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!

lemons or lemonade

I’ve recently returned from a very quick trip to Belfast Ireland & have been navigating the normal jet lag & weird sleep hours that accompany international travel.  Consequently, I’ve been waking up at not such exciting hours in the night.  Today, I woke up at 2am (I think my finger is infected because it was throbbing) & I was none too happy about being so alert when I should be so sleeping – lemons 🙁

But here’s some lemonade:  yesterday, I woke up at 3am and very perky.  I decided to use the “extra” time to do some work on a book I’m writing about the Holy Spirit.  Needless to say, the house was quiet and I could nestle into listening to the Holy Spirit guide me about how and what to write.  As a result, what we wrote is very engaging, insightful and beautiful.

So here’s to making lemonade out of lemons in our daily living 🙂