On finding your daughter’s strengths

September 20, 2013 in Five Minute Friday,prayer

Finding kids strengthsShe puts her finger in the small of my back and pushes, gently massaging while we watch TV. During times of confusing crowds she grabs the skin of my elbows and kneads it. After nightime prayer, she flings her arms around my neck, stiffening  her muscles so I can’t escape and grinning. In the tough moments, where tears escape or I hide, pretending to nap  on the couch, she fills the cup with water and grabs the tissue. When her sister’s tween hormones defeat efforts of self control, she grabs the only salve that works, a black guinea pig and carries him gently to the heaving body on the bed. Her instincts to comfort trump my own. And I wish I could make her see how such a gift is akin to an Olympic Medal. As an added bonus its risk of pride is much lower.

She tosses out phrases that dance in my mind. Carrot brown. Dubious intentions. Feathery Eggs. She sees the clouds, the light, the gentle curve on the bill of the heron, the missing spot of the back of the toad she holds, and the way the eyes of her friend retreats when she mentions food. She started confronting others who hurt her at two. The poor toddler, she wasn’t prepared for verbal I-statements. “When you ran off to play with that other girl and didn’t tell me, you hurt my feelings.” Most adults can’t muster courage to confront so healthy or even identify their own emotions. Her powers of expression and observation they too are gifts, mightier than the World Cup team she longs to join.

Joining Lisa Jo and Brave Word Warriors as we begin to exhale for the weekend. Today’s 5-minute write was on the word SHE. And really, I didn’t know where this one would go…to my prayers for my girls to see what God has given them.




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Salena September 20, 2013 at 10:39 am

Hi, joining you from over at 5MF here!

What a beautiful post about your daughter. I know you love her and her sister very much!


Leah September 20, 2013 at 10:44 am

Hi there Laura,
I love this post.
I panicked a bit when I saw today’s word prompt because I don’t have a bunch of woman encouragers in my life, but as I started to write, like you, the images of my own daughters started to float to my mind.
We seem to have a lot in common.


pruningprincesses September 20, 2013 at 12:50 pm

Hi Leah, planning to swing by your site later to see what we have in common! I often panic at the word choice. Then I breathe and remember my writing doesn’t need to be like Lisa’s. I don’t have a bunch of women encouragers in my life either so I know how you feel reading posts about them….awe and envy all mixed together. How old are your girls?


LaughingLady September 20, 2013 at 11:46 am

What a beautiful portrait of your daughter. She sounds like an incredible young lady!!


pruningprincesses September 20, 2013 at 12:48 pm

Hi, Thank you. Each paragraph actually describes a different daughter. That word she can be unclear if we let it. But yes, they are both wonderful. Thank you for stopping by and taking time to comment–they are water to a writer’s soul


Becky Daye September 20, 2013 at 2:15 pm

You already know that I love your writing. But the way you write about your girls is just stunning!!! Thanks for this and the reminder to take a moment and really see them. So lovely- just like you!!!


Laurie September 21, 2013 at 1:20 am

Your daughter sounds like a sweetie!


Tiffany October 26, 2013 at 1:14 pm

this is such a beautiful post and I know it can be so amazing to watch your child and see their personalities developing day by day. Your daughter is truly gifted and I am sure you will help her cultivate and learn her gift as she grows. God Bless you both.


Jennice October 26, 2013 at 1:46 pm

She sounds like quite a young lady! #SITSsharefest


lee aldrich October 26, 2013 at 4:11 pm

Wow! Your daughter sounds like an old soul. Thank you for sharing! (BTW – found you on SITS)


Rabia @TheLiebers October 26, 2013 at 8:37 pm

She sounds like a real sweetheart. I hope she is able to keep that servant attitude as she grows older.


Tara @ secretsofamomaholic.com October 28, 2013 at 1:54 am

So sweet. I am teaching my children to verbalize their feelings- you’re lucky it comes naturally to her.


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