Bloggy Giveaways Carnival

Welcome to Mel’s World and the Bloggy Giveaways Carnival

I am so excited about this week! I can’t wait to pop over to Rocks In My Dryer to see all the amazing Give Aways that are going on!

Thanks for stopping into Mel’s World for a bit…I’d love to take a minute to welcome you and tell you how much I appreciate you stopping by.

I would also like to invite each and every one of you to our weekly Book Study that we are doing here on Wednesday’s. We are starting Chapter 3 this week, so there is still plenty of time to join us. We are reading Beth Moore’s book, “Get Out of That Pit“. Mark your calendars for Wednesday and pop back over to join us.

In honor of the Book Study that we are doing I will be giving away this:

A “Get Out of That Pit” Study Pack

(which includes the Get Out of That Pit Book, by Beth Moore, a pretty journal, a sparkley purple pen, and a note to encourage you on your journey out of the pit)

If you already have the book go ahead and sign up for the Give Away so that you can pass this book along to a friend who might really need it.

Here’s what you need to do…

Leave your name, email, and where you are from in the comments and then let me know one amazing thing that has already happened to you in 2008!

The drawing for the Get Out of That Pit Study Pack will be held on Sunday, February 3rd at the end of the Speak to My Soul Sunday post.

PS – If you pick up the Speak to My Soul Button and put it up on your blog (and let me know) I will put your name in the bucket for a Starbuck’s Gift Card. The drawing for the Starbuck’s card will be held on Friday, February 1st.

God Bless and Have Fun,


  1. I can’t believe I am first! πŸ™‚

    I LOVE Beth Moore. I am doing her “Stepping Up” Bible Study right now. THIS BIBLE study is the best thing that has happened to me in 2008, so far. God knew what would be going on in my life, and He knew I would need it. I am learning SO MUCH.

    My name is Wendy, and I am from Jacksonville, TX.

  2. Hello friend,

    After I am finished with my current reading I am going to read this book.


  3. First, my blog is also called Melz World! How funny!

    Second, I’d love to be entered into the giveaway. Beth Moore is great!

  4. Pick me! Pick me!

    Just Mom
    South Dakota

    Oh! An amazing thing that’s already happened to me this year … Well, I’ll be turning 40 soon. It’s pretty amazing that I’ve had such a wonderful life all these 40 years, both the good and the bad.

  5. I just emailed a girlfriend today that I am going to stop wallowing in the mud and ask the Holy Spirit to change my attitude. If that’s not Getting out of a Pit, I don’t know what is. Thanks for this great givaway.

  6. I have been wanting to read this book. I feel God wanting me to do more w/my relationship w/Him.. and I think maybe this would be a good place to start. and my fav color is purple, so I’m SURE God wants me to win this! lol thanks :o)

  7. Hi Melissa,

    I found your blog through Mocha with Linda. I added your button to my blog. Good to “meet” you. I will visit you again.


  8. This looks like a great prize package. A great thing that has happened to me lately is that I found out that my sister is coming to visit me. I haven’t seen her in two years. I can’t wait. As for where I am from…I live in the northeastern part of the US. I would love to be entered in your giveaway.

    michelle (at) northofthe49 (dot) com

  9. Lesha
    LilacButterfly [at]
    Newburgh, Indiana

    I’ll admit that this year started out pretty bad. So hopefully next month will be better. πŸ™‚

  10. Amazing thing, hmmm…would amazing trials work? I am seeing His love in an amazing way through it all!!!

  11. I’m from the outskirts of Cincinnati right now — but I lived in Ft. Lauderdale a few years ago! Small world. πŸ˜‰

    Amazing thing this year… well, I got to see my brother become engaged to a wonderful young lady, and thanks in large part to a LOT of prayer, I also saw my parents accept their engagement with love and grace.

    Your Speak to my Soul Sunday post from last week is beautiful – I’m adding your button at my place!

    fizzledink (at) gmail (dot) com

  12. My name is Daphne and I’m from Louisiana. I’ve been wanting to read this book and I’ve lost 5 lbs. this month with only 10 more left to go. Thanks for the entry.

