Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Making Lemonade

We've all heard the saying, "When life hands you a lemon, make lemonade." But I'd like to know how you have done that. Please share the "lemons" you've encountered and how you turned them into "lemonade." Don't be shy. Your sharing will help us all. Just leave a comment with your story.


name said...

When I think of this subject (lemonade), I realize that I have done nothing (other than turn to Christ). However, with the afflictions in my life, Heavenly Father has helped me to become more humble (a trait that I am sorely lacking in), learn to love more fully (from a softening heart and being more humble), find joy in every day interactions with a wide variety of people (not just family and friends), see His hand in my life daily, and be able to assist in teaching the gospel to my children (through family scripture study, family prayer, FHE, etc...), which was not possible to the same extent before because of the different focus that my ex husband had. The lemons were the fruits of a heart wrenching divorce that only Christ could bear the pain of. My pain diminishes as I find joy in the truths of the gospel and realize more and more that the divorce situation is only temporary, but that eternal life (and all that it entails is, well..., eternal :).

Sherrie Mills Johnson said...

Thanks for sharing. I don't think that you have done "nothing." Your story is powerful in how it illustrate the principle. Despite a terrible "lemon" being served you, you have found a way to focus on the sweet that can be found even in dire situations. Thanks again for sharing.

Wendi said...

I took a break from blogland last week, since my kids were out of school for Spring Break. So, I'm just reading this post today.

The clinical depression I've dealt with in my life has become more debilitating over the last couple of years. Because of that, I've spent a lot of time in bed with no energy. So I've invited the kids to hop in bed with me in the mornings before school and before they go into their beds at night. We've been reading a lot of the same books (especially several youth fantasy series) and have had some great snuggling time together.

The good news is that because of the combination of my medicine being doubled a month ago and a new therapist, things seem to be improving again. :)