Juicing Lemons

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— Juiced lemon: a concept of juicing a couple of lemons [with rind, personal preference] and keeping the juice in a mason jar in the fridge to add to water and juice. Label the jar appropriately and cleverly. Something like “lemon juice,” “juiced lemon,” “not apple juice,” or “lemon tears” will do.

Uses for juiced lemon:

  1. Drink it straight. A couple of ounces a day helps you to cleanse, gives your body vitamin A + C, helps with colds, and gives you a million thousand other benefits.
  2. Add it into water.
  3. Add it into juice.
  4. Put it on spinach with chili powder in a hot pan to eat with eggs. Maybe I’m insane, but it was really good?
  5. That’s all I got but four ways is pretty ok

At The House this semester, students are trying to memorize The Sermon On the Mount- Matthew chapters 5-7- in seven weeks. Memorization is not something that I ever, ever, ever do.

But I realized today- while eating lemon juice spinach and drinking lemon juice water- that memorization and integration of scripture is playing the role of lemon juice in my life. It is making all the hard things better, and all the good things better, too.

Melina Baird, one of my Sunday School teachers years ago, taught me that spiritual thirst is a lot like regular thirst. We’re all thirsty, we all need water just like we all need scripture. Once we start drinking water or reading scripture, though, our need becomes more and more apparent and we become more desperate to get what we need.

“Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost. Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labor on what does not satisfy? Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good, and you will delight in the richest of fare.”

Isaiah 55:1-2

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