When Life Gives You Lemons…

“When Life Gives You Lemons…”

 “God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.” Psalm 73:26

             “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade!”  This common phrase is used often to speak of making the best of a situation – overcoming a bad situation and turning it into a good one.  It is to spur you on, make you get back into the fight, and stay the course. 

            What do you do when you don’t feel like making “lemonade” anymore? What do you do when the very idea of making “lemonade,” exhausts you?  We all have moments (or even days) like this.  The burden of life has worn us down, and we are just too tired to keep fighting.

            The “pick-me-up” we need is found in the encouragement God gives us in His Word.  It is our lifeline to joy in the midst of discouragement. In His Word we find phrases like, “and the God of all peace …”, “God who is rich in mercy …”,  “Faithful is He who has called you …” These are the phrases we must go to when life has discouraged us.  Reading His Word can bolster our failing hearts, and push us ahead on our journey.

            Listed below are some passages to read this week to encourage your heart on the journey!

“God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever …” – Read Psalm 73

“Your faithfulness continues throughout all generations.” – Read Psalm 119

“And the peace of God which surpasses all comprehension…” – Read Philippians 4

Philippians 4 is a particularly helpful passage when we are wading through the times of discouragement.  I call it the “whatever” passage, because “whatever” you are going through, you can choose to focus on truth, purity, righteousness, good reports, virtuous and praiseworthy things. 

            Meditate on these passages when you walk through the “lemon” times of life.  You may not make “lemonade,” but if you go to God’s Word in times of discouragement, it will help you continue the journey and find joy in these times.


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