When Life Hands you a Lemon…

How can you make lemonade without sugar and water?
What if you can’t pay the utlities bill and have no water? Or you can’t afford groceries and have no sugar?
What if you’re in Africa and your well is dry? And there’s no sugar in the village?
How can anyone make lemonade without sugar and water?

Ephesians 4:31 “Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as Christ God forgave you. Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.”

Don’t let a bitter lemon make you sour. Become better by using it to make lemonade.

When life hands you a sour lemon, make it into something sweet, like lemonade. But if all you have is the lemon, and you don’t have sugar or water, how can you do it?

In Exodus 2:23, the Israelites who were afflicted slaves, cried to God for help. They prayed. The Lord sent Moses to Egypt to set his people free.

Converted Africans are some of the strongest Christians I’ve ever met. They fall into all kinds of harsh situations because of poor economy, famines, starvation, sickness and death of loved ones. But they pray all night and sometimes for days.

Prayer is the sugar needed to turn a lemon into lemonade.

And the Holy Spirit is the water to mix with the lemon and sugar. “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee. Trust ye in the Lord forever: for in the Lord JEHOVAH is everlasting strength.” Isaiah 26:3-4

Keep filled with the Holy Spirit and pray. Then you will always be ready when life hands you a lemon. God’s presence, the Holy Spirit and prayer, will turn any lemon into lemonade.

Hebrew 12:15 “See to it that no one misses the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many.”

Lemons are “bitter – sour – acid – tart – astringent – pungent – harsh – resentful – sulky – angry.”

With prayer and God’s presence in your life, turn all those lemons into lemonade.
I appreciate your joining me today.



About celestecharlene

I served as a medical missionary in West Africa for thirty years treating the sick and establishing health clinics in rural neglected areas.
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