God Won’t Give You More Than HE Can Handle

I don’t know about you, but sometimes life is flat out overwhelming.  Numerous times I have heard people claim that God never gives us more than we can handle. Which sounds nice and is meant to be encouraging, but unfortunately isn’t true. You may just not have lived long enough.

For the Lord, nothing is impossible. Jesus reminds us all we need is faith like a mustard seed to move mountains. In those overwhelming moments, we must let go and hang on to God. He alone can calm the storms. He alone can still the waters. God is able when we are unable. His strength sustains us and pulls us through difficult, challenging times. And you can be sure, believer or not, you’ll face difficulties in this life.

Life is not for the faint of heart.

Honestly, I’m not sure how people get through life without faith. I know it’s only by God’s grace that I survived to see another year.

Foggy Morning Breakdown

While my virtual technology teammates and I were catching up on how things were progressing with my Mom, one of them shared a story about a man who was walking the desert, when he noticed two sets of footprints in the sand. He determined one set was his and one set was God’s. The man hit a rough patch, and found himself without food and water. In his moment of greatest need,  the man noticed only one set of footprints in the sand. God had him. 

God carries us through the valleys.

Mom and Flowers

Amid our moments of crisis, the world keeps spinning. Unlike sports, life doesn’t come with TV commercial timeouts. We must depend on God and be willing to lean on others. When we do this, we will be rewarded with the acts of loving-kindness from our family, our friends, and our neighbors. We even experience complete strangers showing us the goodness of God through their actions to help us get through a rough patch. With God, we never have to do anything alone. He’s our ever-present helper, especially in times of trouble.

God is our refuge and our strength.

As my late, great friend Pastor Mark Jones would say “Don’t forget in the Darkness what God revealed to you in the Light.”

And it’s true. We can depend on God. He never gives us more than HE can handle.

And he answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.” Luke 10:27 (ESV)

Faithfully,

RB

Let Go and Go On

As adults adulting, we all know that life is dynamic and risky. Things don’t always turn out the way we anticipate, much less the way we want. You win some, and you lose some. As people in recovery, we cannot spend a lot of time reliving the past, particularly the times that we tasted defeat or the moments we came face to face with losing. Live long enough, and you’ll lose something. The same holds true for hurts people cause us or that we cause. There is no benefit in hanging onto our aches and pains. We must be quick to forgive and even quicker to ask for forgiveness when a slight or injury occurs. Otherwise, we risk building resentments. For regular people, resentments are bad news.For addicts living in recovery, resentments are deadly.

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Scripture says there are times and seasons for everything. God’s Word instructs us to guard our hearts and be careful with what we let live in them. Resentments are quick to take residence in our hearts and ready to devour our souls if we let them. But that’s just it. We don’t have to let them. We can give them over to our Higher Power…to God as we understand Him. The longer we entertain them, the deeper they will take root. Let go, and go on. Release the anchors of resentment that weigh you down and that will drown you if you let them. Living a life of recovery means holding things loosely, so we don’t suffocate the light indwelling us. The fields of resentment are a maze populated with valleys of darkness and roads leading to death. Go in peace, live in love, share the light.