Devotional: Nothing too Difficult

Oh, Lord God! You Yourself made the heavens and earth by Your great power and with Your outstretched arm. Nothing is too difficult for You! (Jeremiah 32:17)

 

Have you ever felt overwhelmed?

When my first son was born, I had a preconceived idea of what life would be like after having a baby. I thought I would feed him, change his diaper, and lay him down to sleep with a minimum of crying. He didn’t go for it.

I had no idea a baby would fight sleep like he did. He woke up every two hours to eat. I had to rock him for a full five minutes before I could lay him down. If I tried to lay him down sooner, he would wake up and cry as soon as his body touched the mattress. Once, I tried to leave him there to cry himself to sleep. After thirty minutes, I couldn’t take it any longer.

My Art Project

My Art Project

What made it all overwhelming was the fact that he was born three weeks before the end of a college semester. I had a full load of classes because I was on a scholarship. So, I had to keep my GPA up. The teachers were great. They allowed me a few days to recover, but I still had to turn in assignments and make up a test. I had a big art project due the week of finals. I was sleep deprived from waking up so often and having to stay awake long enough to feed, change, and then wait for my son to go back to sleep.

Honestly, I don’t know how I did it, except God was with me. I knew he wanted me to get my college degree, which I did the following year. He also sent a very important person in my life to help, my mom. She’d raised three children of her own. She recognized that I was tired and feeling overwhelmed.

In 1 Kings 19, the prophet Elijah was at a point in his life where he was overwhelmed. The King’s wife sent a messenger to him to tell him she was going to kill him for what he did to the prophets of Baal. He ran for his life into the wilderness. He sat down under a broom tree and prayed. He said, “I have had enough! Lord, take my life, for I’m no better than my fathers.” (1 Kings 19:4c HCSB)

God sent an angel to help him through this time. Elijah fell asleep under the tree, but an angel woke him and told him to eat. He ate a loaf of bread, drank a jug of water, and went back to sleep. The angel woke him again and said, “Get up and eat, or the journey will be too much for you.” (1 Kings 19:7b HCSB) After eating and drinking again, he walked for 40 days and nights until he came to the mountain of God.

Elijah was afraid and it hindered him from doing the Lord’s work. But, what was difficult for Elijah wasn’t difficult for God.

I was exhausted. It was keeping me from doing what I believed God wanted me to do. But, He knew I would need the help. It wasn’t too difficult for Him and he sent the right person to help.

Isn’t it wonderful to know that nothing is too difficult for God? To be aware that no matter what we go through, God will be there. He gives us what when need when we need it because nothing is too difficult for Him.

 

Lord, I praise you because you are strong. Nothing is too difficult for you. You are there for me all the time and know what I need when I need it. Thank you for helping me when my spirit cries out to you. Help me to always remember that you are there for me.

 

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Something New For Me

I am so excited to tell you I have a new job. I am teaching part-time as an art teacher. I teach grades pre-k through 2nd. It has been awesome.

The weekend before I started, it didn’t seem real. I kept thinking it wasn’t going to feel real until I start teaching and I was right.

I’m not giving up on writing, though. I still want to become a writer, but I also want to teach art. Since I’m only working part-time, I believe God has made a way for me to do the two things I love; art and writing. God is good!

Here is an up date on where I am at on the road to publication for “Victorian Knight”:

  1. Written a 5 page synopsis.
  2. Written a query
  3. Saving money to pay a professional proofreading service to read my manuscript.
  4. Purchased “2012 Guide to Literary Agents”
  5. Highlighted possible Agents most likely interested in my kind of manuscript.

Things next to do:

  1. Pay for manuscript to be proofread.
  2. Make a spread sheet of possible Agents with important information: address, email, website, genre interests.
  3. Write a short synopsis.
  4. Send out queries.
  5. Work on next book.

Tell me something good God has done for you lately.

I like the image above because art and writing is such a right brain activity. Here is the required attribute:

Image: Boaz Yiftach / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Georgian House Plan

Sometimes when a character is approaching a house it is necessary to describe something about it. I had to research home designs not for the Victorian time period. But I had to keep in mind that the homes my character’s lived in were not just built. They are family homes and are centuries old. For the Bradston country estate, I chose the Georgian Era.

I took it a step further and drew a house plan to make it easier to visualize my character’s walking through the halls and into the rooms. I draw everything with pencil so I had to work a little to get the drawing dark enough for the internet.

General Characteristics:

  • 1 or 2 story box shape and symmetrical.
  • A Panel front door is centered and capped with an elaborate crown supported by decorative pilasters
  • Often has chimneys on both sides of the house.
  • A portico is common with post-Georgian styles.
  • Small dormer windows in the upper floors, primarily used for servant’s quarters.
  • Larger windows on the main floors.

A famous Georgian Style home: The White House

What is your favorite style of home? Why do you think it’s your favorite?