My Heart Beats for This One

14 Feb
She smiles at me under her lowered eyes as she enters the room each week. She hugs so tight yet whispers her hello to me. She moves into the room slowly with shuffling feet. She stands back from the crowd of boisterous girls with such longing in her face. She doesn’t join in the chatter and giggles. During worship she sways back and forth singing praise to Him low enough that you would have to bend down to hear her voice. And then we gather in our circle to talk more about our lesson that day. She hesitates to raise her hand to answer a question. 

But today…such boldness. When I asked my girls for prayer requests, her hand shot up and she told us about her papaw who is sick. When the time came for this circle of girls to pray, her head bowed and her hands opened in front of her. In that moment when she would usually tap the knee of the girl sitting next to her, she instead prayed this quiet reverent prayer to Jesus. With each word offered, her hands raised a bit higher to Him. She didn’t hesitate. She didn’t whisper. 

This brave, sweet girl raised her voice to a God she knows, asking Him for healing. Thanking Him in advance for all He is going to do. Thanking Him for the girls sitting in the circle. Asking Him to answer all of their prayers today. Thanking Him for the gift of me.

Oh my precious girl. 

I wept. My heart overflowing. Knowing that she knows Him. That she lifts her hands to Him. That she doesn’t stand back from His presence, but enters boldly before Him.

My hearts beats for this one today.

 Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me…”
Matthew 19:14 

7 Responses to “My Heart Beats for This One”

  1. Linda February 14, 2013 at 1:43 pm #

    So lovely! Her heart brings me to tears, it's so beautiful.

  2. Jennifer Peterson February 14, 2013 at 2:53 pm #

    I'm in tears, love hearts like that seeing God working !! So awesome and lovely!!

  3. Still Woods Farmhouse February 14, 2013 at 5:42 pm #

    Happy Valentine's Day! What a sweet post you have today. Thank you for sharing. It was just beautiful. I am sharing vintage Valentine's Day cards today. Stop by for a visit!Many blessings from Still Woods Farmhouse

  4. Alecia Simersky February 14, 2013 at 7:09 pm #

    So sweet and beautiful. That is one of my very favorite things about working with kids is watching their faith grow. Just awesome!

  5. Amanda February 14, 2013 at 7:54 pm #

    So beautifully written, Wendy. I love it – and I love the pictures of little hands praying What a sweet encouragement!

  6. Bree @ Twinkle in the Eye February 15, 2013 at 12:58 am #

    Isn't that a beautiful image.

  7. Emily Wierenga February 15, 2013 at 3:22 am #

    oh friend. thank you, for standing in the gap for these girls, for loving them so. what a blessing you are, wendy.

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