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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Having a Plan

There are several blogs that I like to read on a regular basses. To do that I’ve subscribed to them and it’s sent to my email address. It gives me a lot of emails, but it’s easier for me to read them. One of the blogs I read is Michael Hyatt. He is a great source of information for author and want-a-be authors. Lately he has been writing about creating a life plan. Though I didn’t sit down and write out a life plan for every aspect in my life, I did jot down a list of goals for my writing because I felt I wasn’t really getting anywhere. I started with what I needed to get done first and moved from there. Here is what I came up with:

1.  Finish the short story. (I’m at the end now)
2.  Make my final changes to “The Search”
3.  Have a local consulting company proofread the story.
4.  Find a couple bada readers and have them read it.
5.  Make a list of agents to send a query to.
6.  Write a query.
7.  Send out my query
8.  Wait

If you want to learn more about life plans you can go to Michael’s post.

What about you? What do you think about a life plan? Do you think it has some value?

Starting with Now

Hi, friends. It’s been hard to come up with things to post about. I wanted to post things that were related to my book which is set in the early 19th century. Things like clothes people wore, the events people attended, and/or who the king or queen was at the time.

The problem I’m running into is that I did all my research several years ago. You see, I wrote my book, then went back to college hoping to get a better job. In all that time of raising my family, working full-time, and studying for college classes there was no time to write much less think about writing.

Now, I’m trying to build an audience through this blog, twitter, Facebook, goodreads, and I don’t know what else. It’s been such a long time since the research that I don’t have time to go back and research it all again. The stories in my head I want to get down on paper and social networking is just taking so much of my time (along with everyday life).

So, from this time on, I’m going to start posting about what I’m researching on my current book. In reality, it won’t be much different. My second book is about two secondary characters in the first book. The time period is the same and hopefully this will give me a chance to get back to it.

Also, I started writing a short story. It’s set in the medieval time period. It has been so much fun to write, but it’s already close to 15,000 words. I don’t think I can really call it a short story. Plus, there is no spiritual aspect to the story and I would really like to go back and write it in. I have really gotten to know the heroine. I love how she has developed and I want to see what I can do with her in a novel. I haven’t really done any research on this time period, but I could post what I learn. The whole idea of doing that is that my audience can learn with me, so when they read the book they will know what they are reading.

Where do you draw inspiration for your blog?