Tuesday, January 17, 2017

It was a dark and stormy night… ~ Another Love Inspired Suspense book and an invitation!

We have been having the strangest weather in Indiana. Single-digit temperatures and ice last weekend, and tonight, warm with thunderstorms.

So, it was a dark and stormy night…when I finished the final edits for my second Love Inspired Suspense novel coming this August ~ Deadly Disclosure!

The more I worked with this story, the more excited I became about it. One of the central themes is adoption, a theme that’s near and dear to me both as a believer adopted into the family of God and also as an adult adoptee.

All I can tell you right now is the title ~ Deadly Disclosure ~ and the release date of August 2017.

I’m beginning an author newsletter, and that’s where I’ll share the cover image and the back cover blurb first. I plan to include something personal and not just book news, and I hope to send it out about four times each year. I’ll also be giving away a little something with each newsletter, whether it be a print book, an e-book, or an Amazon gift card. Who doesn’t like free stuff? J

So, if you want to be among the first to see the cover art and get sale information as well as be entered in a drawing each time, sign up in the form below.

I would be honored if you subscribed to my quarterly author newsletter! Book news will be shared here first, and there'll also be a little personal or family information as well as a giveaway with each newsletter! See you there! 

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I continue to be so, so grateful for each of you! Thank you for reading this little blog, thank you for reading Under Duress, and thank you for making dreams come true!

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Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Enough ~ My One Word 2017

I’ve never been a joiner. That could be a result of my introversion. I like to stand back and observe and learn the lay of the land before I jump into the unknown (or at least what feels like the unknown to me). Even then, I only jump in when it seems like a valuable use of my time.

So when this One Word phenomenon began, I was skeptical.

“If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. It is not important that he should mature as soon as an apple-tree or an oak. Shall he turn his spring into summer?” Henry David Thoreau in Walden

In December, though, I read the book. I finally got the point. J I prayed about whether or not I should even jump on the #myoneword train, and it seemed that the Lord, almost immediately, gave me a word. So, I think it's worth a go for 2017.

I put my word on a ledger sheet because I am enough. I don't need to keep a record of my wrongs. I ought not tally up all my misgivings or doubts or moments of negative self-talk. I certainly should not keep a spreadsheet of all the goals and dreams and wonderings I’ve not accomplished.

I am enough.

God is enough.

I own enough

I do enough

Enough already with the negative self-talk. 

Enough with the unrealistic expectations.

Enough with people who drag me down spiritually and emotionally.

Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think of anything as being from ourselves, but our sufficiency is from God, who also made us sufficient as ministers of the new covenant…. ~ 2 Corinthians 3:5-6 NKJV

There’s something on the periphery of my consciousness that God wants to speak to me that I can’t quite grasp. Something about enough and my time spent with him. But now doesn’t seem to be the right time for that communication.


Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need. ~ Hebrews 4:16 NKJV

Maybe #myoneword will be enough for the new year. J

Has the Lord given you a word for 2017? If you’re comfortable, please share it in the comments.

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Saturday, December 24, 2016

Merry Christmas!

I pray that your love for God and for others will grow in the new year,
that joy will abound in your heart,
and that peace may reside in your spirit.

Merry Christmas!

FYI for next Monday!

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Monday, December 19, 2016

Eleven Ways to Have a Merrier Christmas

Greet your loved ones with a hug and a "Merry Christmas" first thing in the morning.

Simplify your meal. Whatever you enjoy making, then go ahead and make it. But can some things be made more easily or {gasp} store-bought? I've had pretty good pies and rolls from the grocery store.

Give the gift of your encouragement and time rather than so many material gifts. Rather than be overwhelmed with stuff, speak life and graciousness into the lives of those you spend the day with.

Count your blessings, name them one by one.

Kiss your sweetheart under the mistletoe.

Give an extra amount to a needy organization.

As you are out shopping, ask the Lord to show you a family to whom you can give a twenty-dollar bill. A few years ago, when we still had a baby in a car seat, a woman approached me at the Sam’s Club snack bar and pressed a twenty-dollar bill into my hand. She said, “The Lord wanted me to bless someone with this today. Buy your children some pizza.” I was astounded and thanked her profusely. Then, we sat down with the children and relaxed in the middle of the busy season.

Eat cookies, even if they are store-bought. J

Wear your favorite outfit, hair accessory, boots, or scarf.

Meditate on Luke 2:1-20. Better yet, memorize it, even if you can only manage a few verses.

Fix your hot beverage of choice in your prettiest mug and sit by the tree to contemplate the lights and decorations. What does the Light of the World want to whisper to your heart? Is He speaking to you this Christmas Day?

What suggestions can you add to have a merrier Christmas?

I know I wrote above to give the gift of encouragement, but when you do give material presents, 
a Lilla Rose hair accessory can make a great gift!

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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Brainstorming Christmas Ideas for My Children

A couple years ago, I posted a cute little graphic I had found on Pinterest and wrote about how my husband and I had streamlined our gift-giving for our children.

For a few years now, we have given each child only four gifts ~ something they want, something they need, something to wear, and something to read.

