everyone needs a cheerleader…

August 8, 2009

I know that some find cheerleading something to be kind of laughed at.  (I’ve been on both sides of that one.)  but when you really think about it, it is one of the most valuable things a girl can learn.  here’s why…

someday, there’s a good chance you’re going to be married.  and from what I’ve gathered from books, seminars, teachings and just plain old life experience is that a husband would much rather come home to a smiling face, a positive attitude and some encouraging words.  a smile will get you along way in my experience.  and who even notices the dishes or the laundry when they’ve got a super fun and playful wife to hang out with?

life gets hard or even just monotonous sometimes.  the captain of the matthews team sometimes just wants the head cheerleader to tell him its okay and that he’s doing a great job… with a smile on her face.  : )  and who do you think puts up the banners for all the special occasions and holds pep rallys for important dates?

how about the kids?  they need lots of encouraging.  they actually like it when you do cheer  for them.  and if they learn how to run to the door cheering for daddy when he gets home from a long day, it just makes everyone happy. 

oh, and clapping!!  how could I forget?!  you know how excited they get when you clap for them.  I’m clapping for gabrielle right now as she does her kindergarten workbook right beside me.  it makes her want to do another and she is reassured that I love her and am interested in her and what she does.

being a friend just automatically makes you a cheerleader.  I’ve been cheered on alot in the last year.  sometimes it is actual words of encouragement, sometimes it is a hug, sometimes it is chocolate chip cookies.

I write this as a reminder to myself as much as anyone else.

An anxious heart weighs a man down, but a kind word cheers him up.  Proverbs 12:25

A happy heart makes the face cheerful, but heartache crushes the spirit.  Proverbs 15:13

All the days of the oppressed are wretched, but the cheerful heart has a continual feast.  Proverbs 15:15

A cheerful look brings joy to the heart, and good news gives health to the bones.  Proverbs 15:30

A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.  Proverbs 17:22

I think God loves a cheerleader too.  in fact I know so… He told me.

…for God loves a cheerful giver.  2 Cor. 9:7

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