  13. As you know – I have this already, but wanted to say this is a great giveaway. It’s a really good book!

  14. An amazing thing which has happened to me in 2008 is that I started a blog, and already I have ‘met’ lots of lovely people!

    I have only recently found out about Beth Moore, and I would love to win this!!

  15. Amazing thing: my grandmother’s cancer was just one tumor and they were able to remove it. And my parents were able to spend a week with her while she recovered! Does that count? I mean, it didn’t really happen to me, but I am kind of stuck in a pit (hence my reason for entering my name). Regardless, God is faithful!

  16. Nice to meet you–great prize, too!

    I’m doing giveaways, too.


    Something amazing…Well, my dear friend, who lives in NY invited me to a scrapbook weekend in April, and I CAN GO! Whooeee! She and I met in CO in college. We’ve only seen each other a handful of times since then, but have always been the best of friends. I live near Seattle; she lives near Burlington, VT. How’s that for a blessing?

  17. I love Beth Moore!

    I’m from Manitoba, Canada and would LOVE to win!!

    Let’s see…something amazing that’s already happened…my 2 year old has started using the POTTY!!!

  18. HI! Please enter me! That all looks fantastic! πŸ™‚

    I am Katy from PA! πŸ™‚
    here is my email:

    thecountryblossom AT hotmail DOT com

    One amazing thing that has happened to me in 2008 is the strengthening of my relationship with my hubby. We started doing early morning couples devotions and praying together…and it has been WONDERFUL! πŸ™‚

  19. Jen from New Zealand

    An amazing thing that’s already happened to me this year Ive gotten into bike riding and LOVING it and getting very fit at the same time

  20. Thanks for this great giveaway!
    I am Megan from Sarasota and an amazing thing that has happened to me is that I have started using the gifts God has given me and started helping others get their lives organized.

  21. Melissa – Cool giveaway!

    I just realized that you went to She Speaks last year…that must be why your face seems so familiar to me! πŸ™‚ I had a personal question for you. Email me if you have a chance: Heathermommymonk (AT) gmail (DOT) com

  22. I can’t wait to read this- whether I win or not! πŸ™‚

    Something amazing in 2008 already… an answered prayer within 24 hours- vividly, beautifully, perfectly. I can’t wait to see what He does next!

  23. Please count me in sweetie. One amazing thing that has already happened to me in 2008, is God restored my relationship with my sister, and I truly praise Him for that.

  24. This is a fabulous giveaway.

    I’m Liz from Indiana, and an amazing thing that has happened this month is persevering through a situation that was fearful to me and coming through the other side victorious.

  25. Great give a way!!, My great Awesome happening in 2008, My daughters surgery was a success!! She is cancer FREE!! PRAISE GOD!!Thanks for hosting the Beth Moore give a way:)

  26. Wonderful giveaway!

    Not really happened directly to me but did happen and I was praying for it… my friend is pregnant after 9 years of trying and two miscarriages. Praying she can carry this one to full term.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    Stop by my place to win a bath set & candles or one of two copies of a book I’m giving away.

    Laura @ Laura Williams’ Musings

  27. Ohh, I’ve been wanting to do a Beth Moore Bible study. This would be great. The amazing thing that has happened/is happening this month is that we are finally moving home! Yay! My husband and I are from Dallas and we are moving back this week!

  28. Love this book. I have a friend that I would like to give it to, but mine is a underlined, written in, etc. I am from Michigan.

    PS your button is in my sidebar!

  29. I would love to read this book. Please include me, Thank you for offering such a nice prize! πŸ™‚

  30. Oh, I do love Beth Moore! I am from Waco, TX. Something amazing that has already happened in 2008–I have a friend whose 19 month old baby has been having seizures since he was an infant. He has only been breastfeeding and is way behind in development. This past month, he started eating solids, thank goodness for my friend, and is starting to focus on things, which is a big deal because they were concerned about his vision. Praise the Lord!

