Lemonade Comes From Lemons :)

We can go through seasons in our lives when there’s an abundance of lemons.  By this, I mean that sometimes life serves up lots of bitter stuff, such as:  a bad medical diagnosis, poor results on a test in school, an unexpected bill when the money isn’t there, emotional struggles, extra responsibilities in an overcrowded life, relationship catastrophes, etc.

So how do we make lemonade from the bitter experiences that can happen in life?  Here are a few suggestions:

  • Prayer:  take whatever is bitter & bring it to Jesus for divine input
  • Choose to trust:  after prayer, make the consistent decisions to trust Jesus to bring good from bad, order from chaos, blessing from curse
  • Gratitude:  even though we don’t like hardships, struggles & lemons, James 1:2-4 says that such difficulties can work into a blessing & become lemonade.  So maybe gratitude is some sugar to sweeten the lemons

Here’s to letting God turn lemons into lemonade in our lives!

Laboring Today ,)

  

Today, while I was buying some paint for a home project, some nice lady offered to hire me to help her with painting her cathedral height room. This was really random & I’m baffled as to why she would think I have painting skills. That being said, there’s lots of good things to be said about laboring & not just on Labor Day 🙂
Work can be an essential part of God working out His purposes in our lives through both the outcomes of work as well as the character work can develop inside of us. I can appreciate that work can be overwhelming & sometimes we can feel like it’s a curse. But even if you think that your work is a curse, consider that God can redeem curses in lots of creative ways, maybe even with home painting projects ,)

hot topic: trick or treat

All of us want treats and blessings – take the good and leave the bad!  I read this morning about how Jacob dressed up in his brother’s clothes to pretend that he was Esau, attempting to trick his dad into believing that he was Esau.  With his mom’s help, Jacob’s efforts worked and he received his father’s blessings through being tricksy.

I used to wonder about why God would “reward” this kind of deceptive behavior – seems really unfair and inconsistent with God being just.  After some long reflection & consideration, I’ve come up with a few thoughts that might be helpful:

  • Jacob’s deception was really quite expensive:  he was ostracized from his family & came to live with an extremely manipulative & deceptive uncle for close to two decades;  it also appears that he never attained the closeness he once had with his family & particularly with his mom
  • by Jacob receiving his dad’s blessing, we clearly see that God blesses us not because we’re worthy, we’ve earned it or because of our “birth right”, but simply because God loves us inspite of ourselves rather than because of ourselves

God redeems our “tricks” and transforms them into “treats” 🙂