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In 1996, infant Alexandra Scott was diagnosed with pediatric cancer. In 2004, at eight years old, Alex told a reporter that she wanted a lemonade stand that could raise a million dollars, to “help other children fight their tumors and make them go away.”

Alex’s first lemonade stand, in the front yard of her Philadelphia home, with the help of her mother and brother raised the first $2,000.00 dollars contributed as a research donation to the doctors that were treating her.

Although Alex lost her fight to cancer, she started a powerful movement, the “Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation.” As of 2014, the foundation had raised 80 million dollars towards pediatric cancer research.

There are times when life is just down right tough. During those times, it’s not uncommon to wonder if you can even survive all that you are going through. It is in those times, we must grow to realize that the power is not in our hands, but in the hands of the almighty. We may not be able to handle the situation, and may even be ready to throw in the towel.

Regardless of what life throws at us, no matter how bitter, there is refuge in Christ Jesus. If we trust him, giving to him all of burdens, He WILL see us through. John said like this in John 16:33, “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”

In every situation, we must know that the Lord’s intention for our lives is for our greatest good and no matter the circumstance, He will ensure our best.

When the struggles become the greatest, that’s when your memory should kick in as you reflect on all the situations that you thought you would never make it through, yet you are still standing. Hold on tight to what He has already done in your life, knowing that resolution and restoration have your name on it.

Tanya M. Wilson is an inspirational speaker and writer living in Charlotte N.C. You can reach her at

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