When Life Gives You Lemons

For the last few days I have been thinking about what I would blog about and I kept coming up empty, until it dawned on me this morning while I was getting ready.  Talk about Lemons!  I did this painting a few years ago.  Although the original is sold, prints are still available at the link below.

"When Life Gives You Lemons"

http://fineartamerica.com/products/when-life-gives-you-lemons-mary-charles-art-print.html

Two nights ago, I was working in the garage, creating a diy "lemon-colored"(:p) forsythia wreath.  (I'll share how I made this for only a few dollars in an upcoming post.)





Then, last night I was working at adapting a recipe from dirt pudding and wanted to create a lemony sand pudding--yum!  (I'll share the recipe in an upcoming post too.)



Admittedly, the last few weeks have been a little rough.  We've had a few lemons of our own to deal with.  It started with a blue heron at our pond.  We went from 14 fish to 2 fish in a matter of a few hours.  Besides that, with the rough winter, the hose in our pond froze, then cracked and sent water running out onto the ground.   Fortunately, we caught it in time and were able to turn the pump off before the pond was emptied and avoided ruining the pump.

This past week while the weather was warm, we decided to work on the pond and get it up and running again.  After a few trips to the store, we had $40 worth of hose--that was doable.  It was everything we needed, so we thought!  With the new hoses all hooked up and tightly sealed, we plugged in the pump.   Suddenly, water came gushing out of the bottom of the above-ground filter.  Ugh!  Apparently, when the water froze in the hose it eventually froze in the filter, cracking the bottom.  So, back to the store again for a $200+ filter.  I don't know about you, but when one thing breaks down around our home, there's usually a ripple effect.  For us, it also came in the form of a $1100 car repair, then a much needed new mower, etc., etc.  (Sigh) You know what I mean.

In life, when something insignificant goes wrong, our tendency is to think we can just "fix it" ourselves. However, when multiple things happen and we can't fix it, what do we do?  When the repairs are in the 4 digits and your check book only has 2 digits, what do you do?  When someone in your family gets sick and the doctors don't have the answers you were looking for, who do you turn to?  We could worry about it or we could hand it over to the Lord.  When life gives you lemons, it's really an opportunity--an opportunity to TRUST in an all-powerful, all-knowing, all-providing God.

I have seen this demonstrated in my life many times.  Twenty years ago when I developed vertigo and left my full time job, it was an opportunity for me to either worry or trust God.  Amazingly, God showed up and provided 6 raises over the course of a year in my husband's pay to help cover a loss in my pay.  No one knew about our need, but He did.

Becoming an artist was both wonderful and scary at the same time.  I had no idea where I would get work from  being a newbie to all of this.  I never paid for advertising.  I just trusted God to provide my pay check.  After all these years, He still amazes me over and over again.  When I'm working on a piece for someone and I'm just about finished, I either get a call or an email from someone else looking for a piece of my art!  God is truly a faithful provider, we just need to TRUST Him.

Well, I'm glad to say that the pond is up and running and with the blessing of warmer weather ahead, it will soon look like this again.

http://www.stonegableblog.com/the-scoop-167/

Can you think of a time when you couldn't "fix" a problem and you had to rely on God?  How did God work in your situation?  I'd love to hear from you.



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