Haven’t blogged much lately due to holidays and writing commitments, but I have been splashing photos and news on Facebook about Jake (my NFL player son).
A fantastic Romans 8:28 story! (And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.)
Even if you saw this on Facebook, here’s the story behind the story.
We’ve all had those moments when life is going great, plans are coming together, sun is shining, and bluebirds are singing on our shoulder, then BAM! We get slammed with the unexpected. Instead of bluebirds, feels like life is giving us the bird.
Happened like that a few weeks ago for Jake. He was cut by the Houston Texans. As a mom, my heart went out for the uncertainty he felt regarding his career and future. (And given his career is in the NFL, unfortunately he’s had these moments before).
I prayed for him, asking God for His perfect plan for Jake’s career and life (as I do for all of my children.)
Side line note
Secret to life as I know it:
1. Pray Submit yourself, your situation to God.
3. Trust. Trust God can work all things for his good. (Romans 8:28)
4. Thanks. No matter what your feeling, give God thanks for hearing your prayer. Because He’s God and you’re not, trust He will take care of things and don’t forget to thank Him.
Then let go!
That secret to life has never failed me. And it’s what both Jake and I did.
Then, BAM! Jake was picked up by the Kansas City Chiefs on practice squad. I live in Kansas City! How cool is that? What are the chances?
While I relished in the mom role again (doing Jake’s laundry and feeding the big boy), as always, I know that God’s plans are always even better that we can imagine.
So….after only one week in Kansas City, The San Diego Chargers signed Jake onto their roster. While I loved having him here, I kind of thought he’d get snapped up fast by a team who needed his skills.
And of course, the move is great for his career.
Imagine, being cut from a losing team, then getting picked up by a winning team now in the playoffs. Jake is playing more and has a greater role in the offense with the Chargers.
Jake (#81-Tight End) had a fantastic game this past Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals. Really good plays and outstanding blocks! Chargers won!
See how happy Jake and his teammates are. Photo from http://www.chargers.com
So, this Sunday Jake will play in Denver against the Broncos. Please keep him in your prayers and cheer on #81 and the Chargers!
And back to Romans 8:28…God can work all things to the good, even for a kid diagnosed with Type One Diabetes in high school who wondered if he’d even be able to continue playing football. God has a plan for this guy, who also spends his time encouraging youth with type one diabetes.
Isn’t he cute? Follow Jake on twitter @sugarfreejb82
Isaiah 40:28-31 says, Do you not know? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.
Jake’s moving again! From San Diego back to Texas. He’s been on the Chargers practice squad and today the Houston Texans signed him to their roster after Owen Daniels (TE) was injured. Daniels will be on injured reserve for quite some time.
Jake was on the Texans practice squad at the end of last season then called back preseason before getting cut and picked up by the Chargers.
We’re all proud of Jake! Thanking God for this news and praying for continued blessings for Jake in Texas! Go JAKE! GO TEXANS!!!!! Follow Jake https://twitter.com/sugarfreejb82
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Yep, that’s a picture Jake took in the SAN DIEGO CHARGERS locker room today! Yeah, that’s right! Our boy is a tight end for the San Diego Chargers!
We are so grateful to God for this blessing. Thank you all for your prayers. After playing a great pre-season game on Thursday, Jake got cut from the Houston Texans, but was picked up on Sunday by the San Diego Chargers. Not bad, Jake! Even Tim Tebow and many others who got cut didn’t get picked up by another team. The NFL is not for the faint of heart! What a crazy few days with lots of prayers. On Monday Jake plays his first game against guess who? The Texans. Lol!
Romans 8:28 is coming to my mind. And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.
About the photo above: Sent a group text to the kids this morning. Jake replied with the above photo and: “Guess who is also rocking the 81.”
Youngest son Nick is #81 (For the Ragin Cajuns-University of Louisiana-Lafayette).
Nick texted: That’s what I’m talking about.
Then Jake texted back: I thought for once I’d copy you.
Betsy and I replied: Awwww!!!
What keepers these kids are, right?! So sweet that Jake took his younger brothers college number. In high school, Nick took Jake’s high school number, #1. Here’s both boys at a football camp Nick attended. Big brother giving little brother some advice. Picture taken by daughter Betsy.
We are all so excited abut this news about Jake and so proud of him for so many reasons. Jake has type one diabetes and really wants to do what he can for the diabetes community. His twitter reads: Jake Byrne San Diego Charger, Former Wisconsin TE, Type 1 Diabetic. Passion for helping youth with diabetes, feel free to ask me questions and advice.
