Thursday, July 16, 2015

Fabulous Friday Feature-Danica Favorite

Today we welcome author:
Danica Favorite

One commenter will win a copy of
 Danica's new release: 
The Lawman's Redemption

Mary here. Like you, I love meeting new authors, and Danica is no exception. I asked Danica to share how God has led her on her writing journey You're gonna love reading her God story. Here is what she said:

Sometimes We Have to Get out of God's Way and Let Him Work

When Mary asked me to blog on this topic, I thought for sure it would be easy. After all, God has played such an important role in my life. But then came time to actually WRITE about it. And I thought, hmmm… not so easy. You see, it’s hard to encapsulate in one blog post what the entire journey has looked like. I have many stories where God has shown up, and yet, each one is so different. The lessons learned seemingly unrelated. But the common theme, and the one I will talk about here is that God has shown up.

Whoa. I want you to sit in that idea for a minute or two and really soak it in. God has shown up. I think sometimes, we Christians take the idea of God always being there for granted. We say things like, “of course I know God is always there,” but do we really? Do we act and live as though we expect that God will, in fact, be there? Because here is the crazy thing that should really blow us away: the Creator of the Universe is there for you. To me, the hugeness of God and the smallness of me is breathtaking.

What does this have to do with my writing journey? I did not have an easy path to publication. It took me over 12 years to sell my first book. I have a fantastic collection of rejection letters. I have prayed, I have followed God, and I have done some crazy things because I believed it was where God wanted me to go. At times, it’s easy to say, “Well, where is God? Why haven’t my prayers been answered? I did everything God told me to do, and look at where I’m at!”

And that’s where I learned to find perspective. Isn’t it wonderful that we serve a God who actually would listen and care about our dreams of becoming an author? He cares. And that is something that’s easy to lose sight of in the middle of circumstances that seem difficult, or even impossible. In the middle of the questions, and the waiting, the thing that got me through was the realization that God doesn’t have to care. He doesn’t have to be there. But He is.

In my current release, The Lawman’s Redemption, my heroine, Mary Stone, thinks that she trusts God and believes that He’s there. But through her journey, she learns a deeper way of trusting Him and seeking His guidance. One of my favorite quotes from Mary is, “If God wouldn’t open a door, well, didn’t they say you were supposed to go in the window? She’d asked the Lord for guidance, and this had been the answer to her prayers.”

I don’t believe God literally acts that way all the time, but I’ve had it happen enough in my own life, that I know our perception of what who we think God is, and what God can do, is infinitely smaller than anything God is capable of. Sometimes we have to get out of God’s way and let Him work. Even when we don’t see it, He is there, guiding us. We just have to trust that He is there.

God shows up. Not on our timeline, or in the way that we think He should, but in a way that makes His plan complete. So my encouragement to you is that no matter where you are on your journey, trust that God is there, even if you can’t see it, don’t understand it, or it doesn’t look the way you thought it would. Don’t lose sight of the awe of knowing that the God of the Universe takes a personal interest in you. That is the strength that I carry no matter where this journey takes me.

A self-professed crazy chicken lady, Danica Favorite loves the adventure of living a creative life. She and her family recently moved in to their dream home in the mountains above Denver, Colorado.  Danica loves to explore the depths of human nature and follow people on the journey to happily ever after. Though the journey is often bumpy, those bumps are what refine imperfect characters as they live the life God created them for. Oops, that just spoiled the ending of all of Danica’s stories. Then again, getting there is all the fun.

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CLICK HERE to buy or see
The Lawman's Redemption

Lawman on a Mission 

Former deputy Will Lawson is fighting to regain his reputation—and Mary Stone is his only lead to the bandit who framed him. Now that he's tracked Mary to Leadville, Colorado, Will needs the proud beauty to reveal her past. Instead, his efforts spark a mighty inconvenient attraction… 

Mary's only real crime is that she once believed an outlaw's lies. Still, she fears disclosing the truth to Will may land her in jail—and leave her young siblings without protection. Now she must choose between honesty and safeguarding her family. And if Will does clear his own name, can he convince the woman he loves to share it?

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Thank you, Danica, for joining us this weekend!

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Anonymous said...

Good morning Mary Vee and Danica. I'm sharing a virtual cup of tea and cookies this Morning. It's always such a pleasure to visit your blog Mary Vee. The last few books I've been reading have been Christmas books, catching up from last year. You are a new to me author,Danica. I love reading historicals and I know how much I'll enjoy reading this one. It sounds like such an exciting book !
Deanne Patterson
Cnnamongirl at aol dot com

Abby B said...

