I have heard this statement before but something tonight spoke to me deeper:
I can’t… but God can.
Have you ever tried to do something on your own, but figured out after several attempts that you needed help?
Do you go in circles worrying about the same things?
Are you at your wits end trying to solve problems over and over again?
I struggle with these things at times.
I am the mother that thinks way out… years from now what will Charlie be like then. He is in 5th grade now, 12 years old but instead of focusing on this day sometimes I focus on this day plus what 5 years down the road may look like. God continues to show me to take one day at a time. As you can see in sharing this I am still working on this.
God wants us to give Him all our struggles, all our thoughts, and bring them to Him in prayer.
Sometimes Charlie gets so frustrated (grumbling, whining, hitting, or screaming) especially when doing his school work. He would rather be on anything technology (building, creating, playing games). I try different ways to motivate him and also to do his work independently. Sometimes we battle to get his work done. A few times I have stopped and prayed with him even during a behavior and then I sit quietly waiting for him to calm down and start working again. See I can’t, but God can.
I can do many things behaviorally to help my son. I can do many things physically to help my son. There are times though that I am so weary and tired of working. I know many of you parents have worked 24 hours a day with hardly a break and it is tiring. But the good news is when we are weak and tired, we can’t but God can. He can carry us. He can give us peace. He can help our children. He can give us strength to do it again the next day. He can lift our spirits. He can put a smile on our face. He can show us through our precious children how much He loves us.
So when you are feeling a little down and so tired just look up and say, “I can’t God, but YOU can!” Go to Him in prayer. Give it to Him, Trust Him.
~ Patty Myers