You Are A Warrior

Adam and I went to the Kingspan Stadium in Belfast last night to watch Ulster Rugby play the Southern Kings in a Guinness Pro 14 match. We had a great night; Ulster won 59-10 and we got complimentary burgers from my brother-in-law who is in charge of the catering and hospitality at the stadium. It made the frozen toes and long walk back to the car afterwards worthwhile. Note to self – wear thicker socks next time you got to a rugby match in February!

It is the start of a big rugby weekend. The Six Nations Championship has started and Ireland play Italy later today in Dublin. That, however, is not the main event for the Black family. Adam has been selected to play for his school’s senior team today for the first time. He will be playing against boys three years older than him but the coaches recognise his talent and potential and are throwing him in at the deep end. They have confidence in him and believe he has the ability to cope with this step up in class.

Fionnuala and I will be nervously cheering him on from the touchline. Win, lose or draw we are very proud of him as we are of all our kids. Adam has the skill and work ethic to develop into a top rugby player and hopefully play professionally one day. My dream is to watch him play one day at the Kingspan for Ulster Rugby. And even if he doesn’t watching him play has brought us closer together this last year. It has become our thing. I’m passionate about his rugby. I know I get a bit carried away at times but he has been blessed with a gift and I want him to run with it as far as he possibly can.

It is a dream at the minute but dreams can become reality if you are prepared to roll up your sleeves and work at them. They are reality waiting to happen. You just have to reach out and take what is rightfully yours. It might not happen overnight but it will do eventually if you just keep your eye on the prize and keep moving forward. Fear and doubt will do their best to scupper your ambitions but they have to be ignored and kicked to the kerb. You are better than that. Of that I am certain.

Do you have a dream that remains unfulfilled? Have you given up after a lifetime of having been knocked down and pushed back? I encourage you to dust yourself down, take a deep breath and stand tall again. You are better than the demons who oppose you. They are more frightened of you than you are of them. That is why they fight so viciously. Because they see the light within you and it terrifies them. They see what you do not see. They see the real you and in that they see their ultimate demise.

You are a warrior standing on the battlefield of your own destiny. You wear the armour of a good and righteous person. Your enemies stand amassed before you and you have a choice. Do you cower before them and allow your life to meander aimlessly and without purpose? Or do you fill your lungs with air and roar a battle cry of defiance? Do you charge towards them in the knowledge that you are better than them? You can conquer depression, addiction, guilt and worthlessness? You are a hero. You are my hero and you will stand victorious over all you survey. I know you can do it. Do you?

What enemies are you facing on the battlefield today?

How do you propose to conquer them?

Published by Fractured Faith Blog

We are Stephen and Fionnuala and this is our story. We live in Northern Ireland, have been married for 15 years and have three kids - Adam, Hannah and Rebecca. We hope that our story will inspire and encourage others. We have walked a rocky road yet here we are today, together and stronger than ever. We are far from perfect and our faith has been battered and bruised. But an untested faith is a pointless faith. Just as a fractured faith is better than none at all. We hope you enjoy the blog.

27 thoughts on “You Are A Warrior

  1. I wish him all the luck in the world in his big game today! How exciting for you all 😁 and yes, I wear 2 pairs of socks and tights under my jeans to watch T ride and that is only an hour and a bit outside, not that I’m suggesting you wear tights, just be a little more prepared 🤣


  2. Thanks for the reminder! My dream is to be a writer. I let that dream fall by the wayside but recently I have picked it back up and am determined to make it come true!


  3. Needed this. Depression and anxiety have been kicking my butt recently and one of the large contributors is a co-worker who has been harassing me for the past month and a half. This reminds me that I would not be facing such opposition if there wasn’t incredible potent, light, purpose, and good things inside of me.


  4. “Be yourself; no base imitator of another, but your best self. There is something which you can do better than another. Listen to the inward voice and bravely obey that. Do the things at which you are great, not what you were never made for.”


  5. We’ve seen in our family that consistent hard work and staying in the center of God’s will can indeed lead to the fulfillment of dreams. Best of luck to Adam!


  6. I have a few dreams that remain unfulfilled. I’ve lost sight of them for a while, and it now seems like I’m stuck in a murky swamp with no way out, the dreams just wild fantasies. I’ve been knocked down time and time again, and this last time was a rough blow. At this time, I’m on the ground looking up. The enemies seem like endless hordes. It’s as if they’ve all united against me, name it and it’s there. A part of me doesn’t want to get up. But I have to. The only way to conquer them is through faith. With faith I can get back up and wipe the mud from my eyes. Only then can I move once again.

    My comment was longer than I had intended. Your posts are always great and engaging, as well as thought provoking when it comes to your questions. It was a great read. Thank you, and best of luck to Adam.


  7. Yeah, ok, all very positive and motivational. But if life, at times ain’t in some form or another actually working with a person, rather than against, it’s rather hard at times to gain any traction whatsoever.
    If everything your trying is turning haywire. It don’t matter how hard you push, it just ain’t happening. All the motivational words in the world, ain’t going to do nothing for you, in terms of moving forward towards whatever you are trying to achieve.
    I say you actually need a bit of luck for time to time. For life to work with you, give you a break. Not hand your goals and desires to you on a plate. Of course one can always ask for guidance from above, if that will actually come through, who knows. Or try a different path. Again who knows.
    In any case, thanks for checking out a few recent posts. I’m glad you enjoyed them. I appreciate it.



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