MCA girls participated in cheerleading competions this past weekend. What a weekend! Our girls shone brightly and represented our Lord and our school in a wonderful way with wonderful results. Here is a recap from Coach Lesa Brown.
The team came into the competitions as significant underdogs. We had to combine both JV and Varsity teams into one team entering the ALL VARSITY DIVISION (5 of our girls were in Peru on a mission trip). We walked into the competition area and saw teams doing stunts we only dream of.
Our goal: stick with simplicity and do it perfect.
We struggled all week and were clearly the underdog (David -.) competing against teams that were big and strong(Goliath).
- We were the only 2A division school there.
- We had one senior (our captiain: Rachel Strong) while other Varsity teams had 6-12 seniors on their teams.
In today’s competition God opened the doors for us.
- We nailed our routines like we never had before.
- Some of the other team’s ‘big stunts’ were falling apart and they added too much to the routines making them tough.
- We kept with simplicity and it was simply perfect.
- Every girl was right on.
After struggling all week we reached championship day….and WE WON!
- We took SUPERIOR AWARD over all
- We took 1st place is Varsity Cheer division
- We took 2nd place in Varsity Dance division
- We won the spirit award
- We had 3 girls try out for the “All American” team (which is really tough to win); and all 3 girls won: BROOKLYN KROENING, ALANA BISHOP AND SIERRA HOEHN. As ALL AMERICAN CHEER LEADERS they have earned a spot to go to London, England and represent USA Cheer Leading.
This was a huge victory IN THE NAME OF JESUS, a huge victory in the sport of cheer leading.
This summer, leadership and staff will be participating in weekly devotional and prayer time. This morning we had our first session. I led the first devotional in which I covered Psalm 1. I thought it was a very fitting first devotional of the summer as we prepare for next year with new leadership in both the elementary and secondary. As Chuck Swindoll stated in a daily devotional I referenced, the first verse is all about telling us that we should be “Blessed” if we persistently avoided compromise sought by worldliness. In other words, this verse exhorts us to be wary of losing our commitment to a godly life. The Psalmist shows how the progression of flirting around casually with sin can lead to stopping and participating in sin. Following this path to its end leads to us making our habitation in sin and scoffing at what is right and good.
I felt this was a very fitting first devotional in that we must fervently guard against MCA slipping into compromise in our alignment and stance with our creator God. Anytime there is change in leadership, there is a risk that the values could change. Bringing in 5 or 6 new staff and faculty can also impact those values. In this devotional, I challenged us to hold fast to the truths in God’s Word and hold each other accountable if signs pop up that we are starting this erosion of the Christian life as outlined in Psalm 1:1.
But thank God that we can be like a tree of life in which we are full of life and purity. That should be our pursuit and the Psalmist tells us we can accomplish that by thinking on God’s Word day and night. I love that God doesn’t just tell us what we should not be doing, but fills our minds with what we should be doing so that we don’t make room for evil. In fact the Psalm opens with the word “Blessed”. A great translation of that is “Oh, the happiness, many times over…” Isn’t that the life we want our students to experience? So let’s instill in them the truths of Psalm 1.