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Making Lemonade

on September 4, 2015

My sister turned the real lemon — their old van — into lemonade when they upgraded it to this little bug.

Last week, for the first time since we started this blog in January of 2014, I didn’t get a post in at all. It’s not because anything major happened in my life—no one died, fortunately. I didn’t get hurt. I certainly didn’t receive any bad news. In fact, just the opposite for I learned a story I wrote about my mom was accepted into the Chicken Soup for the Soul: Merry Christmas! volume releasing in October.

No, it wasn’t any of that, but it was a combination of things. One, I was working on a post that is tough to write, and I hit a roadblock. I just didn’t know how to say what was on my heart. As a result, I felt I had to set it aside until it was ready. Two, I decided on Thursday to have a yard sale on Saturday … and that’s a lot of work, as you probably know. And three, when I was finally ready to focus and get it done, my internet shut down.

Sometimes life goes that way. You don’t plan on it so you’re not prepared. Sure, not getting a blog post done on time is, without question, a minor thing. But some of those just-because-I’m-human snags can hit us pretty hard.

My biggest snags lately have been work-related. I keep getting potential job possibilities, and I let my hopes soar only to crash when they don’t come through. This has been a particular rough summer. Sometimes I am so tired of constantly striving to bring in enough to make ends meet. And sometimes I don’t make it. Hence the internet problem.

Don’t get me wrong—God continues to provide. I have a roof over my head, plenty to eat and I had a fun, active summer thanks, for the most part, to family assistance. It’s wonderful to have that kind of support, but I’m tired of needing it.

This Labor Day weekend, I’m acutely aware of my lack of work. It’s frustrating, but I’m a natural optimist. One of my favorite movie lines is from the Tim Allen comedy Galaxy Quest: “Never give up. Never surrender!”

The tough days and big snags will come. They just will. What shows our true character is how we handle the surprises and disappointments. Do we only see the lemons or can we trust God to see a whole lot more?


2 responses to “Making Lemonade

  1. Carole says:

    Ah, Sharyn, good post. Most of us do get a bit overwhelmed at times. Hang in there; God wil continue to provide, and somewhere there is the right work for you so there won’t be THAT problem to deal with. Love you!

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