Well, if you know me - I'm constantly writing down things out of books that really hit me & I really love to look at them through a Christian view. In this part of the book (I wont give anything anyway) - Bella is struggling through some pain in her life:
"...I found I could survive. I was alert, I felt the pain - the aching loss that radiated out from my chest, sending wracking waves of hurt through my limbs & head - but it was manageable. I could live through it. It didn't feel like the pain had weakened over time rather that I'd grown strong enough to bear it." -New Moon
Haven't we all had times in our lives where pain feels so unbearable - the it actually hurt as in physical pain? But I love how it says that the pain didn't weaken - but we grew stronger.
Instantly, I thought of all the verses in the Bible how Jesus is our tower of strength - a refuge in time of troubles:
Psalms 18:32 It is God who arms me with strength & makes my way perfect
Psalm 18:29 You armed me with strength for battle; you made my adversaries bow at my feet
Psalm 119:28 My soul is weary with sorry; strengthen me accord to your word.
Tons of verses about strength - but my favorite I stumbled upon -
How much more do I need to say? It would take too long to recount the stories of the faith of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jepthah, David, Samuel & all the prophets. By faith these people overthrew kingdoms, ruled with justice, & received what God has promised them. They shut the mouths of lions, quenched the flames of fire & escaped death by the edge of the sword. THEIR WEAKNESS WAS TURNED TO STRENGTH. They became strong in battle & put whole armies to flight. -Hebrews 11:32-34
WOW!!! There you go - its shows through all of history - the same things have been going on. We are faced with things that make us weak - feel like we will never over come - things that get us down - but we become stronger with God has our strength. It doesn't discount what has happened to you - only shows that you can overcome - become stronger!!
Turn your weakness into your strength by God's mercies!!!