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Tuesday, April 12, 2011


by Daveta Saunders, Associate Director

The other day while getting ready for work this quote kept going through my head, “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.” This quote in sum is saying; when your situation is difficult, complicated, or maybe horrific, do your best to make it better, and to look for something positive despite what may appear negative.  Internally, I said to myself, “I like lemonade, but should I like making lemonade based upon the underlying message of this quote?”  Hence, should I like being in complicated situations? So, after, pondering this question, I came to the conclusion, “Yes, I should like making lemonade!”

I should like making lemonade because I know that the only way that I can even go through the process of making lemonade is by trusting God and totally having my strength in Him. This process calls for one to take heed to Proverbs 16:3-4 (NLT),” Commit your actions to the Lord, and your plans will succeed. The Lord has made everything for his own purposes, even the wicked for a day of disaster”. One also has to be like Paul who definitely was in a situation in which he was given lemons, but he made lemonade when he wrote to the Philippians.  Paul offered this word of encouragement in Philippians 4:12-13 (NLT), “I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little. For I can do everything through Christ,who gives me strength.”

So, you may be having difficulty in a few of your classes this semester, or you may be in a difficult situation in which you want to give up. I implore you to have faith and seek God for wisdom on how to handle your issues. Most importantly, consider your adversity as another opportunity for God to get the glory. Also, if you do decide to make lemonade out of a situation that has given you lemons, be sure to ask God for strength to complete the process. As, 2 Corinthians 12:9 (NLT) addresses how God’s grace is all you need because God’s power works best in weakness.

Daveta Saunders is a 2004 graduate of Liberty and 
received her Master's from LU in 2007. She is an author and
hosts a radio program called "The TakeOver," which airs
every Friday night from 10PM-1AM on the campus radio station,
90.9FM The Light.

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