Friday, January 25, 2013

I Can Do All Things...

Remember last week how I said that when we first brought Abby home, I doubted whether I would be able to handle a true emergency?  Well, it didn't take long to face that concern head-on...just one week, as a matter of fact.  Today marks two years since we almost lost Abby.

You can read all about what happened in this post.  Turns out, she had RSV.  I'm not going to retell the story, but I will say that the image of Abby lying there, blue, will stick with me forever.  I really thought I was losing my daughter in that moment, and I still tear up when I think about it.

During our hospital stay, this situation, and in many other situations we've had with Abby, many well-meaning people quote the old saying that God won't give you anymore than you can handle.  I  used to say it too!

But now, after having a front-row seat in Abby's life, I truly believe that God will give you the strength to handle anything that you face.

There's a difference there.  It's not about how much I can handle on my own.  It's about how much I trust God with and the belief that He will be right beside me through it all.

Philippians 4:13 says, "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."  I have to remind myself not to ignore the last part of the verse!  It's not about how much I can handle.  It's about putting my trust in God and knowing that He will give me strength to face all of this and everything in the future.

So whatever you're facing...Our God is greater!  :)


Raelyn said...

Very good. Very, very, very good. ;)
Abby nearly died two year ago today? On January 25th? That is my birthday!! ;-D
"I can do all things through CHRIST WHO STRENGTHENS ME."

Rachel said...

Hi! I found your blog via "Love That Max" and enjoyed reading this encouraging post. That verse is a favorite of mine in raising our daughter who has special needs and I quote it with her every morning while waiting for the bus. Looking forward to following along in reading your blog! =)