A verse that I've often quoted and clung to about circumstances in life and what I'm able to handle is:
I Corinthians 10:1 No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.
This verse has given me the faith that God will not give me more than I can handle. In my new state of really understanding and being aware of God's promises I see this verse differently. This verse talks about temptation (or testing). It doesn't promise us He won't give us more than we can handle. In fact, I'm thinking God gives us more than we can handle often. This is what keeps us in need of Him and relying on the Holy Spirit's strength. The temptation comes in how I will respond to the circumstances around me; rely on my own strength, or rely on God's presence. I've never needed God's strength and guidance more. If I walk through this journey thinking "God thinks I can handle this so I will", then I'm not relying on His power, but my own.
Don't get me wrong. In the times when my tears overcome me I don't see that as giving into weakness, but rather allowing the Lord to comfort me in my sorrow. Pretending the pain isn't there isn't what God is calling us to. But rather, allowing Him to be our comfort and strength during those times.
So I step in to today recognizing this situation is too big for me. It is more than I can handle on my own. I am purposing to walk through the valleys and the highs in the power of His strength, recognizing my grave weakness.
My hope is in the LORD who will renew my strength. I will soar on wings like eagles; I will run and not grow weary, I will walk and not be faint.