"One day at a time--this is enough. Do not look back and grieve over the past for it is gone; and do not be troubled about the future, for it has not yet come. Live in the present, and make it so beautiful it will be worth remembering."

Ida Scott Taylor

Friday, August 6, 2010

I'm Busy Building My Lemonade Stand

This has been an unusual week!
It's not worked out for me to blog and
I haven't
had much of a chance to
visit your blogs to find 
out what's happening with you.
I've missed YOU all .

Let's just say I've been tested a bit
this week with one of the very subjects
that I've been reading and art journaling
about on this blog regarding
Beth Moore's book:
So Long Insecurity.

Just when you think you are being 
a teacher on a subject, you find 
yourself as the student once again!

Life happens!  It happens to
us all and I've decided
it's  nice to know that whatever
we go through we can be sure
it will pass and be used
to help someone else one day. 
Knowing this helps me through.

I am so doing a lemonade stand
with my 4 yr. old granddaughter the next time 
I go to visit her in PA.  (if okay with mommy!)

"The wiser a person is,
the less they know for sure!"
Liz Becker

Rick Warren says in his book:
The Purpose Driven Life 

"Character is both developed and
revealed by tests,
and all of life is a test.  You are always
being tested. God constantly 
watches your response to people,
problems, success, conflict, illness,
disappointment, and even the weather."
"The good news is that God wants you to
pass the tests of life, so he never
allows the tests you face to be greater
than the grace he gives you to handle them."

"God keeps his promise, and he will not
allow you to be tested beyond your power
to remain firm; at the time you are put 
to the test, he will give you the strength to 
endure it, and so provide you 
with a way out."
1 Corinthians 10:13 (Today's English Version TEV)

So my friend, if you are having
a week  like mine, remember
WE are not alone.  
God already has planned the way out 
and over and under,   just for us.

So come on over and make some
lemonade with me. 
I promise we will forget our 
troubles while we stand on the sidewalk
trying to sell those 5 cent lemonades!
Wouldn't that be a hoot?
 Have A Great Weekend!


Marydon said...

Love Rick Warren ... great write.

What fun, a lemonade stand with the grands. I hadn't thought of that yet, have to work on that idea.

Have a lovely PINK summer's weekend ~
TTFN ~ Marydon

Janette@Janette's Sage said...

So with you this week...I am reading Beth Moore's book also and Max Lucado's Fearless...I had opportunities to use what I was learning from both this week...I am trying to decide if I need to put them away for awhile...LOL, so I can recover...no God is good and the lessons went deep.
Blessings on your art, it is just wonderful and your art for your journal has stayed in my mind
Have an awesome weekend

Farmgirl Paints said...

Oh a testing week. That must mean some great opportunities to stretch your wings and fly are coming your way. I'm sure you will pass with flying colors sweet girl. Have a great weekend.

Lissa said...

drink in a big dose of that sweet lemonade sweet lady! I hope that as I read this things are already turning around for you! It may sound trite but God is ALWAYS in control and you can rest in that!

Bren said...

Hmm, you mean I wasn't suppose to drink the mixture! That explains why it the technique didn't work :-) That was too funny LeeAnn.
Some say I make a great teacher, but it's not something I think about, I just share what I'm wading through myself and if it helps or gives some insight great ! Thankx

Jennifer Richardson said...

Building lemonade stands is what you do with your blog,LeeAnn
......you've created a whimsical, life-giving place where
refreshing, nourishing sweetness
is poured from the lemons life gives us. And you're the hostess with the mostest! It's what you've been doing all along....it's only natural that your hands find themselves putting together another:)
Have fun:)

JessicaSheets.com said...

Mom, our new neighborhood is perfect for the lemonade stand! We actually have sidewalks now!:-)

Mom, you've always sweetened everything that has left a funny taste in our mouths as Jay and I have grown up. It's a bummer you have extra lemons to deal with right now, but I know God will help you see the silver lining. I'm praying you can find contentment in the midst of it so you can remind me to do the same when I need it. :-)

I love you, Mom! Proud to be your daughter, too!



Mary said...

Lee Ann, I know weeks like this are hard. Sometimes they exhaust us. I know we are "tested" but something that has helped me is to look at it as an invitation. An invitation to follow deeper, to maybe die to something that will free me. And I believe God is gracious to us in the times we just cannot do it. I am saying this because I know the guilt I feel when I don't think I "passed" the test. God knows our hearts.

Lee Ann, your heart is beautiful!!

love and hugs!!

Nancy said...

You are just the most postive person in this world...You are going through so much yet your blog is full of hope and always points to the goodness of God...I know He will bless you through this situation...You have already blessed us so much.....

I wish I could go and have a glass of lemonade with you...what fun we'd have.....

LeeAnn@Encouragement Is Contagious said...

All of you are so wonderful! I'm sitting here crying with tears of gratefulness for each of you. You don't even know what has happened to me for sure but for some reason it seems like you have sensed it correctly right through the computer screen. You have blessed me with the exact words OF encouragement and thoughts to ponder that I needed to hear. I THINK GOD SENT YOU!!

I love you all!
Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Lee Ann

oh and Jessica, I LOVE YOU! I'm so glad that you are my daughter. xoxo

DJ said...

Lee Ann,
If I'm going to continue to visit your blog, I need to station a box of kleenex next to my computer. God is always touching my heart with your posts.
I'll bring all my life lemons. You can make several pitchers and make lots of nickels.

Kathy and Robert said...

Thank God for lemons...without them we couldn't make the lemonade! God is Faithful...'nuff said.
So glad I found this wonderful blog. Blessings, Kathy

Yaya' s Home said...

Lemonade and grandies; now, that's the perfect way to forget your troubles, if you ask me. So glad to meet you.

~ Yaya

Nancy Medina said...

Thankyou for the comments on my bloggy Lee Ann, there are no accidents and since lemons and lemonade is something we are sharing this week, I am drinking a toast to you my friend! Thank you for all your encouragement. You are a gem.