Thursday, September 8, 2011

Nourishment: Trees Have It Made

Have you ever just craved nourishment?  How do you get it physically, emotionally, spiritually?  Because I have these questions and I want answers, I've asked a series of people to come in and share how they find nourishment.  Will you come along for the journey?  We will meet here every Thursday until the posts  run out.  Have something to share about nourishment?  Contact me and we will set a date!
Meet Kendal.  Through her poetry, she breathes life into the reader.  As someone who has battled an eating disorder, she breathes hope for all who struggle with the same.  In her writing, she elicits beautiful images, covered in scripture.
what the trees know

the tree
stands straight
through the  seasons
sending her roots
toward the stream for
her leaves are open to
it is her instinct
and it is so with
our souls
we are set to
crave nourishment -
physical and spiritual
there was a time
when life was out of control
and i despised
physical nourishment
but rather than trust my maker
i listened to the voice that whispered
if you are thinnest
you are best
if you are skinny
you will have power
i sacrificed physical nourishment
the more i listened
the more i lost
until i no longer
had roots to send to the stream
and then came the realization
that my emptiness was
beyond physical
i was spiritually withered as well
my husband
my family
my friends
supported me
sustained me
i could put down
on my own
…blessed is the one who trusts
 in the LORD,
whose confidence is in him.
she will be like a tree
planted by the water
that sends out its roots

Want to get to know Kendal even better?  Click here to bounce over to her blog, A Spacious Place, and subscribe to and/or follow her posts.


  1. Beautiful words, Kendal. I struggled with an eating disorder through high school. We try to control and sustain ourselves. But God desires to sustain us and supply us with all the nourishment we will ever need

  2. Thanks for sharing, Kendal. Such honesty, such bravery. The Lord rewards both. I am touched.

  3. Beautiful post Kendal. Thank you for sharing your vulnerable soul! God always gives a message in our messes:)

  4. Your words describe what you were experiencing so well and with great imagery.

    Jen I love this series.

  5. wow, this is so beautiful.

    this breathes vulnerability and rawness. <3

  6. This is beautiful, Kendal. I want to be like a tree planted by the streams of Living Water.

  7. Beautifully written, yet a bit painful to read. So much I can identify with. I am thankful for our nourishment in Him and that He has patience and grace to cover all of our needs. Blessings to you, and thank you for all you do to help others!

  8. oh kendal. you did it again. you, such a voice for God...

  9. So beautiful. The imagery. Of the tree and putting down roots. <3

  10. What a privilege to read your beautiful words every week, Kendal. Much to think about here... do I spurn spiritual nourishment? When I do, what lie am I believing?
    And Jen, thanks for the series.

  11. Kendal's words always surprise me. How can she use so few and make me feel so much?

  12. Kendal! I love that your husband, friends..etc supported you until you could put your own roots amazing!!!!! Thanks for sharing!

  13. I love your vulnerability and your sweet rhythm. How beautiful this must sound to the Father's ears. Just wonderful.


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