Soccer Mom

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I am a soccer mom. 2 of my kids play soccer. One is in AYSO and the other is in club soccer. It is one of my favorite sports to watch. I love the fast paced game and the amazing skills these young kids already possess. I have been known to yell at referees and am usually one of the loudest cheers you can hear from the sidelines. I attribute that to my cheer leading days where I learned to yell from my diaphragm.

This past weekend, my daughter’s club team went from Sweet 16 to Elite 8 to Final 4 in Cal South’s League Cup. So exciting! The match-up for our Final 4 game was against the number 1 Premier team in our league. They were undefeated all season. Our team is Silver Elite. We were playing a team 2 levels above us. We fought hard and at half time it was still 0-0. Great way to spend a Sunday morning at 8 am. (I even made it back in time for church, too.) Our team played amazing and were not dominated. However, we lost 0-1. Our parents cheered and applauded. It was a victory for us. As I glanced to the other side of the field to the “winning” team, I noticed no cheers or high fives or any sign of celebration. They were mad they only won by 1 because we were a lowly team. Their coach had made several threats to his team during the game at how much trouble they were going to be in at their next practice.

It got me thinking about success. Is it always winning? Of course not. Is it playing your best or giving your all? It can be. For our team, success was only losing by 1 to this advanced team. For the other team, success would have been winning by a landslide, which they normally do. What are you striving for in your life right now? How will you determine if you are successful?

Relationally: success may be a restored and/or thriving relationship.

Professionally: success may be financial gain or completion of a major task.

Financially: success may be making your payments with money to spare.

Spiritually: success is having a relationship with Jesus Christ.

Our success spiritually is easy to define. You know Jesus and have a relationship with Him or you don’t. If you do, you have success. Knowing Jesus and leaning on Him through all areas of my life (relationally, professionally, financially, etc.) brings me great joy. I hope you too can find this type of success in your life.

Dream Big! Pray Big!

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Toaster

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I bought a toaster. I haven’t owned a toaster since, I don’t know when. I have always used a toaster oven. But lately, our toaster oven isn’t toasting our toast well (3 toasts in one sentence – yikes). I was at Wal-Mart and saw one for $15. Done! Let me tell you, our toast is better. Our frozen waffles are fantastic. It’s worth the lost counter space.

You may be asking yourself, why is she blogging about a toaster? What does that have to do with anything? Well, it has to do with simple pleasures. For $15, our breakfast is elevated to a new level. That’s a simple pleasure.

I just found a bag of tea I forgot I had – Vanilla flavored black tea, decaf. I am sipping it now. It’s fabulous. Simple pleasure.

I am blogging a day late because I enjoyed an extended cup of tea time with a friend yesterday. Simple pleasure.

Simple pleasures are just what they say they are:

Simple (Oxford dictionary says) – easily understood or done; presenting no difficulty: “a simple solution” synonyms: straightforward, easy, uncomplicated, uninvolved, effortless... (Funny side note – Webster’s Dictionary had 10 definitions for simple which was in no way simple.)

Pleasures (Oxford dictionary says) – 1. a feeling of happy satisfaction and enjoyment: “she smiled with pleasure at being praised” synonyms: happiness, delight, joy, gladness, glee, satisfaction, gratification, contentment, enjoyment, amusement.

So what easy, uncomplicated delight can you add to your life or your family’s life? Maybe you can bake a fresh batch of chocolate chip cookies (store-bought dough counts). Or tie a cute bow around your dog’s collar.What would make you or someone you love smile today? Indulge in that simple pleasure.

Psalm 16:11 – “You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.”

Dream Big! Pray Big!