{We’re seriously thinking of reducing even that, considering minimalism and the fact that we have six children and how we want to increase generosity and gratitude. But that’s for another blog post.}

Well, the Christmas season is in full swing, and I’ve done a bit of shopping. But I could use some help with ideas, as I’m sure you could.

I’ve listed below some suggestions for each category. Why don’t you list your suggestions in the comments, and we’ll help each other out? The possibilities are limited only by your children’s interests, your desire to shop, and your budget. J

Something they want ~
{It’s difficult to list here because it depends so much on the individual child, but this is where we usually give a toy.}
A puppy.
Gel pens.
A bicycle.
Building blocks.
That giant stuffed teddy bear for sale at Sam’s Club and Costco. J

Something they need ~
Cute stationary for thank-you’s or writing to friends.
My Little Pony undies.
Snow boots.
Snazzy pencils for their schoolwork.
A princess toothbrush.
A new notebook with a super hero or a cute puppy on the cover.
An organizer for all the gel pens and snazzy pencils.
A flannel sheet set with a design of skiing penguins.
A pocket knife.
Luggage for travel.

Something to wear ~
A purse or bag.
Fashion boots.
A sparkly wristwatch.
Lilla Rose hair accessory ~ a flexi clip or a set of bobbies.
A letterman’s jacket.
A scarf.
A backpack.
A robe.
An apron with ruffles.
A sweater with horses on it.

Something to read ~
A coloring book with a story.
A Bible.
A dictionary.
The latest book from their favorite author.
A title from the backlist of their favorite author.
A magazine subscription.
A cookbook.
A kindle.
A concordance or set of Bible commentaries.
A library card.
A blank notebook and a good set of pens {to write their own stories}.
A devotional.
Smash book or scrapbook.

As you can see, the categories can carry over into each other.

What are your suggestions?

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Friday, November 25, 2016

Need a Suggestion for Christmas Giving?

{One little affiliate link appears in this post.}

One of my favorite gifts to give is a book. Our children receive books from us for both birthday and Christmas, and I always give my husband books. Okay, I'll admit they are usually books I'm interested in as well!

Do you need a book suggestion for the reader you're shopping for? Or do you need something new to read this Christmas?

May I suggest Under Duress (Love Inspired Suspense)? Even though it's not in stores any longer, it's available in both print and ebook version on Amazon.

But how do you wrap an ebook? I asked that very question a couple of years ago when we gave our oldest child a kindle for Christmas. What we do is give a "certificate" for the book. I'll often wrap it in a shirt box. Then, after the gift is opened, I'll log onto Amazon and actually purchase the book. The gift is still a surprise, but the recipient has something to open.

I've created a "certificate" for Under Duress {below}. If you decide to give an e-copy as a gift, feel free to print this certificate, personalizing it as needed.

Do you need another suggestion? A bargain?

Let me add on to this quick post to let you know about the Lilla Rose Black Friday sale. I don't post often about these hair accessories, but every female in my family wears them. I've given my daughters Lilla Rose clips for both birthdays and Christmas, and they fit easily in a stocking.

{Please forgive my difficult writing. J I'm really not much of a salesperson, but I love Lilla Rose, and I love writing. I just wanted to share my passions with you.}

Beautiful, aren't they?
And here's the December flexi-of-the-month ~

Here are the details on the sale ~

It's a pretty fantastic deal!

To make sure you shop with me, go to www.lillarose.biz/MeghanCarver.

Thank you, and have a wonderful weekend! We'll be putting up our tree, listening to Christmas music, and drinking copious amounts of hot chocolate. J

Merry Christmas!

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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Be Thankful for These Seven G’s This Thanksgiving

For those of us in the United States, on Thursday we’ll be gorging ourselves on roasted turkey with sage dressing, green bean casserole, buttery mashed potatoes, cranberry salad, and any number of other delectable dishes.

At our table, before we eat a single bite, we count our blessings. Normally, those blessings include a roof over our heads, food on our table, and the love we have both from God and in our family. But this year, thanks to our pastor’s message last Sunday and Psalm 145, we’ll also be contemplating our thankfulness for these seven G’s.

God’s Greatness. “Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised; and His greatness is unsearchable.” (v. 3)

God’s Goodness. “They shall utter the memory of Your great goodness, and shall sing of Your righteousness.” (v. 7)

God’s Grace. “The Lord is gracious and full of compassion, slow to anger and great in mercy.” (v. 8) 

God’s Guidance. “The Lord is good to all, and His tender mercies are over all His works.” (v. 9)

God’s Gospel. “They shall speak of the glory of Your kingdom, and talk of Your power, to make known to the sons of men His mighty acts, and the glorious majesty of His kingdom.” (v. 11-12)

God’s Government. “Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and Your dominion endures throughout all generations.” (v. 13)

God’s Gifts. “The eyes of all look expectantly to You, and You give them their food in due season. You open Your hand and satisfy the desire of every living thing.” (v. 15-16)

Prayers for a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving! J

{This post first appeared on this blog on November 27, 2013.}

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