Confessions, Friends, Letters to My Kids

Normally, I like Lemons

Dear Child of Mine,

I need you to know that some days are just bad days. And I’ll be there to hold you and catch your tears. I’ll try to remind you that Jesus says,

In this world you will have trouble, but take heart! I have overcome the world. (John 16:33)

There may be times when I need you to remind me of those words from our Savior. In the middle of last week, before my piano studio recital, before the hustle of Christmas, before painful conflict, I had one of those bad days.  The car wouldn’t start, again and again and again. My debit card had a hold on it so I had to be that girl who couldn’t buy her groceries at Aldi. It was just  like Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.

12_20_13_ Lemons

But then there were many “Grateful Heart Moments” as my own mom reminded me. When I was “stranded” with a dud of a car, I was at a friend’s house, safe and warm. That same friend’s husband came to rescue me again and again, repairing my car free of charge the very next day. I was able to do my laundry. Get most of groceries purchased. And still get home in time. That’s when I made this post on Facebook.

Sometimes life hands you so many lemons you just need to cry from the acidity of it all. But then your friends rescue you, and you realize your lemonade is delicious. (My apologies for the ridiculous metaphor.)

Look for the joy, my child. God is there, offering his grace, even in the pain, the annoyance, the frustration of this world.

Love,

Mama

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