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Monday

June 5, 2017

From Lemons to Lemonade

Read

Matthew 1:18, “This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be with child through the Holy Spirit.”

Think

Many times we look at people who seem to “have it all” and think to ourselves, “Must be nice! I wish I could be that lucky.” But chances are, that although they seemingly ‘have it all’, they too have been lobbed with lemons. You see, we are all in one of two camps: those soon to be lobbed and those currently under fire. The lemonade in their lives is present after “the squeeze”. A perfect example takes us back to the first Christmas. Just imagine what Mary must have felt as she told her parents, “I’ve conceived a child through the Holy Spirit—and guess what! You’re going to be grandparents! Within her culture, we know she must have endured embarrassment from people who didn’t understand. Although she trusted God, her experiences leading up to Jesus’ birth were pretty sour. Yet from this “lemon” God made THE MOST AMAZING lemonade in history.

Don’t be distracted by the lemonade in the lives of others. When we remain focused on God during the bitterness of life, we are open to being used for something far greater than ourselves. And if we stay the course, we will taste supernaturally sweetened lemonade on a ‘holy notha’ level!

Pray

Father God, Thank You in advance for turning my lemons into Your lemonade. Help me to not compare myself with others and to remain focused on the path You’ve set before me. I love You! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Act

Memorize Psalm 34:8, “Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in Him”.

 

Wednesday

May 17, 2017

Incurable Learners

Read

Psalm 25:4, "Show me how you work, God; School me in Your ways."

Think

Education is a crucial aspect of life. From the classroom to the boardroom, we consistently and constantly learn. But academic or professional realms aren’t the only, or even the most important, areas where we can gain knowledge and education in life. Often, the family room has the greatest lessons. And when we do it God’s way, we find ourselves under the greatest Instructor there is!

As you think about your life, where are you learning from? Who is instructing you in the areas of life that are most important? Make sure you focus on God’s Word, and experience the most valuable lessons you can ever learn!

Pray

Ask God for the discernment and wisdom that He wants you to have. Then pray for the discipline you need to carry out His lessons in your life.

Act

Memorization was an important tool to help you get though school. It can be an important tool to help you get through life as well. Commit to memorizing today’s verse, and focus on the education God has for you each and every day!