“God is faithful, and he will not let you be tested beyond your strength but with your testing he will also provide the way out so that you may be able to endure it” (1 Corinthians 10:13).
There are times in my life where this verse becomes a sort of mantra in my mind. Facing adversity and challenge is part of being human and being a Christian can sometimes make us a target to be tested by the devil. Sometimes my challenges are internal, like a struggle to keep my mental health in check as I deal with pregnancy hormones and the isolation of Covid-19.
Lately I have gone back to the 1 Corinthians verse to remind myself that God would not have allowed me to be in the situation I am now if I couldn’t handle it or if I couldn’t grow to become someone who can handle it. In my recent struggles I have decided to go back to the Bible to look for reminders of God’s faithfulness. I just finished a 7 day study on anxiety and learning that God does truly want to calm the storms in your life. Romans 15:13, “May the God of hope fill you with all the joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the holy Spirit.” It can be so hard in the midst of bouts of negative feelings to pull yourself above the metaphorical water you are drowning in. When I find myself drowning I try to remind myself that God created me to be at the very least just strong enough to reach out to Him for help. A simple prayer can be all it takes to remind yourself that someone is listening and He is right there with you waiting to fill you with His peace.
In moments of stress try to slow down, grab a cup of coffee or tea, and be still. Pray and talk to your heavenly father, He wants to hear your worries and help you through them.
"Be sober minded and alert. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in your faith and in the knowledge that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kinds of suffering. and after you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself restore you, secure you, strengthen you, and establish you. To Him be the power forever and ever. Amen. (1 Peter 5:8-11)"
God bless you,