"There hath no temptation taken you but such as is
common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to
be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also
make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it" 1
"I poured out my complaint before him; I showed
before him my trouble" Psalm
(Now, add a cup of sugar to the lemon water and stir to make lemonade.
You might allow the children to take turns stirring the lemonade.)
The sugar represents how God adds His grace to our troubles when we
are his children and we go to him in prayer. He may not take away
lemon, but He gives us the grace to deal with our problems so we can make
it through life. Just as it says in I Corinthians
10:13, He will make a way that we are able to bear our trial.
children drink some lemonade at this point.)
Share an experience in your life that you took to God and prayer and
were able to overcome because of His grace. Here is an
experience that I shared: When my dad passed away, it was a
very difficult time for me, and I needed help to pour this out before
the Lord. I didn’t feel like I could face going to the
funeral, but after people in my church prayed with me, I knew I would
be okay. I had to continue to pray on my own too. God
showed me that even though my dad was gone, I could still remember all
the good times we had, and this was one of the things that helped me
to overcome the grief I felt.
What do you have in your life that is like a lemon to you?
Have you poured it out to God? If you really feel overwhelmed by
it, it’s okay to ask Christian friends to help you pray about it
too. Give God your lemons, and watch His grace turn it into