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Thursday, March 1, 2012

Been doing it all wrong...


But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.
Galatians 5:22-23 (NIV)

I’ve been doing it all wrong.  Not the praying; I think I’ve gotten that right, but the mindset…and not the mindset associated with my personal prayer challenge.  I’ve begun the last full week of daily sacrificial prayer for my husband.  Today’s prayer seeks assurance that the fruit of the Spirit would continually be exhibited throughout his life. Not a difficult prayer for my beloved, but in considering this prayer and scripture, I learned something.  Today’s personal revelation is that I’ve been doing it all wrong.

I am the eternal optimist.  When life gives me lemons, I make lemonade…and for all I’ve been trying to learn in my walk, I’ve been headed in the wrong direction.  We shouldn’t be making lemonade. 


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Beautiful words came from an ugly place.  When Paul wrote the people of Galatia, in letters in which the fruit of the Spirit are explained, they were in deep dip.  He was admonishing them in great anger for focusing on the wrong things, chiefly that their salvation came from obedience to Mosaic Law rather than through the Gift of Grace.  All wrong.

To make lemonade, you take sour lemons, add sugar and water to end up with something sweet.  It works, but it’s the right answer to the wrong question.  We shouldn’t be making lemonade—we should be making fruit salad.  Lemonade requires that you work with what you’ve got, on your own, without Grace.  It’s a skill to “fake it ‘til you make it.” But what about Faith?

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. famously said that “Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase.” That’s something entirely different than decorating and planning your life on the step you can see.   Faith is knows that you are never alone…that you will never ever have to just get by. 

That’s the lesson, and the blessing, and the end of this story.  Except to say that once again I am reminded of the abundance in my life.  I am reminded that this revelation was always there, waiting for me to be ready and open to receive it.  Finally, I am reminded that God is Good. 

Today’s Feast: Not Your Average Lemonade

Backstory~I don’t hate lemonade, in fact, I love it.  This summer, I happened upon this rather unusual method for making lemonade (I think it’s French) and I am in love.  You will be too.  Have it with some fruit salad…

Ingredients
6 lemons
I C water
1 C sugar (I use demerara)
3-4 C cold water
Dash of Angostura bitters
Pour the water and sugar into a saucepan to make simple syrup.  Before placing on the heat, rinse and carefully zest the lemons, adding all the zest to the pot.   Simmer about 2-3 minutes, until all the sugar dissolves.  Set aside to cool, straining off the zest.

Juice lemons to get a yield of at least 1 C lemon juice (more is good, depending upon your tolerance for tart…I like it to zing).  Mix the lemon juice, the strained syrup, a dash of bitters, adding cold water to taste.  Finish with lemon slices and plenty of ice.  

55 comments:

  1. Thanks for your encouraging words, as well as the lemonade recipe that I will have to try. But just what are 'bitters'?

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    1. Shelly,
      Angostura Bitters http://www.angosturabitters.com/default2.htm are a flavoring agent used in Caribbean cooking, cocktails, and probably a variety of other things. I grew up with them. It's a unique flavor and honestly, certain things just taste flat without them. It's not expensive, and I ALWAYS have a bottle in the house.
      The encouragement was well deserved. Thanks for stopping by. I can't wait to hear what you think of the lemonade.
      Chelle

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  2. Love the change of perspective...some times we do have wrong thinking and trying to make lemonade out of that would just be worse!
    Thanks for the recipe and also the explanation of bitters! Where did you grow up?

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    1. I grew up in the US southwest and northeast, but have deep Southern roots. Then I went and married a man from the Caribbean. Talk about a mash-up!

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  3. When life deals you lemons, make fruit salad - that is amazing I love it. I'm never gona make lemonade again! :)

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  4. That lemonade recipe is maing my mouth water!!

    I'm visiting over from Blogelina, you left me a comment so I wanted to check you out :)

    I think your post hits home with me as I have often needed reminding of this! Thank you!

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    1. Caroline, glad the post spoke to you...I hope you try (and enjoy) the lemonade. Thanks as well for the follow, you'll be seeing me on your site. It's seems we have a good deal in common.

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  5. I'm new to your blog (found you on World Blogger). You have very inspiring posts. Looking forward to reading more. I never thought about making fruit salad vs. lemonade...great thought. ; )

    Irish

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    1. Irish, welcome to the Feast, I hope you'll stick around. It's good to know you're looking forward to reading more. I'll take that as motivation to keep writing. I'm off to check out your blog.
      Thanks again.

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  6. What a life changing revelation. Aren't you blessed to be able to see this? Thanks for sharing.

    By the way I plan on making this lemonade!

    Stopping by from the 100 Comments event.

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    1. Lisa, yes, I am blessed. I hope you do try the lemonade...I'd love to know what you think. glad you stopped by...

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  7. Angostura bitters...interesting. I never would have thought of using that. I printed this recipe and will give it a try.

    Very nice post too :)

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  8. Definitely need His ingredients to make the recipe correctly! Nice post!

