Cheers to Lemonade

Last week I helped prepare for my church’s back to school service. We hit a few roadblocks early on, and our kids’ ministry pastor said, “Well when life deals you lemons, you make lemonade.” This is a very familiar saying, but it resonated with me and now I know why.

I walked into a salon yesterday to get my hair trimmed and ended up walking out due to bad customer service (insert lemon). Today, I trimmed my hair as I have done a few time before, and it came great (insert lemonade). Yes, I take risks like this.

This evening I attended a networking function that I host and prior to, I had to drop off my 3 littles at my husband’s office. As we waited in the car, I let the littles play around in the car, my youngest daughter bouncing in my lap turning on the hazards and back windshield wipers.

Well… (get ready) my oldest daughter started to vomit this red, chunk, gooey substance all over the front console and the right side of me- as in ON ME (insert several lemons). Everything slowed down and became a blur as the vomit kept coming. All of the thoughts, you know the thoughts, started to flow like a flash flood: “I can’t go to this networking function with a sick daughter, I need to cancel!  My clothes are drenched of vomit in this Texas heat! It’s almost 5:00 p.m., I’m gonna be late.” I immediately called my husband to come rescue me with tears almost about to form, but I regained my composure.

An eternity of cleaning vomit chunks out of our car and an empty canister of Lysol wipes later, my SUV was clean and miraculously the console that’s been full of random papers was empty (insert lemonade). Better yet, my daughter was a renewed person. It was as if she had never vomited (insert lemonade). I gave quick goodbyes and left the littles with my hubby and dashed to a nearby Ross to get a change of clothes. Thank God I was able to change in the fitting room and arrived at my event with time to spare.

Now I am home after a successful meetup (insert lemonade) with soiled clothes that need to be washed and most of all, with the peace that everything worked out. What lemons of life have you been dealt recently? As a wife and mom plus our other roles, we experience a variety of obstacles that can be challenging and most importantly, testing;  but I encourage you to remember Philippians 4:8, “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things.”



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