7th Day of Christmas Giveaway with Shannon Primicerio
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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!!”
I’m in! :)
Please pray for all of those needing jobs, including my husband. Thank you so much for your post. Merry Christmas!
Please pray for my sister. She is struggling financially, just got out of a verbally abusive relationship, and is trying so hard to believe she is worthy of God’s love. Thank you!!
I was very close with my grandfather who passed away a couple of years ago. It was his faith that led me to Christ. I miss him everyday!
This book would be GREAT! I’ve been asked to mentor a couple of teen girls and have been looking and praying for a book to use.
Prayer request: God would quiet my heart and make me content in our situation. We have no money…are behind in our bills. My parents have offered us their home to get us out from under our mortgage. My husband will have nothing to do with it. This home is his childhood home that was left to him by his parents when they passed away. It needs so much work that we can not afford to do.
I am the director of Sunday School at my church and it always pulls at my heart when the teenagers think they are to”old” for the children’s service. My prayer is that this year they are role models for the younger children and let the true spirit of Christmas fill their hearts.
Thanks for sharing. I have lose all my parents, mom, dad, and stepmom. so hard to lose people you love. My husband may pass any day time now. He has a bad heard 20% useage of it. But it still is a wonderful, loving heart. Thanks for praying for all of us. When I have time will get some of your books for my teenage great niceses, one is alrady getting into trouble.
For my teen, I gave two movie tickets so that she and a friend can go to the movies some time without me!
My daughter is 11, almost 12. I can’t wait to check out this book.
Please pray for my friend. Her son is fighting cancer. He has had one leg amputated and is dong well with his new leg. But, the cancer drugs are not helping the spots on his lungs. This could be their last Christmas on earth ~together…
I would ask that you pray for my whole family. I am the one in the house who bears the burden of trying to keep my girls involved in church and trying to teach them to love God while all the while trying not to step on my husband’s toes or etc. My first daughter wants nothing to do with Church or God even though she was raised there and I can see the same influence on my younger two. Some days I feel really beat down!
Please pray for my friend Jodie, she recently lost her sister and she’s hurting. thank you.