Quote for the Day

“A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.”
– Sir Winston Churchill

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4 thoughts on “Quote for the Day

  1. If you are the optimist, then I guess you do what this quote says??…..”if life hands you lemons (difficulties), then make lemonade.(an opportunity to make something sour……..sweet)

  2. Needles, thanks. Your comment, as aged as it is, really spoke to me today. I have been making really good lemonade with real lemons, local honey, plus, for cold like symptoms. Now homemade lemonade with real lemons and honey are way too good not to have. Lemons (sour little things) are a little pricey now and local honey (real sweet) is also a little pricey. But, they are well worth the dollar. Take the time to make it and sit with beautiful (Christ) Christmas music and Praise Him and enjoy Him. This leads me to one of my very favorite passages of scripture…”You give (us) drink from your river of delights.”

    Psalm 16:11 says:
    “You (God) have made known to me the path of life; You will fill me with joy in Your presence, with eternal pleasures at Your right hand”

    He inhabits the praises of His people. When we praise and thank Him, we are in His presence where there is fullness of joy.

    Because of this season (Christmas) and the reason for it we have reason to be greatly optimistic. The prophet Isaiah 60:2 gave us great Hope
    with his words:
    “For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the LORD shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee.”

    This gives us the second part of my favorite scripture “…in your light we see light.” Psalm 36…When we experience glory we have light.

  3. Reading Needles and Sara comments about making something sweet from something sour also reminds me of what James told us in James 1:2. He said to “count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance.” He was expecting the pay-off of his optimism in trials to be perfection. “But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.” But I see the word ‘work’ in there. And it does take some work to overcome difficulties and trials as it does to make homemade lemonade. How thankful to be able to drink from his river (as Sara writes above) and be refreshed and renewed by His glory.

  4. Sara, your blog and the comments of the Lilies is a confirmation of the Scripture that has played its little melody in my head at certain intervals, all day today.
    In the Gospel of John 4, Jesus told the woman at the well that if she knew the gift of God and wanted to thirst no more, she should ask of Him and He would give her Living Water to drink. She countered with an MG-like reply….”but You have nothing with which to draw it. How can you give me this Living Water?” But Jesus replied, “Whoever drinks of this (well) water will inevitably thirst again. But whoever drinks of the water that I give shall never thirst but it shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.”
    I suppose lemonade made with Living Water must be the true POWER DRINK. To take the lemons that the world hands us sometimes, as Needles said, and to mix it with the Living Water of the Word is the “drink” of Champions for Christ.
    Give us this Living Water to drink.

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