Dream Live Ball

By: Brittany Graham

God's Faithfulness, Candace Parker & Nneka Ogwumike

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Candace Parker filled with emotion after Game 5 with her daughter Lailaa 

Candace Parker filled with emotion after Game 5 with her daughter Lailaa 

Last week during Game 5 of the WNBA finals the LA Sparks defeated the Minnesota Lynx in dramatic fashion to capture the 2016 WNBA Championship. I usually don’t have a preference as to who I want win, as I would rather see a long series filled with good basketball. However, this time around deep down inside, I wanted LA to take it home.

Despite being the same age, I’ve always been a fan of Candace Parker since her days at Tennessee. I admire her love for the game, competitive spirit, versatility on the court, and the fact that she’s a mother all while being one bad ass basketball player. Earlier this year when Parker was cut from the Olympic team that would go on to win a gold medal in Rio, my heart dropped. In my own humble opinion, there was no way Parker should’ve been left of this year’s Olympic team and falling short of reaching her third god medal.

Candace Parker in Game 5 of the WNBA Finals

Candace Parker in Game 5 of the WNBA Finals

 Parker’s teammate Nneka Ogwumike also fell short of making the Olympic team, which some also say stirred controversy in her own right. But that’s just how life goes sometimes. You may work your ass off, be the best person for the part, deserve the job, and for whatever reason still get cut. You’re not always going to get the things you want and or deserve, but that’s just a part of life.

 Both Parker and Ogwumike are prime examples of perseverance and trusting God's plan, because HE always follows through. They could’ve easily felt sorry for themselves for not making the Olympic team, complained and went looking for sympathy. Instead, during the month long Olympic break they regrouped, refocused, went to work, and came back better than ever.

And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.
— Hebrews 11:6
Neneka Ogwumike with the huge rebound and game winner in Game 5

Neneka Ogwumike with the huge rebound and game winner in Game 5

Just months after the disappointments of being cut from the Olympic Team, Nneka Ogwumike was named the 2016 WNBA MVP. And after 8 years in the league, Candace Parker finally got her first championship, and was named Finals MVP.

Nneka Ogwumike, 2016 WNBA MVP

Nneka Ogwumike, 2016 WNBA MVP

Sometimes it’s hard to fully understand what God’s plan is for us. That’s why it’s always important to remain faithful to Him because HIS plan never fails. So many times in life there is something you may want more than anything and God takes it away. To test you and your faithfulness to Him and HIS plan for you. But in doing so, going through the trials and tribulations He puts you through, the reward is always greater and means so much more.

Don't give up or get discouraged if you do not get what you feel you deserve. Continue to trust God and know that HE will always come through to those who honor their faithfulness to Him.

I love you guys.

Have a great week!!!

Always, #DreamLiveBall