept Christ as my Savior until I was 29 years old. (BEST decision ever!!!)

I would have to say that the 1st Christmas after accepting Christ as my Savior has been my absolute favorite Christmas ever! It was after hearing the gospel story & making a commitment to follow Christ that my life began to change & that the REAL REASON for the CHRISTmas season was made crystal clear to me ~ CHRISTmas really is ALL about Jesus!!!

I love how Jesus has changed my CHRISTmas; but I also adore how He has made my life more meaningful & filled my everyday life with purpose. There's nothing like sharing the LOVE OF CHRIST!

So here's what I want you to do, God helping you: TAKE YOUR EVERYDAY, ORDINARY LIFE— your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life — and PLACE IT BEFORE GOD AS AN OFFERING. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don't become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, FIX YOUR ATTENTION ON GOD. YOU'LL BE CHANGED FROM THE INSIDE OUT. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, GOD BRINGS THE BEST OUT OF YOU, DEVELOPS WELL-FORMED MATURITY IN YOU.  ~ Romans 12:1 Message

Wishing ALL of you an amazing CHRISTmas season;
but most of all I am praying that you will allow God to use your life for His Glory!!! Merry CHRISTmas!!!

Blessings,
~ Karla Meachem

JESUS ~ My heartbeat; my reason for living!!!


p.s. ~ I'm really looking forward to hearing about your most memorable CHRISTmas!!!  Thank you so much for your faithful friendship this past year!!!  It's been a pleasure serving you!!!






2 comments:

beauty4ashes72 said...

It was an evening in December, 2006. It had been the end of a few emotionaly draining years in my marriage. 2004 had been a year that challened every part of me. 2005 had been difficult with the loss of a close friend and mentor. But 2006 had been a much better year. I had a stronger marriage that had been healed by God. I found a new found love and respect for my husband, and I had a hope for the future that I had never had before. I was freed from emotions of fear, anxiety, control, shame and guilt. I had genuine laughter and peace came back into our home. So here it is, the night we put up the Christmas tree. As usual, I have Christmas music on which consists somewhat of Alvin and the Chipmunks with a variety of classical Christmas songs thrown in. My husband and son are puting up the tree, a task I'm blessed not to have to do. I'm in the kitchen baking gingerbread cookies and Seth, my son, keeps running in and eating as many as he can before I can chase him out. So after the entire tree is up and running and we've put some gifts to others under the tree, we put in the Christmas cartoon favorites (Frost the Snowman, Santa Clause is comming to Town, Ruldoph) and I bring in the 5 cookies that have made it and our family sits on the re-arranged couch in our very cramped living room to watch the cartoons. Afterwards, Seth falls asleep and my husband, Josh, carries him to bed. Josh falls into bed first while I make sure all the lights are out and doors are shut and locked. With only the Christmas tree lights shinning, I take one glance back at our very small living room with furniture, a tree, end tables, and gifts... and in that moment I can see a memory of the night play out before my eyes like a halogram of the evening... the tree being put up, laughter of Seth sneaking to get the cookies, the smirk Josh and I share as we both pretend we don't see him grab more cookies, our family on the couch watching Christmas cartoons, all the while hoping they'll end soon because Josh and I are exhausted .. and that's it... that's when I felt most alive. I was free to enjoy the blessed life I had. And I cried as much as I smiled that God could be so good to me. With the room completely still, and nothing on except the shimmering lights on the tree, I checked on Seth and crawled into bed with the husband. My life and home were quiet and peaceful, yet in my heart I was most alive!! That's my moment... my most alive moment and my most memorable Christmas.... T/J

beauty4ashes72 said...

It was an evening in December, 2006. It had been the end of a few emotionaly draining years in my marriage. 2004 had been a year that challened every part of me. 2005 had been difficult with the loss of a close friend and mentor. But 2006 had been a much better year. I had a stronger marriage that had been healed by God. I found a new found love and respect for my husband, and I had a hope for the future that I had never had before. I was freed from emotions of fear, anxiety, control, shame and guilt. I had genuine laughter and peace came back into our home. So here it is, the night we put up the Christmas tree. As usual, I have Christmas music on which consists somewhat of Alvin and the Chipmunks with a variety of classical Christmas songs thrown in. My husband and son are puting up the tree, a task I'm blessed not to have to do. I'm in the kitchen baking gingerbread cookies and Seth, my son, keeps running in and eating as many as he can before I can chase him out. So after the entire tree is up and running and we've put some gifts to others under the tree, we put in the Christmas cartoon favorites (Frost the Snowman, Santa Clause is comming to Town, Ruldoph) and I bring in the 5 cookies that have made it and our family sits on the re-arranged couch in our very cramped living room to watch the cartoons. Afterwards, Seth falls asleep and my husband, Josh, carries him to bed. Josh falls into bed first while I make sure all the lights are out and doors are shut and locked. With only the Christmas tree lights shinning, I take one glance back at our very small living room with furniture, a tree, end tables, and gifts... and in that moment I can see a memory of the night play out before my eyes like a halogram of the evening... the tree being put up, laughter of Seth sneaking to get the cookies, the smirk Josh and I share as we both pretend we don't see him grab more cookies, our family on the couch watching Christmas cartoons, all the while hoping they'll end soon because Josh and I are exhausted .. and that's it... that's when I felt most alive. I was free to enjoy the blessed life I had. And I cried as much as I smiled that God could be so good to me. With the room completely still, and nothing on except the shimmering lights on the tree, I checked on Seth and crawled into bed with the husband. My life and home were quiet and peaceful, yet in my heart I was most alive!! That's my moment... my most alive moment and my most memorable Christmas.... T/J