Meet Amberle Hill: Today’s ‘Charmed Christmas’ Winner with James Avery Artisan Jewelry and KVKI!
We've been asking you to submit your favorite Christmas memories and heartwarming Christmas stories to spread the warmth and joy of the holidays with a a 'Charmed Christmas' with James Avery Artisan Jewelry and KVKI and you've delivered!
Each weekday through Friday, December 22, 2017, during the 12pm hour with Bristol, we'll read one of your stories and the person who submitted it will receive a $50 gift card to James Avery Artisan Jewelry. At the end of each week, we'll put all five stories to a vote and the winner will receive an additional $250 James Avery Artisan Jewelry gift card!
Today's winner is Amberle Hill. Congrats Amberle! Your story of faith under fire inspired us and we are so happy to be able to gift you with a new treasured piece of jewelry from James Avery Artisan Jewelry! Here's what Amberle had to say:
My husband has never been one to be a great gift giver and I have been okay with that. I'm much more a giver than a receiver. I love seeing the looks on faces when they open a gift whether they wanted it, or it was a complete surprise. That makes my Christmas wonderful. We have never woken up at our own house on Christmas. One of my gifts to my in laws is to see the look on their faces when we are all together at their house and they see the excitement on the kids’ faces when they wake up Christmas morning. It is so heart felt and allows for so many memories to be made.
Several years ago, I told my husband that I really wanted a James Avery bracelet. I did not tell him the charms I would like to have had. He picked three out that I will forever remember getting. I explained to him that a James Avery bracelet is a gift that you can get and just keep giving with.
Because of the oil field, my husband lost his job early 2015. I was blown away. I was lost. I wasn’t sure what I was going to do. I had two birthdays I was already preparing, one for a 10-year-old and one for a 1 year old. I didn’t know when he would get a job, how he would make money, or how I was going to pay bills.
He worked odd end jobs to help pay the bills for nearly two years. Last Christmas I knew I wasn't asking for much from my husband and I hardly ever do. I’m a school teacher and we have two kids. I have also been attending school to receive my master’s degree. The bills were piling up and I have been adding to the student loans. I was not concerned about receiving gifts. I wanted prayers. I wanted God to help my husband find a job. I wanted God to help our family through this situation. Our marriage was suffering. I continued to do what I knew I could do. I took care of the house, the family, work, school, and participated in Awanas at church. I stayed busy with many activities that keep me focused on doing what I needed to do and not on stressing out about my husband getting a job. God would take care of us and God would lead my husband in the direction that he needed to go. I knew God was putting me through a situation that I would later discover why.
I prayed. I had faith. I believed He would provide. He would take care of us. And He did. We weren’t as bad off as I knew others had been.
Christmas 2016 our pastor at church sent out Christmas cards with an ornament of Joseph, Mary, and baby Jesus with the word “believe”. My faith never died. This was a sign from God that He wanted me to believe that our lives, our situation would get better. Things would turn around.
I wasn’t expecting anything from my husband for Christmas. When I opened a little gift with the charm from James Avery that said “believe”, I knew the next year would be different. I do not believe I have ever cried on Christmas morning and I tired not to that morning. I love every charm I receive. Each one has a memory or reason behind it. My “believe” charm means so much more to me than any other that I currently have on my bracelet.
Last Christmas will always remind me to believe in God. He will always be here for me.
Thank you Amberle for sharing your memory! If you'd like to share yours or to find out more, click here!
Contest runs from Monday, November 27, 2017 through Friday, December 22, 2017. Each weekday, one story/submission will receive a $50 gift card every day M-F for 4 weeks. At the end of each week a grand prize will be given away for $250 to the most voted on story out of the (5) winners selected. Overview (4) people win $50 GC's per week, and one will win a daily prize ($50 GC) and the grand prize of $250. Totaling $300 for one lucky listener. Winners will be recognized on air, online and contacted via email. For complete KVKI contest rules, click here. All prizes must be claimed within 30 days and picked up at the KVKI Studios, 6341 Westport Avenue, Shreveport, LA 71129 Monday through Friday from 8am-5pm. We do not mail prizes. All decisions are final. KVKI is not responsible for any technical issues that may arise.