Here we are, almost in February 2019 and you may already be discouraged (like me some days).
We go into a new year with fresh hope, expectations, and resolutions, but sometimes real life leaves us sour.
We all have lemons… your lemon may be ever-present, it may have just popped up, or it be a behind the scenes pest that hits when you are weakest or least expect it.
So what do we do when life gives us lemons…
I’m not going to tell you to focus on all the good things that you have going on, you know, the other 90% of your life (although that is something that you should do.)
I’m not going to tell you to overlook and forget about your lemons and give them less and less time and energy than you do (although if you can do that, do it).
I’m not going to tell you to have more faith that lemonade is coming (although, it is!)
and I’m definitely not going to tell you to not worry about your lemons (although you shouldn’t).
But, what I am going to tell you to do is to SQUEEZE your lemons.
What do I mean?
I mean it’s time for you to put pressure on your lemons and start getting something good out of them. It’s a way to reframe your lemons and your life.
Instead of letting your lemons steal your joy, energy, relationships (and whatever else), it’s time for you to tell the voice about your lemons to be quiet and that you are no longer letting them steal the sweetness from your life. It’s time for you to see the sweet things that this sour-spot is actually bringing.
Maybe this lemon has brought a new friendship, a new level of faith, a new vulnerability, a new strength, a new hope, a new perspective. Take a minute now to think about the good stuff that this lemon has or could bring to your life (if you let it).
What I know is that lemons are a crucial ingredient to making lemonade, but you have to add the sugar to the lemons.
Find your sugar. Find your sweet spot. God didn’t cause the lemons, but He can help you add the sugar.
“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God…” Romans 8:28
Adding sugar to my lemons every day, Tiffany Tiffany Jo Baker MA, CLC
P.S. Check out the sweet things happening on my Pinterest boards here.