“This week was a struggle”

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Christmas greetings

Hi pals!

I’ve been thinking about this saying a lot lately:
“God won’t give you more than you can handle…”
You know what I’ve decided?
I hate it.
It’s not true.

Someone shared this with me this week about how Paul was given more than he could handle. “We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired of life itself…” 2 Corinthians 1:8

Why would God allow him to experience hurt more than he could handle? Read on. “…so that we might not rely on ourselves but on God.” 2 Corinthians 1:9

Even Jesus was given more than He could handle alone in the Garden of Gethsemane. An angel came to minister to Him during this painful time, and He turned to Heavenly Father.

Truth? Most of life’s struggles are more than we can handle. BUT God doesn’t expect YOU to handle it. He expects you to hand it over to HIM. He doesn’t want you relying on your strength, but on His. If we keep walking around thinking, “God won’t give me more than I can handle,” we’re setting ourselves up for disaster. We are teaching ourselves to turn inwards instead of outwards and to God.

Imma be honest, this week was a struggle. I’ve found it super easy to get overwhelmed by how much I feel like I’m supposed to be doing. Eventually it all gets to be a little too much. Because even though I tell other people they don’t have to do it all themselves, apparently I don’t listen to my own advice.

I would like to end on a positive note though. I did have a cute friend, 吳佩玲, from TaiDong 台東 get baptized this week. She is a testimony to me of what it means to turn to Jesus Christ when the going gets tough. The testimony she shared talked about the self-confidence and strength she has received from this Gospel was so touching. Even though I couldn’t be there, she sent me a recording of her testimony, and I was just crying to it while I was listening to it.

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“This is Taipei!”

These are the moments of joy we hold onto, because as we try and turn our challenges over to Him, we have to try and focus on the good things.

I hope everyone knows that I do still truly love my mission and especially my Savior.

I love you all so so so much!!!

安姐妹

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