My book has a COVER!

I am so very excited to share this cover with everyone!

 

I am so excited about this – that I’m having a party; with prizes and behind the scenes info and lots of other exciting things!

DON’T MISS IT! It’s going to be a GREAT party!

 

Watch for more news coming soon!

 

©Rachel L Miller 2017

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What CHRISTmas means to me…

Over the years I have discovered that Christmas is one of those things that means something a little different to everyone – even people who celebrate for essentially the same reason.

Obviously I cannot list all of those reasons because… well… 7.3 billion + people… But I’m going to list some of the general reasons. I have a point – I promise.

To some, Christmas is a very serious season – meant to be revered, solemn, quiet, still… Some of these people may decorate a tree, where others want nothing to do with trees because they feel so commercial.

To some, Christmas is all about the fun – meant for sleigh riding, snowball fights, ripping into wrapping paper and hanging out with friends. You’ll find that most of these people decorate a tree, bake tons of cookies, shop endlessly and watch every Christmas special they can. I did say most though… there are always exceptions.

To some, Christmas is just about family – baking together, making one of a kind gifts, doing a secret Santa drawing so you can really personalize and pour all your energy into that one perfect gift, and of course… traveling to visit family.

 

But where do I fall? What does Christmas mean to me?

Well, I am – like so many others – one of a kind.

I cherish CHRISTmas because of what the holiday originally stood for – the birth of our Lord and Savior; JESUS CHRIST! And there is reverence in holding this dear.

I value my family during this time – because without JESUS’ sacrifice and Saving Grace, would any of us be here now?

And of course, I focus on having fun with my family – because I believe it is what JESUS would want me to do this time of year… in reality… every time of year. JESUS blessed me with my two children – two little miracles all my own – and I intend to do everything I can to show them how rare and precious they are; not just to me but to their Heavenly Father as well.

We will watch Christmas specials that focus on all these things; A Charlie Brown Christmas, The Nativity Story, Christmas comes to Canaan, etc… because the most important thing about Christmas isn’t the tree… or the presents… or the food… or the movies you watch… or even the people you watch with… it’s remembering WHY all of that is important – because JESUS gave his LIFE to save us and HE deserves ALL THE PRAISE for blessing us this season and every other!

GOD BLESS YOU!

MERRY CHRISTmas!

Christmas 2015 Name

 

©Rachel L Miller 2015

With December, comes BIG NEWS for this author!!!

It’s almost time for Christmas!

Can you believe it?

As this season unfolds around us, we have so many things to be thankful for. I am thankful for family and friends, for being able to spend so much time with my family, not having to go work in an office or business away from home. I pray this is always the case.

I am also thankful for the reason this season exists . . .

Did you know that we serve such an amazing God, a loving God, and a forgiving God. As humans, we build things, write things, draw or shape things – and then when something goes wrong with it, we toss it away and start fresh.

I thank God that he did not simply discard his flawed creation – instead sending his son down to Earth as a babe so that He could walk among us and then one day . . . save us from our own flaws, our own weaknesses and frailty, our very humanity; which caused so many to reject Him and crucify Him. He knew all of these things ahead of time, but He still came.

And there is no better story than His!

And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed.

2 (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)

3 And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.

4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:)

5 To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.

6 And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.

7 And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.

8 And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.

9 And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.

10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.

11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.

13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,

14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

15 And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.

16 And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.

17 And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child.

18 And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds.

19 But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart.

~ Luke 2 (KJV)

 

Before you go, I have some exciting news…

Since the day I first created my fan page on Facebook, I have had messages, posts, and comments posted – asking me where my books can be bought… or when they will be available.

Of course, each one of these posts thrilled me because it showed me that readers were interested in what I had to say.

I watched as the number of “likes” on that page steadily climbed and I debated on whether or not I wanted to go with traditional publishing or if I should Indie publish.

Many of you know that I had a disheartening experience earlier this year with an agent… who told me my work was ready to sell, but ultimately decided not to represent me. I was hurt – and decided to throw in the towel (figuratively) for a bit… but I’m thankful to say that GOD is not finished with my work yet!

HE has much better plans for me…

Following HIS leading, I was moved to try again, and…

I am pleased to announce that I officially have an agent – a fantastic, talented, successful agent. And she believes in my work. We have met once and spoken twice over the phone and I am pleased to say that we get along famously!

DA DA DA…DA

I am now represented by Tamela Hancock Murray of the Steve Laube agency! WHOO HOO!

Here I am, grinning as I prepare to sign the contract…

Here I am, signing the contract!

