When Life Gives You Lemons

Hello everyone! Hope your week is off to a fantastic start– how are you doing?

My week has been rather pleasant. Have been choosing healthier foods lately, and am totally noticing a difference in how I feel. It’s amazing how much more energetic and healthy I am! Even waking up early has become easier! (Notice how I said, “easier“. Is waking up early ever “easy“?)

However, despite the victories and joys this week has brought, I’ve also Oh Bother Winnieencountered a few more of those challenges. Long story short, I’d made some plans for the fall and was really looking forward to them– only to find that things may not work out as I’d thought. The situation is  up in the air right now, and the uncertainty of it all makes me nervous. I like to be in control. I really like knowing what to expect. Right now, I’m not in control and I don’t know what to expect.

Actually, that’s not entirely true…

I am in control of my response to this challenge. I can decide how I handle my heart and how I go about finding a solution.

Something could come up that would totally change my plans– I can’t control that. But I can choose to take the disappointment, worry, and frustration  to Jesus. I am able to look to Christ and trust His will for me. I can choose to pray about the situation. I am accountable for my attitude.

I can also expect that God is good and He will see me through this— no matter the outcome. My plans may have to change and be re-adjusted, or they may work out exactly as I’d expected.  Either way, I can be totally sure that Jesus knows what He’s doing. And that’s really good, because most the time, I have no clue what’s going on.

Jesus is so faithful and good. Sometimes I need to be reminded of that; especially in moments when I’m like, “Uh, hi, God! Remember me? Yeah… I could kinda use some help down here… like, uh, right now…. ”

It’s instances like that when I need to remind myself of the testimonies within my own life…

*A retreat I wanted to attend was totally full– but then a spot opened up and I was able to go

*My babysitter from when I was little, asking my parents and I if she could be my mentor–the Lord has used that gal to speak into my life countless times! Love her!

*The bad day, when I was feeling totally self-conscious and a friend suddenly ran up, gave me a bear hug, and said “I’m really glad we’re friends!” Totally made me feel like a million bucks!

*Praying for a friend, and seeing the Lord deliver them from a cigarette addiction

Now, compared to other testimonies  these things may seem pretty small– but it’s in the little, every day things that God’s faithfulness is displayed. When you think about it, we’re all like walking testimonies! Literally– the human body is so beautifully complex and orderly– God, in His goodness and faithfulness to us, knows what we need and designed our bodies to function in the best possible way.

father and sonThe Lord is just as faithful when you’re having a bad day and a little kid suddenly gives you a stick-figure-drawing, as He is when a dead person comes back to life! Christ is just as loving and worthy in the pleasant times, as He is in the times of hardship or tragedy. His goodness doesn’t depend on our situations– God is always good.  Sometimes, we just have to slow down and look a little closer.

“Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His love endures forever.” ~ 1 Chronicles 16:34

What’s one of your testimonies?

 

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