Everyone’s Story welcomes guest author Jodie Wolfe this week. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting (so far cyber wise, but hopefully that will change!) the past few years since Jodie and I share the same wonderful agent (waving to Linda S. Glaz), as well as through the joys of blogging, tweeting and the ever-visual Facebook. 2016 has been a kind year to us both, seeing our debut novels make an appearance. I hope you’ll take a few minutes to see what Jodie shares with you and to encourage her to keep writing the stories you love. Also, do check out Jodie’s lovely BookGiveaway! We’re looking forward to chatting with you.
Jodie is offering 1 randomly chosen commenter 1 print copy of Love In The Seams, US only. The winner will be announced here on Friday, December 9th between 5-6 PM EST.
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Answered Prayer By Jodie Wolfe
Do you have a deep yearning that God has given you? It could be to do almost anything. I love the way God builds within us desires that line up with His will. It can be as simple (or complicated) as longing for a family of your own. Some might have a passion to be a song writer. Or perhaps your aspiration is to be a missionary or a doctor. It can be any number of a myriad of things since God created each of us different and unique. We all have a place and job in His kingdom here on earth. Don’t you love that?
We are to use our gift to point the way to Jesus. I love these verses from Matthew 5:14-16. “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” (NIV)
In my new book, Love in the Seams, Mae Stafford longs for what her twin sister has—a husband and family of her own. Instead of dwelling on what she doesn’t have, she throws herself into her work as the local seamstress in Calder Springs, TX. Using the gifts God has given her, Mae designs and produces garments that are sewn in love.
I too have had a deep longing ever since I was a little girl…to be an author. It’s taken many years of writing with many rejections along the way. The path has been strewn with many ups and downs. Only this year, after many, many years of waiting have I finally started to see my dream come true.
God has opened doors with contests, two Indie novellas published in 2016, and also a signed contract for a novelette coming out in spring 2017. All I can say is, only God.
In the process of waiting, He has taught me many things. Most importantly is to keep my eyes on Him and trust Him to bring answered prayers about in His timing. He knows what is best for me. Even when things look the most dismal, I still can still find hope and peace in God.
My character, Mae Stafford, has things to learn as she waits on her dream too. Here’s the opening to my new book, Love in the Seams:
October 1875, Calder Springs, Texas
“Will you be my new mama?”
Mae Stafford startled at the small child standing beside her elbow and nearly dropped the garment she’d been sewing. She hadn’t heard the bell chime on the door to her dress shop. Golden strands slipped free of the single plait running down the girl’s back. “Why, I … ”
“Nein, mein tochter.” A towering blond man placed a hand on the pixie’s shoulder. The gruff sounds of his language were somehow soothing. “You’ll have to excuse my daughter.” His gaze didn’t quite meet Mae’s. “Sometimes she forgets—”
“But, Papa. She’s the lady we saw a few months ago with the beautiful white dress.”
Warmth flooded Mae’s cheeks, and she cleared her throat. “You must be thinking of my twin sister, Ellie. She, uh, got married in the beginning of summer.”
“What’s a twin?” Her nose wrinkled.
“It means that both my sister and I were born at the same time. We look alike, although not all twins do.” Mae refrained from touching the child’s shoulder.
The girl leaned against Mae’s leg and stared at her face. “Do you have a husband and children?”
I thought I’d part with a question: How has God answered your prayers?
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Jodie Wolfe creates novels where hope and quirky meet. She’s been a semi-finalist and finalist in various writing contests and is a member of ACFW. When not writing she enjoys spending time with her husband in Pennsylvania, reading, walking, and being a Grammie.
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