Life can get you down.
We each go through hardships. Some are spoken; others are too painful to speak of.
Grief. Marriage issues. Family issues. Betrayal. Illness. Financial difficulties. Loss. Rejection. Painful memories. Church conflict. Job irritants. Worry. Depression. Anxiety. Rebellious or prodigal loved ones.
The list of heartaches and tough challenges we each go through in life can go on and on and on.
I saw a quote this week:
“When life gives you lemons, freeze them and throw them as hard as possible at the things or people who are making your life so difficult.”
I’m sure many of you can relate.
As I was driving to meet my parents for ice cream tonight, the Lord brought something to mind. And it is far better of a strategy to get through tough seasons in life without resorting to fruit throwing.
When going through grief, life challenges, loss, trials, or hardships, we have three choices we can make:
- We can grow bitter
- We can grow better
- We can grow braver
I will be completely honest and share that I have, at different times, chosen each of these three strategies.
Growing bitter led me to experiencing much more hardship and grief. Growing better led me to writing my book and YouVersion plans. Growing braver led to me pouring into the grief community by sharing my life stories to help others.
At times, yes, it sure would’ve felt very fulfilling to throw back the sour frozen lemons at the difficult situations and people who originally threw sourness my way…for sure…but when you choose bitterness, and throw lemons back, you can’t take life’s lemons and eventually have the ability to make lemonade out of them instead. And God always helps us to make lemonade out of the bitter fruit we have been pegged by in life.
What will you choose today?
I do not know what heartbreaking challenges you are facing, but I hope you will wholeheartedly choose to rise high above your circumstances and press forward to become braver and better.
What if you’re currently entrapped in bitterness?
It’s easy to become bitter. Life is filled with opportunities to hang onto hurts and every unfair thing that has happened. Truly.
Becoming better and braver is a choice…and anyone can choose to become braver and better starting today.
It may take a lot of time, help, and a whole lot of work, but it will be worth it.
May God richly bless you as you choose to handle your grief, heartaches, and challenges in an honorable, braver, and better way.
Taking your circumstances (and life’s lemons) to the Lord and placing them in His hands, continually praying, and reading God’s Word for wisdom, discernment, and instruction are what I have found to be the best ways to handle all life will throw.
God truly has the best way of blessing us when we choose to do that.
He takes the sour oldness and creates a sweet newness in a way we never could have dreamed of. He has the power to bring great purpose out of our heartaches. And He has the power to overcome, restore, and better any situation.
I truly pray your very best days are ahead of you.
And in the future, when you reflect back on the hardest seasons of your life, I hope you will share with others…over a glass of lemonade…how God helped you to become better and more brave.
Lamentations 3:20-25, “I will never forget this awful time, as I grieve over my loss. Yet I still dare to hope when I remember this: The faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning. I say to myself, “The Lord is my inheritance; therefore, I will hope in him!” The Lord is good to those who depend on him, to those who search for him.”
Proverbs 3:5-6, ”Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.”
Psalm 91:14-16, “Because he has loved Me, therefore I will deliver him; I will set him securely on high, because he has known My name. He will call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will rescue him and honor him. With a long life I will satisfy him And let him see My salvation.”
Gratitude & many blessings,
©2017 by Kim Niles. All rights reserved.
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