Tuesday, August 28, 2018

A Time for Every Purpose By Davalynn Spencer

Davalynn Spencer
One wall of my office bears a dozen framed book covers, three literary awards, and a modified Winston Churchill quote that I purchased from a Christian gift shop following a book signing:
Sir Winston S Churchill
Winston Churchill
by United Nations Information Office,
New York [Public domain],
via Wikimedia Commons

never 
never 
never 
never 
never 
give up.

Every colorful, artistically designed and titled cover on that wall came about after I was told time had run out. That it was too late for me to be a novelist. Too late to pursue my dream.

“You really should have started this years ago,” said the successful author who met with me in a one-on-one at my first writer’s conference.

Evidently, my skin was thicker than I thought, because I thanked her, gathered my portfolio, and went to the next workshop on my schedule.

That was the spring of 2008.

What the well-known, over-worked author didn’t know was during those “years ago” that she referenced, I was raising two children, traveling across the country with my rodeo bullfighting husband, and writing feature stories for Western magazines and inspirational publications.

Later I worked full time as a daily newspaper crime-beat reporter who had no creative energy left after a day spent sitting in a courtroom, covering fires or automobile accidents, or following Search & Rescue teams up Colorado mountainsides.

My dreams and I were exhausted.

However, God has a way of finding “a time for every purpose under heaven.”

Ultimately, I faced a decision. Would I pursue my dream, or would I give up, give in to a well-meaning naysayer’s observation? Would I sit back and vegetate on the latest television drama for the rest of my life, or would I improve my craft, sharpen my skills, pick up the torch?

Today, my desk sits across the room from that wall of framed book covers that circle the Churchill quote. Imagine how I answer when asked what advice I give aspiring writers.

What about you? Have you been told it’s too late to follow a dream? How did it affect you? Did you let up on the accelerator for a while, stunned by someone else’s lack of faith? Did you persevere in secret, enjoying the process and counting it worth the cost regardless of the outcome?

In our world of immediate gratification, trusting God’s perfect timing is an often uncomfortable, though fruitful, challenge.

I’d love to hear your story. Please comment below and share about God’s timing of His purposes in your life.



About Davalynn Spencer
Wife and mother of professional rodeo bullfighters, Davalynn Spencer writes cowboy romance, both historical and contemporary. She is an ECPA and Publisher's Weekly bestselling author and winner of the Will Rogers Gold Medallion for Inspirational Western Fiction. And she’s fairly certain her previous career as a rodeo journalist and crime-beat reporter prepared her for life in Colorado wrangling Blue the Cowdog and mouse detectors Annie and Oakley. Connect with her at https://davalynnspencer.com/ 

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The Miracle Tree by Davalynn Spencer
The Miracle Tree
by Davalynn Spencer

Laura Bell needs a second chance, not a new romance. Home to heal and start over, she finds the neighbor boy she once idolized is a sharp-edged former Marine with secret wounds of his own. Eli Hawthorne’s prayers are finally answered when Laura returns, but he’s half a man now, and his scars may be too much for her. Laura and Eli can fill the empty places in each other’s heart if pride doesn’t keep him from trusting God and fear doesn’t blind her to the miracle of the boy she left behind.

8 comments:

  1. Hi Davalynn!

    I was a late-bloomer when it came to writing, too. My first career, and one I gave up reluctantly as my children grew into adulthood, was as a homeschool mom. But the dream of writing was always there. Once my younger boys were in high school (and I was staring retirement in the face!), I started to write as my second career.

    I always tell people that it's never too late to fulfill your dreams!

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  2. I was a non-traditional student time I accomplished my heart cry of working with survivors of trauma. God orchestrated every step of the way and it's been fulfilling more than I could of imagine.

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    1. Wonderful, Marilyn. God’s timing is always so much better than ours.

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  3. I have always loved writing and have always dreamed of being published. This past weekend, I released my first children's story. Licky the Lizard. The book release is a dream come true. Next, I will continue writing Christian fiction and non-fiction.

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    1. Congratulations, Melissa! I love the title of your book!

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  4. Sometimes I tell myself I've waited too long. But then I think of the inspiration I received from Martha Rogers when she spoke to our ACFW chapter.

    I'm starting a new phase in my life and very much looking forward to more writing time.

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    1. Good for you, Terri. Martha is definitely an inspiration.

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