I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me - Philippians 4:13

via typographic verses

The drive home after church is always full of conversation.

It could be a simple as the plea from the back seat for donuts.

Or it could be as deep as pondering over the sermon text.

Yesterday in the midst of the above, there was some March Madness

thrown in and somehow, I found myself bringing up the topic of


I mentioned to Carl that for some reason that word continues to take

up space in my grey matter.

Before I could continue, Caleb piped in with his own pondering,

“Wait, do you mean YOU were a cheerleader?”

It was difficult not to laugh, so we did.

As I looked at Caleb’s perplexed face, I surmised that he was thinking

of the Portland Trailblazer Dancers  in comparison to his mother’s ever-present


I told Carl that I thought cheerleaders get a  bad rap.

Cheerleaders can be considered doing a mindless and unnecessary job.

Most of life is learning the same lesson over and over again in different


The same lesson often needs consistent encouragement.

A cheerleader will remind you to




To be aggressive.

There is always an opponent or an adversary.

The opponent could be in your mind or it could be a very physical presence.

You may be in the grasp of your opposition and

a cheerleader declares that the game isn’t over.

You are strong.

You have skills.

Fight to the end.

A cheerleader reminds you who you are.

A cheerleader gathers others to encourage.

A cheerleader is always for you.

A cheerleader is in your corner during any boxing match.

A cheerleader can take many forms.

It could be a parent, a spouse,a close friend, a mentor or

a believer that has had more time in the arena.

Hymns and praise choruses can bring on the cheer and

catapult towards the destination.

The ultimate cheerleading comes from the Holy Spirit and from the Word.

Who are the cheerleaders in your life?

Are you listening to them beckon you towards the victory?

Don’t forget to enter the little giveaway found here.

I will pick a winner tonight.

I have enjoyed reading which line spoke to you.

I just might  surprise each person who leaves a comment.


Crown Him - Taken from the last verse of ‘Crown Him With Many Crowns’ - Words by Matthew Bridges, 1800-1894, and Godfrey Thring, 1823-1903.

8 thoughts on “cheers

  1. Did I burst your bubble Jen?
    Ah yes, I was a cheerleader but back then we wore sweaters with sleeves and they
    were itchy!
    Thanks for always cheering for me as well.


  2. Yes Mor, that is another story indeed. The combination ended
    my cheerleading career!
    You have been one of my biggest cheerleaders…always!


  3. I just read this quote the other day and was thinking about it today in relation to how I interact with my kids, I think it fits right in with what you are saying,

    Correction does much, encouragement does more.


  4. I must say Helen, I had the same reaction as Caleb when you wrote of being a former cheerleader. The cheerleaders in my high school were typically the “mean girls” who did not tend to fit the encouraging mode. 😉
    You have been a cheerleader in my life, in the best possible way. 🙂


    P.S.I still disapprove strenuously of the Blazer dancers, and don’t even get me started on the Dallas Cowboy cheerleaders. 😉


  5. Thanks for a very encouraging post. I should consider that maybe those who encourage others in the word are cheerleaders. Which means ME!


  6. Yes Caleb, your Mom was a cheerleader and a cookie baker way back then. But that’s another story. Thank you for reminding me of how much we all need cheerleaders.



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