I Can

I can’t authentically be anyone other than who I am
I can remember that who I am is exactly who He created me to be
 
I can’t make anyone understand me, or “get” me, or want to believe in me
I can rest in the knowledge He already does
 
I can’t pretend to have it any more together than I really do
I can be thankful He knows exactly where I am and meets me there
 
I can’t keep my heart from breaking over the very real aches of this life
I can lean into the One who holds every broken heart in His hands
 
I can’t stop the waves of discouragement from crashing all around me
I can learn to strengthen myself in the Lord
 
I can’t escape the deep ache of loneliness that often grips my soul
I can remember He understands and walks with me through every valley 
 
I can’t fake a strength I truly don’t possess
I can be vulnerable in my weakness hoping it will strengthen others
 

Sometimes “I can’t” threatens to overwhelm “I can.”  Sometimes the disappointments seem to  outweigh the victories. Sometimes I just can’t take another step or do another thing.  In those moments, I cling to the things I know I can do …

I can always be.  I can always be His.  I can remember who He is and who I am to Him.  I can remember His faithfulness, not my failures.  I can remember His sufficiency, not my lack.  I can remember His healing, not my heartache. He is the One constant. He is the One unchanging reality.  He is the One who never fails.

Often I really can’t … but thankfully He can.  And because He can,  “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Phil.4:13).


5 thoughts on “I Can

  1. WOW! so needed to read this, now I need to start walking it.

    Sometimes “I can’t” threatens to overwhelm “I can.” Sometimes the disappointments seem to outweigh the victories. Sometimes I just can’t take another step or do another thing. In those moments, I cling to the things I know I can do …

    Hit me dead center

    1. I just sent you an email, but realized you might have been looking for a reply here… Yes, of course I wrote it 🙂 (I was feeling mighty grumpy when I did, but Jesus helped turn it around–he’s good at that). You can share this, (or any post) on facebook by clicking the “share this: facebook” button that should be at the end of the post. Hugs!

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