God Never Gives You More Than You Can Handle

God Never Gives You More Than You Can Handle

The future may seem bleak right now, but I promise you, He has a plan for you.

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When times get hard, when my mental health begins to fail, and when it seems like my path for the future is foggy, I always remind myself that in life, God will never give us more than we can handle. I know this can be a hard thing to believe and see clearly when some of the worst things happen to us, but this mentality that there's nothing I cannot handle is what gets me through every bad day and bad thing in my life. Regardless of what you believe in, I think this is important to remember because it gives a positive outlook on some of life's worst scenarios.

I think in life in general, it's so easy to get caught up in what's negative that we forget that with every negative there's a positive or at least a perfectly good reason for that negative. It sounds unbelievable but it's true, every tiny thing that has ever happened to you happened for a reason and even if you don't know that reason now, you will see it when the time is right. Think about it, what has been a moment in your life that when it happened, you didn't understand the reason for it, but now you see where it lead you? This can be anything from as serious as a breakup to as simple as a wrong turn while driving.

When I think about this the first thing that comes to mind is the time in my life when I chose my college. At the start of my senior year fo high school, I was in a serious relationship with a boy who had just moved into his current college. I applied and immediately got into his school and I remember planning a life with him when I would get there. He left me soon after and I was dumbfounded. I had this whole plan for my life laid out and the most crucial piece of it was now gone. The breakup isn't the main issue of the story, the main issue was that I was committed to a college that was never my own choice for my future, it was someone else's choice for my life and I felt so stuck to that commitment that I for several months after that breakup, I still planned on attending that university. Secretly, my dad applied to every school that gave me a free application for me without my initial knowledge so I could have some options and one of those schools is the one I currently attend! I remember when I got my acceptance letter, I felt so free. I felt like I could finally breathe because this was (and still is) a dream school of mine. It's a school I had always admired and loved and I couldn't believe that they wanted me to attend.

You see, sometimes we have a plan for our lives, and when certain aspects of that plan fall through, we feel lost as if no one is listening to us in our time of need. Everything happens for a reason and nothing that happens to us is too out of our reach. In the moment, it may feel like you're stuck in past ideas, but soon enough, you find that there was and is a plan for your life greater than you could ever imagine.

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17 Empowering Bible Verses For Women

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We all have those days where we let the negative thoughts that we're "not good enough," "not pretty enough" or "not smart enough" invade our minds. It's easy to lose hope in these situations and to feel like it would be easier to just give up. However, the Bible reminds us that these things that we tell ourselves are not true and it gives us the affirmations that we need. Let these verses give you the power and motivation that you're lacking.

1. Proverbs 31:25

"She is clothed with strength and dignity and she laughs without fear of the future."

2. Psalm 46:5

"God is within her, she will not fall."

3. Luke 1:45

"Blessed is she who believed that the Lord would fulfill His promises to her."

4. Proverbs 31:17

"She is energetic and strong, a hard worker."

5. Psalm 28:7

"The Lord is my strength and my shield."

6. Proverbs 11:16

"A gracious woman gains respect, but ruthless men gain only wealth."

7. Joshua 1:9

"Be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go."

8. Proverbs 31:30

"Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last; but a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised."

9. 1 Corinthians 15:10

"By the grace of God, I am what I am."

10. Proverbs 31:26

"When she speaks, her words are wise, and she gives instructions with kindness."

11. Psalm 139:14

"I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made."

12. 1 Peter 3:3-4

"Don't be concerned about the outward beauty of fancy hairstyles, expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes. You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God."

13. Colossians 2:10

"And in Christ you have been brought to fullness."

14. 2 Timothy 1:7

"For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline."

15. Jeremiah 29:11

"'For I know the plans I have for you,' says the Lord. 'They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.'"

16. Exodus 14:14

"The Lord himself will fight for you. Just stay calm."

17. Song of Songs 4:7

"You are altogether beautiful, my darling, beautiful in every way."

Next time you're feeling discouraged or weak, come back to these verses and use them to give you the strength and power that you need to conquer your battles.

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5 Facts About Spiritual Gifts That You Need To Know

Different gifts, but from the same Spirit

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1 Corinthians 12:4-5 states; "[4] There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. [5] There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord." We see that there are multiple spiritual gifts, but they all come from the same Lord.

1. We all have different gifts and that's okay

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Just like a body has different parts that each has its own function, that's like the body of Christ. We all have different gifts and different purposes, but we're all part of the body of Christ. God has a plan for you and has given you certain gifts. God doesn't call the equipped, he equips the calling.

2. There are various spiritual gifts mentioned in the Bible

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Romans 12, 1 Corinthians 12, and Ephesians 4 are some of the bible passages that talk about spiritual gifts. Giving, leadership, mercy, prophecy, service, tongue interpretation, administration, discernment, hospitality, missionary, and evangelism are some of the spiritual gifts that people can have. We can desire any gift, but it's God's choice on what gifts He gives us.

Remember, everyone can receive speaking in tongues via baptism in the Holy Spirit, but not everyone will get the gift of tongue interpretation.

3. Spiritual Gifts are supernatural abilities that are either given or enhanced via the Holy Spirit

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God gave us these Spiritual gifts because God wants to invest in His church.

4. Spiritual gifts are for strengthening others

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We have spiritual gifts in order to help others.

5. It does take time for gifts to mature and develop

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Like with a skill that you have, it does take time for you to own said skill. You put in the work, and because of that, you grow in your skill, and you get better. That's the same way with your gifts. God gives each of us certain gifts to use, and it will take time to mature those gifts.

Spiritual gifts are important.

In Romans 12:6 states; "[6] We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; [7] if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; [8] if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully."

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