Be a Lemonade Maker in 2018

What defines a person?  I don’t believe the cards we are dealt in live define us.  I believe how we play the cards is what truly defines us.  I’ve always had a passion to help others, and since March 8, 2014, I’ve had a personal bucket list item to start a blog.  I purchased the domain name and started and stopped various blogs more times than I care to count.  Now that 2017 is coming to a close, I decided to finally put this plan into action and to find a way to make lemonade out of the lemons in my life.

I love water with fresh lemons.  When I buy lemons, I look for the “pretty” ones that are as close to perfect as possible.  In all honesty, isn’t that what we all want, to be as close to perfect as possible?  Have you ever left the store because the lemons were not good enough?  The funny thing is just like lemons, we’re all perfectly imperfect.

In thinking about how different each of us are, I am reminded of Psalm 139:14, “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made…”  Along with this, I am reminded that God created each of us unique with different talents, and it is how we use those talents that defines us.  Sometimes it is not what you do for others that matters, it’s more that you did something.  At the end of the day, we are all perfectly imperfect humans who want to be cared about.

To those who know and love me, I believe my ability to play the cards I am dealt in a tragedy is what defines me.  Let’s face it, I’ve definitely been dealt some pretty tough hands over the years.  While the purpose of this is not to host my own pity party, it is what has driven me to create this blog.  I won’t go into all of the details in this post.  I  will just sum it up by saying at the age of 38 (not 40 yet), I have lost my sister (and best friend), only brother-in-law, third born baby, and my father.  The theme between all of these losses is tragedy because unfortunately, all the major losses in my life have been tragic ones.

With each loss, I am left wondering, how can I use this tragedy to bring some good in the world?  What I’ve learned through each loss is people are very awkward when trying to relate to someone who has suffered a loss.  People don’t know what to say or what to do.  Don’t worry, it’s awkward for almost everyone.  With each loss, I realize that I have so much to share that might help people not be so awkward next time.  I’ve discussed this often with several different people and finally decided it is time to put this plan into action.  I’m not sure the path this process will take, and I know it will be painful at times; however, if I am able to help someone by sharing my story and experiences, then all of this was worth it.

1 Peter 4:10 reminds us “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.”  I ask you to join me on this journey as I share my story in hopes of helping others find ways to use their talents to serve others.  For 2018, be a lemonade maker, no matter what lemons you have.  For an extra reward, find ways to share your perfectly imperfect lemonade with others.

 

11 thoughts on “Be a Lemonade Maker in 2018

  1. Elizabeth, You are certainly an inspiration! Through all your tragedies, you’ve maintained your beautiful smile and amazing personality. Now, I know that behind closed doors, one can feel more freely to exhibit their emotions in a more realistic manner. I think this blog is a brilliant idea, and I wish you all the best in working through yourself to serve others. God will guide your words and walk beside you in this journey. I love you sweet friend, Debbie

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  2. Elizabeth,

    I have always admired your sweet ,kind,humble spirit. You are always the same every time I see you and in my eyes you treat everyone just alike. No differences made. A remarkable trait.
    I enjoyed this entry to your blog. It truly touched my heart and I certainly look forward to future writings.

    Blessings to you as you continue your dream.

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  3. Great…I look forward to your blogs. You are one of the strongest young ladies I know. And yes you have been through a lot. Prayers for you as you help others through their grief.

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  4. What a beautiful post. I’ve read it several times, and I have been encouraged. Thank you so much!

    You are living out one of my my favorite passages in the Bible- 2 Corinthians 1:3-7
    3Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, 4who comforts us in all our affliction so that we will be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. 5For just as the sufferings of Christ are ours in abundance, so also our comfort is abundant through Christ. 6But if we are afflicted, it is for your comfort and salvation; or if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which is effective in the patient enduring of the same sufferings which we also suffer; 7and our hope for you is firmly grounded, knowing that as you are sharers of our sufferings, so also you are sharers of our comfort.

    May God continue you to bless you and give you the strength to be an encourager…and a lemonade maker.

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  5. Elizabeth,
    I have just read your first 3 blog posts. You have a wonderful gift of writing. You will be a comforter and encourager to many. I admire you sweet lady. May God bless you as you continue to teach us and as you and Chris raise your sweet family.
    Love, Melinda Cross

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