When Life Hands You Lemons…

You know those moments when you’re handed some burdens and you don’t like any of the possible outcomes? Yeah, I know those moments.

Those moments feel a lot like when life hands you lemons and you don’t even like lemonade.

Sometimes life hands you a fistful of lemons and you don't even like lemonade. It's like when you're dealt a series of burdens, or struggles, or hardships - and you don't know what to do with it! These five truths can help. Trust them, believe them, and hand those lemons to the One who promises to carry all burdens!

Our world is buried in burdens. Sickness. Death. Divorce. Failure. Job loss. Abuse. Anxiety. Doubt. Ridicule. Harassment. Comparison. Purposelessness. Hopelessness. Turmoil. Loss.

We’re handed these lemons and expected to make lemonade, only there’s a problem. Not everyone enjoys lemonade. Some find it too sour, some too sweet. And what are we supposed to do in those moments when our hands are full of lemons and we don’t want to make lemonade?

Well, usually we make the yellow drink anyway. But can I challenge you? Don’t drink it if you don’t like it!

I experienced this in a big way. Anxiety is a struggle – a deep struggle – in this weary heart of mine. Anxiety was having its way with my relationships, my faith, my schoolwork, and my joys. It was stripping me of me. Basically, I was being forced to drink this concoction of anxiety-lemonade.

My friends, that is not a good place to be. I had to learn to loosen my grip and hand over the lemons. It was not my burden to hold.

Sometimes, I think we’re handed a huge burden and we feel that there is no way out. I guess this may be so in some cases. Sickness, for example, may never physically go away. But there’s a whole other side of this burden that allows from some loosening.

You can always loosen your grip when it comes to your spirituality, your mindset, your emotions, or your thoughts. Goodness, if I had learned this years ago I may have let go of those heavy lemons when I was twelve instead of twenty-two!

God promises many things in his Word. He promises that our burdens are his burdens. This means that you are not forced to make lemonade. You can hand over your burdens and trust in a God far greater than yourself! Scripture tells us so.

Psalm 55:22

Cast your burden on the Lord, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved.

Your burden is lifted the moment you hand it to the Father. No, the physical feeling of the burden may not be lifted. You may still be weary, hopeless, sad, angry, or sick. But God holds the weight in his hands and leaves you free to be joyful.

2 Corinthians 10:5

We demolish arguments and every pretense that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take every thought captive to make it obedient to Christ.

Demolish anything that does not stand in line with the truth of God and his character. I urge you, please do this. Work hard to fight against the things of this world. Anxiety and depression, comparison and feelings of failure – these are worldly things that need demolishing. Take your thoughts captive. Choose to give your burdens to God and choose to take your thoughts captive to Christ.

What do you do when life hands you lemons and you don't like lemonade? You have two choices - make the yellow drink or believe these five truths!

Matthew 11:28

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.

The beautiful thing about this verse is that it offers restoration to the person who has struggled to give up her burdens and take her thoughts captive to Jesus. Those steps are hard – I will be the first to admit that. Know that God is waiting with arms open wide to give rest to the burdened.

Psalm 62:8

Trust in him at all times; people, pour out your heart before him: God is our refuge.

“God is our refuge.” What a beautiful thought. What beautiful hope. We can trust in God, which means that we can deliver our burdens to his mighty hand knowing that they will be overcome!

Hebrews 7:25

Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them.

The Lord intercedes for you. The Lord himself has laid down your burdens at the foot of the cross in prayer. Believe this and cling to it. Let that verse wash over your heart.

You see, friend, there is no reason to drink the burden-lemonade. There is so much hope in giving it up, in choosing to lay the burdens in the hands of our Savior.

The next time you are dealt a big batch of lemons, read these five verses and believe that they are truth. Believe that they are enough to rid you of your burden.

Remember those outcomes we were talking about – the ones that we don’t always like?

When you choose to hand your burdens to Jesus, the outcome is secure.

No more lemonade for you.


Are you carrying around some heavy burdens? Which verse from above speaks to your heart? Adopt it this week & speak truth to yourself! And would it share it below?

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4 thoughts on “When Life Hands You Lemons…

  1. Better 22 than 32. Remember when you are feeling anxious or overwhelmed that “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

    Have a great day honey. Love you.

  2. What beautiful insight! Some burdens are not ours to hold … For an “achiever”, a “people pleaser,” somethings this is hard to distinguish! But important in order to thrive! Thanks for this challenging word! Visiting from Grace & Truth.

    1. Dianne, thanks for commenting! I love the Grace & Truth linkup, don’t you? I fall into the people-pleaser category more often than I’d like to admit, and you are so right. When I hand my burdens to the Lord, there is incredible peace. 🙂

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