When I was in 5th grade a group of cheerleaders from the high school I would eventually attend came to my elementary school. Dressed in their uniforms, complete with red striped Asic tennis shoes, they did a cheer in our cafeteria and talked about how much fun it was to be on the cheerleading squad. They handed out fliers with information about 6th grade cheer tryouts. I was mesmerized. I didn’t know anything about cheerleading, but I wanted to give it a shot. I tried out that year with girls from all over my 6A school district and I made it! I loved everything about it. The friends, the ribbons, the pom poms, the uniforms, and the fun. But each year the dreaded try out week would roll around agains and each year the squads got smaller and smaller. In 6th grade close to 50 girls made the cut, but in 9th grade only 16 girls made it. We had the best varsity squad in the nation when I was in 8th grade. I was there at Disney World when they competed for the title and won first place, so it was very competitive.
I couldn’t wait to be on the varsity squad… Friday night football at the big stadium, going to the elementary schools to recruit future cheerleaders, Disney World trips, going to state with the football team… varsity was a big deal, but I never made it past JV. At the end of my 10th grade year I tried out and didn’t make the cut. I was beyond crushed. I had one of those shirts that said “Cheerleading Is Life… the rest is just details” and it wasn’t far from the truth, so I was pretty much devestated.
My whole family knew how much I loved being a cheerleader and they knew how important the varsity tryouts were to me, so I had a lot of prayer going into that week. When my Grandma Wagner heard the news she said to my mom, “Well, I haven’t been praying that Sarah would make the squad, I’ve been praying that God’s Will would be done in her life. He must have other plans for her.” My mom shared that with me and I’ve never forgotten it.
I remember thinking to myself, “Hmmm. That’s interesting. Maybe Grandma has the right idea.” Maybe my “help me make the squad” prayer wasn’t what I should have been praying, because I didn’t even know if making the squad was part of His will for my life because I had never taken the time to ask Him about it. I wish I would have. I know He would have told me I wasn’t going to make it and not to even bother trying out. I could have saved myself a lot of heartache and embarassment, but nevertheless I learned a great lesson through all of that high school drama; His will should always be top priority when I pray.
Matthew 6:9-10 In this manner, therefore, pray: Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done. On earth as it is in heaven.
There are certain things in the Bible that we know without a doubt are His will. Salvation, healing, peace, forgiveness, joy, etc., but then there are things like, should I buy this house or that house, should I take this job or that job, should I go to this university or that one, that we can’t look up scriptures on to find the exact answer we need. There was nothing in the old or new testament about the varsity cheerleading squad, but my Grandma knew the Lord’s prayer and she knew that the best thing she could pray for me was that God’s will would be done in my life, and it was.
I ended up graduating a year early and getting married the very next year; something that never would have happened if I had made varsity. I’m glad God doesn’t answer all of our prayers, because sometimes we pray the wrong ones.
Your will, will disapoint you. His will, will not, so when you come before God in prayer, let Him know that what you value most is HIS will being perfected in your life.
- His will!
- Unanswered prayers.
- My praying Grandma.
- I got to graduate in 2002 instead of 2003.
- I got to get married in 2003!
- Cheerleading is what gave me the extra credits I needed to be able to graduate early.
- Breakfast in bed!
- Gus turned the tent Josh made them a few days ago into the Bat Cave. I love watching his imagination run wild.
- Got to see Sunny at the 20 week anatomy scan today and the doctor said she looks great!
- Ultrasound technology. It really is so neat to be able to see what’s she is up to in there.
- Got to put some pictures of the scan on a flash drive, not sure what most of them are, but I did get a few of her pretty face!
- Her sweet little hands that were moving around a lot next to her sweet little mouth.
- Gus & Beau came with us today and Gus really liked getting to his little sisters face in black and white.
- Had such a peaceful day today. No fear at all going into the check up.
- Bubble Guppies coloring pages. They kept the kids busy while we were waiting.
- My doctor never keeps us waiting long! When I was pregnant with Beau and Felix I had to wait 45 minutes to an hour every single visit.
- I’m well on my way to my New Year’s Resolution of gaining 35 pounds by the end of this year!! Praise God for my healthy, growing girl!
- My cousin in law Jordan is celebrating his birthday today! He’s one cool dude!
- My pastor, Robert Morris, is celebrating his birthday today!!
- Brandon Anderson is celebrating his birthday today. A faithful friend and a faithful ministry partner.
- Brandon helped us redo our bathroom at our old house in Tulsa. He did a beautiful job and didn’t charge us a dime for his time.
- Beau saw 10 minutes of Bobby Flay on Food Network which inspired her to get our her little kitchen and pretend to cook for the next 45 minutes. She had so much fun using some of my real kitchen whisks, measuring cups, and colanders.
- The kids got to run around in the backyard while I cleaned and Josh mowed. They came in with pink faces, smelling like wet dogs, and smiling from ear to ear.
- Mexican hoagies for dinner. Not as good as my mom’s used to be, but still tasty.
- Unexpected check in the mail!
- Got my hair washed and dried this morning so I wouldn’t have to do that and pack for Tulsa all in the same night.
- 358 posts written, 7 to go!!