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  • Writer's pictureKelsey Scism

When You Feel Like You Can't Remember God Can

I can’t do this. Life is just hard and I can’t imagine how I can handle another day like the last one.

I can’t do this. This dream is too big. Who am I to think I can reach these impossible goals?

I can’t do this. My to-do list is overwhelming, and I don’t even know where to start.

I can’t do this. People are going to think I’m crazy. No one will understand, there are so many doubts.

I can’t do this. I’m not even sure I want to, but I know God has led me here to this place to do what He’s asked.

I can’t do this. I’m just tired. And worn. And defeated. I’m tired of trying to do the right thing, giving up would be so much easier.

Friend, if not in this very moment, at some point in your life the I can’ts have bounced around in your mind and heart. Maybe they were spoken to you by outside influences. Maybe you listened to them your entire childhood and as an adult they’ve become the background chorus of your life. Maybe they scream at you every time you get close to leaping from fear’s grip and into God’s plan.

Sometimes, those I can’ts come from the noise of the world and drown out the voice of God that’s saying, “But I can.”

And maybe that’s the whole point—to recognize or limitations so we reach out for our limitless God. Our God who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine through His power not our own. And then when He’s accomplished what we cannot, we give Him all the glory for the great things He has done.

Lord, I feel the I can’ts so many times in my life. In the little things throughout my day and the big things throughout my lifetime. Sometimes I forget that it’s not about me and what I can do. It’s about You and what You can do through me. Forgive me for doubting Your power. Lord, speak clearly and loudly so I know what You want of me. And when I face the I can’ts remind me that You can. Give me Your strength so I don’t give up on the things You have planned for me. Help me to trust in Your power to do immeasurably more than all I could ask or imagine. In Your will, through Your power, and for Your glory, Amen

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