More Than Can Be Handled


pierNo temptation has overtaken you except what is common to us all. 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.  1 Corinthians 10: 13  Today’s New International Version

You know, if you have followed me or known me very long, that I am a believer.  I don’t try to preach on this blog but there are times when my heart feels led to post something spiritual or religious.  I make no apologies for this—if it is not your cup of tea you don’t have to read–you can choose to move on and that is fine but sometimes something triggers something in me that makes me want to write it out and this is my place to do that.

The above scripture has been quoted so many times it can not be counted.  It graces greeting card covers.  It can be seen on countless artwork and posters.  It has been written and rewritten in journals, underlined in Bibles and posted on mirrors and refrigerators all over the world.

It is one of those verses that brings comfort and God knows that we all need some of that from time to time.  It is hard some days to not feel that the weight of the world is heaped upon our collective shoulders. There are things that touch each of us on a daily basis that burden us and that threaten to tear us down.  But I am here to say that there is hope.   Times are hard. There is no doubt about that at all.  I see it everyday .

  • unemployment
  • mental illness
  • physical disabilities
  • hunger
  • world tragedies and disasters
  • loneliness

The list goes on and on.  But again I say–there is hope. There is hope that tomorrow will be just a little bit brighter and just a little lighter.  There is so much hope and the verse above points me to it.  It isn’t a Pollyanna view—in my mind–it is fact.  There is a brighter tomorrow coming if we can only hold on.

When I have those dark days, and yes, we all have them, I try very hard to think about the positives.

  • the incredible world that we live in with all of the different types of people
  • family who loves unconditionally
  • animals that bring a smile to our faces
  • freedom that many can not experience
  • the simple effect of a smile to turn a day around

Do I believe that the above verse is true?  Absolutely.  Have I experienced the overwhelming urge to just chuck it all and give up?  On some days I have.  But then I come to my senses and realize that I am not alone.  I am certainly not the only one who has gone through tough times.  There are tough times all around us.  It is how we choose to journey through them that makes the difference.  I choose to believe that tomorrow will be better.  It always has been that way in the past so why would it not be the same this time around?

Are you feeling overwhelmed today?  Do you wonder if tomorrow will bring more than  you can bear?   Take heart, my friend.  You will make it through and by focusing on the positive it might give you a new perspective.

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Comments

  1. kzemek says:

    Often the “way out” is obeying God’s word in a situation and doing things His way instead of leaning on our own understanding.

  2. The grace of faith is what allows me to hold on.

  3. Great post Beth Ann – I have been feeling very overwhelmed lately. I can’t say that I am a believer, but I do agree with you. there is always hope, and we should never give up. Just as tomorrow can be tough, it can be a turning point of something wonderful!

    • Thanks, Hilary! I am sorry you have been feeling overwhelmed—it is VERY easy to get there and I suspect your life and responsibilities lend themselves to that being a constant feeling with you. I love that you believe that tomorrow could be the point of something wonderful. Very true and very insightful!! Thanks, Hilary!!!

  4. I feel overwhelmed frequently and do believe and hope that tomorrow will be better. I don’t know where I would be without that promise of hope.
    Good Morning Beth Ann!

    • I think everyone has so much on their plates these days that it is very easy to feel overwhelmed. Keep on keeping on!!! Tomorrow is just around the corner. And hopefully snow free. 🙂

  5. Beth Ann, I so needed to read this today – religious or not! As you know, I don’t really ever speak about hard things, sad things on my blog and sometimes I wonder if I should… but some stories are so hard to share because of the people involved. It’s been a trying time here and the past couple of days I’ve been really down in the dumps – feeling a bit better today and trying to move forward and be positive but it hasn’t been easy! (No worries, kids and marriage are fine…)

    • I am glad this was posted at the right time for you! Nothing deep or profound—just my philosophy for living actually. I understand about sad things and wondering whether to write about them “publicly”. It is a fine line sometimes on what to share and what not to share. Sorry times have been difficult—here’s hoping for sunnier times for you soon. Keep smiling—you will move out of it. 🙂

  6. Crystal says:

    The song “OK m Counting on God” by Phillips, Craig, and Dean has been played REALLY loud in my car on more than one occasion, and says this: “Joy unspeakable that won’t go away. Just enough strength to live for today. So I never have to worry what tomorrow will bring. Cuz my faith’s on solid rock, I’m counting on GOD!”

  7. Amen. Here’s my “go to” verse when I’m having a tough day: “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”

  8. Superb post Beth Ann. When things seems to be going tough for me, I take comfort in the fact that there are others who are dealing with things in their lives that are so much more difficult than whatever my situation at the time may be. I have a roof over my head, they may not.. I have food to eat, they may not.. I have love of a family, they may not.. I still have my freedom, they may not.. And so on. But thanks for reminding today me how truly fortunate, I am.

    • You are welcome. Today I am succumbing to the sadness of yet another snow storm and I have to read my own words. It is only temporary—it is pretty—I have a warm home, etc. However knowing that we have a trip that we have to make this afternoon is putting a damper on it. So read my own words and take my own advice—I must do it!!! 🙂

  9. I had never read that verse, or seen it before. Perhaps some variations. . .God won’t give you more than you can handle. I like the whole verse. Aside, you strike me as someone who might be or might have been (past life?) a minister or preacher. A good one. ♥

    • 🙂 Your comment made me smile. It has been suggested that I become a minister on more than one occasion. My father and grandfather were both ministers and my sister was ordained just last year as a minister so it kind of runs in the family. I have not “heard the call” and continue on my merry way doing what I can in my little corner of the world. 🙂

  10. All I have to do is go to Crandal (the nursing home part of Copeland] and I see those who are unable to be out walking around and I thank God for my good health so far.

    • I know it is a blessing that you are able to still do about everything that you want to do. It is hard when the body doesn’t cooperate!!!

  11. A powerful verse, glad you shared it.

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