You Can Only Do What You Can Do

You Can Only Do What You Can Do

So this week has been a doozy.

I had TONS of errands to run this week in preparation for a busy weekend (hosting a baby shower, trip out of town, baby shower on Sunday)….so I started Monday off running errands after work.  I HATE the time change.  I miss the sunshine.  But whatever.  I got home later than I wanted to Monday in the dark.

Then Tuesday happened.  Gram went back to the hospital.  New issues.  She was lethargic and unresponsive…so mom called an ambulance.  They were in the ER all day.  I went up there at lunch (and took lunch to my parents) and only taught one Zumba class so I could take dad home (having a parent with Alzheimer’s makes stressful things difficult- so I tried to make mom’s life easier by taking Dad home).

Today, I spent lunch at the hospital feeding Gram.  She was a bit better, but we still don’t know anything.  I went by there this evening and she was back unresponsive again.

And Tyler is sick.  And exhausted.  And he wanted me to come home last night.  But instead, I needed to go to church.  I needed to pick up a check from a friend, some clothing items for a ministry project I’m heading up…and I needed Bible study.  And then someone else wanted something from me.  I sort of politely told them no.  I didn’t have time.  I didn’t want to put forth the energy.  I couldn’t.

And I was talking to my amazing pastor’s wife after church.  She is a wife, mother, caregiver to a handicapped child, and she is a busy woman.  I was telling her I didn’t think I could handle it all…and I was disappointed that I said “no.”  She gave me these wise words:

You can only do what you can do.


YES.  So much yes.  She gave me the grace to do what I can, and let the other stuff go.  Take care of my family, myself, and my jobs.  Do what my heart says is important.  And let the other stuff be a firm “no.”  It’s ok.


So this may be for you too.  You can only do what you can do.  It’s ok.  I give you the grace you need to let yourself off the hook.  You can only do what you can do.


  1. This is such a hard lesson to internalize. I will keep your family in my prayers. Thanks for the reminder that we can only do what we can do. So true.

  2. Rae is a wise woman!

  3. I just finished an online bible study of an EXCELLENT book by Lysa TerKeurst called “The Best Yes”. It is all about learning to say “yes” when you are able to give that “yes” everything it deserves, and when it’s okay to say “no” because you’ve got other “yes’s” going on in your life. I know you’ve got A LOT going on right now but if you ever get a chance I highly recommend reading it. I think you did the right thing, sounds like you knew you couldn’t give that person and their request 100% like you would have loved to so rather than let them down after lost time and frustration, you politely declined. You’ve got this girl! And you know you’re always in my prayers! 🙂

  4. Great reminder! Keep smiling.

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