Several years ago I wrote a 31 day devotional using inspirational content from an Old Testament book, 1 Samuel.
Have you ever felt that you don’t quite have what it takes to make certain desires and dreams of yours come about?
I am NOT referring to goals where you know that if you work hard and practice enough, you will achieve the results you desire. Stuff like getting a certified teacher license, learning how to ride a bicycle, making souffles (Panera bakery inspired) that your family loves. (I was able to achieve these with practice, patience and diligence.)
I am referring to the wild, crazy and what feels like impossible ideas that speak to your heart as you drive mindlessly to the grocery store or find yourself thinking about that really wild idea in the shower at the end of another long day. (As if your day is not busy or tiring enough.)
SUDDENLY, an idea comes and you are like: how in the world am I able to pull that off?
Can I just encourage you to hold on to that dream?
Genesis 22:7-9New Living Translation
7 Isaac turned to Abraham and said, “Father?”
“Yes, my son?” Abraham replied.
“We have the fire and the wood,” the boy said, “but where is the sheep for the burnt offering?”
8 “God will provide a sheep for the burnt offering, my son,” Abraham answered. And they both walked on together.
The two-flower-design below is my cover art for the e-book version of the devotional book. I drew and painted that some 20 years ago one Saturday afternoon because I decided to paint something to recharge myself.
Here’s another question for you to consider:
Do you ever look back in your life and go – Wow, THANK YOU GOD for your merciful, saving grace?
Check out the backstory of how this cover design came about in my personal Instagram. Or find me @angela_oltmanns on Instagram.
God grant me the serenity
To accept the things I cannot change,
Courage to change the things I can, and
Wisdom to know the difference.
Reinhold Niebuhr (1892-1971)