Amy Rees Anderson

You Never Know How Strong You Are…

“You never know how strong you are…until being strong is the only choice you have.”

Some days you come to the end of your day feeling like you have taken all you can take…you have given all you have to give…dealt with all you can possibly deal with…you literally feel like you are at the end of your rope…the last straw has been placed on the camel’s back.

If there is even one person in this world that cannot relate to that feeling I will be absolutely shocked and amazed because I don’t know anyone who hasn’t come to the end of their day at some point in their life feeling that way.  We will all go through it at some point.

Sometimes it is triggered by a major life event such as the loss of a loved one, or a betrayal by someone we loved, or the loss of a job, or a debilitating sickness or injury.

Sometimes it is triggered by a dream that goes unfulfilled for an extended period of time such as an inability to conceive a child, or an inability to get ahead in your job or business venture, or an inability to find that special person to love and spend your life with.

And sometimes it is triggered not by one big thing, but by the compilation of a million little things going wrong or not going right that have slowly piled on you until they have become unbearable.

Regardless of how it is triggered, reaching that point of absolute emotional exhaustion is one of the most difficult things to deal with in life. I have been at that point myself many, many times in my life and as much as I hate to admit it, chances are I will come to that point many more (I just hope its not many, many more 🙂 ). And when I get to that point, I, perhaps like many of you, want to cry out “I can’t handle this alone!”

But perhaps God intended us to feel that sense of “not being able to handle it alone” as a reminder to get down on our knees and ask Him to help us. When we do humble ourselves enough to ask Him for help – sometimes we see immediate improvements, but other times I believe He allows us to struggle through hard things for the purpose of giving us experience as well as to build our strength, courage, and determination. As much as I would prefer to have the immediate improvement over the struggle, I will say that when He allows us to struggle He never makes us struggle alone, so long as we are humble enough to ask for His help. And when we ask, I believe He often sends Angels to stand by us and help us get through our most difficult times.

One of the FAVORITE quotes for helping get through difficult times is this:

 “Hard as things seem today, they will be better in the next day if you choose to serve the Lord this day with your whole heart. Your circumstances may not be improved in all the ways which you desire. But you will have been given new strength to carry your burdens and new confidence that when your burdens become too heavy, the Lord, whom you have served, will carry what you cannot.”       –Henry B. Eyring

When you are facing a time where you feel you have come to the end of your rope remember that the quicker you get on your knees and ask God to help, the faster He can send Angels to help you. You don’t have to go through it alone. And someday when you look back you will find that you were far stronger than you gave yourself credit for…you just didn’t realize it until you had to.

With Love,
Amy

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