I'm a redeemed child of God and the momma to four vivacious daughters. I'm passionate about finding hidden blessings in the trials of life, living it out in an honest and open way, while encouraging those around me to believe in better.


“i prayed!”

You might remember the other day I mentioned Grace? Wynter’s potential new pony? And how we weren’t sure? And she was having a ride that afternoon which would give us a better indication if it was a good fit for her?

Well … it didn’t go well. At all.

Wynter seemed completely confused in her riding, which made Grace even more confused. And frankly, they looked like a hot mess of skills colliding in the arena.

I took lots of video, both of Wynter riding and of her trainer “training.”

I talked to Wynt on the ride home and gently suggested she should take time to study the video, listen to her trainer, and see what she could do differently the next day … her last ride with Grace — the decision making ride — is this the pony for her, or would we have to keep looking?

She seemed intent on what I was saying and determined to have a good ride the next day. Welllll … when we got home, she went to her room to change and seemed to come out as quickly as she went in. I asked if she studied the video and she told me, “not really.”

I was disappointed.

If this pony meant as much to her as she told me, why didn’t she care enough to put a little effort into having a better ride?

The next day, I picked her up from school and as we headed to her lesson, I gently prepared her for the fact that Grace may not be the pony for her and it may not work out. And if it didn’t, I fully trusted there was an even better pony out there for her.

She agreed.

I was so nervous as I watched her begin her lesson. Pretty much sitting on the edge of my seat.

And then.

Something happened.

She looked like a completely different rider from just the day before. I was shocked. Seriously shocked.

And then this …

Her first time jumping!! She’s been wanting to learn to jump so badly over the last month, but the time just hadn’t come yet. She still had things to learn to prepare for this next step.

I heard her trainer futzing with the standard cups {the things that hold the pole you jump over}, and I thought, “no … that can’t be for Wynt.”

Sure enough. She put the poles up and had Wynter pop over them. She even raised them once!

When her lesson was over, her horse put away, and we were walking to the car, I asked her what made such a huge difference in her riding from the day before?

She answered so matter-of-factually, “I prayed!”

She went on to explain, the day before when she went to her room to change {when *I* thought she should be studying her video}, she spent 20 minutes praying asking God to help her in her riding.

Sigh. It’s moments like these my children teach me a thing or two about faith.

Is there a time your child “out-faithed” you?

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5 Responses to ““i prayed!””

  1. dawn says:

    oh that GIRL!
    and after just posting my own tear jerker i read this?!?!

    i am just in awe of wynter… she didn’t need those stinkin’ videos… she knew just where her help would come from. and maybe {maybe, maybe, maybe!?!?!} this kind of faith-filled outcome can bring her around on the other things. {at least i know that i will pray that!}

    so yay for wynter & grace… clearly just the team He had in mind xoxo
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  2. Amy says:

    I love it Tracie! We can learn so much from our girls. What an amazing girl you have.
    Amy recently posted..Going through the Motions

  3. Katherinemarie says:

    That is so extraordinary!!!!! The power of prayer working in her life… Truly inspirational!

  4. Heather says:

    Dear Friend, It’s moments like this that you know they have been watching you and learned from you! Be blessed!

    My kiddos out-faithing me…Ash went to Laos last summer, that was HUGE! Trekking through the jungle, sleeping in huts, in villages…in the jungle.

    Al, all she has is faith, no fear, not ever. It amazes me!

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