Meet Gari Meacham

The average eye blinks every 5 seconds.  That’s 17,000 times each day! Although this seems like a useless tidbit of information…it’s really got me flustered.  What if our lives are defined by moments that—like the blink of an eye—pass so often we don’t notice that we’ve blinked?

Watershed Moments

I’m a lover of moments.  Big moments, small moments—light, heavy, and meaningful moments—playful moments and moments dense with change. I don’t want to miss these holy markers that define my life.

Within this kaleidoscope some moments stand out.  They push themselves to center stage and shout “Watch me!”  These are Watershed Moments.  Turning points brought on by circumstances that stop us in our tracks. Some call it an epiphany.  A moment when everything changes.  A point in time when nothing is ever the same.

The first Watershed Moment I recall happened as I sipped a Coke on an airplane.   Between college semesters I was returning home from a visit to see my baseball playing boyfriend (now husband) who had just been drafted to play professional ball.  A new believer in Christ, I was drinking in the words to the first God-centered book I had ever read.  Tears streamed into my cup of Coke as I whispered a desperate prayer:

“I want to write books.  I have to write books.”

That day, nestled in the puffy clouds of sky and the drone of jet engines, a Watershed Moment shaped the dreams and vision of a young girl longing for purpose and a pen.  In the blink of an eye my life changed.  I knew my charge—I would be a harvester of words; a gatekeeper to meaning.

Somewhere in the back of my head I thought it’d be easy.  Get an idea…get an agent…get a book deal.  But easy isn’t one of God’s favorite words.  I think He prefers patient, faithful, enduring, trusting, and alert.  I knew I’d experienced a Watershed on that plane, but I couldn’t figure out why this process was so challenging.  The best advice I ever received was “Write for anyone who’ll give you a byline and a cup of coffee…”  And so I did.

  • I wrote for a small newspaper called The Colorado Christian News
  • I wrote sports features for a magazine called Sports Spectrum
  • I wrote mini-booklets for the International Bible Society
  • I taught elementary school for 16 years where I nurtured third graders’ love for writing and learned how to revise and edit like a pro
  • I wrote and taught bible studies God seared into my spirit through the prose of life
  • I blogged, Tweeted, and Facebooked messages to anyone willing to listen
  • I went to writing conferences and bravely shared my love for words

 

And finally, twenty-five years after that plane ride and a tear-filled cup of Coke, I got my first book deal.

 

I joined the Zondervan family with a three book deal that continues to thrill me.  My first book, Spirit Hunger, is a gutsy look at prayer and belief.  Watershed Moments (releasing in the fall) nudges us to notice the moments that bring clarity and change.  And the third book?  Not sure yet, it’s still being written on the pages of my mind.

So here’s what I say to those that courageously share their lifeblood with readers, and harbor hope for a “next step” with their writing:

Sweet friends, your Watershed Moment will come.

It may come in a conversation you have with just the right blogger who becomes a good friend.  It may come with just the right editor who loves your spark, or an agent willing to hold your hand.  Most important—it may come from your Father who whispers “Well done” as you offer your dreams as a word harvester to the one who causes your words to grow.

Can’t wait to put a hug around your neck at the conference this weekend!

Sweet blessings…Gari

 

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Gari is a writer, speaker, and a teacher.  She loves nothing more than sharing God’s word with anyone who’ll listen.  She adores anything shabby chic, and spends countless hours at baseball games as she and her baseball man have been in the pros for over thirty years.

Pass It On

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Generation to generation, we pass on the things that are important to us – stories, traditions, family recipes.  The comfort of re-creating with your own kids the same food your remember from your grandmother’s kitchen…well, it’s like a hug from someone you love.   But aren’t the best family heirlooms the ones with a story behind them, the ones that immediately remind you of your family’s values and history?

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At Eternal Threads, we feel that way about our products. They are more than simply jewelry, clothing or home decor. Like the best family traditions, they come with a story. Each item is handcrafted by artisans in developing nations, giving women a means to provide for themselves and their family. Many are made by women and girls rescued from human trafficking, now living in a safe house and provided a new skill and an income that represents a new direction for their life.

We want our stories, the stories of our artisans, to be part of your family tradition too, so we’re giving away a set of these colorful mother/daughter aprons.  We hope you’ll wear them with your daughter or niece or granddaughter and use the opportunity to have meaningful conversations about the importance of helping those in the world that are suffering.

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Visit our website for many more beautiful, handcrafted products from all over the world. Every purchase makes a difference in the lives of those living in extreme poverty.

We are thrilled to be a part of this year’s Allume Conference!  Come by our booth to see many more products made by our artisans and visit with us about how we can partner with you in connecting women in the U.S. to women around the world. Your support of Eternal Threads tells a story of hope, freedom, and redemption for women everywhere, and those are the kinds of family stories we all want to pass on.

Giveaway

Share your favorite family tradition and enter to win a mother/daughter apron set. {Please leave your email address so we have a way of contacting you if you win}

Giveaway ends Tuesday at 11:59PM EST so don’t wait!

Introducing Allume Sponsor, Everyday Icing ($100 Giveaway!)

Everyday Icing Auctions on Facebook

 

If you think Facebook is just for sharing cute pictures of your kiddos or catching up with your college buddies, you’re in for a surprise! Everyday Icing brings you a totally new way of shopping!  Each week, Everyday Icing offers our Facebook fans trendy jewelry and accessories at incredible prices!
A few key points about Everyday Icing:
1. Our Pop Up Sales are Monday nights at 9pm EST. Just “like” our page to participate.
2. Our prices are usually between $12-$30…easy on the wallet!
3. Shipping is always FREE!!!
4. A portion of proceeds benefit Compassion International
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Jewelry pieces are presented in an flash sale format with a photo, price and quantity. Fans of our page are able to buy our pieces by commenting “sold” along with their email address (first purchase only). The first people to comment before the featured item sells-out “wins” the item at the stated price. We email an invoice that can be paid by credit card or Paypal. Once it’s paid, we ship. That’s it! It’s so easy! And it’s fun! We send invoices by email and shipping is FREE!
Everyday Icing features both trendy and classic necklaces, bracelets, earrings, rings and scarves as well as personalized items such as tote bags, clutches and jewelry. We offer between 20-30 different items during our weekly sales and our prices are typically between $12-$30. Your wallet will thank you!
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 Giveaway!

Everyday Icing is giving away a $100 gift card to one lucky Allume attendee! The best part is that you’ll be able to use your gift card to shop with us in-person during the Allume Conference! You’ll walk away with some fabulous new jewelry and accessories!
Simply “Like” our Facebook page HERE, and then comment below letting us know which piece is your favorite. A random winner will be chosen on Monday, 10/21. Thanks for entering!