All my life I have heard God will never put more on me than I can handle. I am going to assume that people get that form this verse:
I Corinthians 10:13 - "No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it."
And to be quite honest... I hate when people tell me that. I read a devotional one time and the guy hit the nail on the head and I totally agree with him. He said and I quote ..."Are there times when God allows more troubles in your life than you can bear? Absolutely! Positively! If you can accept my testimony as an example, let me tell you that sometimes life throws more at me than I can handle, at least more than I can handle alone. The reason God allows you and I to experience times when we are consumed by trials, when they are bigger than our own strength can handle, is so that we have no where else to turn, except towards Him. We are faced with one solution, and that we realize Christ is our only hope."
See, there really are times when we have too much on us to bear. I am a living witness to that. I have the scars to prove it if you wanna see. There really is only so much one person can take before you break down and are lost. But the key is and as the point was made above God allows those things to happen to us so that we will know who we can turn to, who we can trust and who is the only one who can help and handle the situations... HIM! And that verse in I Corinthians.... Satan does tempt us, all the time as a matter of fact, but God allows us ways out, He allows us to resist and say no, but the choice is ours.
I make no bones about not being able to handle stress well. It actually cripples me to the point of literally breaking down and going into some kind of "pit" as Ms. Beth Moore calls it. But I know from past experience also, that through lots of prayer and patience, God has helped me through and there really was a light on the other side. These situations I face now.. are no different.
I hear all the time from people and someone told me this last night that we as parents try to "do so much for our kids, better than our parents did for us". In my case, I don't know if I can do as much as my parents did for me and my brother. We were not rich by any means but I wanted for nothing and I can honestly say that their goal was for my brother and I to live like God wanted us to and go to heaven. I only pray that I am half as good with my kids and they were to us. The ultimate goal, MY goal... for me and my kids to get to heaven. With God's help and power, I know it's possible. Say a prayer for us cause we kinda need it right now!
Four days into the new year and God is very much working as He always has and will. I pray that you are all well and giving out as many blessing as He has given to us! Until next time.....