How it all came to be…..I wish I could express every emotion we felt through the highs and lows that we went through the fifteen years of my husband professional baseball career. All I know is that four simple words, You play I pray, sum it up best. Brian playing to the best of his ability and my continuous prayer for us, were the only two things we have had control over.
The 2011-2012 season was rough to say the least. It was an emotional roll-a-coaster for our family. I watched Brian give all of himself day in and day out, on and off the field, only to see sometimes it wasn’t enough. That was extremely difficult for me. One of the greatest blessings through this storm was the Lord never failed to encourage me when I would bring it all to Him!
One particular morning I could see the heavy burden Brian was carrying. As he left for the field that day I spent some time on my knees praying for the Lord to renew his strength.
“For those who trust the Lord find new strength.” Isaiah 40:31
Later that day, I sent him a quick text to try to just ease his thoughts before the game. I encouraged him to focus only on what he could do (pitch) and leave the rest in God’s hands. I reminded him that the all the Lord asks of us is that we bloom where He has planted us. Simply stated, we do our best with what He has given us. My last words in the text said, “for now You play I pray!” Brian was so emotionally moved by my words of encouragement that he replied back, “wow I like that. You should make it a shirt!”
Not the amazing break through I was looking for…haha!! But it began many months of praying and journaling about what this four simple words meant to us. God started to reveal how many women were going through the same journey. Although I was a baseball wife at the time, I felt so strongly He wanted to use this message to reach all the sports moms that may not know Him yet.
I’ll admit that riding the roll-a-coaster with my husband was worth every second, but the tough times were just as difficult as the victories were sweet. Looking back, I’ve realized our hardest times through Brian’s career have been the best times which have led us to the biggest blessings. Through every storm we were covered with a peace and an understanding that only the Lord can give.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart; and lean not on your own understanding.” Proverbs 3:5
My vision and prayer is that these four words serve as a reminder for all of us busy wives and moms to stop and always make time to give our families the best gift you can give them….prayer! Being from the south it is tradition that we show our support for our loved ones by wearing shirts with their names and numbers on them, we put signs in our yards, we cover our cars with stickers…..and the list can go on and on! I hope that we can boldly wear our faith in the power of prayer as another way to support our loved ones. We can be lights for the wives and moms out there who may not know how to pray …. yet!
Although the Lord has used our path through Brian’s career to strengthen our faith, I believe that these words apply to every age and every goal your loved ones desires to achieve. From amateur to professional, or piano player to wrestler these words are an encouragement to every kid (person) with a dream, and to every loved one who supports them.
The scripture I choose for the ministry was the easiest decision to make! Brian kept Colossians 3:23 on a note card in his hat and would read it before every one of his pitching outings. So it was only fitting this would be the one.
“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.” Col.3:23
It helped remind him WHO he was out there playing for and WHO got him there!
Please share any thoughts and or questions with me. You can comment here or email me in private at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are reading this and have never prayed or not sure you know how to, please know that your questions, doubts, fears, etc. are all safe to share with me! I have been there and look forward to hearing from you!