The struggle continues... the stress has been building up quite a bit lately. Things have been so hard on the ship lately in my shop. Last night I had the 7PM-1AM watch, but I didn't actually stop working until around I didn't have my usual relaxation on my watch. I can definitely see how God can use what I'm going through to help me grow...but sometimes I can't help but wonder if I can really make it through.

Today, I'll admit there was a point where I just felt like I couldn't do it anymore...I literally almost broke down over something that was said to me. I think if we all were honest with ourselves...we have all been to this point before. There were a few verses that kept running through my mind today that God brought to me to comfort me. First of all this one:

There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.
I Corinthians 10:13

It was at this point in my mind, where I started to argue with God. "But God, I'm not able to bear this!" It is at this point that I am reminded that it is when I rely on Christ, and walk with Him that the burdens are lifted. As long as I try to go through these trials, and attempt to bear them on my own...I will never have victory, and I will continue to feel overwhelmed to the point of breaking. I must rely on Christ for my sufficiency. This is not always easy to do, as it is so easy to become distracted...but God is gradually teaching me this one.

Another verse that kept popping into my head was this one:

And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
II Corinthians 12:9

How hard is it to "glorying in my (our) infirmities?" I'd say it's pretty hard. That doesn't come naturally for us as human beings. Our first reaction most of the time, when trials come, is to get angry, to cry, to distress. But...HIS grace is sufficient for us...that grace rests on us, and gives us the ability to glory in our infirmities. Wow...I have a long way to go with that one, I don't know about any of you. I must rest in Christ's unfailing grace to get me through days like today! there was another verse that kept popping into my head today, but it has since completely slipped my mind. If I think of it I'll be sure to post it in the comment on this post. Alright...well, I hope and pray that what I learned today might be a help to you all!


Melanie said…
"In my weakness, He is strong;
In my need, He leads me on.
When I come to the end of all I am
And I place my trust in Him,
That's when His strength begins--
In my weakness."

I'll be praying for you today!
Rosebud said…
Thanks for the post, Jason! "Glorying in my infirmities" is a concept I had forgotten and I'm glad for the reminder - I needed it.
bella_bella said…
My encouraging word for you today is : Be on guard,stand firm in faith, be courageous,be strong.
1 Corinthians 16:13 I wish you a very Happy Easter
Yuri Richardson said…

First of all thanks for becoming a follower of my blog.

I really i'm encouraged by this post because it shows me that others are being tried and tested and that God is able to bring us through the difficult trials if we trust in Him.
I've committed 2Cor.6:4-10 to memory and it has been helping me through my trials in this life.

Jason; when you have time please post your testimony on how you came to know the Lord.

Be blessed and I will pray for you.

YHWH my Elohim please bless and be with Jason wherever he is stationed throughout the world bless him and keep him safe; most of all help him keep his mind stayed on thee, and grant unto him each day the mind of Messiah; bless him and his loved ones that are open to your Spirit in Yehsua's (Jesus)holy name amen.
Thank you so much Mr. Richardson for all your encouragment, and of course for the prayers. I have actually done a blog post on my testimony, although it was in February of last year. Here's the link for it if you want to read it:

It's kind of long, because it's pretty much about my whole life, and what God has done. But I said, thank you so much for the encourament and the prayers. They are appreciated, and deffinitely needed.