How Much Can A Person Take Before They Break?

Have you ever said something like, “I don’t know how much more of this I can take?” You are not alone. Here’s what the Bible says…

1 Corinthians 10:13
“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.”

Everybody has bad days. It’s an expected part of life.

What if those bad days start to pile up? How do you respond when your load gets heavier week by week as trials keep coming with no end in sight?

Or what if you have an unthinkable tragedy invade your life. You thought you were ready for anything… but not this!

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Both of those scenarios are a reality. Don’t think it won’t happen to you.

How you respond when you feel overwhelmed and wonder if you can go on will determine your longevity in God’s will. So many people jump out of the frying pan into the fire when things get tough. Their situation goes from bad to worse because they make foolish decisions under pressure.

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The Meanest Mother In The World

In 1967 Bobbie Pingaro wrote an article titled “The Meanest Mother in the World.” On this Mother’s Day, these words may remind us of mothers we know – or have known – and should be again.

“I had the meanest mother in the whole world. While other kids ate candy for breakfast, I had to have cereal, eggs or toast. When others had cokes and candy for lunch, I had to eat a sandwich. As you can guess, my supper was different than the other kids’ also.

But at least I wasn’t alone in my sufferings. My sister and two brothers had the same mean mother as I did.

Our mother insisted upon knowing where we were at all times. You’d think we were on a chain gang. She had to know who our friends were and where we were going. She insisted if we said we’d be gone an hour, that we be gone one hour or less – not one hour and one minute. 

We had to wear clean clothes and take a bath. The other kids always wore their clothes for days. We reached the height of insults because she made our clothes herself, just to save money. Why, oh why, did we have to have a mother who made us feel different from our friends?

The worst is yet to come. We couldn’t sleep till noon like our friends. While they slept – my mother actually had the nerve to break the child-labor law. She made us work. We had to wash dishes, make beds, learn to cook, and all sorts of cruel things.

I believe she laid awake at night thinking up mean things to do to us.

She always insisted upon us telling the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth, even if it killed us – and it nearly did.

Through the years, things didn’t improve a bit. We could not lie in bed “sick” like our friends did and miss school. If our friends had a toe ache, a hang nail or serious ailment, they could stay home from school, but not us.

By the time we were teen-agers, she was much wiser, and our life became even more unbearable. None of this tooting the horn of a car for us to come running. She embarrassed us to no end by making our dates and friends come to the door to get us. If I spent the night with a girlfriend, she checked on me to see if I was really there. 

She forced us to grow up into God-fearing, educated, honest adults. And whom do we have to blame for the terrible way we turned out? You’re right – our mean mother. 

Using this as a background, I am trying to raise my three children. I stand a little taller and I am filled with pride when my children call me mean. Because, you see, I thank God He gave me the meanest mother in the whole world.”

5 BIBLE STUDY TOOLS EVERY CHRISTIAN SHOULD USE

Every Christian should have a close working relationship with his Bible. These tools will help unlock God’s Word as you study it.

2 Timothy 2:15 “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”

I heard an aged preacher remark, “Today, preachers talk about reading the Bible. In the old days, we were taught to study it. We need to get back to Bible study.”

How true!

How many times have you heard someone say, “I tried to read the Bible, but couldn’t understand it?” Reading the Bible is profitable, but it is meant to be studied.

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You have to read your Bible in order to study it. Perhaps we aim to low when we ask people to simply read the Bible. Let’s get back to encouraging people to study the Bible!

Once you decide to study God’s Word, you must choose some tools to help you.

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Biblical Success

How would you define success?  It is vital that you adopt the Biblical definition.  Without it, you are wide open to Satanic attack.  If you can’t define true success, you can’t achieve it!

WHAT IS BIBLICAL SUCCESS

Joshua 1:8“This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.”

Everyone wants to be successful. No one is born desiring to be a failure.  When asked what they want to be when they grow up, children don’t say, “I want to be unsuccessful!”  They usually dream of meaningful careers like a fireman, policeman, doctor, lawyer, businessman, superhero, etc.

Thoughts of success usually include money, influence, fame, or transformation.

What do you imagine when you think of success?  An executive in an expensive suit working in corporate America?  A large ministry with a national platform? Someone who owns their own business making tons of money?  A large, expensive home?  A few high-end cars sitting in the driveway?  Large numbers of people who adore you?

These are the typical images of success. These earthly ideas of success are imprinted on us from birth.  

They are NOT Biblical success.  We must reject these carnal ideas of success and search the answer in God’s Word.  Why?

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If You Shave, This $2 Tool Will Save You Heartache

Have you ever cut yourself shaving and couldn’t get it to stop bleeding? This $2 item will save you some embarrassment and heartache.

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One of our ushers came to a church service with a piece of toilet paper on his face. I knew what happened even before I asked him about it. He cut himself shaving and it wouldn’t stop. Every time he took the paper off, it would start bleeding again.

I’m not criticizing. It has happened to us all. We spent the next few minutes exchanging stories of our similar embarrassing moments.

I told him of an item that would keep him from ever having to face this stressful situation again.

It’s called a Styptic Pencil.

It is a simple item that IMMEDIATELY stops bleeding from shaving cuts. It burns for a second, but it is worth the momentary pain. It is a lifesaver.

Why write about this cheap item?

I cut myself this morning shaving. I don’t do it often, but I was in a hurry today so I nicked my face. I could barely see the cut, but the blood started flowing. 🙁 I took out my styptic pencil and stopped the bleeding immediately. I was thankful to have this simple tool.

As I thanked the Lord for a quick solution to the problem, I thought back to a situation a few years ago. I was out of town getting ready for an important meeting. As I was shaving in the hotel, I cut myself. I looked for my Styptic Pencil in my travel bag, but it was not there. Oh no!

The only thing I could do was try to stop the bleeding by pressure. I held a tissue to the minuscule cut thinking that it would clot quickly. It didn’t. After several minutes, I had to keep getting ready so I did what we all do – I put a small piece of tissue paper on the cut to stop it. I tried to take the tissue paper off a few times, but the microscopic cut started to bleed again.

I had to leave the embarrassing white tissue stuck to my face until I arrived in the parking lot. Thankfully, I remembered to take it off before I walked into a meeting with sharp-dressed business executives.

All of that drama would have been avoided if I just had my Styptic Pencil.

I was so thankful for the quick remedy this morning that I thought I would share this pro tip. You never have to face the panic or awkwardness of a shaving cut that won’t stop bleeding again.

Pick up a Styptic Pencil this week. I recommend the 3-pack. You won’t be sorry. Keep one anywhere you shave. Put one in your travel bag and leave it there so you never forget it.

You can get one HERE or at your local department store.

Do you have a similar embarrassing shaving story that you would like to share?