  31. Oh, I do love Beth Moore! I am from Waco, TX. Something amazing that has already happened in 2008–I have a friend whose 19 month old baby has been having seizures since he was an infant. He has only been breastfeeding and is way behind in development. This past month, he started eating solids, thank goodness for my friend, and is starting to focus on things, which is a big deal because they were concerned about his vision. Praise the Lord!

  32. Betsy from Indy and my sister came forward at church yesterday and repented for the way she has been living her life and being a bad testimony. She has decided to let God live through her. She got saved 2 years ago.

  33. Great giveaway! I’m from Texas and this year I’ve had the wonderful privilege of being able to hear my 20-month-old start saying real sentences! Priceless!

  34. I’m Ann…my email is in my profile. I’m from Ohio! Let’s see…I became a God Mother this week!

  35. I’ve been seeing this book around the blogosphere. I have found myself in quite the ‘pit’ lately, so I would love to read this book! One good thing that’s happened to me in 2008 is that I’ve been been able to meet so many wonderful people at the new church I’ve been attending. Thanks for the opportunity to win! Good luck everyone!

    Jennifer H.
    Greenville, SC

  36. Hi, I’m Fan from Ohio, and I got a job recently, if you knew me you’d know why this makes me happy.

  37. Love this!! Count us in!! As for great in 2008..we are so excited about our newsletter coming out soon! (and blessed by our families!!)

    kari & kijsa

  38. Love this!! Count us in!! As for great in 2008..we are so excited about our newsletter coming out soon! (and blessed by our families!!)

    kari & kijsa

  39. I enjoy Beth Moore studies.

    So far this year, the Lord has blessed us with an amazing gift of finding some forgotten finances, allowing me to continue to stay at home with the kids homeschooling.

    We’ve also been informed (my husband is active duty in the USCG) that we will be transfering in 4 months from Alaska to Florida – which is close to our family and friends and home church. We are only a few weeks into 2008, and we have been blessed.

  40. I’m Grace, blogging from Dubai, United Arab Emirates.One amazing thing tha has happened to me in 2008 is that my blog turned a year old! πŸ™‚

    If this is only open to US residents, I promise I can provide a US address, just please don’t forfeit my entry!
    email: grace [at] sandierpastures dot com

  41. What a great prize!!! I have heard super things about this study.

    In 2008 I have been blessed to have met some awesome Christian adoptive parents in my area through an Adoption Fellowship Group. Adoption is close to my heart because I am an adopted daughter of God and have had the privilege to adopt from China and am waiting to bring home another daughter.


  42. great contest! count me in! i’m from oregon and whats so great about 2008 is that i’m starting a new life in virginia this year. wish me luck! i just moved!

  43. I am in a rut and I need something to pick me up.

    One amazing thing is that I am alive to watch my baby boy grow!

  44. Beth Moore is an wonderful Bible Study Leader! I’m from Alabama and would love to win this prize! A good thing that has happened to me this year is my oldest has reached the sweet age of 18!!

  45. I’m from Utah. One amazing thing? Well, I took the time to study snowflakes the other day. They really are all different.

  46. What a great prize package!! Please enter me!!
    I am in Atlanta GA!
    Something great in ’08: My daughter is going to bed earlier which gives me and hubby a mini date time almost every night (right here at home)!!!

  47. What a wonderful giveaway!!
    I am currently doing the “Steppin’ Up” study by Beth Moore. One thing that I have learned through this study is that we are to sow the seed, not just eat it. I want to hear the word, retain it, & by persevering produce a crop.

    Linda ~ Las Vegas, NV

    P.S. I am new to the blog world. I would add your button to my blog but I don’t know how Lol!! I need to figure this out.

  48. I love Beth Moore’s books! I would love to win these, I have not read this one, but I have heard SO many good things about it!!


