Poetic Inspirations and Practical Applications for Blissful Living

Guest Post: Rise Up

Rise Up

Guest Post by Heart and Soul Health Coach Mike Fenton


    The saying “when life hands you a lemon make lemonade” simply put, it means, that no matter how bad your day is getting, you should look for something positive to take from it. Life will throw us a lemon from time to time, the question is, how will we handle it when it happens? Will we rise to the occasion and make lemonade or will we say “oh woe is me” and just accept it.


When Jesus went to pray in The Garden of Gethsemane he was deeply troubled and frightened over what he knew was about to happen, let us revisit that night in Matthew 26:37-42    37 He took Peter and the two sons of Zebedee along with him, and he began to be sorrowful and troubled. 38 Then he said to them, “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.” 39 Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.” 40 Then he returned to his disciples and found them sleeping. “Couldn’t you men keep watch with me for one hour?” he asked Peter. 41 “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” 42 He went away a second time and prayed, “My Father, if it is not possible for this cup to be taken away unless I drink it, may your will be done.”


Because of what Jesus did we now have faith and hope we will be spending eternity with him in Heaven. He gave this to us by rising to the occasion (in more ways than one). We may not always like what life presents us, but what matters most is how we respond to it.


     April Reflection – Lord, I am ready and can rise to the occasion.