Thoughtful Thursday with Mikal Dawn
What a great honour to have with me today my dear friend and author, Mikal Dawn. I am so excited to have her here just before her brand new book is launched! ( Count Me In Coming May 2017)
Check it out here on Goodreads and mark it “TO READ” ya’ll. When she hits the best seller list one day, I can say, “I knew her when…” and I have been so blessed by her. I met her in real life in Nashville while attending the CFRR 2016 (Christian Fiction Reader’s Retreat)
Welcome Mikal, as always, here is the standard Thoughtful Thursday question, so take it away girl!
What has been dominating your thoughts lately?
Thank you sooooo much for having me, Mel!! I adore you. And I adore Thoughtful Thursdays!! I’ve learned so much, giggled, and nodded my head a lot reading other’s thoughts.
So what’s been going through my mind?
Oh. So. Much.
First, coffee is always going through my mind. Believe me when I say, I wish I could have an intravenous permanently attached to me for coffee. But then I wouldn’t get to taste it, and that would make me sad, and a sad Mikal is a bad Mikal. Don’t make me sad. (My daughter literally, just out of the blue not even reading over my shoulder, said, “You love coffee.” It is so well-known.)
Second, nerves. So, I have my debut release coming up this spring. I was writing my acknowledgements a couple of weeks ago, and even in that, I wrote about how nervous I was. As a matter of fact, I even excused myself (because, you know), for a moment to go get sick in the bathroom because of nerves. So, there’s that. Yeah. I’m nervous.
Third, nerves got me to thinking about more serious matters. For real. Let me explain.
Growing up, I always wanted to be a missionary. As a matter of fact, my little girl self wanted to be a teacher missionary in South Africa (Mel, it’s the truth!). I was in a girl’s ministry called Pioneer Girls, and in it, we were paired up with an older woman, a mentor. Mine was a grandmother who was a missionary in Africa for over 30 years. She amazed me. She would tell me stories of how God worked not just in the lives she was ministering to, but in her own life, as well. Anyway, she inspired me to consider missions. I also wanted to be an author. Because stories. 😊 When I went to Bible college, my intended major was intercultural studies. I was ready to go serve the Lord. Too bad my sinful nature got in the way.
After my first year away at college, I couldn’t afford to go back. I made some very bad choices, and ended up pregnant with my first child. I was convinced that the Lord wouldn’t fulfill that dream of mine to be a missionary overseas, and frankly, I so wasn’t in the right place spiritually (not to mention physically or emotionally) to go.
When I met my now-husband and married him, I moved from Canada to the United States. Almost eleven years later, we live in our third state and love it. We have two more kids and I work as an administrative assistant for an international ministry.
If you haven’t already started to, let me connect the dots.
I came to the realization last year that despite my grievous sins, God is indeed fulfilling that long-ago dream of mine—it just isn’t in the way I had pictured it. But let me show you:
He turned my dream of being a missionary overseas into being a military wife in a different country. How does this relate? Well, I’ve been able to move to different states and have developed relationships
with other military wives, and have hopefully pointed women to Jesus. (Of course, I always have room for improvement in this area!) Rather than being a missionary in Africa to children, I try to minister to other military spouses.
He turned my dream of being a teacher into motherhood. Talk about teaching! Raising kids isn’t a joke. You are constantly teaching them in matters of health, emotional and mental well-being, spiritual disciplines, manners, kindness, and the list goes on. So while I’m not teaching English (never math because ugh), I’m teaching the children God has given me to be God-fearing and God-honoring adults. Wow.
And the whole author dream? I still tear up at that. I’ve always said that these stories aren’t my own, but His. I want them to glorify Him, and point readers to Christ and His work on the cross and in His resurrection. Each time I open a manuscript to work on, this verse is at the forefront of my mind and heart:
“Write this for the next generation, that a people yet to be created will praise the Lord” (Psalm 102:18, ISV).
The Lord amazes me, you guys. No matter how starry-eyed and fan-girlish I get with authors (who needs movie stars when I have authors like Tamara Leigh and Ronie Kendig?!), I always desire to look to Christ with more awe than I look with to humans. Because He is what my life is all about.
All glory to our God.
“For I know the plans that I have for you, says the LORD, plans for peace and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope” (Jeremiah 29:11, MEV).
WHAT DO YOU THINK? We’d love to hear your thoughts, please comment below.
Mikal Dawn is an inspirational romance author, wedding enthusiast, and proud military wife. By day, she works as an administrative assistant for an international ministry organization, volunteers as a Key Spouse for her husband’s squadron, serves in her church’s library, and drinks lots of coffee. By night, she pulls her hair out, wrestling with characters and muttering under her breath as she attempts to write. And drinks lots of coffee. When she isn’t writing about faith, fun, and forever, she is obsessively scouring Pinterest (with coffee in hand, of course!) for wedding ideas for her characters.
Mikal lives in Nebraska with her husband, Mark, their three children, and one ferocious feline who can often be found taking over her Instagram account. Find Mikal on mikaldawn.com, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.
RELEASE MAY 16
Melony Teague is a freelance writer who believes everyone has a story to tell and each story is unique and sometimes wilder than fiction. She loves to uncover the good news in society and writes human interest and community pieces. As co-author of As the Ink Flows, she loves to inspire and motivate others through her written words. In her spare time she reviews books and interviews authors. These reviews can be found right here on her website. Melony Teague was born in South Africa and immigrated to Canada. She now lives in Toronto with her husband and their two children and two cats.