Wednesday, November 7, 2012

God doesn't give you more than you can handle...

I am a strong believer that God will not give me more than I can handle and often times I can handle more than I think. I have the tendency to cave after a bump in the road when really, God is trying to work wonders in my life through a little hardship. It's easy to have faith when everything is going good... but I grow the most through trials and tribulations.

With pregnancy, labor and now the every day to day, it seems nothing has come easy.  I was sick a good 80% of my pregnancy.  The doctor kept adjusting the timeline as to when the "morning" sickness would be over. Finally, he said some people are just sick the whole time.

Labor...well it was hard for me. Probably the hardest thing I've ever done. Thirty-six hours of pain, high emotions, endurance and strong will. The hardest and BEST thing I have ever done!

After the rush and shock of delivery, motherhood kicks in... it doesn't automatically get easier at this point. Everyday brings its own set of challenges and hurdles to overcome. Especially, if your baby is colicky or if you are trying to balance work and home life.  Some days, going to the bathroom or cooking a meal and keeping the baby from crying at the same time is a major accomplishment...

But still with everything we've been through and all the new challenges we face daily, I wouldn't change a thing.  I've learned so much about myself, family, my own mother and my baby along the way. I know God is working in my life through motherhood... teaching me to be patient (ie., Isla was 9 days late and labor was 36+ hours, lol), teaching me to sacrifice gracefully and give of myself in abundance.

I've been shown a love like I've never known and I wouldn't trade it for the world. I look forward to seeing what tomorrow holds for my journey through motherhood.

Here are some Bible verses on Strength and Perseverance that really help me when I feel overwhelmed.

Joshua 1:9
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.

2 Chronicles 15:7
But as for you, be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded. 

Psalm 28:7
The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him.

Psalm 73:26
My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.

Isaiah 40:31
but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

1 Corinthians 16:13
Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong.

Philippians 4:13
I can do all this through him who gives me strength. 


  1. This made me cry! I needed this today, thank you so much!

  2. So glad this helped, Ashley!

  3. So glad this helped, Ashley!