My Favorite Holiday Memory

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Real Estate Agent SL3287291

My Favorite Holiday Memory-My Best Gift

Early in my married life, we had two young boys,and life got really hard. I was in construction but had no work. The stress of not having money to pay bills affected my health and I was hospitalized for a short time.

After getting out of the hospital, I just laid around all day and wallowed in self pity. I decided I had to make a change and that brought me to decide to get a divorce. I told my wife that I wanted a nice divorce, no fights.

Then one day when I was so low in spirits, I heard a message on T.V. that changed my life. I heard about a Gift that was offered but I had not received. It was a Gift from God, it was His Son. I accepted that Gift that day and my life was radically changed.

I told my wife about that Gift and she accepted it also. We declared we would not divorce but make our marriage strong again.

This was just before Christmas. We still did not have money but we wanted to celebrate.

I found a small evergreen tree and clipped the top off and brought it home. We took some bricks and a board and made a shelf and covered it with a white sheet. We put that piece of evergreen on it and some ribbon to decorate it.

On Christmas Eve, we as a family, sat around this "Christmas Tree, and read the Christmas story from the Bible. We had no gifts to exchange but we had much to give thanks about.

It was one of the Best Christmas celebrations we ever had.

We had God's Gift to us and we had our family.

When I was young I had received a great gift from my grandmother Read about her gift here.

My greatest holiday memories have been centered around learning about what a real gift is.

My wish for each of you is that you will have lasting memories that bring you great joy in this holiday season.

Merry Christmas!!!

 

Comments (40)

Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Remembering why we celebrate Christmas is so important and gets lost in the season.  I read your story from last year. Very powerful!  Good for you!  Merry Christmas!

Dec 20, 2017 09:21 PM
John Wiley
Fort Myers, FL
Lee County, FL, ECO Broker, GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA

Jan Green thank you for your wonderful comments.

Merry Christmas to you and yours.

Dec 21, 2017 06:12 AM
Jan Green

You too!

Dec 21, 2017 08:12 AM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Beautiful stories and we always appreciate those spoken from the heart. Glad you both discovered your faith - it has obviously changed  your lives. D 

Dec 21, 2017 07:01 AM
John Wiley
Fort Myers, FL
Lee County, FL, ECO Broker, GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA

 Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD  thanks for your kind words and encouragement.

Indeed, our faith changed our lives, and I am grateful.

Merry Christmas.

Dec 21, 2017 09:44 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

John, what an absolutely beautiful story, and had goose bumps while reading it.  Glad your marriage worked out!

Dec 23, 2017 06:37 AM
John Wiley
Fort Myers, FL
Lee County, FL, ECO Broker, GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA

Joan Cox I am glad the post was meaningful to you.

I am Blessed.

May your Christmas be a time Of Great JOY!

 

Dec 23, 2017 06:49 AM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

That is the best gift of all and it is free to all who will receive, John. Merry Christmas.

Dec 26, 2017 08:40 PM
John Wiley
Fort Myers, FL
Lee County, FL, ECO Broker, GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA

Thank you Debbie for commenting.

Indeed, there is a gift greater than all and I am so blessed to have received it.

 

Dec 27, 2017 04:17 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
DFW FINE PROPERTIES - Flower Mound, TX
Selling Homes Changing Lives

John Wiley - I'm so glad you took the time to write and share this beautiful story. It was a painful time but the best time too. You were surrounded by love and it changed your lives for the better. I could picture that lovely Christmas tree and you clinging to your wife as you celebrated love in that most unusual way. May you always have each other to live, love, and learn from. What a blessed story and one I'll never forget.

Thank you and may God bless you and your family always. 

Dec 29, 2017 01:01 PM
John Wiley
Fort Myers, FL
Lee County, FL, ECO Broker, GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA

Patricia Feager Thank you for such wonderful and encouraging words.

I do believe I am blessed and still carry the Joy from that special time.

Blessings and Joy to you.

Dec 29, 2017 01:05 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
DFW FINE PROPERTIES - Flower Mound, TX
Selling Homes Changing Lives

John Wiley - You are blessed! You accepted the gift on that old couch (I'm guessing) long ago, watching T.V. with perhaps the old remote too. It's wonderful you got the message and just in time!

Dec 29, 2017 01:15 PM
John Wiley
Fort Myers, FL
Lee County, FL, ECO Broker, GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA

Patricia Feager It was on an old couch but there was no remote on the T.V.

Even though this took place years ago, the memory is fresh as is the message.

Thanks

 

Dec 29, 2017 01:20 PM
Lynnea Miller
Bend Premier Real Estate - Bend, OR
Premier Real Estate Service in Central Oregon

Wonderful story, John.  Some of the best memories for my husband and me have been those times when we have really struggled, and getting through the tough times makes you appreciate the good so much more. 

Dec 29, 2017 02:31 PM
John Wiley
Fort Myers, FL
Lee County, FL, ECO Broker, GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA

Lynnea Miller some say that you have to have darkness to appreciate light.

I agree that in times of struggle and pushing through we will appreciate the good times.

Thanks for sharing your comments.

Best wishes

Dec 29, 2017 02:36 PM
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

So glad you accepted Jesus as your Savior. What a precious gift and the most wonderful Christmas.  Wishing you a blessed, happy and healthy new year.

Dec 30, 2017 02:23 PM
John Wiley
Fort Myers, FL
Lee County, FL, ECO Broker, GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA

Thank you so much Rebecca. I received a double gift for which I am eternally grateful.

Happy New Year

Dec 30, 2017 02:25 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Here's to a wonderfully blessed New Year for you and yours, John!

Happy New Year 2018 from Charlotte NC

Jan 01, 2018 07:13 AM
John Wiley
Fort Myers, FL
Lee County, FL, ECO Broker, GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA

Thanks Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD           what a beautiful picture.

Wishing you a Peaceful, Healthy, Prosperous and very Happy New Year.

Jan 01, 2018 09:16 AM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

This is great. Two memories in one post! I enjoyed the grandma gift story too!

Jan 05, 2018 01:01 PM
John Wiley
Fort Myers, FL
Lee County, FL, ECO Broker, GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA

Thanks Sharon for the encouragement.

Glad you enjoyed.

Best wishes.

Jan 05, 2018 01:31 PM