called to be a cheerleader

aren’t I cute? It doesn’t show, but I was a turquise queen as well. Just about every finger. hahahahahaaha!


I was in the shower this morning talking to our Lord and He revealed something to me. I was asking Him (AGAIN!), “am I doing what you want me to be doing? do You want something more out of me than I am giving right now?” A picture of me in my high school years as a cheerleader flashed before me, then a picture of our senior paper of getting the senior award for being the ‘biggest cheerleader’. I also was brought back to a moment when, after a game, and the boys got smeared, my fellow cheerleaders were all about laughing and having a good time in the locker room afterwards, and I had my hand on my hip and said, “how is it that you can be laughing and having a good time when our boys just got killed and now they are feeling sooooo bad!” I walked away in disgust. I was always driven by how the ‘game was being played’.
I’ve grown up a little since then, but I think there is an element of ‘cheerleader’ in me that is ingrained in me. But I realize that I have been questioning the Lord’s calling on my life because so many times standing on the side lines cheering is not playing the game. I’m not important, not needed! But, every great player needs a good cheerleader right? Cheerleaders are as important as the player.
I watch my family and all that has taken place, friends, and it seems I sit here on a stump and watch this all go on….
But, I realized, for all these people, I am their BIGGEST FAN, BIGGEST CHEERLEADER, I PRAY when I say I am going to pray!
I realize after having this little conversation AGAIN with the Lord that I am not not doing. I think as a wife and a mother this is one of the biggest assets we have to have from the time they try to take that first step, to being on the ball field and screaming (for the team of course), to guiding them in the way they should go. I tell my kids alllllll of the time, “I AM YOUR BIGGEST FAN!”
1 Samuel 23:16
Jonathan went to find David and encouraged him to stay strong in his faith in God.
Job 4:3
“In the past you have encouraged many people;you have strengthened those who were weak
Job 4:4
Your words have supported those who were falling;you encouraged those with shaky knees
As soon as I pray, you answer me;you encourage me by giving me strength.
1 Thessalonians 5:11
So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing
Proverbs 12:25
Worry weighs a person down;an encouraging word cheers a person up

So, I look at this and think, the Lord does take an encouraging word or cheering another one on to be a big deal in His book.

Linking up with friend Jen and friends today!

March 8, 2011 - 2:26 pm

Nabila Grace - Oh my dear I feel I wrote this. I totally understand! I question God about this as well! I’ll be your cheerleader! ;o) Oh and btw LOVE the hair do lol ;o)

March 8, 2011 - 3:11 pm

Canadagirl - I really appreciated this post. You are so right that we need to be our family’s biggest fan and cheer them on. Thank you for sharing what the Lord showed you.

Blessings and ((HUGS))!
-Mary

March 8, 2011 - 3:35 pm

Casey Martinez - Yup, you are an awesome cheerleader. You are an encourager like me and sometimes our roles can feel insignificant and I think Satan likes to make us feel like we aren’t doing anything or aren’t doing enough but, we are doing something invaluable!! We are building our loved ones up for the kingdom by encouraging them to be all that God designed them to be! What a gift and what a glorious work for the Kingdom! You are awesome! God bless you today friend;0.

March 8, 2011 - 4:07 pm

Mama D.'s Dozen - LOVE it!

The Lord showed me many years ago that one of my biggest roles is to be the cheerleader for my husband and my children (and my friends). While I wasn’t a cheerleader in high school (because I was a 3 sport athlete), I have always cheered LOUDLY.

We have taught our children how important it is to be each other’s cheerleaders … whether it’s a high school football game with big brother, or a kindergarten t-ball game with little brother. Oh my! You should see the CROWD that we bring for t-ball games … and the YELLING that we do. Yes. Those games are JUST as important as the older kid’s games.

We cheer our kids in their schoolwork. We cheer our kids as they plan mission trips. We cheer our kids when they get their first job, and learn how to save well and spend well.

Thanks for the reminder of how important this role is.

Hope your week is BLESSED!

Laurel

PS: Off to my first OB appt. today. Fun! Now … my big kids are my cheerleaders. 🙂

March 8, 2011 - 6:09 pm

Amy Sullivan - Marlece,
First of all, wish I could see the rings, but regardless, your picture made me smile.

So far, this is my favorite post on the link-up.

The world needs cheerleaders, but sometimes if I’m not an active player in _________________ (fill in the blank). I don’t see my role as meaningful. I see myself as less valuable. What a lie.

ps I have some good talks with God in the shower too.

March 8, 2011 - 7:50 pm

BFM - I agree so much – you are such a cheerleader! All of your sweet encouraging comments – and I have never even met you in person! I can’t imagine the encouragement and cheerleader you are for those in your life who you know!!

