Friday, June 21, 2013

When Life Gives You Lemons...Opt for Chocolate Cake

This title just popped into my head and it's taken me a little while to figure out what it means to me. First of all, let me just say that May was a terrible, horrible, no good month! There was a death in the family, another family member in the hospital, my grandpa's house had to be repaired after a water pipe burst, and the end of the school year brought dance recitals, band concerts, NJHS ceremonies, and lots to do at work (since I work at a school). Plus my husband and I were asked to be a Ma and Pa on our Stake's Pioneer Trek. To say that writing didn't happen in May is an understatement. At the end of May, I was at the end of my rope. Life had definitely thrown me a lot of lemons and I didn't want them!
June started with a lot more promise though just as busy. The biggest thing that happened was the trek. I was so nervous about it. I hadn't been exercising and I was going to have to find a good
attitude to display and fast! I did a lot of praying and then just trusted that the Lord would help me to be the person that I needed to be for this task. We walked 13 rocky miles the first day and the women's pull was crazy hard. But something happened in those 5 days that I find hard to explain. Despite how hard it was, the trek wasn't a trial, it was a very big blessing. It was like finding a big slice of chocolate cake just for me. So I asked myself many times what was the difference between the hardships of the month before and the hardships of the trek. My answer is: MY attitude. In May I saw lemons everywhere and bemoaned my bad luck to have so many hard things happen to me. On the trek I used faith that the Lord would lead me forward and instead of seeing lemons, I recognized the chocolate cake the Lord was offering me.
My goal for the rest of the summer is to ignore the lemons that life throws at me and to look for chocolate cake instead. This includes my writing. Instead of seeing all the reasons I can't write, I will see all the reasons I should. I will re-prioritize and change my attitude and put my faith in the Lord to lead me where I should go. This will make me a much happier person! Because, let's be honest, lemons are never as good as chocolate cake! So why settle?

1 comment:

  1. So true that anything lemon cannot compare with anything chocolate! I had a month like your May recently. But, life does come in cycles. Currently, life is treating me kindly. :-) Ups and down, ups and downs...I hope you have a calm period coming up. :-)



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