  49. I am from TX. An amazing thing that has happened to me is that my 9 month old can now take several steps at a time.

  50. I am from Texas- one amazing thing that has happened to me so far in 2008 was that I got a new job!

  51. O.K. the amazing thing God is working in my life is the “waiting” on Him. I have had alot of situations so far in 2008 that are definitely working in that area! We are in a wait in see in alot of areas in our family!
    BTW I don’t know if I told you yet or not, but I posted your button!

  52. I have heard good things about Beth Moore. I am in Minnesota. In 2008, my little girl has “read” “Counting Kisses” by Karen Katz by giving me hugs. πŸ™‚

  53. I’m from tiny little midwestern farm town.


    and the most amazing thing that has happened to me hasn’t actually happened to me but I’m super excited about it. I’ve had 4 friends get engaged this year already!

  54. I am Liz from Northwest Indiana! I would love to win the Beth Moore book! A gal at my church just started a mom’s group for support, study, and encouragement and the first one was today! Time with other moms with childcare provided! It was sooooooo great!

    lizzy_142 at hotmail (dot) com

  55. My name is Carolynn, I’m from Canada. My email addy is carolynnwald at hotmail dot com.
    One amazing thing that’s happened this year is that I can walk! Yeah:), I’ve been laid up for a year with complications after surgery on my ankle and now it’s all over and done with and I can walk normally!! Thank God:)
    Great giveaway!

  56. What a great giveaway! I’m from Texas. Something great that’s happened to me this year is keeping up with my daily Bible reading. My husband is doing it also.

  57. Hi, Mel. Thanks for offering this book. I love Beth Moore. She can have you in tears one minute and in awe with God bumps the next. I am from California and a great thing for me this year is God is helping me find study time. Take care, Cory

  58. My name is Cheryl and I am from PA. My email is

    Something great that has happened to me this year is I have been given medicine from Canada and I ate supper last night for the first time in two years. Praise God!

  59. Oh, I love Beth Moore and I have not read this book (but I really want too!!) I’m from Kansas and the best thing that’s happened to me so far is getting a brand new nephew!!

  60. I’ve been wanting to do this study. It would be amazing. I live in beautiful Western Kentucky, have all my life (except for a short stint in Northern KY, also beautiful). God is amazing every day, but He has blessed me with an unexpected raise at work. Thanks for this giveaway. I will be visiting you soon.

  61. Mel,
    I saw that you were leading this study on your blog and was disappointed that I didn’t have the book. I love Beth Moore, and if I won, I would catch up and join your study on your blog!
    One amazing thing that has happened to me in 2008 is that I was able to meet Candace Cameron Bure (“D. J.” from Full House) and hear her testimony. It was awesome!

  62. My toddle–15 mos–kissed me for the first time. She was fully aware of what she was doing. No more stealing kisses! Oh, it melted my heart!

  63. My best friend just had a baby, and my little guy slept through the night for the first time. What a cool prize.

  64. One great thing???? Watching my son grow each day is pretty great as he is 2 and everyday is such a blessing in its own. He is pretty amazing to watch. I’m from Ky the bluegrass state by the way…..please count me in as I love Beth Moore.

  65. I’m from the Sunny South! One of the most amazing things God has done for me recently is allowing me to witness the birth of my newest granddaughter! πŸ™‚

  66. Katie and I am from CA. And God is providing for what we need. Praise Him.

    Please enter me . katie_mmartin [at] yahoo (dot) com

  67. Please enter me in the giveaway! I am a missionary kid so I am not “from” anywhere, but I am currently living in Atlanta, GA. Just a few days ago I got a job! It’s a huge blessing.

    My email is ashley {at} twentysixcats {dot} com

  68. I’d love to win this prize!

    Here’s an amazing thing that happened to me this month: My mom was very very sick, and she’s now doing much better.

    And I live in New Jersey. Thanks!

