There is a saying, “when life gives you lemons make lemonade”.
Well, my life has been filled with lemons lately, but I’m choosing to make lemonade.
Have you ever gone through a season in your life where you are tired physically, emotionally and spiritually? If so, I know the feeling. I’m living it right now. Some seasons are harder than others, but the good news is that seasons are temporary.
Over the past ten months I have had a heart attack, my sweet momma passed away after a courageous battle with cancer, my husband developed a serious foot issue and next week I’m having surgery.
Is it hard to keep a positive perspective?
Sometimes it is, especially when I am looking at it from a worldly rather than a heavenly perspective.
Life is Hard, but Jesus is Life!
Yes, these are some real lemons, but we can choose to be sour like the world or drink the sweetness of Jesus.
What has God been teaching me through this difficult season?
Our current circumstances don’t define God’s love for us. God’s love is immeasurable and never-changing. It doesn’t matter what problems we are experiencing in our lives, God will always be there for us.
I take great comfort and peace in knowing that while the world is forever changing, God has never changed. Our lives can change in a moment, but it doesn’t change who God is for us.
A Love Letter From Jesus
Here is one of my favorite verses because it reminds me of God’s faithfulness when I am feeling faithless:
“But now, O Jacob, listen to the Lord who created you. O Israel, the one who formed you says, ‘Do not be afraid, for I have ransomed you. I have called you by name; you are mine. When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you.'” ~ Isaiah 43:1-2
Instead of reading O Jacob or O Israel, put your name there. This is a personal love letter from the Lord to each of us. He calls us by name and tells us we are His.
There is nothing the world can do to us that God will not stand by our side and go through with us. In difficult times it is important to remind ourselves through the promise of His Word that we are not abandoned by God. The enemy loves to whisper lies. That is why it is so important we know the truth.
Comfort In The Chaos
Did you notice the very first thing the Lord tells us to do? Listen. Listen to the Lord who created you, formed you and tells you not to be afraid. No one knows us more intimately than the One who created us.
I’ve been that child who was upset, frantically crying and fearful of walking through these tough situations. I’ve told myself there is no way I am going to get through this and be able cling to my faith. But it is listening and knowing God’s voice that calms my aching heart and quenches my fears.
The first requirement is to “Listen” and the second is a call to action from God. In Psalm 50:15, God asks us to call upon Him for help. A cup of lemon juice is sour and bitter which no one wants to drink by itself. Lemons don’t become lemonade until we add some sweetness. God is the difference that changes our hearts from sourful (sorrowful) to sweetness.
“Call on me when you are in trouble, and I will rescue you.” ~ Psalm 50:15
Am I perfect at it? No, but I can say I am much better than I used to be. I’m striving everyday to draw closer to the only One who can truly bring me comfort in chaos. Yes, there are seasons we’d rather not go through, but they allow us to grow and to see the sweetness of God in every aspect of our lives.
When Life Gives You Lemons Make Lemonade…
What about you? How do you handle the difficult seasons in your life? How we choose to handle our situations reflects on our testimony for God. I do not want to sour anyone towards God, the world does that enough all on its own.
I recently read this quote from Beth Moore and it sums up perfectly what God desires to do for each of us in our difficult seasons.
“God will sometimes allow things to get bad enough that we will be forced to look up. Victory always begins with a cry for help. When we come to the end of ourselves and cry out for help, amazing things will happen.”
Anybody want to make some amazing lemonade with me?
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