When Life Gives You Lemons Make Lemonade!

I had the opportunity this weekend to speak at the Bible Baptist Temple ladies retreat in St. Joseph, Missouri. The theme was, when life gives you lemons make lemonade! I told some ladies that I would put my devotion I gave today on my blog in case they want to read it. Hope it will be a blessing!


First I want to thank mrs. Marshal for inviting my mom and I to speak at
this retreat. It’s a honor to be here. I hope that what I share with you
will be a blessing. 

Jer 29:11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD,
thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.

In the past year or two, God has been and still is teaching me that He has a
plan for my life. I have read Jeremiah 29:11 many times. It’s amazing to me
that God has a purpose for my future. I honestly want to see the big picture
the God has drawn out for me. Unfortunately I can’t.  I have to trust and
obey and depend on Him to see me through whatever lies ahead. 

Growing up I heard the story of God raising Lazarus from the dead many
times. Last year my pastor, pastor Hardy, was preaching through the book of
John.  When he preached John chapter 11 he preached in a way I never thought
of before. The chapter is about Mary and Martha and how god allowed their
brother die so god could get the glory. And Mary and Martha told Jesus, if
he had been there, Lazarus would not have died.  Mary and Martha had a
different expected end in mind for their brother.  I’m sure even Lazarus had
a different expected end in mind as well.  But, their expectations didn’t
line up with what would be most glorifying to God.  Jesus loved Lazarus
that’s why he allowed him to die. So God could be glorified 

When I heard that message it broke my heart. Because I often have to
realized  that my expectation don’t always line up with God’s expected end
for my life.   God allowed me to get misdiagnosed and trapped in this
uncooperative body for His glory.  He has made me weak to He can be strong
through me when I depend on him.  And it’s by His grace to live my life in
joy. 

Yet there are times when I get discouraged and I wonder what life would be
like without dystonia. There would numerous things I could do. But instead
God decided to give me the dystonia lemon. Sometimes dystonia can be so hard
to deal with that I just want to give up. Them He reminds me of these
verses, 2Cr 12:10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches,
in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I
am weak,  then am I strong. 
Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. 

Those verses, along with many others have encouraged me throughout the
years. Listening to good godly Music is also another way I encourage myself.

Soon after I graduated high school and began moving on in life as a determined handicapped adult, I knew it was time for a change! First I decided to get involved in serving the lord at my church. I have often dreamed of one day teaching and influencing  young girls, but sometimes doubted this would be possible because of my physical limitations. However, God promises to give us the desires of our heart, and he granted that desire for me. I have been helping in the 5th grade Sunday school class at church for three  years and also have had the opportunity to teach. I love being apart of the girls lives and watching them grow spiritually. I have found that focusing on others instead of myself  can be rewarding.

Another area that I wanted change was my employment status.  When I get discouraged about not having a “real” job I find ways to help my mom around the house. There’s always something to do rather it’s putting away dishes or starting a load of laundry.  After a period of time in my life where I had tried everything in the world to get a job, I finally had to give it all up to God and depend on him. I decided to do something I enjoyed, I started painting. God opened the door so I could start my own business. It has been an amazing journey the past few years of my life, seeing God direct and guide me through the trials I have faced. I do know this, I couldn’t live my life this way without the Grace of God. 

Just recently God has blessed me with the lemon of singleness. He has been
teaching me to be content where I am at in this period of life. God reminds
me of a verse in Philippians 4;11 Not that I speak in respect of want: for I
have learned,  in whatsoever state I am,  therewith to be content. It
honestly has been rough.  I have four  of my friends who are getting married
this summer. Yes, you heard that right, four.  Obviously, I am happy for
them.  But, truthfully, sometimes I tend to get envious.  I desire to fall
in love too,   just like any other woman does. I know I’m still young, but,
I really wish I at least had a boyfriend. 



Being content can be hard at times. You might feel trapped with trials and
circumstances in your life and you may feel all alone. Can I encourage you?
Don’t give up!   Remember, Jesus.   He was the loneliest person in the
universe hanging on that cross for us.  He chose to be trapped in sin so we
wouldn’t be trapped in our  sorrows, and sufferings and sin. 

May I encourage you to listen to these questions carefully. 
What lemons has God given you in your life? Has God allowed a trial or
circumstance in your life for Him to get the glory? Are you depending God to
take care of your future rather married or single? I can’t imagine what
you’re facing  right now but God, our Provider and Savior does. He is able
to provide what you need when you need it. 


Hello, my name is Abigail Brown. My blog will help and encourage you to deepen your true, abiding joy in Christ. Plus inspire you to embrace the joy in Christ moment by moment. I hope it will be a blessing!

6 comments on “When Life Gives You Lemons Make Lemonade!

  1. Harry Hix

    Day in and day out, week after week, you are an encouragement to me, Abby. My wife and I admire you very much.

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  2. Carol Hix

    Your painting and teaching young girls and your blog are all wonderful ways to minister in God’s name. Thank you for being an example to all of us about trusting and obeying God.

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  3. When I was 16 I prayed for a boy to be my friend to go to youth activities with so I wouldn’t be alone. I really never had wanted to be married, I just wanted someone to share my thoughts and fun times with. I prayed for God to send me someone more spiritual than me so that I would grow in the Lord. My desire at that time was to be a single school teacher and live like Paul did in Corinthians. God sent me a hero and answered my prayers. I see you have a desire in your heart. God will (or may have already) send you a hero in your life…be sure to recognize him or her when they come. I am praying for you a very special friend. God will fill that void in HIS way. Love,
    Julie 🙂

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