Occasionally, I have people tell me they don't know how on earth I manage to... get to church on time with 8 kids and no husband, navigate the zoo or the state fair all by myself with the kids, get the grocery shopping done with all the kids in tow, homeschool so many kids, or any number of other difficult endeavors.
It's not that I am super-human. I'm not even super-human lite.
I'm just plain. Plain ol' ordinary.
I get tired and cranky. I have doubts. I don't know if I can do it.
But I believe there is One who can get me through. "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." (Philippians 4:13)
This is not to say that hard things suddenly become easy because I have faith. A quick reading of the book of Acts in the New Testament will prove that there were some mighty tough circumstances the early Christians faced, and I'm not talking about getting through the grocery store with cranky toddlers.
Doing hard things takes determination. I CAN do all things through Christ who strengthens me. I really CAN.
When our family was offered free tickets to The State Fair of Texas, and my husband was called out of town, he told me, "It's up to you, but I don't think you should try to take the children by yourself. It will be too much for you. I'm afraid you can't handle it alone."
Well, I pretty much had to do it after that, didn't I?! I was determined that I could do this hard thing.
I once watched a documentary about a group of people who were stranded at sea for days on a small inflatable raft. The survivor telling the story recalled that there was one man in the group who kept fretting that they were never going to live through this ordeal. He reminded himself and others again and again that he just didn't think he could make it. Even though he was in roughly the same physical condition as all the others, sure enough, he did not live to see the rescue.
Doing hard things is... hard. But if you are determined, and if you believe you can do it through Christ who strengthens you, you can get through it.
You can do hard things. Don't think you can't. Read about these ladies doing really hard things and be encouraged:
- Owlhaven: Adopting older children with difficult pasts
- Seeking Faithfulness: Caring for aging parents, 9 children, and a sick husband
- Kisses From Katie: Young lady adopts 13 orphans
From Katie: "People tell me I am brave. People tell me I am strong. People tell me good job. Well here is the truth of it. I am really not that brave, I am not really that strong, and I am not doing anything spectacular. I am just doing what God called me to do as a follower of Him. Feed His sheep, do unto the least of His people."