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Welcome to the 7th Day of Christmas Giveaway!!
Each day, December 1-12th, I am featuring a fellow Proverbs 31sister and an aspect of Christmas. You’ll get to know her and she, in turn, will offer a fabulous giveaway! Simply leave a comment on her post to be entered in the drawing.
And, one soon-to-be-very-giddy gal who comments on all 12 posts will win the GRAND PRIZE! You may comment on all posts until Monday, December 13th at 5:00 pm EST when the winners will be announced. (to see the grand prize and get caught up on the posts click here)
Although all my guests this week are so dear to me, today’s holds a special place in my heart as she was in the speaker evaluation group I led at our P31 She Speaks writer’s & speakers conference two years ago. (That endearing truth cancels out the fact that through this post I find out she is a New York Yankees fan!!! This Detroit Tiger gal forgives her :-)) Now, here’s our seventh P31 gal……the engaging Shannon Primicerio !!
From the moment she learned to talk, author and speaker Shannon Primicerio has been engaging audiences with her wit and wisdom. For the last eight years she has traveled the world teaching teenage girls how to apply the Bible to the drama of real life.
An author of ten books to teens, Shannon began partnering with Proverbs 31 Ministries in 2009 and expanded her audience by helping them reach the 20-something woman through their She Seeks division.
Although not parents yet, Shannon and her husband Michael are proud sponsors of several children through Compassion International. In August they traveled to Bogota, Colombia to see Compassion’s work up close and meet one of their sponsor children. To read Shannon’s thoughts on the trip you can read her blog posts from Bogota here: http://beingagirlbooks.com/blog/my-trip-to-colombia-with-compassion/
When she isn’t writing or speaking, Shannon can be found relaxing at one of Southern California’s beautiful beaches or watching her beloved Yankees play baseball on TV. Or, in the wintertime, you can usually find her curled up by the fireplace with a good book and a chai latte in hand.
Favorite Christmas Memory
When people ask about my favorite Christmas memory I have an unusual answer. In 2005 I was getting ready to celebrate my first “married Christmas” and I couldn’t have been happier. My husband and I decorated our humble apartment with plenty of hand-me-down decorations and a few inexpensive new editions. But three weeks before Christmas my grandfather, whom I was very close to, was in a tragic accident.
Doctors asked my family to come and say their goodbyes as he laid there in a coma. For sixteen days he clung to life in the hospital unaware of our presence. My happy holiday had quickly become clouded with grief. December 2005 was one of the darkest months my family had ever known.
I was under deadline for a book at the time, and after taking a week off to stand vigil with my family, I decided to return to writing in an attempt to find some normalcy in the midst of the chaos. Several weeks prior, before the accident, I had finished a section on the names of God. The point was to teach teenage girls to examine who God said He was in the Bible and then to look for Him to show up in similar ways in their own lives.
There, on my list, was the name for Christ found in Isaiah: Immanuel which translates “God is with us.” When I looked at the words I had typed weeks before, waves of emotion washed over me. On the first Christmas Jesus Christ came to literally be God with us. Yet, thousands of years later—in the midst of a truly tragic Christmas—He wanted me to know He was specifically God with me.
I knew then that my family and I were not going to have to walk alone through the dark days ahead. That Christmas God showed Himself to me as Immanuel in an entirely new way. It was one of the most powerful experiences I’ve ever had in my walk with God. And for that, my first married Christmas did turn out to be merry after all.
If anyone reading this is experiencing a tragedy this December I offer this encouragement:
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever. Just as certainly as He came to be God with us on the first Christmas, He will reveal Himself to you as Immanuel this Christmas. He is with you. He will never leave you or forsake you. Even in the midst of tragedy you can know God—and He will carry you through.
If you have a specific prayer request, please leave it in the comments section below. I will stop by and pray through all of the requests. Today, December 7th, would have been my sweet grandfather’s birthday. I can think of no better way to spend it than praying for you.
Two signed copies of Shannon’s book for teens The Divine Dance and a $10 Starbucks gift card.
Moms of teen girls can use this gift to read through the book with their daughters and talk about it over a cup of coffee. Or teen girls can use this prize to read through the book and talk about it over coffee with a friend.
Simply leave a prayer request or comment telling us the best gift for a teen. Or, if time is tight, simply say, “I’m in!!”