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The Season: Its Essence & Me featuring Faith Simone

Hey there!

This is later than usual but there was a break in transmission. Well now we got that squared away… I’d like to introduce you to Faith Simone. Faith has always been my Facebook buddy, we both write Christian fiction and support each other. But you see nothing moves friendship up a notch than when you go to that person’s city and she is a gracious host and crowns it off by taking you to a hole-in-the-wall barbecue joint…I mean what more can I say….anyway introducing Faith Simone.

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The Most Wonderful Time of the Year by Faith Simone

Christmas is a time of year when being with the ones you love is all that matters. It’s good food, animated conversations, smiling faces and sincere expressions of affection in the form of cards and gifts.

Gifts. The one part of Christmas that gets the most attention. Somewhere along the way, many people have confused the act of buying a gift with the true meaning of Christmas. What is billed as the most wonderful time of the year becomes a time when stress levels increase with the same intensity and speed as bank accounts decrease. The consumerism of our culture crowds out the sweetness of this season’s original intent.

We have to be careful and diligent about shifting our focus away from catching that sale, solidifying that deal, and shopping until we drop. If stress tries to come knocking at your door this holiday season, kindly mark it “Return to Sender”. Take time to remember what the tradition of gift giving symbolizes: a celebration of the birth of Christ.

My motto is simple: spend more time than money. Make that phone call. Send that card. Watch the cheesy Christmas movie. Take those cookies to your job and bring a smile to your co-worker’s faces.

Christmas is a reminder of new beginnings and hope for a fallen world. It’s the perfect time to reflect and count your blessings. It’s a time for extra kindness, charitable acts of love, and renewed faith.

That’s what truly makes it the most wonderful time of the year.

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I hope you enjoyed this piece. Faith is giving away an e copy of her debut novel, When the Real Thing Comes Along but you know what you have to do…share & comment to be eligible to win. Winner will be announced 5pm EST 12/11

Blessing

Unoma

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The Season:Its Essence & Me Featuring Nigeria Lockley

Hey there! I hope you are enjoying getting to know my friends. I’m having a wonderful time reading their stories and introducing them to you. Now this next author needs no introduction if you follow me on any network. If you don’t then I will tell you who she is…She is none other than my sissy and bestie, souls sister Nigeria Lockley.  Now let me step aside so you’ll get to know her too…

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The Season by Nigeria Lockley

Christmas for me is synonymous with truth. As Christians many of us celebrate Christmas to commemorate the birth of our Lord. With His birth, through his life and in His word we find the essence of truth. The Christmas season used to just mean gifts to me as the baby of the family until I was in the fourth grade. For homework my class we was asked to prepare a list of gifts we wanted because we were going to see Santa. That night I sat down my dining room table and scribbled pages upon pages until my mother asked me, “Nig, what are you doing?” I explained the assignment to her and then she explained something to me.

“Listen here girl, ain’t no fat white man bringing you nothing. I’m going to get you what you want. I bust my behind every day to get you what you want and what you need not a fat white man,” she said before walking away from me.

It may seem like that was a tough talk to have with a nine year old (she was a tough talker), but everything she said was true. I learned then to appreciate what I received a little bit more and I know now that the subtext of her words is what this season is about. The Christmas season is about recognizing the sacrifice that has been made by God himself to give us each what we need (salvation) and the desires of our heart “not no fat white man”. As our nation seems to spiral deeper into the abyss of consumerism I am forever grateful that she taught me this truth so long ago.

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Be Blessed

Unoma

The Season: Its Essence & Me Featuring Vivian Kay

Hi there! I hope you enjoyed my quest last week? Today I’m featuring Vivian Kay.

Vivian is a debut christian fiction author. Her novel Secret Places, was just released to rave reviews. She writes stories about imperfect people meeting a perfect God.  Please help me welcome Vivian Kay….

