Tuesday, June 20, 2017

When Your Life Flips Upside Down

Hey all!! Guest blogger and author, Mikal Dawn is here today! If you haven't met her, she is a load of laughs, has a marvelous streak of sarcasm, is a woman of faith, and has a heart far larger than her cup of coffee. 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, serves in her church’s library, runs her kids to all their sports, and drinks lots of coffee. By night, she talks to figments of her imagination as she attempts to write while dinner is burning. 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.

Originally from Vancouver, Canada, Mikal now lives in Nebraska with her husband, their three children, and one ferocious feline. Connect with Mikal on mikaldawn.com, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.So grab your cuppa-whatever and enjoy ...

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Now this is a story all about how my life got flipped—turned upside down. And I’d like to take a minute, just sit right there. I’ll tell you how I became the prince of a town called…oh. Whoops.
Wrong audience. But the song is in your head now, isn’t it? If you’re a 90s child like me, at least. Ha!

But I do have a story to tell you about how my life got flipped, turned upside down. (Seriously. The lyrics are really stuck in my head now.) But rather than my mum sending me to live with my wealthy aunt and uncle, God sent me my husband.

I made some bad choices as a younger adult, and I ended up with a lot of bitterness that I needed to let go of. I used to joke that I was Captain of the USS Bitterboat, but in all reality, it wasn’t that funny. Or a joke. I struggled with anger and letting the past go.

Over one summer, however, the Lord worked on my heart, and it all became so clear to me what I’d been doing: holding on to unforgiveness. Holding on to my own bad choices and holding another’s wrongdoings against them. And more importantly, not asking Jesus to forgive me.

When I was finally able to work through some things and ask for forgiveness—and give forgiveness—let me tell you, it was like the dam broke and peace rushed out. It was amazing. Truly amazing.
A couple of weeks later, I decided to give an online Christian dating site a try when they had a one-week free promotion. A few days into that free week, I met my now-husband (for the record, he’d just paid for a six-month membership; I just remind him that I was worth the money…HA!). We met online that September (this is also when I started my love affair with coffee, because my husband was stationed on the other side of the world, so we’d often talk in the middle of my night), in person in December, and married in April; it was the third time we’d spent time together in person as he was stationed overseas and my oldest and I were living in Canada. I know, I know. Whirlwind! But when you know, you know. Three months after we married, my son and I left Vancouver and moved to—are you ready?—Middle Georgia. Oh, the culture shock!! About as shocking as the Fresh Prince’s move from Philadelphia to Bel Air.

In my debut novel, Count Me In, the main character, Allegra, has her world flipped upside down (she may or may not be loosely—or tightly—based on me). What I learned in writing this story (well, relearned because I’m thick-headed and God often has to teach me something multiple times before I can really soak it in) is that when we step out of our comfort zones and put our faith completely in the Lord, He is always ready to flip our lives for His good and glory. That’s a flip I’m totally okay with taking.

As long as I have coffee.
*”Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (Theme Song)” lyrics by Will Smith and DJ Jazzy Jeff

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Count Me In
Allegra Spencer has been living a careful life. Her safe job as an accountant is bookended by going to church and the gym. Okay, sometimes the gym. Fine. She goes to church. And the coffee shop. She avoids risk at all cost, preferring to stay safe in her cozy condo. Until her accounting firm goes belly up and she's out of a job. 

Tyler Hawk had a glorious career as a star NFL tight end. He retired on a high note and now lives a second dream of owning his own business and leading others on extreme outdoor adventures. But he needs help with his books—and his heart. When Allegra takes the job, sparks fly. 

It’s a case of safety zone versus danger zone, and in their minds, never the two shall meet.

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10 comments:

  1. Wow, that would be a change! Bitterness is a hard thing to get rid of - I am still struggling with it. Thank you for sharing with us!

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    1. Ah! Susan, I wrote a reply earlier today, but I guess my computer didn't want to post it.

      Bitterness can be a lot like those vines that grow on Tudor homes. From a distance, everything looks good and pretty, but when you get up close, you see that those vines are digging into the bricks, destroying them, eventually crumbling the home if they aren't taken care of.

      Believe me when I say that I totally get how difficult it is to rid yourself of bitterness. <3 Please know I'm praying for you.

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  2. I love you, Mikal!!! Thanks for sharing your story and the ear worm ;)

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    1. LOL!!!!! You're so welcome for the ear worm. At least now I don't have to suffer alone! ;) I love you, Beth!!! <3

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  3. Thanks for being a guest on CC&C, Mikal! Love having you here. :)

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    1. Thank you *so much* for letting me hang out here today!! <3 <3 <3 You ladies are beautiful.

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  4. Hey we have a couple of things in common, church library and COFFEE!!
    Middle Georgia? I bet that was a culture shock. I'm from Alabama and I love the south.
    Hats off to you for trying a dating site. They weren't available when I started dating (showing my age) but they seem scary to me. God apparently led you. Congrats on your debut novel!

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    1. Hi Gail!! YES!!!!! All the coffee, all the time. I've thought about doing that Whole30 diet, but...no. My family would miss me having my coffee(s). LOL!

      It was scary at first considering you just don't know who you're going to "meet," but I covered that free week in prayer, as did my husband, and God for sure led the way. <3 I'm super thankful, even as I sit here with my husband mercilessly teasing me. LOL!

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  5. Loved reading about your flip Mikal!!! Def not flop!! God is a God of flip, not flop! :) Love that!

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    1. Amen, Anne!!!! <3 Thank you so much for having me here. It's a huge honor!!

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