“I Can’t” Versus “I Can’t Without YOU”

Welcome  Earlier this week I talked about perseverance.  I discussed how we try to teach our kids not to say “I can’t” and how as adults we often have to persuade ourselves into finishing harder tasks.  Today I’m going to talk about how we can do this with a simple change of our vocabulary.  For our recipe today we have our Not-so-Chipotle Burrito Bowl that will save you dollars and calories!  Thanks for stopping by.  Note–I may receive small compensation from advertisers or affiliate links found in this post.  For further information, please see my terms and disclosure page.

I Can't Versus I Can't Without You
Changing our vocabulary and mindset can make a huge difference when facing daunting situations in life.


Food For Thought  I saw a quote recently that was very similar to my title today.  Unfortunately, I did not read further or save it, so I don’t know how to give it proper credit.  It definitely caught my attention, though, and I was very intrigued and spent some time in the evening contemplating its meaning.  I thought about how many of our hardest tasks, circumstances, and burdens could be lightened considerably if we would speak to God during these times.  Instead of facing a situation and saying “I can’t,” we could turn to God and say, “I can’t without You.”  We have talked so many times about the power of prayer and God’s immeasurable capabilities.  If I could only make this part of my permanent mindset, I’d find myself finishing more tasks and taking on more challenges, knowing that I CAN, with God on my side.

I recently read Lysa TerKeurst’s book Made to Crave.  I had some challenges with this book, and I’ll talk more about those next week.  But for today, I want to share how she uses the “I can’t without you” concept on her journey to a healthier lifestyle.  The premise of the book is that for some of us (it’s like she knows me, or something) have difficulties making healthy choices just for the sake of being healthier.  I know that carrots and fruit are better snack choices, but I just really like those Oreos and M&M’s better!  I know that walking quicker and farther will help my heart and lungs be stronger, but I’m tired and there’s a football game on that I want to watch.  You get the idea–I know what I’m supposed to do, but I CAN’T do it on my own willpower.  This same concept can apply for compulsive spenders, saying I know I have massive credit card debt, but I CAN’T stop myself from shopping and buying and getting more stuff.  Gamblers think it, too–I CAN’T stop, the thrill and excitement are just too much to stay away.  When we are facing obstacles in life, the mountains that just seem impossible to climb, it is considerably easier to say I CAN’T and give up on ourselves.  But you know who won’t give up on us?  God will not give up on us, our willpower, or our ability to turn from less-than-healthy choices.  In fact, He’s so sure that we CAN do it, He will walk beside us, holding our hand and guiding us every step of the way.  This is where Lysa’s book is supposed to help us on our journey to healthier living.  She provides spiritual perspective for breaking bad habits, specifically in the areas of diet and exercise, but many of the points can be applied to other areas of our life where we want to say we CAN’T.  She takes every excuse she could think of for how this diet and exercise thing would not work for her, and combats it with scripture and prayer.  What a marvelous concept!  I cannot help but wonder, just how much would I be able to accomplish in my life if I had this same approach?  Instead of looking at the challenges that I either CAN’T or, honestly, don’t want to change, and apply this thinking.  I can turn the I CAN’T into I can’t do it without YOU, God.  All of our studies and scriptures have taught us that we CAN do all things through Him.

I know Lysa’s book is talking about food and exercise and I’ve talked about breaking hard habits, but this idea of “I can’t without you” really applies to all of our life.  God is expecting us to depend on Him, daily and in all things.  I have certainly turned to God in my new business endeavor and said “I can’t without you,” and I know that is so true!  But maybe it’s time I start saying these words about other areas in my life.  I can’t walk long distances at fast paces (due to foot problems) without You healing my body.  I can’t get over the hurt of some words spoken to me, and about me, this past year, without You helping me with forgiveness and peace of mind.  I can’t deal with the strain of aging parents with significant health problems, without You walking every step of the way with me.  I want to challenge each of you to think about the areas of your life where you desperately want to give up and say I CAN’T and turn it into a prayer request.  Take it to the Lord and say I CAN’T ____________ without YOU helping me on this journey.  I will pray that for you, too, my friends!

Today’s Scripture  This may be the single most popular verse people turn to when battling the “CAN’Ts” in life.


Today’s Recipe  “I can’t eat that.”  That is a legitimate phrase from someone with food allergies.  I am one of those people, but I am so thankful it’s not an allergy to peanuts or gluten or eggs.  Those bring serious obstacles to someone’s life.  I have a strange allergy to tomatoes and any product with tomato, including tomato powder.  One of the places I cannot seem to eat with much success is Chipotle.  My family is not very fond of this establishment anyway, so no one is really sacrificing, but we do like the southwestern, Tex-Mex style served there.  The best way to solve these problems is to make our own version of Chipotle at home.  This prevents me from coming in contact with any allergens, it’s cheaper, and healthier!  I often view cooking at home as an advantage.  Here is our family’s Not-So-Chipotle Burrito Bowl.

Not-so-Chipotle Burrito Bowl
The sautéed peppers and onions are my favorite part of this delicious bowl of Tex-Mex flavors.


Not-So-Chipotle Burrito Bowl  The ingredients are used for an entire family’s meal, but each person can customize their bowl according to their preferences.  We always have enough for leftovers for lunch the next few days, too.

  • 3 cups instant brown rice
  • 1 can corn, drained
  • 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 TBS olive oil
  • 2 red bell peppers
  • 1 large onion
  • 1 tsp. smoky Paprika
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. black pepper
  • 1 bag of lettuce, of your choice
  • 6 green onions, sliced
  • 1 container of Wholly Guacamole
  • 1 bag of chipotle-cheddar tortilla strips
  • Salsa and hot sauce, to taste
  • fajita peppers and onions
    Seasoning up the peppers and onions add a lot of flavor to the entire bowl.


  • Prepare rice according to package directions.  Heat black beans and corn in separate pans.  In large nonstick skillet, heat olive oil.  Slice peppers and onions into strips (like you would for fajitas) and add to pan.  Season with paprika, cumin, garlic powder, pepper, and salt.  Cook until just beginning to brown.  In bowls, add about 1/2 cup each of lettuce, rice, beans, and corn.  Add cooked peppers and onions.  Garnish with guacamole, green onions, tortilla strips, and salsa or hot sauce, as desired.

    Not-so-Chipotle Burrito Bowl
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