When Life Gives You Lemons...
…you better slice those lemons up, get out a juicer and make some tasty lemonade!
As we all probably know, life is not always smooth sailing. Personally, I’ve had a fair share of ups and downs. There are times where you may feel like nothing is going your way or assume that no one else can relate to whatever it is may be going through…
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I can relate… I have been there before. So I just wanted to share a few words of encouragement to get you back on your feet.
1) You are NOT alone.
God is with you. I know it may not feel like it but it only feels this way because that’s what the devil wants us to believe. Satan wants us to believe that we are alone, hopeless and that no one else can relate to what we are going through. But that’s just a twisted lie that Satan whispers in our ears to keep us down. After all Isaiah 41:10 says ‘Do not be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.’ And we all know that ‘God is not a human, that he should lie, not a human being, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill?’ [Numbers 23:19]. Just hold on to His promises and see all that sorrow turn into joy. God is near you right now, constantly working in your life for His purposes – so never think He’s far because His holy presence goes before you. So who are you going to believe the Word of the Lord or Satan?
2) Worship changes everything.
I know that you may not feel like it. In fact, it’s the last thing you want to do right now. How can I worship God when I feel so defeated? But the truth is that worship elevates the soul. I watched a video a friend sent to me on this topic and was like “Okay, I’m going to do everything to pull myself back up.” – so I started worshiping and praising God. But it just didn’t feel like it was working, I still felt very lost. Until I realised I was doing it all wrong. My worship was based on what I wanted God to do for me instead of just worshiping Him because of who He is… The King of Kings, Lord of Lords. Once I realised this, I changed my tune and I must say my heart was filled with so much joy.
PS: This didn’t work instantly.
Don’t expect God to work like a fairy godmother. Instead, hold on to His promises and trust Him because of who He is rather than what you want Him to do for you.
3) Surround yourself with like-minded people.
To be honest, I’m still in the process of the ‘friendship detox’, but what I do know is that the people you hang around influence you in more ways than you can imagine. ‘As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend.’ [Proverbs 27:17]. At the lowest point of your life, you need friends who encourage you, rather than constantly pull you down. If that’s not the case, you need to undergo the ‘friendship detox’ process with me. (I’ll talk more about this in later posts).
4) Instead of talking to Google, talk to God.
Whenever I feel down, I often type my feelings into the Google search box to see if other people can relate. Yes, its relieving to find that you are not alone, but you know what’s more comforting? Talking to God. He cares about every detail of your life, even the seemingly ‘little’ details. When you decide to shift your focus to God, you will experience what the Bible describes as peace like a river [Isaiah 66:12]. Set the Lord always before you, because He is at your right hand, you will not be moved. [ref. Psalms 16:8].
5) God’s thoughts are higher than ours.
Finally, remember that no situation is permanent. God definitely has a plan. No matter how deep and unsolvable you think your problem is, God understands. Remember that He wouldn’t put you through anything He doesn’t think you can handle. That is why He has equipped His children (you and I) with the spiritual weapons needed to stand firm (see Ephesians 6:14-17) against the schemes of the devil. Just trust and obey His word and watch God reveal Himself to you as you press on. He is going to come through for YOU! I do not doubt that one bit!
Signing out with a word of encouragement:
“If you saw the size of the blessing coming, you would understand the magnitude of the battle you are fighting.”
Stay positive and enjoy your lemonade!
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