More Than “I” Can Handle {Book Review}

More Than “I” Can Handle by Eileen Mestas is an incredible story of the faithfulness of God. I’m going to get to it but first let me tell you how I came about this wonderful story.

Two years ago (as you probably already know), I traveled to Uganda with a group of strangers who soon became friends. On that trip were Jonathan and Ellie Mestas. This brother and sister worked hard, loved big, and laughed loud the entire time we were in Uganda. I loved getting to know them and serve alongside them. While on the trip, I heard about the rest of their family back home – three biological and five adopted children – and was obviously interested to hear more! When I returned home, I kept up with their family somewhat through Facebook and their blogs (see links to Eileen and Ellie’s blogs on the left). So when Eileen sent me a message asking me to read her manuscript and write a review, I couldn’t be more thrilled.

It was nice to be able to sit down and read through the Mestas family’s life – from infertility to a home busting at the seams! As soon as I began the book, I didn’t want to put it down. I was enthralled by the amount of faith that the Mestas family has in our Lord. They do not allow anyone or anything to stand in their way when He calls them to do something!

One of the biggest lessons I learned from reading it was what a blessing it is to include your children in your faith journey. Her children have walked this journey of faith with her – praying and crying out to God alongside her for Him to bring a miracle, and rejoicing and praising Him when He answered their prayer. I couldn’t help but be more excited about having my own adoption story one day and sharing with my children the bigness that is our God.

If you have a heart for reaching the fatherless, whether it be through adoption or through orphan care, this book is a must-read. It is a beautiful picture of pure religion (James 1:27) and the truth that He will not leave them as orphans (John 14:18).

As I turned each page, I continued to find myself in awe of just how mighty our God is. I wept, I laughed, and the word “wow” came out of my mouth more than once. The Mestas’ story has inspired me to risk more for Christ, because He has proven His faithfulness, and He will guide us through the risk!

A friend of mine shared this with me not long ago, and I think it coincides perfectly with the title and theme of this book.

“‘God will never give you more than you can handle’ is NOWHERE in the Bible. Nope. You can look… it isn’t there. It says there is no temptation that He won’t provide a way out from–but it NEVER says He will only give you what YOU can handle. If you thought it was a Bible verse–man made that one up. For those that seek Him with their whole hearts–He will probably give you MORE than you can handle. Because He doesn’t want YOU to get the glory for it. He wants to carry it FOR you–for others to see the IMPOSSIBLE done through HIM…and for you to know and see that it is NOT your strength but HIS that carried it through. If you feel the impossible is before you TODAY–then you are probably in the right place. So take a DEEP breath, thank the Lord for it, lay it at the cross and trust the One who walks beside you to carry the weight of the yoke. He has got whatever is before you today. He is ABLE. He is I AM. And He is ENOUGH.” – Andrea Pierce Young

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2 thoughts on “More Than “I” Can Handle {Book Review}

  1. What an awesome post Hayley! I miss our time in Uganda together so much! (And I love your pictures! Makes me miss Uganda even more!) Hopefully we can all get together again sometime soon! The Mestas’ are such an inspiration to me! I want to be just like them! Haha! It takes a lot of faith to do what they have done, what an awesome adventure they are on because they are serving the Lord! I can’t wait to read this book (and your review!). Blessings to you!

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