img_2671This week will be a week our family will never forget. Our oldest daughter and her teammates made their way to the UIL Team Tennis State Tournament in College Station to compete with the best of the best for the title of being a State Champ. I would like to tell you that all of those memories we have wrapped up in the past two weeks have been storybook perfect but that would be the furthest from the truth. It’s had many challenges and trials just like most weeks do. I actually resented the fact that we couldn’t have just one week without them. Just one…is that too much to ask? I found myself having this conversation in my quiet time with my Creator. As always when I am honest with Him He is faithful to be honest with me in return.

“Do NOT be discouraged by the difficulty of keeping your focus on Me. I know that your heart’s desire is to be aware of My Presence continually. This is a lofty goal; you aim toward it but never fully achieve it in this life. Don’t let feelings of failure weigh you down. Instead, try to see yourself as I see you. First of all, I am delighted by your deep desire to walk closely with me through your life. I am pleased each time you initiate communication with Me. In addition, I notice the progress you have made since you first resolved to live in My Presence. When you realize that your mind has wandered away from Me, don’t be alarmed or surprised. You live in a world that has been rigged to distract you. Each time you plow your way through the massive distractions to communicate with Me, YOU ACHIEVE A VICTORY. Rejoice in these tiny triumphs, and they will increasingly light up your days.” Jesus Calling – November 1, 2016

quote-1After reading these words with tears, I knew I had to share them with our oldest. She too was struggling with all of the pressures of school work, being a teenager and being on a team competing for a State Champ title. That’s a lot of pressure for a 15 year old girl, and I wanted her to be able to release that over to the one who loves her the most. I cracked open her door while she was sleeping and sat at the end of her bed watching her sleep. I patted her on her shoulder to gently wake her to ask her if I could share something with her that really spoke to me. She opened her eyes and leaned over to turn on the lamp. I read the devotion to her with a shaky voice and a misty eye that released a tear as I finished reading. I followed it up by telling her that I loved her, I was so proud of her and for her not to be afraid to communicate with Him. Every time we plow our way through the massive distractions and communicate with HIM, WE ACHIEVE A VICTORY! EVERY TIME!

img_2708I watched every point of every match at the State Tournament. I could see her wrestle and fight for every point. I watched her walk to the back fence several times to regain her composure and to “communicate with Him.” I whispered to Him, give her a victory! Give her a victory! I wanted her to WIN so deeply. I wanted her to taste and see that every time she communicated with Him a victory was in store, but the win did not come the way we intended. She and her Boerne Greyhound Teammates were defeated by the Abilene Wylie Bulldogs. There were tears as the medals were placed around each player’s neck. They were going home after an amazing hard fought season.

Here’s the thing about victories…some we get to see in the form of trophies and accomplishments and some we don’t. As much as we desire the trophies and the accolades, it’s in the quiet unseen victories where we accomplish the most. I believe with all of my heart there were unseen victories in our midst yesterday. Each time my daughter communicated with Him, there was a victory! Each time I communicated with Him there was one too. As I laid down early to go to bed, tears fell again as I communicated with Him. I asked Him specifically for a couple of things and then closed my eyes to rest. I had probably been a sleep a couple of hours when I turned over. I heard voices in the living room. I tuned in to listen. It was my husband and daughter speaking together about the day and our trials of the week. My specific prayer I prayed was being answered in that living room. This was a victory he let me hear and see. It was worth way more to me than any State Trophy ever could be.

Friends, whatever trial you are enduring keep fighting! Keep communicating with Him. There is a VICTORY every time you do. Memorize these verses and let them reach deep down into your soul: “So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.” 2 Corinthians 4:16-18

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To the BHS BOERNE GREYHOUND TENNIS TEAM…YOU HAD VICTORY this season in ways we could see and ways we could not see! You are the 1st TEAM in the history of Boerne High School to make it to the State Championship. WOW! We are SO PROUD OF YOU! Trophy or no trophy you are champs to us. Thank you for an amazing season where we all grew in unfathomable ways!