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  9. I will have to try this recipe. Love how you write and WHO you write about. Blessings to you.

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  10. I really like the quote from MLK. What a perfect example of what faith is. Such interesting insights.

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  11. What a wonderful post! Thank you for the encouragement.

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  12. This was inspirational and encouraging - just what I needed to read right now. Thank you for sharing this (and the lemonade recipe!) with us. <3

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  13. Thanks for the inspirational boost and mmm mmmm that lemonade recipe will far well with the crazy sweltering weather we've been experiencing in TX!!

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  14. I love that you then put a recipe for lemonade at the bottom very inspirational thanks!

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  15. Lovely thoughts and I love the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. quote!

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  16. what a great way to look at prayer. This is something we all need to do.

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  17. Wish I liked lemonade it looks like a great recipe. I never heard that martin Luther King quote before. It's beautiful! Thank you for sharing.

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  18. Great post! Have you ever read (or followed) the book "The Power of the Praying Wife" by Stormie O'Martian, I think. There's one for children too - a very powerful way to pray for your husband each day for a different area!

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  19. I love MLK's quote! Thank you for such an insightful post!

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  20. I appreciate this and other posts you've written (I peeked...) - ;-} Thanks for sharing... Happy you have a happy marriage... Thoughtful responses to God's Word...

    Lynden

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  21. What a wonderful post. I like how you explain the scripture.

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  22. I will have to try your recipe, thanks for sharing :)

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  23. This are good words for me to read as I tend to be more pessimistic about things!

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  24. Inspiring post. Love the recipe also!

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  25. You are right. We've been studying the Fruits of the Spirit in my mom Bible study for a few weeks and this week we touched on Joy. I had always seen the fruits as a law...like if you have the Holy Spirit, you will have Joy...when instead I am learning that through our salvation, we have Joy...and all of the other fruits as well. It is not about me, but about Jesus, living in me. I discussed it here: http://dakotapam.com/joy/

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    1. Kelley, for me, the glass is always half full. You?

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  27. Nice metaphor using the scripture with making lemonade.

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  28. Interesting perspective... I'm still trying to digest it all and connect the analogies- sometimes these things take a while :) Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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  29. I love that quote from Martin Luther King, Jr. Faith is truley moving forward without knowing. Just as you said, lemonade just takes the current situation and makes it better, while good, moving forward is key. Thank you for the inspiration today.

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  30. Oh!!! I love your Lemonade recipe!!! Thanks for sharing and hope you have a wonderful, blessed day.

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  31. I like this concept about the lemonade vs fruit salad - something to remember. Also what is this week of sacrificial prayer you have been doing? do you have more info on that? I have a hard time focusing my prayer life and I would love to have more resources or ways to challenge myself to pray more purposefully! :)
    Thanks!

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  32. This is a food to my spirit. I like it here and I'll be sticking around. Following you from the 100 comments event.

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  33. Thanks for the inspiration. I must say that you made me think about that old adage of making lemonade... fruit salad, huh? Hummm... still thinking. :)

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  34. Tks for your post to remind me to know the heart behind why I'm doing certain things.

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  35. I never thought about it that way. Thanks for the food for thought.

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  36. Thanks for sharing the King quote. That speaks volumes to me.

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  37. This is such a great post! I never thought about the making lemons into lemonade" saying. I may need to find another saying. I don't want to take your fruit salad name.

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  38. Great insights about using what we have and learning when we are in the pit! Sometimes we need to thank the Lord for what we have instead of trying to change it to the way we like it or the way we are used to making things work for us.

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  39. My church is going through 2 Peter right now and I love your take on it! It's perfectly in line with the messages I've been learning from my Pastor these last few weeks!

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  40. I've been randomly reading a lot lately about having faith. Stumbling across these writings are no coincidence, including reading your blog post today (3/8), a day that I really needed to read this. I am blindly navigating murky waters right now in my life (has to do w/ our son's bio sister, details on my blog) and these little reminders about keeping my faith and "making fruit salad" is so encouraging and challenging. Thank you for offering this.

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  41. I have been BLESSED just by reading this post! What an awesome outlook on life! May God continue bless you and guide and may you be able to continue to make fruit salad! Thanks for the lemonade recipe!

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  42. I love your attitude! It's so important to look at life positively. Thank you for the great lemonade recipe. :)
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  43. Personal revelations are wonderful. Learning what YOU should so with those lemons is key. And that recipe sounds good by the way. I am looking forward to listening to my inner voice while I sip some lemonade on the porch this summer.

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  44. What a lovely post! It's something you don't really think about sometimes. I also think the lemonade recipe at the end was a nice touch. :-)

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  45. I'm not a big fan of lemonade, but that is definitely a unique recipe!

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  46. God is definitely good and we don't need to fear because He holds our lives in His hands.

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  47. thanks for these encouraging words and insight. You've got me thinking about this. Thanks for sharing!

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  48. What a great way to look at it! I'll be trying more fruit salad (from the Bible)! :)

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