Let us be mindful of the Scriptures that say, “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7. As we daily have to renew our minds, we are to be mindful of the promises in the word of God that keep and transform us to know the power of faith.

When we are not focused and aware, we tend to come to the wrong conclusions. The word of God says, “Commit thy works unto the LORD, and they thoughts shall be established.” Proverbs 16:3. Oftentimes we find ourselves waiting for things to line up according to how we think things should be concerning us, then we take action. However, sometimes what we hope to come to fruition takes longer than expected or does not come to pass. Our plans are then laid aside. When Jesus is a part of what we are doing or trying to do, we will get to the other side.

I understand that oftentimes there isn’t a perfect moment, and everything isn’t in place. But I am encouraged in those moments to do all that I can. I am encouraged to work around the objective because there is a lot to learn in this life.

From my personal walk through many storms, if will and desire didn’t cause me to use the measure of faith that God has given to me, I would have missed great purpose and ministry for my soul. Although everything didn’t look all right, I understood to do what I could, and through those processes, I began to grow in life and in Christ.

When we set our minds and choose to make lemonade out of the so-called lemons we’ve been given, ironically we see the sour taste is our strength. The word of God says, “And not only so, but we glory in tribulation also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope: And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.” Romans 5:3-5.

We see it is the mind that we need to gird. It is in the mind that we are transformed to see a right perspective and press on. I have humbly come to one such conclusion that says, “I’ve already decided to make lemonade.” It doesn’t matter how bitter the taste of tests and trials, afflictions or storms, I choose to make lemonade out of the lemons. The Scripture says, “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” John 16:33.

The word of God lays the foundation for us to walk in victory. I am reminded of the song that goes, “Though the storms keep on raging in my life, my soul has been anchored in the Lord.” Douglas Miller.

So may we walk with our heads held high, victory in our spirits and minds stayed on Christ. The word of God says, “But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light.” 1 Peter 2:9.

Let us begin by the word of faith. “That if thou salt confess with thou mouth the Lord Jesus and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.” Romans 10:9. This is the rhythm of the gospel character and the sound of the word of God exemplified your life.

Pamela Young is native of Goldsboro, a 1990 graduate of Goldsboro High School and author of two books. Share your thoughts with Pamela at breathofapoet@yahoo.com.