I reading too about those who seek the Lord, and then He reveals Himself to them. He is SO faithful.

I wanted to ask if you could help me out by spreadin the word around your church about Ben and Katie being featured for A Meal in the Mail. Their address is on my site, and I’m trying to get as many gift cards and love and encouragement for them as possible!
Thanks!

Go God!! 🙂

March 8, 2011 - 8:34 pm

Rachy - What a great calling!

March 8, 2011 - 9:38 pm

Lady Rose - Marleece,

Your cheerleader post made me smile. When I was in high school, I used to be on the Drill Team.

At any rate, sometimes God calls us to “play in the game,” and sometimes, He just simply calls us to be a “cheerleader.” No matter where He has called us, we need to learn to be content with that, and enjoy the calling He has given us.

By the way, I hope that you are not upset with me. I noticed that you haven’t visited my blog in awhile. If I have offended you in some way, I truly apologize.

Take care Dear Mother.

Blessings,

-Lady Rose

March 8, 2011 - 9:42 pm

Kerry - AWESOME and super sweet message Marlece. I definitely needed to read it. You looked fabulous back then and you still do today hun.

Thanks so much for the kind words and the encouragement you’ve bestowed upon these past few weeks. I’m feeling much better.

Be blessed. xoxo 🙂

March 8, 2011 - 11:08 pm

Tiffini - I was just saying this to Abby. I truly believe this is the most important role…prayers and encouragement..lay the foundation for all else. I have read your words and I feel encouraged and energized. If we could all see our gifts and purpose the way He sees them we’d all be satisfied with where we are.
I’ve done the SAME things so often in my life. This is so relevant Marlece..funny how you were a cheerleader and your really ARE a cheerleader. I have heard to go back to when you were a child and look at what you liked to do then and see if that is one of your passions now.
Cool:)
xo

March 8, 2011 - 11:41 pm

Jenay - You are an amazing cheerleader!!! You are you are! You are also a player; more than you think. We always think of ourselves as not doing enough or not being enough, but that is a lie. Cheerleaders are soooo essential, but I do not see you as a cheerleader only, I see and experience sooo much more. When you are leading bible study and when you are leading people to the Lord you are not cheering. When you are raising kids you better be in the game and you are. You are cheering and playing an intense game of life and living for the Lord and raising a family. Love you and you do look good in the uniform sis!!!

March 9, 2011 - 2:50 am

BFM - Thank you for sharing about Ben and Katie tomorrow! They may receive an extra gift card because you helped spread the word. 🙂

March 9, 2011 - 4:40 am

Jen - You have amazing spiritual gifts. I am continually, I mean continually, blessed by your comments. You are amazing. You are enough. You are wonderfully, perfectly made.

March 9, 2011 - 1:24 pm

Erin - Thank you for this! It’s such an important role, but I never really thought of it as a “role”…just something I do…and it encourages me to be more of a cheerleader! You’ve blessed me today.

March 10, 2011 - 12:14 am

The Angulo's - I love it! Its is so important to the body of Christ to have encouragers! Barnabas was an encourager also, remember?

I have to do better at tellling my older girls that I’m there biggest fan. They know Daddy is definitely their biggest fan. On the other hand I think it’s pretty obvious to him these days that I’m a huge fan of his apart from God of course.

God bless your week with much peace. 🙂

March 10, 2011 - 12:59 am

Far Above Rubies - I love this. It’s so important to encourage one another in the Lord. And that is what you always do for me.

I am so thankful for you in my life.

March 11, 2011 - 2:49 pm

Mama Hen - This is a great post. I have been thinking about wether or not I am doing “all that I can and should be” in my life right now also. I think there is a spark in all of us when we are younger that we can call upon later in life. I was like you and wanted to make sure that people were doing the right thing and I did not want to participate in laughter when I knew there were people upset. You have a loving, strong and inspirational spirit. Keep doing what you are doing. 🙂 Have a great day!

Mama Hen

March 11, 2011 - 5:33 pm

Pamela - I am passionate about encouraging others. I call it sheltering. And my ministry starts at home–then I can branch out and put my arms around others. This is such an awesome post.

March 11, 2011 - 6:37 pm

Lindsey - What a cute little cheerleader you were, so precious. This is a wonderful post and I pray God continues to bless you as you continue to bless us with what God shows you.

March 14, 2011 - 2:19 am

Michelle DeRusha@Graceful - I am so grateful for the cheerleaders in my life. They lift me out of the trenches, they inspire and encourage me — my self-esteem would be in the ditch without them. You, Marlece, are fulfilling an incredibly important role in answering God’s call to cheer!

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