Good morning Mary & Danica!! I can't tell you how much I needed to read this post this morning!! Thank you for the reminder that God is always there and that His timing is perfect!!

Janice said...

Good morning, "Let's Talk," ladies! That was an encouraging post. When God takes His time, I always remind myself that He is at work behind the scenes orchestrating the best possible outcome. He never seems affected by our proposed time frame or day planners. I wonder if He ever looks at Google calendar and laughs!?!
The book sounds like a great story, fun to read and with a good message. Please enter me in this drawing. Thanks! Janice

Mary Vee Writer said...

Deanne! Yum--tea and cookies. I think I will have English breakfast and a cinnamon scone. I'm so glad you stopped by.
Christmas, that is why we've had the cooler summer. Girl, you need to hop into a historical ;)

Mary Vee Writer said...

Good morning, Abby. Isn't God awesome, he always provides just the right words for us where we happen to be. I'm so glad you joined us today!! Hope your day is fantastic.

Mary Vee Writer said...

You are entered, Janice. I think God not only laughs at our crazy calendars, but he lets us look back at what we "had" planned and see why there is a reason for the laughter.
Loved chatting with you this morning, Janice! Have a blessed day.

Unknown said...

Good afternoon ladies.

Danica Favorite said...

Hi Deanne! I am so glad for the virtual cup of tea because I overslept this morning and I didn't get tie for my tea! I hope you enjoy my book.

Danica Favorite said...

Abby, I am so glad this post resonated with you. I think we all need this reminder once and a while. :)

Danica Favorite said...

Janice, that's a good one! I'll bet he does look at Google calendar for a good laugh once and a while! I hope you enjoy my book!

Danica Favorite said...

Good afternoon Ann!

Janice said...

Good morning, "Let's Talk," ladies! That was an encouraging post. When God takes His time, I always remind myself that He is at work behind the scenes orchestrating the best possible outcome. He never seems affected by our proposed time frame or day planners. I wonder if He ever looks at Google calendar and laughs!?!
The book sounds like a great story, fun to read and with a good message. Please enter me in this drawing. Thanks! Janice

Trixi said...

God has shown a simple but powerful statement, Danica! Like you, I can't possibly name all the times God has shown up in my life. It would literally be thousands of pages long!! Just thinking back to all the times gives me goosebumps (or rather God bumps!). What an encouraging post and one I needed to read today :-) Thanks for being the instrument God used to speak to me today!! Such a blessing :-)
"The Lawman's Redemption" sounds like a wonderful story! I've read similar story-lines and enjoyed each LI Historical is my favorite go-to book/genre! Thank you for the chance to win a copy. I already follow your blog & enjoy each post, Mary!
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Danica Favorite said...

I'm so glad you enjoyed my post, and that it reminded you of how God has shown up in your life! I hope you get a chance to read my book and enjoy it!

Mary Vee Writer said...

Hey, Ann! You made it! I'm so glad to see you.

Mary Vee Writer said...

Hey, Trixie.
I love your words, "Just thinking back to all the times gives me God bumps" :) So true!! Paints an awesome picture. And thousands of pages long!! I think I often need hindsight to see my thousands. God blesses every day, right? Yeah.
I'm so glad you stopped by today.

Britney Adams said...

Thank you for sharing this wonderful post, Danica!
I signed up to receive your blog posts by email, Mary, and look forward to following along!

texaggs2000 at gmail dot com

Mary Vee Writer said...

Hi Britney!
I love meeting new people! We have oodles of virtual coffees and teas, not to mention scrumptious pastries. Please, help yourself. Thanks for chatting with Danica and me :)

Connie Porter Saunders said...

Hi Mary and Danica. I have arrived a little late for morning coffee but I am so glad I made it this Saturday afternoon. I have been encouraged and reminded once again that God's timing is perfect.
Blessings to both of you.

Mary Vee Writer said...

No problem, Connie. I put out some lemonade and sweet tea for the afternoon chat.
I think we all could admit that God's timing has always proven to be perfect. We may not like going through the storm or we may enjoy the sweet moment, either way, all is in God's timing.

Danica Favorite said...

Hi Britney! I'm glad you enjoyed my post!

Danica Favorite said...

Hi Connie, Glad you made it! I had a busy weekend so I'm late getting back in too!

Danica Favorite said...

I'm so glad you found my post encouraging!