by Steve Wagers

Turning Lemons into Lemonade!
Steve N. Wagers
I Samuel 1:1-10

Sermon Outline
1. A Problem She Could Not Accept!
A. It Represented a Physical Condition!
B. It Revealed a Spiritual Conclusion!
2. A Person She Could Not Avoid!
A. The Painful Criticism that Hannah Felt!
B. The Persistent Contempt that Hannah Faced!
3. A Prayer She Could Answer!
A. Her Reaction before The Lord!
1. She Prayed Openly!
2. She Prayed Committedly!
3. She Prayed Fervently!
B. Her Reward from the Lord!

1. Many years ago A.J. Gordon went to the World's Fair. From a distance he saw a man pumping water with one of those old hand pumps. The water was pouring out and he said as he looked, "That man is really pumping water." But when he got closer, he discovered that it was a wooden man connected to a pump powered by electricity. The man was not pumping the water, the water was pumping him.

2. I don't know about you, but there have been many times when I felt the same way. I was not the one doing the "pumping;" but, I was the one being "pumped." We often find ourselves controlled by the problems, pressures and perplexities of our life.

3. The introduction to 1 Samuel is the most heart-wrenching and tear-jerking passage in the Bible. It involves a lady by the name of Hannah who was facing a set of the most undesirable circumstances one could imagine. However, we learn from her example how to turn life's lemons into lemonade.

4. Just this week I heard about a lady who was struggling and fretting over a decision of whether or not to have cosmetic surgery. She was thinking about having a facelift, but it was very expensive and she didn't know whether she ought to do it or not. While she was discussing it with her husband she said, "But what if I drop dead three months after I have this surgery? Then what would you do?" He thought for a moment and said, "Well, I guess we'd have an open casket."
5. I think of a counseling center hotline voice ...

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