Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Fighting God?

I’m so honored to be joining this amazing group of authors! Thanks for letting me tag along.

 A few months ago, I hit a brick wall in my writing. I’d started and not completed three different manuscripts in three different genres. (Yeah. My critique partners are patient beyond belief!) I kept falling into the comparison trap, wishing I could write more like this author, have the prose and depth of that author, the incredible imagination of that author over there. Then I’d read my own work and doubt what the Lord has been nudging me to do.

I’ve been a writer for as long as I can remember. (I refuse to tell you how long as I do not want to date myself!) I’ve dabbled in everything from poetry, personal essays, women’s fiction, historical romance, suspense, and yes, even grizzly thriller. Not one of those genres is who God created me to be, though. Me? I’m a romantic at heart…a bumbling, clumsy, funny romantic. A romantic comedy writer. But I fought God in that.

How often have you fought God when He’s called you to do something? I haven’t just fought Him on writing. I’ve fought Him on a lot of things (insert my eyes rolling here…why can I be so stubborn?). And I know I'm not the only one. The Bible is full of people who were stubborn or chose to do the opposite of what God called them to do. Take Jonah, for example. He was called by God to travel to Nineveh and call them out for their evil. Jonah, however, chose to go the opposite way and ended up getting himself into trouble. Eventually, he was vomited out from the fish’s belly onto land, and he got up and followed God’s calling. The people of Nineveh then believed God and were saved.


We often are called to do things we don’t want to do, but be encouraged! When we’re obedient to that calling (listening for it through prayer and study of His Word), God will always work it for good. We may or may not see that good in our lifetime, but we can trust His plan and trust that He will provide us the gifts, talents, and tools to fulfill His calling on us.

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Mikal Dawn is an aspiring inspirational romance author, wedding enthusiast, and proud military wife. She also blogs for Takin' It to the Streets, works as a virtual author's assistant, and volunteers as a Key Spouse for her husband's squadron. When she isn't writing about faith, fun, and forever, she is obsessively scouring Pinterest (with coffee and chocolate in hand, of course!) for wedding ideas for her characters.

Mikal lives in Nebraska with her husband and their three children, and one ferocious feline. Find Mikal on mikaldawn.com, Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, and Pinterest

1 comment:

  1. Amen and amen, Mikal! If we could only "Trust and Obey"! MUCH easier life fill of more peace and joy! :) Blessings and thank you for sharing this! :)

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