Sunday, August 22, 2010

more than we can handle

God does not give us more than we can handle.

I have heard that phrase numerous of times.
Our nurse was the first to say it,
while we held our dying Kathleen in our arms.
At the time it seemed comforting, a nice thing to believe.
Then the days went by, the weeks, the months.
My pain grew deeper and stronger and I started to wonder.
To wonder if this was really a promise of God.
So I opened up His book and came to find..
there is no such verse. No such promise.
But what He does promise us is strength when we are weak.
Rest when our burdens are heavy.
Peace when our hearts are troubled.
He promises us struggles in life, but a Heaven without tears.

So here is what I do believe..
God does in fact give us MORE than we can handle.
He allows it so we will rely on Him, not ourselves.
Rely on His strength, not our own.

As another blogger puts it:
My entire LIFE has been more than *I* could handle,
but I've yet to come across anything in my life
that has been too much for God to handle.

Or to paraphrase the phrase..
God doesn't give us what we can handle...
God helps us handle what we are given!


  1. beautiful karin...

    big hugs and kisses and strength

  2. You've said this very well. Love you.

  3. hope you don't mind me borrowing some of this for my blog. I'll link you :)

  4. Hi Karin,
    Thanks for sharing your feelings and thoughts.
    we lost our daughter, 28 weeks old, in the womb on may 29th 2009. She was born on the 1st of June.
    I'm one of the new friends that Jennifer williamson made in France.
    She was the one who was telling me about your blog. Thank you for sharing.
    Ps: Every day i'm longing for my little girl. Even though I love my two boys. God showed me a picture of her in heaven. With dress, pig-tales with pink ribbons. He told me he's putting them in every day. Just because He knows that was my biggest wish. He's GREAT!