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When I Can't God CAN

Updated on May 27, 2017

Don't Ever Give Up

You can do wonderful things when you keep your focus on the Lord. Allow God to work through you by giving the Lord control of your life. Our weakness reveals God's strength did you know that?

I am here to tell you that when we can't God can! Have you ever felt like just giving up? I am sure we all have several times in our life.

As a young teenager I listened from a distance to, two nurses sharing about how long my brother had to live, they didn't even pay any attention to me standing there watching and listening. I can hear them say "oh poor thing, he doesn't have very long to go".

But you know even seeing my brother be in a coma, I still didn't believe it; but I just didn't want to accept it so I choose not to. After all, this was my companion my brother and best friend, he will not die God won't let him die!

The day he did die it was like my whole world had come to an end at least in my world it did.

I wanted to give up and I did in a lot of ways, at least I thought I did because my actions changed and my whole outlook changed along with my actions. First my baby brother then my closest companion who next God? Me?.... Don't ever give up!... Later in life I tried to take my own life. I was in the hospital but God wouldn't let me die, even though I tried to give up. He had a plan!

Jeremiah 29:1

I know the plans that I have for you, declares the Lord. They are plans for peace and not disaster, plans to give you a future filled with hope.

God Has A Plan - So Don't Give Up


When we can't God can. Don't give up do you hear me "DON"T EVER GIVE UP ON GOD"! Don't say I can't when God can.

All this time God had a plan I just had to find out the hard way before I could understand that the Lord was going to use my broken heart to reach out to others.

He was going to use my failures to be there for someone else. But little did I know that it was going to be again another tragedy with my own children and their life's at risk when He would choose to use me.

1 Corinthians 1:25-29

Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men. For you see your calling, brethren, that not many wise according to the flesh, not many noble are called. But God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things that which are mighty; and the base of things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are. That no flesh should glory in His presence.

Good News - There Is Always Good News Too


The good news is, it isn't at all about our goodness, strength, or wisdom. In fact, the opposite is true. God chooses those who are inadequate in and of themselves so that the ultimate glory goes to him. You see, when we serve out of our weakness and God's strength, it is obvious to everyone that the power of the Holy Spirit and not the strength or wisdom of man has accomplished great things.

The Lord

Sent Me

Once again being in the hospital night and day but this time with my own children, both at different times in their life, one bad news after the other, watching their suffering and uncertain of the outcome.

Being a stronger person in the Lord, I was able to look beyond my own children's suffering and see the suffering of others around me with their own loved ones, during their stay and my being there too, day and night.

It was then that I took the time to reach out to these mothers, who were there with their children as well. To pray for them and to just be there and listen to their concerns.

My own son got in the habit of praying with me for the patients on the same floor he was, when they moved him out of intensive care even in his suffering he would pray.


A Man

In Distress

But what really hit home to me is the day that I decided to go to the hospital chapel upon my daily visit, I saw a man in his distress and in tears .

I thought that poor man is sad for his child, it was a children's hospital you know.

I reached out to him and asked him if he would let me pray for him and much to my surprise he wanted me to pray. So I prayed as he raised his arms up and I laid my hands upon him and just assured him about how God loves him , then I hugged him then went to my own child to care for him.

I never saw that man again but what I did see that really stunned me was a message on the same day that I prayed for this man, a cry for help he was about to take his own life, and he was making it known in that prayer at the chapel.

OH MY GOD! This man this stranger was about to take his own life and God lead me to him not even knowing the reason for him being there in the first place. This man was ready to give up, Do you hear me he was ready to give up, but God wouldn't let him, so He sent me!

When I Can't God Can! - I can't Stress that enough


Revelations 21:4

He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There won't be anymore death. There won't be any grief, crying, or pain, because the first have disappeared.