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One of my earliest memories of Christmas is standing on the stage at primary school as I sang “Jingle Bells” at the top of my voice. It didn’t matter that I had never seen snow nor dashed through it.
I remember visits to the tailor for new dresses, the odour of singed hair after contact with a stove-top hot comb, laughter with family, good homemade food. I miss those carefree days.
As I pondered on what this season means to the adult me, the scripture below, John 3:16, came to my mind. It was the first time I had thought of Christmas within its context.
“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.”
Therefore, for God so loved me and you that he sent us Jesus. We have that kind of value. I couldn’t help smiling as I typed those words.
I know the holiday period can be a hard time for many of us. There are lean pockets and cupboards to contend with, missing faces around the table, absent joy in broken hearts. It’s truly hard to navigate this journey of life without His Joy.
My prayer, is that as we all go through a period congested with activities, we take time to remember the One who loved us so much He gave His all. His name is Emmanuel, “God is with us.” He will be with you in whatever season you are. Trust me on that.
From my family to yours, have a very Merry Christmas.
Vivian Kay

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I hope you enjoyed Vivian’s post. I am giving away 2 e books(US&Canada only) but you will have to comment and share this blog to win.

Be Blessed

Unoma.

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The Season~ Its Essence & Me featuring Melinda Michelle

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“Tis the season and a couple of my author friends and I are talking about what the holidays means to us. As I told you before, from now until the end of the year, I will feature an author friend of mine every week. You have to leave a comment about the post and share it to be eligible for the wonderful prizes.Details below.

Today I have the pleasure of welcoming Melinda Michelle. This lady right here is a soldier for the Lord and her “rants” are the highlight of my Facebook experience.:-)

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Perfect Imperfections by Melinda Michelle

The holidays are here!!! I know I’m not alone in this, but this is my favorite time of year. Every single season I look forward to the sounds, the lights, the scents and my taste buds jump at the anticipation of those holiday dinners. I can sum up the holidays in one word – family. Let me tell you about my perfectly imperfect family. We are loud, we travel in packs and when we get together all we do is laugh – hard!
I look forward to the hardcore arguments over a game of Phase 10 or Uno and getting yelled at for sneaking food before it’s time. If we are traveling, my dad will be fussing at me and the way I drive. I don’t like the way he drives and vice versa. I hate following him and he hates following me, but in all these years it never occurred to us to let somebody else drive. I guess that argument has just become a tradition we don’t want to let go of.
Whenever I’m home, I always stay at my brother’s house, because my mom’s house is too loud and I like to sleep in. We will find new ways to aggravate each other just because we’re siblings and that’s what we’re supposed to do no matter how old we are. I still owe him for waking me with an air horn that one year. Classic family stories will be told for the thousandth time, but I will still laugh until I cry. I look forward to telling my parents to get a room because no one wants to see that, while secretly adoring that they are still very much in love.
Funnily enough, all of this is for Thanksgiving, but when Christmas rolls around, it just doubles the fun. The first time the radio plays Donny’s “This Christmas” I’m in full on holiday mode. Nothing says Merry Christmas like The Temptations crooning my absolute favorite version of “Silent Night.” And even though I have yet to know “What the Lonely Do at Christmas,” I look forward to The Emotions continuously asking me the question. My favorite holiday tradition is me and my sister-in-law staying up all night on Christmas Eve wrapping presents and laughing until we cry which causes some of the wrapping to be really jacked up.
The amazing thing about this time of year is even though you pile on new memories, it never diminishes the old ones or stops you from traveling back in time to relive those precious moments with the ones you love. Nothing beats family and as crazy as they are, I wouldn’t trade them for all the sanity in the world.

Season’s Greetings to All,
Melinda Michelle

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Prizes:

An e-copy of Melinda’s books AND a $5 Amazon gift card.

You could win “Guilty of the Body and the Blood,” “It’s Complicated…But Not Really” or “7 Days and 7 Nights.”  But you’ll have to comment AND share this blog post on your social media channel.

A winner will be announced right here on Friday 20th at 5pm EST. Good luck.

Blessings

Unoma

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