If I were trying to describe the term “Kindred Sister”, I would think of her. Not because we are exactly alike, but because our hearts speak fluently with one another.
And I’m so blessed to have her here, sharing with you. Friends, would you please welcome Karrilee?
My dear sister friend, take it away:
I am a child of the 70s… raised simultaneously on that era’s country music and shameless pop music. The former came blaring from a radio in my father’s morning routine… the latter – well, came from my older sisters’ room mostly!
As a writer, even way back then… it was the lyrics that pulled me in.
I just loved the story told in the span of a song.
As a teenager of the 80s, you couldn’t keep me away from the tortured love songs and rock ballads of my generation! While not raised in a church-going home, I was still somewhat innocent and often, I would sing out with my whole heart, words I did not understand – but Oh how I FELT them! The intensity… the brokenness and desperation… the romance and desire…
I must have been around 16, when somehow I ended up with “The Collection” – a cassette tape by Amy Grant. I have no idea who planted it in my room (thanks)… I had no idea who this artist was, but I played the tape over and over (and over and over) and OH how those lyrics pierced my still-unsaved heart!
God was drawing me! I loved every song… but the one that I would blast with my headphones on was “Father’s Eyes”…
I may not be every mother’s dream for her little girl
And my face may not grace the mind of everyone in the world
But that’s all right as long as I can have one wish I pray
When people look inside my life, I want to hear them say
She’s got her father’s eyes, her father’s eyes
Eyes that find the good in things, when good is not around
Eyes that find the source of help, when help just can’t be found
Eyes full of compassion, seeing every pain
Knowin’ what you’re going through and feeling it the same
Just like my father’s eyes, my father’s eyes, my father’s eyes
Just like my father’s eyes
And on that day when we will pay for all the deeds we have done
And when you’re called to stand and tell just what you saw in me
More than anything I know, I want your words to be
She had her father’s eyes, her father’s eyes
(Father’s Eyes by CHAPMAN, GARY WINTHUR)
But here’s the deal… I didn’t really ‘get’ it. I didn’t know who the Father was… and while I love my own Dad… well – let’s just say at that time, we didn’t really have that kind of connection!
Oh, and I didn’t really get that whole second verse… seriously – as in – Did. Not. GET. It.
But there was just something about such an intense love and such a desire to be seen and to be transparent enough that people would see beyond me that had captured my heart.
Then, at 21… I met Jesus… I fell in love… with Jesus but I held the Father at bay – a bit unsure of how He really felt about me… (as if I or any of us can separate Them, I know!)
I got super close with Jesus… and the Holy Spirit! I was all about those Guys!
We were TIGHT…
A decade later… Father God began to woo me. He won my heart… He had to fight for it… I held Him at arm’s length – but oh the joy when I finally gave up and gave in!
This song… this prayer… some 25 years later, this is still my prayer today…
to Speak Life… to Be Love… to Shine On…
to have eyes that find the good in things…
that find the Source of help…
that are full of compassion…
Just like my Father’s eyes!
Speak Life. Be Love. Shine On.
Karrilee is a Wife, a Mother, Daughter, Sister, Friend…
She is a Writer, Reader, Pray-er, Photographer, Beach Lover, Laugh Seeker, Life living person, serving God to the best of her ability! She lives in the PNW with her husband and nearly grown girlie and is passionate about diving in deeper with the Lord and inviting others to discover how personal, intimate, abundant His Love is for them! Her life message?
Speak Life. Be Love. Shine On.
She loves to share what is on her heart and what the Lord is speaking to her at: http://abidingloveaboundinggrace.blogspot.com
How about you, friend? When did God begin to woo you? Have you given your all to Him? What song are you striving for? We’d love to hear.
Thanks for sharing your time with us.
Nikki (and Karrilee)