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When Life Gives You Lemons Women’s Retreat Theme

In the When Life Gives You Lemons retreat theme, you’ll find thoughts, ideas, recommended scriptures, activities, songs, and more to help you lead a ministry group to learn how to find their way through trials with the strength of Jesus.

Feel free to use the ideas you need and leave the rest…or use them all.

As always, if you have ideas to add, please comment in the comment section below the post or send an email to julie (at) lovingchristministries (dot) com.

WHEN LIFE GIVES YOU LEMONS NARRATIVE

The When Life Gives You Lemons retreat theme teaches us to focus on the ‘sweetness’ of the Lord when things go ‘sour’.

It will convey the message that we need to rely on the strength of Jesus to carry us through hard times and that we need to maintain fresh, kind attitudes rather than sour ones.

WHEN LIFE GIVES YOU LEMONS SCRIPTURES

James 1:2-4 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.

Psalm 23:4 Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.

Philippians 4:11 I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.

‘Lemons’ Upgrade Bundle

Buy the When Life Gives You Lemons Printable Theme Bundle by clicking HERE or on the image below. 

  • step-by-step directions
  • an opening prayer
  • a theme-specific speaker’s outline and notes
  • original, theme-specific devotional
  • additional scriptures plus scripture prayer cards
  • table talk cards
  • small group discussion questions
  • individual reflection questions
  • and more:
Collage of pages from the When Life Gives You Lemons printable theme bundle.

WHEN LIFE GIVES YOU LEMONS ICEBREAKERS:

Lemons to Lemonade Icebreaker

Ask participants to get in a circle, select someone, and hand that person the ‘talking stick’ (use a fresh lemon as a ‘talking lemon’).

That person will offer a “Lemon” or a trial faced during that day or in the past week. For example, “I spilled coffee on my pants.”

Then, they hand off the talking lemon and the next person turns the lemon into ‘lemonade’ with a positive. For example, “Now, you have a pretty new pattern on your pants.”

Once the positive is given, that person then shares a ‘lemon’ and the next person gives the ‘lemonade’ before sharing her own ‘lemon’.

Keep the talking lemon going sharing ‘lemons’ and ‘lemonade’ all around.

For more popular icebreakers visit: https://lovingchristministries.com/icebreakers-for-women/

WHEN LIFE GIVES YOU LEMONS RETREAT ACTIVITY

Lemons to Lemonade Coping Skills Game

COMING SOON!

WHEN LIFE GIVES YOU LEMONS SMALL GROUP DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

  1. Where in your life are you feeling squeezed?
  2. How have you seen the sweetness of Jesus in your sour circumstances?
  3. Who in your life can you pour a glass of lemonade for?

WHEN LIFE GIVES YOU LEMONS CRAFTS

The following links are from other websites, but they all are wonderful crafts to do with your ladies at your retreat:

Citronella Lemon Bowl Candles

These citronella lemon bowl candles are a perfect craft for the When Life Gives You Lemons retreat.

The candles make gorgeous centerpieces. Make some ahead to use as centerpieces at each retreat table.

Each candle repels insects naturally which is an added bonus.

Easy Lemon Honey Soap

Lemon Lavendar Sugar Scrub

Fizzy Lemon Meringue Bath Bombs

‘LEMONS’ SONG SUGGESTIONS

It is Well – by Kristene DiMarco (listen to it on YouTube HERE)

God Will Make a Way – by Don Moen (listen to it on YouTube HERE)

Lord, I Need You – by Matt Maher (listen to it on YouTube HERE)

‘LEMONS’ DOOR PRIZE IDEAS

Lemon Zest Notepad

Funny ‘When Life Gives You Lemons’ Sign

When Life Gives You Lemons Make Lemonade Keychain

‘LEMONS’ CLOSING PRAYER:

Dear Lord, we bring to you our trials and tribulations, our sour attitudes, and our fears and worries. Take these from us and show us the way. Open our hears to hear your comfort and feel your strength. Guide us as we move forward in You learning, growing, and allowing Your love to change and encourage us so that we can encourage others. Amen.

‘Lemons’ Upgrade Bundle

Buy the When Life Gives You Lemons Printable Theme Bundle by clicking HERE or on the image below. 

  • step-by-step directions
  • an opening prayer
  • a theme-specific speaker’s outline and notes
  • original, theme-specific devotional
  • additional scriptures plus scripture prayer cards
  • table talk cards
  • small group discussion questions
  • individual reflection questions
  • and more:
Collage of pages from the When Life Gives You Lemons printable theme bundle.

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  1. Thank you for the Theme suggestions and activities involved. It helped me a lot.

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