Sunday, May 1, 2011

42 minutes and 55 seconds

i talked with
my girl, the one i mentor
today
she on her porch
me on mine
i
smiled
laughed
cried

and i was reminded that
she carries so many
burdens
more than
anyone i know
and she's seventeen

like the israelites
tying the commands
as symbols
on their hands
she wants a tattoo
on her wrist
a sparrow
a heart
and
john 11:4
this sickness will not end in
death
no
it is for god's glory

i simply love her.

and god has given me even more -

156. my own healing
157. finding what's lost
158. mom feeling better
159. making people happy with cookies
160. bluebirds
161. sunday morning bible study
162. this husband. my rock.

the links:

michelle at graceful for hear it on sunday, use it on monday
ann at a holy experience for multitude mondays
jen at finding heaven for soli deo gloria sisterhood

20 comments:

  1. This is one of my most favorite pieces that you have ever written. Oh, for a symbol of freedom.

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  2. I love you and your girl, Kendal. Love what He is doing in both of ya'll and how you share it briefly here.

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  3. Jennifer_StudioJRUMay 2, 2011 at 11:14 AM

    What an amazing girl. What a gift to be in her life. I love bluebirds! :)

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  4. Praying for your sweet girl, Kendal.

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  5. thank you, kendal. this was encouraging. love how you love on that girl!

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  6. She's blessed to have such a mentor. Are kids who are becoming just the greatest? I think we pretty much have parallel teacher hearts, Kendal!

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  7. What joy to be given this opportunity to share...to mentor...to truly be an example.

    A tattoo, ouch! :) But if it what she wants, I pray that it will look great on her skin.

    Mrs. M.

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  8. Really enjoyed this. Found your blog through Jen at Finding Heaven. I saw your label-anorexia. I too have fought this awful disease. I have been better for many years-or so I thought. I was eating, but still carrying around those awful voices in my head and had body dysmorphic disorder. They were loud and overwhelming-the grocery store alone was torture-but now they are much quieter. Jesus heals. Looking forward to reading more of your journey fighting this disease.

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  9. oh, i love your girl too! and feel like I know her...precious in the Father's eyes and so, I am so thankful that you have this place in her life...so, so thankful. praying for you and her with you...:-}

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  10. Diana TrautweinMay 3, 2011 at 1:44 AM

    Simply lovely. Thank you.

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  11. Hello there...I just popped over from Jen's. Great thoughts...and so sweet that you made people happy with cookies.

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  12. Heart n Soul @ http://heartsoulexchange.blogspot.com/

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  13. praying for you blessings on your journey. it is so hard to shed. i used to think recovery was for other people. not that i never battle, because the voices will pop up, but i am so much more ready for the fight. every time we do it right, we add to our aresenal. peace to you!

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  14. Glenda ChildersMay 3, 2011 at 6:07 AM

    Awe . . . mentoring is one of my joys, too. And I am missing it in my life, since our move. So glad your sweet girl, has you on the porch of her life.

    Fondly,
    Glenda

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  15. in love with that verse and the way she has made it hers. so much beauty in this life, cloaked in mercy.

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  16. I LOVE that verse! and I can understand her wanting to tattoo that on her arm so she can always remember. For those of us who struggle deep the reminders are needful...I am thankful she has you and you...her
    xo

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  17. I am blessed by your blessings today Kendal.

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  18. Always blessed when you count your blessings. Your words, though brief, speak so loud.

    Pamela

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  19. Thanks for taking all of us with you on this journey with your girl. . .I look forward to hearing about her when I visit.

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