  69. The amazing thing that’s already happened to me in 2008 didn’t really happen to me.

    My husband nearly died in an accident last spring. He was being treated for his extensive injuries by the surgeon that had started putting him back together on the first day. In October, the surgeon decided not to accept our insurance anymore and refused to treat my husband unless we paid cash.

    We searched and searched for a surgeon who would take over my husband’s treatment. No one would even see him past the first appointment because no one would follow up on another surgeon’s work and no one wanted to continue with the surgery/ies that my husband still needed.

    The amazing thing that happened already this year is that we found a surgeon not only willing to continue with my husband’s surgery/ies, but he is willing to tend to the injuries that were already worked on by the first surgeon! More amazing is that the doctor has been completely honest with us and seems to be as upset with by the other surgeon dropping my husband as we are. More than anything, we trust him and after the way hubby was treated by the prior surgeon, we weren’t sure we could trust another surgeon.

    Now that I’ve written a nice long book πŸ™‚ I’m Joanna and my e-mail is:

  70. Mel- It’s so nice of you to offer this give-away and I’d love to be entered. I recently completed Beth’s Believing God study. One of the amazing things that has happened to me so far this year the way the Lord is speaking to me through my (almost!) daily quiet time. When the new year started quiet time was high on my list as something I really wanted to do for myself. It’s been a true blessing. My husband does it, too and he says the same thing. Thanks again.

  71. Great prize! Love Beth Moore! The most amazing thing that has happened to me in 2008 thus far has been my realization that I actually love being a stay-at-home mom and I love being there for all my littl guy’s crazy moments. Oh and I think you asked to put where we were from too. I’m originally from Missouri, but now reside in Dallas. Thanks for entering me. cindy at happychaps dot com

  72. I have never read a Beth Moore book but would love to start. What a great giveaway!

  73. Oh this sounds awesome! Thanks for counting me in! The best things so far has been realizing that my dad is really in a better place now and its ok he isn’t here anymore!

  74. My name is Erika, we live in Montana, I would have to say that waking up with a smile and eyes not swollen shut from tears is pretty amazing in 2008…This is going to be a better year, God willing!!! Thanks!

  75. this is wonderful! i’ve been blessed so much this year πŸ™‚ my husband and children are healthy and happy. who could ask for anything more.
    thank you!

  76. this is wonderful! i’ve been blessed so much this year πŸ™‚ my husband and children are healthy and happy. who could ask for anything more.
    thank you!

  77. I would love to have this! πŸ™‚ I’m from West email is..
    And one great thing that has happened to me so far in 2008 is that we are thriving in our new apartment πŸ™‚

  78. I love Beth Moore. I’m from Orlando, FL. I have been blessed with amazing friends and family.

  79. Oh, I would love to join your study, but don’t have this book. If i do win, count me in, please. I really enjoy Beth Moore. Last spring, we did her Patriarchs study. wonderful!

    A most wonderful thing has happened so far in 2008. I now have enough private students to be fully booked up with a waiting list. It feels good to know that after only a year, I have met the goal hubby and I set.

  80. You know when you asked what’s been amazing, I couldnt think of one. It has been a rough start to 08 and I am in a pit. But finally for about 2 weeks now I am finally better, so that is my amazing thing.

  81. Oh please pick me!! I’ve been wanting to read this book. PIT does not even begin to describe my situation. Thankfully, God has blessed me this month by winning these glorious contest!!! If it was for that my daughter wouldn’t be getting new clothes for her spring wardrobe, but used.

  82. Hi Im Erin from BC Canada.
    My amazing thing is that my autistic son is finally getting the help he needs!

  83. Would definitely love this prize! I’m in Southwestern Ontario, Canada. The most amazing thing this year … hmmmmm I think the generosity of friends & stragers alike who’ve helped my kiddo & I through the holiday season (I’m out of work & there’s been a snafu with my unemplyment & haven’t had any income in almost 3 months now – eek!)
    contact info: tori dot martin at

  84. Thank you for doing this great giveaway Melissa! I’m from the north- Maine to be precise! I’d have to say that the best thing that has happened thus far in 2008 is the courtship of my sister! Thanks so much!

