Friday, April 11, 2014


Hi friend! I’m back from maternity leave and what a wonderful, fulfilling season in my life. I took a much-needed step back from blogging and social media, but did what I could to keep you apprised of Baby Ripley’s growth and development in photos. I hope you’ve enjoyed them as much as I enjoyed bragging on him – what a precious gift from God that little boy!

When you take a “break,” life never really slows. In truth, with four kids, time velocity quadruples, I think. They keep the hubby and me on our toes.

To that point, my daughter recently tried out for the 7th grade cheer team and didn’t make it. She performed the dance and cheer accurately, unlike many others, but she just doesn’t have the cheerleader ‘motions’ that many of her well-trained cheer peers have. And quite honestly, Bailey’s heart just wasn’t in it – it was more of a social desire, a common interest to share with her best friends. Regardless, rejection is a tough pill to swallow, and being pushed to the sidelines in sports is never easy for any child. Or adult.

But I remind her that she is and will always be a cheerleader. In a slightly different form.

You see, I take great pleasure in watching my family and friends see their dreams come true. It’s as if their dreams become mine, and my investment in them is real and significant. Their dreams take up residence in my heart. I cheer and do cartwheels when they succeed, metaphorically speaking, and I cry and pray and feel disappointment for them when barriers stand in their way.

Perhaps you can relate. Maybe you find great pleasure in cheering the triumphs of others. Or, maybe you find yourself annoyed to find yourself pushed to the bench. You wonder why God seems to have called you to the sidelines, instead of the main stage…or center court…or center field. Maybe you’re impatient and wishing for a moment of your own, with people on their feet in the stands, cheering for you.

Take heart, friend! In God’s great manuscript, there is no such thing as “sidelines.” Every single role, every season, every mission matters, and has great meaning in the Kingdom of God.

What are you cheering for today?

1 comment:

  1. I do have to agree. Sometimes, cheerleading is not anymore for the love of the craft. Students are just used to the fact that being in the cheer team means being in the higher level of the social circle. But hey, I’m sure your daughter will be a great cheerleader in her own right. :D
    Jennine Stalder @ UE Sports


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