Follow Jake on Twitter @sugarfreejb82 and you can follow my blog for future updates too!
Thanks be to God for this wonderful news! Going to be a great football season! Go Chargers! Go Ragin Cajuns! Go #81s!
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Big dreamers must be equipped with bucket loads of trust; trust they will see their dreams to fruition. They need to mix that trust with hard work, confidence, and a little brain power, too. BUT the most important ingredient needed to bind all of this together to really whip that big dream into a reality you can sink your teeth into: God!
We must trust in God. Have confidence in God. And use the brain power He gifted us with to know that ultimately, we can do nothing without Him.
I never understand how people disregard the power and strength of God while struggling to make their dreams become reality. Last night, during a Bible study at our church, St. James Anglican, our facilitator, Dan Hartshorn, drew our attention to Isaiah 40:12 which describes God: Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand and marked off the heavens with a span.
Now, if you can measure the waters of the earth in the hollow of your hand and measure the heavens with the span of your hands, you have some really big hands! And these big hands are not only big, but loving hands. Why would we ever want to do anything without those big hands helping us? Seems pointless, really.
I’ve been working hard to finish a third novel and prepare for a very important writer’s conference. I’ve got really big dreams that I want to become reality.
My son Jake, a rookie in the NFL with the Houston Texans has big dreams too. He’s playing a very important pre-season game tonight (Texans vs. Dallas Cowboys) where he will be put in to play the entire game to really prove himself. Both of us realize that we need to rely on God’s power and strength so much now. Jake is a type one diabetic. He will surely need God’s strength tonight and always. Please pray for him. #89
Funny, but reading the above verse, verse 12 in Isaiah 40, I read a little lower to verse 27 and had to text it to Jake. It begins with God addressing Jacob, so appropriate for my Jacob, too: 27 Why do you say, O Jacob and speak, O Israel, ‘My way is hidden from the Lord, and my right is disregarded by my God’? 28 Have you not known? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable.29 He gives power to the faint, and strengthens the powerless.30 Even youths will faint and be weary, and the young will fall exhausted;31 but those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.
Jake’s text response: “Love it! Thank you. I should be good to go for this one!!”
Yeah, I think we’ll all be good to go, trusting in our God.
Proverbs 3:5-6: Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him and he will direct your path!
And thanking God for daughter Betsy getting an internship this week. (below, left of big brother Jake)
…and getting ready for the next football game. younger son Nick (University of Louisiana-Lafayette-Ragin Cajuns), also a tight-end, will play against the Arkansas Razorbacks this Saturday! We’re pretty excited about that, too! Go Nick!!!
God bless you all and I really appreciate your prayers and support!
Thanks for this article below, Kristen Lamb.
Now, because I am a “real writer” and have a real writer’s conference I’m preparing to attend, I’m retreating into Novel Land where I’m going to attempt to finish my third novel (only on chapter 7) in a little more than three weeks.
See you some time in September, unless I have some really big news to announce before then.
In the meantime, please keep my son Jake, #89 Houston Texans Rookie in your prayers during the upcoming pre-season games. He’s a “real NFL player.” Go Jake! In these crucial days to come, hoping both of continue toward successful careers. SO to daughter Betsy too, to the left of Jake. She’s having a birthday next week! She’s a “real cutie!” And proud of son, Nick too…in camp with the Ragin Cajuns down at the University of Louisiana-Lafayette. Go fam!
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With two books with an agent and plugging along on the third novel, I feel like I’ve been climbing a mountain and have reached an outcrop that overlooks a crystal clear pond. (Thanks for the photo, Betsy–stole from daughter’s Facebook)
Daughter Betsy, above, is enjoying a little down time this summer after work and before getting ready for her last semester of college.
Son Nick is at the University of Louisiana, beginning football camp.
Hubby, Bishop Leo Michael, as usual, is working hard for the Kingdom of God.
We’re all pushing toward our goals…some big, some small.
But, I think son Jake, a rookie in NFL camp with the Houston Texans #89 (on the left with the black cap), must feel a lot like I feel right now…
So for now, we keep working and pushing ahead toward our goals.
So, what does it take to successfully reach goals? Maybe, never giving up. There’s lots of good advice out there. Each morning, I look for inspiring quotes to text to my kids, especially the boys who are really challenged in football camp.
Here’s a few success quotes:
And considering success and pruning….check out Kristen Lamb’s blog today. She inspired me to write this post…Have a wonderful time on your path to success, whatever your goals may be.
Fox News TV segment about Joey, a 12 year old boy with type one diabetes and Jake, my diabetic Pro football player son who mentored him. Sweet!