Recipe for Lemonade

"How sweet your words taste to me; they are sweeter than honey."  Psalm 119:103

In the summer of 1976, our family spent two weeks at Grandma Tis' house in Van Nuys, California.  It was a special trip, since we only visited my mother's family every other year. 

The house was old and weathered, and the back yard was full of every kind of fruit tree imaginable.  On the day before my 10th birthday, Grandma Tis determined that the lemons were ready to be picked, and that it was time to learn how to make lemonade!  My sister and I were so excited.  We squeezed lemons until our hands were pruny--loving every minute of it!! 

The recipe we used:  1 tablespoon of sugar to every half lemon to 1/4 c. water (taste and adjust as necessary)

Grandma Tis may have taught me how to make lemonade from lemons, but it was my mother who taught me how to make lemonade from life's lemons.  No matter what life has thrown her, she has always carried a sunny disposition.

Recently, after being handed what I felt was more than my fair share of lemons, I called my mother and asked her about her recipe for lemonade. 

"I just don't think I can keep making lemonade," I said.  "I've run out of sugar.  All I have is sour lemons, and the recipe calls for sugar, too!  What if you run out of sugar?"

My mother just giggled and said, "God's Word is sweeter than honey, and He is all you'll ever need to keep making lemonade for the rest of your life.  When you're down and out, just pick up your Bible, and you'll see."

Momma was right.

May you find the sweetness of God's Word powerful enough to transform the sourest lemons in your life into lemonade.  God bless you, Momma.


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