And here I am, being silly while I prepare to sign the contract! I love out-takes so much, I just had to share some with you!

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I can’t imagine a better day! Well, except maybe the day Tamela calls to tell me she has a publisher who wants to work with me… or the day I sign that contract… maybe the day I get to hold the first copy of my book… or perhaps the day I see it in a book store…

You get the idea…

If you’re interested in keeping up with all of this, think about signing up for my NEWSLETTER! YAY!

Merry CHRISTmas to you and yours!

GOD Bless!

I am an island…

In Everything Give Thanks
In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.                  – 1 Thessalonians 5:18

 

 

Originally, I started this post very differently…

Of course, I deleted it and started over when I realized just how whiny and annoying I sounded – and I decided I was going to try again, with the RIGHT attitude!

Yes, most of my family thinks I’m a freak, a sponge, a big fat cow…

Yes, the people in most churches we visit look at me with their head tilted to the side and a look of intense pity on their face…

Yes, I pay A LOT of money to belong to an organization that is supposed to be full of other authors who are there to support each other – and when I need something, most of the others don’t have time for me…

BUT…

NONE OF THAT MATTERS!

1 Thessalonians 5:18 – In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

Psalms 107:1 – O give thanks unto the LORD, for [he is] good: for his mercy [endureth] for ever.

Ephesians 5:20 – Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;

Colossians 3:15-17 – And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.   (Read More…)

James 1:17 – Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.

Philippians 4:6 – Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

2 Corinthians 9:15 – Thanks [be] unto God for his unspeakable gift.

Psalms 106:1 – Praise ye the LORD. O give thanks unto the LORD; for [he is] good: for his mercy [endureth] for ever.

Psalms 105:1 – O give thanks unto the LORD; call upon his name: make known his deeds among the people.

Colossians 3:15 – And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.

Colossians 4:2 – Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving;

Psalms 118:1-18 – O give thanks unto the LORD; for [he is] good: because his mercy [endureth] for ever.   (Read More…)

Psalms 20:4 – Grant thee according to thine own heart, and fulfil all thy counsel.

Psalms 30:12 – To the end that [my] glory may sing praise to thee, and not be silent. O LORD my God, I will give thanks unto thee for ever.

Colossians 3:17 – And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, [do] all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.

Romans 1:21 – Because that, when they knew God, they glorified [him] not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.

I AM THANKFUL for the WONDERFUL author and friend who has shared her time and her expertise and her experience so we would not have to learn these things the hard way (the way she had to with a lot of things). She has encouraged me on every step of this crazy and wild journey through writing and publishing and I would not be where I am… right now… if it were not for her! Bless you Rachel! I could not ask for a better friend or mentor!

I AM THANKFUL for the AMAZING author who not only gave of her time but her own praise – and not just to my mother’s book (which is AMAZING and TOTALLY deserves all every single bit of praise it gets) but to me, for being such a great daughter. Suzanne, you are AWESOME! and such a blessing!

I AM THANKFUL for the wonderful readers who have jumped at the opportunity to read my mother’s upcoming release and I can never adequately express my thanks for how much you are appreciated!

I AM THANKFUL for our wonderful and amazing friend who sent us to our very first writer’s workshop! Without that, we would never have embarked on this particular branch of the journey and we would not be about to release a book- in just 11 days – WOW! Thank you Pam! You are an amazing friend, a terrific “adopted” grandma and we are so blessed just to know you!

I AM THANKFUL for preachers who are not afraid to speak TRUTH! I pray God continues to bless their ministries and that they reach countless lives and plant the seeds that God needs to work in people’s lives!

I AM THANKFUL for the opportunity to reach out and share my thoughts and my feelings and my FAITH with anyone who happens across my blog.

I’m sure…REALLY sure there are so many more things I could list. I could probably write forever and never list everything!

One of my favorite singing groups sings a song about counting your blessings. They say when you get to the end, just start again – but I don’t think we can ever really get to the end. God is boundless and His LOVE flows over and around us each and every day.

His blessings are over us, under us, next to us, and right in front of us and there is absolutely no way we could ever list every single one… and especially no way we would be able to start over and count them all again.

so the last thing is this:

I AM THANKFUL for JESUS! He gave me life. He gave me rebirth! He has had more patience and affection and understanding of me than anyone else is capable of and I would not be here today without HIS saving grace!

Have you accepted HIS saving grace?

YOU HAVE TIME! …but only so much. DON’T WAIT! DO IT NOW… TODAY!

GOD BLESS YOU!

~ Rachel

 

 

© Rachel L Miller 2015