I cant do this anymore, and Faith
by Elizabeth Hexberg
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‘ I can’t do this any more.’ is a statement that I have come to view most tenderly, and it has been on my heart for a while now to put something into words. More recently I have felt moved to add to this article………
Many are going through some really tough times, and I am sure those words are widely used, or at least thought of amidst such turmoil.
My hope is for others to be able to view such a place in a different light, when God reaches down and something more precious than we could ever imagine, and much more beautiful is born.
The first time I am acutely aware of having said, ’I can’t do this anymore.’ I had been in labor with my first born for thirteen hours. Moments after uttering such hopelessness God Blessed me with my son.
I remember the tears of overwhelming joy streaming endlessly down my face as I beheld the miracle of birth for the very first time. The very same words birthed my other children, some years later…… almost as if they hold a magic of their own.
Once there was a mother, thousands of miles from home, hopeless and despairing.
She wanted to die, consumed by fear and guilt, and darkness.
Her children had been hurt,, and there seemed no way to ever heal . It just kept on wounding, over and over and over again, and every day a little more.
She was at the place of, ’I can’t do this anymore.’……… and for the first time ever began to pray.…
and God reached down.
Faith was born. Hope was born. Something beautiful began to grow, and Light and Love were there.
The place of, ’I can’t do this anymore,’ became the place of her Salvation, and the beginning of God’s healing in their lives.
Since then, there have been times of great depression, wavering faith….life can throw some very cruel punches………the loss of a loved one, and still raw on my heart, the loss of a very hard earned dream…………but always, regardless of any and all adversity , whenever I get to that place of ,‘I cant do this anymore’ His Voice still whispers, ‘Have Faith’
God will use every situation, and every person available to bring us back to where we should be, if He truly lives within us.
He who began a good work in you……………….
Sometimes we have to get to that place of hopelessness and sheer despair to realize just how important Faith really is. I have heard it said that ,
’ When Faith is all we have, then we can truly understand that Faith is all we really need’
I think of Peter walking on the water, his faith faltering,
’Lord, I can’t do this anymore.’
and he starts to sink. (Matthew 14:29-31)
Jesus says, ’take my hand.’ and the miracle goes on.
Even on the cross, (Mark 15:33 -38)
His Words, ‘my God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me.’
The place of I can’t do this anymore………..,
and the Veil of the Temple was torn in two .
The moment of His death, and God became accessible to everyone.
When we are weak, He is strong.
When we are humbled, He is exalted, and when we ‘can‘t do this anymore’, be assured,
something much more wonderful is already underway.
Written 2009/ added to 2011, with love.
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Oh Elizabeth, ofcoure this was for me as well as many others. I say this with tears pouring down my face and through my heart and I know God see's and feels each and every one. I and my family as well as you and others are in their midnight hour but there is a Light and i pray all can see it. Love you Sissy..
Excellent article. At 82+ yrs of age I find myself in a very stressful place...I have not said "I can't take this anymore" but I have asked for understanding as to what purpose and I hear from my spirit "Trust Me".....Thank you for submitting this...many need to hear it. God Bless You.
so very glad this helped someone else.....didnt know whether to resubmit, having just come out of a horrible depression myself.......but that voice in my heart said, 'Do it!' and I have always been one to follow that voice...lol. The blessing is mine to have been of service, thank you both so much.