We went home, my son and I only to go back the next day because there was one problem after the other. The nurses that were my son's caregivers wanted to visit our home when he was home for a short time. They wanted me to fill out his will. I would not do it! I felt like if I did; it was like saying he was going to die so I refused. I admit I was afraid! So afraid but I would not let them talk me into it. I cried like a baby when I was driving home from the hospital with another one of his stays. I had to go get some things, I really don't know how I made it home because my tears just flooded where I couldn't see while I was driving home at night. I so much just wanted to give up!


God Answers Prayers

His Timing Is Always Perfect

When I Can't God Can!

So I repeated Psalm 91 and I quoted this each time I wanted to give in!7 A thousand may fall at your side,ten thousand at your right hand,but it will not come near you.

Today 23 years later my son lives! At the age of 24 my daughter lives she is special needs but she is the most special person a mother could hope for! I love all of my children and they are all special and worth fighting for. You see when I couldn't do it then God came in and He gave me the strength to believe even when all looked hopeless. He gave me the strength and the compassion to reach out to others and in that reaching out He took care of my children and He taught me a valuable lesson!

When I Can't God Can!

DON'T EVER GIVE UP ON GOD! I can't stress that enough!

Let God Work Through You - Let God and let God


Each day as you go about your business, acknowledge that you can't do it, but God can. Put your dependence completely on God for his strength, wisdom and goodness - not your own. Throw yourself into the arms of Jesus and ask him to carry you as you do the work he has called you to do. As you begin to see success, don't forget that it is God who strengthens you, provides the ability for you to do the work, gives you favor, and opens doors. It isn't about you, but about the God who deserves all the honor and glory. He is the One who should be acknowledged in the midst of "your" success.


The Bible says, "Without faith, it is impossible to please God, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him (Hebrews 11:6).



Dear heavenly Father I pray in your Son Jesus name that you will help us to never say we can't because you CAN when we depend on you each day even when all looks hopeless. Help us to trust in your plan and never to give up. Thank you Lord for teaching us that you are our provider Amen!

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    • lisln profile image

      LorLinda 3 years ago from Denver Colorado

      @yayang0405 lm: Thanks yayang

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      yayang0405 lm 3 years ago

      Very inspiring lens. Thanks for sharing.

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      DavidMoses1986 3 years ago

      It was really encouraging, nice lens :)

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      Charito Maranan-Montecillo 3 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      I truly believe that we must do all things, humanly possible. And when we can no longer do things on our own, then WE ABANDON EVERYTHING IN GOD' HANDS. He takes over. - Ms. Charito from the Philippines

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      SavioC 4 years ago

      Hi . I kept reading & re-reading your story. Its a story of faith & hope. Praise God . You have inspired me to write how my relationship with Jesus changed when my daughter was born. I Praise God for your amazing faith. Amen.

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      wiseriverman 4 years ago

      Thank you for sharing your heart aches and your wonderful strength. I believe like you and found this to be very inspiring.

      God bless you.

      Daniel :)

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      Melissa Miotke 4 years ago from Arizona

      What a beautiful lens! You always have the most inspirational stories:)

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      JRsFavoriteFinds 4 years ago

      Thank you so much for your testimony! God is definitely working through you. As a fellow Christian I loved your lens. God bless.

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      Bartukas 4 years ago

      Very intresting and nice lens thans for sharing

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      Magda2012 4 years ago

      When I can't God can. Thanks for writing this inspiring article.

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      Beverly Lemley 4 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      I love your faith in God ~ you certainly have a wonderful testimony of how you came through so many personal tragedies to see the Light and to live for God, as He wants you to. And to God you give the Glory, and through God your words of commitment shine through to help lead others to see the light and to trust and have faith. God bless you and your family, Lorlinda! B : )

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I love lenses about faith in God. - God Bless! :)

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      LorLinda 4 years ago from Denver Colorado

      @shellys-space: One of mine too :)

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      Shelly Sellers 4 years ago from Midwest U.S.A.

      One of my favorite Bible verses is He will wipe every tear from their eyes. Revelations 21:4