I Can’t [Insert Your Issue Here]

Somedays when the alarm goes off at 5:30, I want to hit snooze and give up on the whole exercise thing.

Somedays when my family is eating pizza or pasta or ice cream or anything super yummy, I want to give up on the whole healthy eating thing.

Somedays I kick my phone in the river, lose my car keys, and face three unpacked suitcases and six totes of Christmas decorations.

Today was that day.  It was one of those days that I smiled and  laughed, so I wouldn’t cry.

What to do when these days come?

I walked anyway and ate healthy anyway.  I took money out of savings and got a new phone.  My husband found my keys, brought the van to church, and walked home so I could drive home.  I left the suitcases and totes packed and played with the kiddos.


God.  As I was reminded tonight at church, there are some things of which I am simply NOT capable.

I am not capable of living a healthy lifestyle.  I am not capable of controlling my temper (that was waiting to burst forth as I watched my smart phone go splash).  I am not capable of squelching the frustration that rises when I can’t tend to overflowing suitcases and unfinished decorating.

But, He is – the Holy Spirit working in and through me – that’s the only way I can be transformed – my gluttony, my explosive anger, my perfectionism that leads to anger/frustration/irritation – those and other “sin” issues can NOT be overcome by me.  Only by Him.

As I listened to Mike Berry teach on Matthew 5: 33-48 this evening, it was truly a mental slap.  If I am slapped on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek.  If someone wants my coat, give him/her my shirt too.  If I am asked to go one mile for someone, go two instead. Give to the one who asks me.  Love my enemies; pray for those who mistreat me.  Yes, love those who don’t even like me.

Sigh…I can’t obey these commands in Matthew.  I can’t eat healthy.  I can’t run half-marathons.  I can’t hold back the expletives when my phone goes splash.  I can’t hold down anxiety in a messy house.

But, He can.  He can and will work in me and through me.  I know this – have known this, but after a cruddy day, tonight’s message was a much needed reminder to quit, quit, quit trying to do life on my own (I KNOW that doesn’t work!) and turn, turn, turn to Him – continually and completely.

I don’t know what you’re struggling with today.  I do know that turning anywhere or to anything or to anyone without first turning to Him will leave you frustrated and hopeless.

So, tomorrow’s a new day, a new week, a new chance.  I plan to take a deep breath, set my alarm for 5:30, pray with all my heart, and move forward in Him.  I hope you will too!








  1. Brenda Schiesser says:

    I needed to read this tonight. I planned on starting my workout schedule tomorrow…….I am so weak and undisciplined…….I didn’t hold out much hope for actually accomplishing it. I know that with God, I can do it and it will be my fervent prayer tonight that He help me get my behind down the stairs in the morning and make an effort to be healthier. Thanks for this tonight.

  2. You’re so welcome, Brenda – I needed this tonight too! God bless you – I’ll be praying for you 🙂

  3. Love your post. I’ve been having the same problem lately!

    • Thanks, Barb:) Because of the rain, I’m still sitting here in my workout clothes, telling myself I better just “get stuff done” instead of going for a run/walk. It’s a daily struggle! Prayers to you:)

      • God’s timing is perfect. I sooo needed your post. My husband had already given me a reminder as he went out the door. I am standing their packing lunches and discussing with him something I can’t do for a friend because of my own insecurities. He gently reminded me that I may not be able to do it but God can do it through me. I couldn’t believe it when I read your post! This advice is needed in all areas of my life but I had mentioned before about the weight thing. Today, I had my 300 calorie breakfast, only drinking my water, and walked on my treadmill for 45 minutes. Let me tell you, it wasn’t me! It was all God because “ME” was complaiing the whole time but God said…”We got this!”

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