  85. Ohh love Beth Moore. Haven’t been in a study since leaving the states. Would love to start one here. Most amazing thing this year, be able to communicate fluently with other people in this country and finding joy in the Lord in a place where there is less than 1 percent Christian. It was so easy in US where Christian churches sat on every corner speaking English.

  86. Hmm – well, I’m in a pit of infertility at the moment – so this would be great – but the most amazing thing is a friend who told me about her experience and met with me to talk options – good stuff!


  87. I’d really love this study package. One amazing thing that has happened already in 2008 is that God has kept my SAD depression in check. It’s amazing the difference between this year and previous years where the gloomy weather would creep inside.

    Thanks for the chance to win! πŸ™‚


  88. I’m a Mel too! (Melody from Lexington Park, MD)

    I love Beth Moore and am in a study right now. That’s my best thing in 2008.

  89. This is so exciting that I want to cry! I don’t have a copy of the book, but I’ve been listening to it with my mom on audio. I am definitely in a pit (adicted to overeating) and Beth Moore’s support is no doubt the best think that has happened to me this year. I pray that I can change and set my feet on a rock this year and not be moved. I would LOVE to have this kit. I am from Peterscreek, Alaska.

  90. I need to get out of my pit. I am from Illinois, the southern end. The most amazing thing to happen to me in 2008 will happen on Mon. Feb. 4. I am getting a makeover and will be on the local news program. I am so excited. Thanks for hosting.

  91. Hello! Great giveaway =)
    I’m Brandie, from Northern Illinois.
    A great thing happened to me yesterday – I was on the Oprah show that showed 1/30. If you watched it, I was one of the 100 in the bubble =) It was a LOT of fun!

  92. I love listening to Beth Moore..she is so inspiring. I have been listening to her audio links on her LPM website, on the study of Romans….I would love the Get Out of that Pit book to read.

  93. I would love to be entered in your giveaway! πŸ™‚ The older I get the more I see the Lord’s hand in everything which surrounds me. Thank You. πŸ™‚

  94. thank you for the contest. this sounds like a book that i could learn from.
    i live in texas and my son just turned 9 on jan 18, that was pretty amazing.

  95. Lizzie (from Lizzie’s Home)

    A cool thing that has already happened in 2008? Continuing on a brand-new faith journey that began in 2007 aged 27 years. 2008 is looking like a BIG year, LOL.

    Lizzie (this is a re-worded post – not a second entry – as the last one failed to go through – if for some reason this goes through twice, please don’t think it was a deliberate ploy for extra entries!)

  96. HI MEL, KJ here… Your blog looks fabulous! If you have a moment, please share with me what you used to get this great look on your blog. Was it a special software kit or digi-scrapbooking? I started blogging in June and I am still learning the ropes.

    Anyway, please include me and THANK-YOU!


  97. I’m doing “Stepping Up” right now too. One of my coworkers has been telling me about the Pit. I definitely want to read it.

  98. I’m from South Carolina and I really like Beth Moore and love doig her studies…Thanks!!

    I also have two great kids and a dear loving husband!

    stbaisch AT

  99. I’d love to have this. I live in Rochester, MN and we were able to go with my husband on his business trips these last 2 weeks since we homeschool. It was great and he really appreciated having us there with him.

  100. well… my kids do amazing things constantly! I guess a highlight would be that we were surprised with a whole bunch of gifts on christmas eve.

  101. I am from Michigan and the amazing thing that has happened to me is I rang in the New Year on a beach in the Grand Caymans. It was a Christmas present from me parents!!

  102. My name is Urailak and I’m in Oregon. One amazing thing in 2008 is that international students come to our study/discussion on Investigating Christianity. We’re thankful that the Lord has given us this opportunity to plant seeds in them.

  103. I am Brandy from SC and my husband has started his second semester in seminary in 2008. πŸ™‚

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