When the dream might not work out

October 12, 2012 in Five Minute Friday,lessons for daughters,soccer

Bird loves soccer. She dreams of soccer greatness because passion and total abandon to a dream are  part of her weaving. She has crazy good footwork that she can’t seem to use in the game and she used to be lightning fast. Used to. She’s struggling. She’s ten and her body is growing, changing.

She isn’t the best anymore and sees that the race Christ has marked out for her may not include the soccer greatness she longed for.  And we, seasoned in our 36 + years of life, knew the dream was unlikely. But we let her try. And all along the journey, just in case she could actually hear me, I would whisper in her ear as I tucked in her at night and she talked about soccer, “You are a child of God first. And a soccer player third or fourth.”

So now we buckle down and watch as sheGirl Chasing Dream tries to compensate for her weaknesses by stretching tight hamstrings and working the ball more. She isn’t ready to give up her dream, though she has scaled it back a bit. And I keep thinking to myself, this goal that she passionately pursues is great training for the adult race.  This is how we are supposed  race. Not by giving up but by taking the set backs, reevaluating and pursuing excellence. The goal is greatness only by finishing the race that shows God’s glory and story to the world. No matter what passion God has stirred in our soul, no matter the outcome of the challenge, we long to say with Paul…”I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” Go Bird, Go!

Have you joined the birthday celebration? Pruning Princesses turns one this week and to celebrate all the encouragement you’ve given me here, there is a giveaway of a gift card to Amazon. I hope you will enter (right here). I hope you win! It’s Friday, so I am joining friends at Lisa-Jo’s to write for the joy of writing. We stay up too late and get up to early to experience the community here. Join us! Today’s word: RACE.

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HopeUnbroken October 12, 2012 at 10:45 am

love this! yes to the dream–but only as it shows God’s story and His glory. and all that she is learning through the process, even if the ending isn’t quite what she hopes for–priceless.
valuable lessons in these race stories. love how everyone’s interpretation and stories take just a bit of a different spin.
have a great weekend!


pruningprincesses October 13, 2012 at 7:54 pm

Thank you Steph. It is so hard as a momma sitting by and watching and waiting to see how God will use struggles. You probably know this. Do you have children? How old are they?


HopeUnbroken October 13, 2012 at 7:58 pm

i do–they are 11, 12, 13, and 15 🙂


Becky Daye October 12, 2012 at 2:59 pm

Ah, my heart is sad for your bird! But what a sweet life lesson she is learning!! Funny- my post was on soccer today too!
And happy one year to you!!! I love your blog!


Nikki October 12, 2012 at 4:09 pm

Yes! Go, Bird, Go! Who are we to say how far her dreams will take her. Even if they end up looking different than she initially realized.

beautiful write, friend…


pruningprincesses October 13, 2012 at 7:52 pm

For all the encouragement and smiles you bring. Thank you Nikki. It is hard watching them chase a dream you as a momma are not sure is achievable. Still, a dream chaser is better than a couch sitter!


Dori October 12, 2012 at 6:31 pm

I am thrilled that she is determined to chase her dreams. Very few top athletes got to where they are without the faith, strength and determination she is putting forth. It’s not all luck and natural ability. I agree – Go, Bird, Go!


pruningprincesses October 13, 2012 at 7:50 pm

Hi dear, I poked around your blog again. You found beautiful things. Do you know the song “You make Beautiful Things” by Gungor? It popped into my head while reading your blog. Thanks for the encouragement. Have a great weekend. I do hope you enter the giveaway (only a few hours left).


Nancy October 13, 2012 at 12:09 am

The path God has for us is not always direct, but His love guides us through it all. May your daughter trust in His path.



pruningprincesses October 13, 2012 at 7:48 pm

Oh thank you Nancy. I echo your prayers for my sweet girl.


Sherry October 13, 2012 at 3:28 pm

Oh I loved this post and I love your blog title too! Thank you for sharing this. I needed to hear those words today myself. You have Blessed me. Go Birdie Go.
Have a Blessed Weekend,


pruningprincesses October 13, 2012 at 7:48 pm

Thank you for your encouragement Sherry. My momma’s heart is trying to wait to see where it will go but waiting is hard.


Amber October 14, 2012 at 2:45 am

We’ve run into each other before in this world of websites, but I haven’t really stopped by for very long. I did tonight and I’m so happy I did! I love your blog and what you’re doing here. I’ve got 4 girls, ages 18 to 3, no boys, so I am deeply entrenched in the raising of girls. I will be stopping by often!


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