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A CHRISTMAS PRESENT FROM ME TO ME

Ah, it’s Christmastime – a time when the winter weather in Birmingham, AL is typically not so cold that heavy coats find their way out of the closet. The leaves in the yard have been picked up one more time to accommodate the Christmas lights and outside decorations. The neighborhood comes alive at night with a friendly smile through twinkling lights, blow-up Santas, and nativity scenes. I love driving down Meadow Brook Road at Christmastime. There’s a feeling of joy that’s just not there other times of the
year.

One of the most joyous activities of Christmas for me is the gathering of families to share a meal and exchange gifts. I’m one of “those” people who shop year-round for Christmas gifts. (It also eases the budget especially when the item is on sale.) Unfortunately, however, I’ve discovered an annoying trend when Christmas shopping for others. I find too many gifts for me! It happens every single year. So . . . in keeping with my annoying Christmas tradition, I am gifting myself with something I’ve wanted for a long time. I’ve dreamed about it, lost sleep over, collected information regarding it, and toyed with its possibilities. It costs very little and its true worth is yet to be determined. So what is this gift to me from me? This blog! This dreamed-about, forever-forthcoming, much-anticipated Ewe R Blessed blog.

I’m excited about my Christmas present and want to thank you for opening it and sharing in its joy with me. I decided this Christmas was the time to step out and trust God’s direction to lead me onward and connect with others who were likeminded and enjoy the richness and joy of God’s blessings in all circumstances. That’s the essence of what this blog is about – the blessings of God, where we find them, how we find them, remembering them, and discovering them in hidden and unexpected places.

Ewe R Blessed blog hopes to appeal to readers who not only celebrate the blessings of God but to those who need encouragement and help relocating those blessings. I’m the first to admit it. When I encounter adversity, it’s hard to think about blessings. That’s why there is a special section dedicated to cancer survivors and co-survivors or anyone with a chronic health condition. Throughout my cancer journey, God used the analogy of sheep to teach me many lessons. My desire is to pass on those lessons to you in hopes that they be of benefit.

My blog won’t be too lengthy, too frequent, or too heavy. Who has time for that? I sincerely look forward to what God has in store for us through this blog and how He will find ways to remind us that we are indeed blessed.

Karen Allen

13 Comments

  1. SHARON ATWOOD on December 22, 2018 at 8:11 pm

    This blog rocks! It was engaging and invigorating!

  2. CHARLOTTE BRAMMER on December 22, 2018 at 8:11 pm

    Karen, your first post resonates well. The lights and the smiles are plentiful during this special time of year. Your blog, however, is not only a gift to yourself, but it is also a gift to your readers, your fans, and all who need an encouraging word.

    Write on, my friend!

  3. JUDY LONG on December 22, 2018 at 8:11 pm

    I am blessed to be surrounded by such loving Christians. Keep up the good work. I look forward to reading your blog.

  4. RUTH POWELL on December 22, 2018 at 8:11 pm

    I’m looking forward to it. Merry Christmas. Ruth

  5. HARRIETTE SAWYER on December 22, 2018 at 8:11 pm

    Beautiful, Karen. I look forward to your blogs. You have a gift with words. They are always a blessing. Love and best wishes to you.

  6. CINDY on December 22, 2018 at 8:11 pm

    Karen, thank you for writing! This is a gift to all who read it! You are a blessing ♥️

  7. LYNN BLEVINS on December 22, 2018 at 8:11 pm

    God bless you in this endeavor. I am looking forward to following to your blog.

  8. DARLENE VANINGAN on December 22, 2018 at 8:11 pm

    I enjoy everything you write.
    You are a continual encouragement to me.
    God bless all your finger strokes as you write more and more through His Holy Spirit.
    May you and yours have a wonderful Christmas Celebrating Our Lord Jesus.
    I hope to see you again soon.
    Love, Darlene

  9. J.D. on December 22, 2018 at 8:11 pm

    Ms. Karen,

    Love your site, love this blog, and love your ministry. God’s blessings in all your endeavors to serve Him ma’am. Making God visible to others through our words must be the greatest calling in the world for writers like us. Am honored to make your acquaintance and look forward to learning from your efforts for many years to come. Merry CHRISTmas and God’s blessings ma’am.

  10. LIBBY BARDEN on December 22, 2018 at 8:11 pm

    Love your gift to yourself Karen, not only will it benefit and bless you, but so many others as well, and I will be one. May you, Parky and yours have the blessing of a safe and Merry CHRISTmas, and may you feel in your hearts and home all the warmth, joy, peace, hope and love of that first CHRISTmas day.

  11. LORI ALTEBAUMER on December 26, 2018 at 8:12 pm

    Well I love sheep so I’ll have to give ewe-r blog a try! I also understand the angst of getting started with a blog and building a following since mine is fairly new too, so I’m happy to support your new adventure! Best wishes!

  12. PAM ALVERSON on January 4, 2019 at 8:12 pm

    Love this blog by an inspired, talented and enlightened author. I look forward to enjoying your future writings.

  13. BETTY on January 19, 2019 at 8:12 pm

    I am so glad you have started this blog. You have a beautiful talent and it is a gift to us. Thank you!

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