“When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.”

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Rae Anthony

“When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.” But how do you make lemonade when your pain is almost unbearable?

A friend of mine told me I should share her story when I told her that I was looking for inspiration. I laughed and dismissed the thought, telling her that I’d do so another time. For hours, I sat at my computer, battling with ‘writer’s block’ and after constructing a story for hours, I tossed it aside, and began working on a new one.

My friend was going through a difficult time, and though we joked around whenever we met, I knew the pain was a lot for her to bear. She had disclosed so many times and I knew I could never understand what she felt.

We talk to each other almost every day and I constantly encourage her to lean onto God for strength. Sometimes, however, when one is going through an extremely difficult time, God seems so far away.

Thankfully, she believes God will make a way for her someday, but even then, it’s hard to stay motivated; she cries at times but is determined to push through and she smiles even when she hurts the most.

According to her, life has knocked her down so many times, but now, she will accept whatever it throws at her, without allowing it to ruin her altogether.

I genuinely believe that God has a great purpose for her life, although it may not look that way now. Her situation seems like a hopeless one; it almost seems like God took some of the toughest battles and threw all her way.

And as much as I can make her laugh and help her at times, I can never eliminate her pain.

Still, I encourage her to pray, because one can get through any situation with God at their side; persons can accomplish what others thought they never would, simply because of God.

“He will only live for eight months”—doctors have said before, but time and time again, God has proved them wrong.

If you’re going through a difficult period right now, I encourage you to trust in God, even when you don’t see a way out and I promise you, He will see you through.

You may not get your blessing today, tomorrow or even five years from now (discouraging I know!) but trust in God through it all and one day, showers of blessings will come on your doorstep and you willsee and proclaim the goodness of the Lord.

Hang in there, you’ve got this!

P.S. Make it your duty to go to church; it will truly help. You can also join support groups online (you can use another identity) and/or join local groups as well.

Be encouraged my loves.

Sincerely, always,

Rae A.

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