Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.

From "When God and Cancer Meet" by Lynn Ebb:

"God doesn't give you more than you can handle." Does that ring a bell? I hear it a lot, especially from cancer patients or their family members who feel like they have more than they can handle. The usually say something like this: "Now, I know God doesn't give us more than we can handle, but..." Many people are under the misconception there is a Bible verse that states this fact.

There isn't.

I believe that sometimes trials come into our lives that are more than we can bear on our own, and cancer often is one of them.

"This is more than I can handle," I remember telling God, trying not to sound too whiny.

"I know," He answered. "But it's not too much for Me."

That was one of the most freeing things I learned through my cancer journey. It was all right that I sometimes had more than I could handle. That's when I would see the Bible verse in Philippians 4:13 come true in my life: "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."

I didn't have to reach down inside myself and muster up some super strength. God supernaturally supplied it to me as I trusted in Him.

What a relief!
Even if my own resources were exhausted, God's would never be.
My strength might be sapped, but He could still move mountains.
Everything could be changing around me, but He was always my Rock.

During those first early dark-days-after-cancer, I often thought of the shepherd boy David as he went into battle against the giant Goliath. Do you know what his battle cry was? He wasn't like the Little Engine that Could, chugging along and repeating, "I think I can, I think I can."

No, I believe he was thinking, "I know I can't, I know I can't. He was the youngest and smallest boy in his family. Goliath was more than nine feet tall. But David's battle cry was, "I know God can, I know God can."

...It was what I said to myself as I awoke on most postdiagnosis mornings. "I feel like a little shepherd with a slingshot facing a giant named Cancer, and it is more than I can handle," I told the Lord. "But I am so glad it is not more than You can handle. The battle belongs to You, Lord. Fight for me and through me. Do what I cannot do on my own."

And He did. Sometimes you get more than you can handle in your own strength. That's okay. Whatever has happened to you has not taken God by surprise or caught Him off guard. He's prepared for the battle and will equip you with whatever you need not to become a victim of this giant called Cancer, but instead, to become a victor over it!

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