Making Lemonade

When life hands you lemons, what do you do? You make lemonade!! I am sure everyone has heard this popular quote before. And if we are honest about it, then we all could say that even though we have heard this and even given advice to others to do this, we rarely follow it ourselves. When life throws hard things at you it is very difficult to make negative circumstances into positive. I believe it is just so common during trying times to cave into the negativity. To panic, to cry, to fall into depression, to ask why me? I would bet there are very few people who actually make the lemonade out of those lemons. More of us are probably eating more lemons than drinking lemonade.

Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him. James 1:12.

Life is tough, and each and every one of us will face many different trials throughout our lifespan. Some of those trials will be mild, and some will be beyond difficult. Either way it is inevitable that all of us will face them. We also will have to decide during those times how we are choosing to deal with them. Yes, we get to choose that. No matter what the situation is, or what life throws at us, we get to choose the reaction we have to them. So I ask you, what do you want to do? Do you want to be the person who lives at the bottom, sulking in the negative circumstances? Or do you want to be the person who rises to the top and makes some delicious lemonade? Guess what? It is up to you.

This past weekend, my family and I decided that we were going to make the best out of some very negative circumstances. Yes, we chose to make lemonade out of some very sour lemons that were given to us. My daughter, Emma, is a senior in high school, and due to the Covid-19 virus her senior prom was cancelled. This broke all of our hearts. Prom, especially your senior prom is a milestone in life. It is one of those events that you will remember for the rest of your life. And for Emma, this memory that would have been was taken away. Yes, Emma was devastated to say the least, and as her mother I took it pretty hard too. My heart broke for what she was missing and because she was hurt as well. Overall, it was just a very sour end to the end of her senior year, along with all the other senior activities she was missing.

My husband and I have talked numerous nights and prayed about the best ways to try and make things as normal as possible for our kids during this pandemic. So we came up with an idea. If Emma could not go to prom, then our family was going to bring the prom to her. Yes, we were going to have our very own family prom!! And so we did. We tried to make it as fun for Emma as possible. We all dressed up in our formal attire. We took the standard “prom pictures”. We fixed some pretty delicious finger foods. Had some music and dancing and even played some games after to mimic the Project Prom that usually follows the formal dance at school. Overall, I believe it was a great memorable night. I will also say Emma had the best, most handsome prom date this year, her daddy.

What a great night we had as a family. Not only will Emma be able to look back at this night and have a senior prom to remember, but as a family we all made memories that night that will live forever in our hearts. Something positive that came out of very negative circumstances. So you see, even in the dark, scary days we can always find a way to turn the tide and bring a little positivity in. I think as a family, we not only had a fun memorable night, but we also achieved a lot of growth as well. No, this was not the “ideal” prom night Emma had envisioned for her senior year, but she saw that sometimes we just have to take what is given to us and make the best out of a situation. As a family, we are so proud of her. We all grew in watching her make the choice not to let the situation get her down, but to rise above it.

Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 1 Thessalonians 5:18.

I am proud of my whole family. We all came together to make sure Emma was able to have a special memory. It absolutely was such a blessing to be a part of. My family decided we were going to make lemonade out of a very sour lemon. We chose to be thankful for what we were given, not sour because of what was taken away. Y’all, how much better would things be if we could apply this to all areas of our lives? Trust me, I am like everyone else, it is very hard for me to know let life knock me down. However, after being blessed with this experience and seeing my family come together during a very hard time, I now can see that the best thing to do is just to turn the negative into a positive. I can tell you there is nothing better than to make and enjoy some of your very own lemonade.

I pray each and every one of you are safe, healthy, and covered in many blessings today. Please enjoy some of our prom pictures.

Love and hugs,

Jennifer

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