Monday, March 10, 2008

Does Anybody Hear Her?

The front of the letter says: "I'm Sorry Dallas."

What first captured my interest was a face she had drawn on the front. It was a circle with 2 dashes for eyes and a frowning mouth. There was a teardrop coming out of her eye. The inside read:

Dallas I'm sorry for shoving you into the lockers. I know how it feels I have been pushed a lot of times. I did not mean to push you like I said I have anger issues. I hope nobody was hurt especially you. So I hope that your okay. I hope your back feels better soon. Really soon. But anyway I'm sorry!

from Ashley

P.S. I will try to make my anger issues go away. Well I hope you feel better.

This was a letter that Dallas had gotten today from a bully at school that she has had a little bit of a problem with lately. Dallas stated that Ashley doesn't have many friends because she is so mean. I had tears in my eyes as I told Dallas we needed to pray for this girl.

Instead of being angry about what she had done to my daughter, God had shown me the heart of a girl in pain.

I told Dallas that there may be some issues for her at home that no one knows about, so we needed to pray for her. Dallas said, "I know what's going on...I asked her the other day when I saw her crying."

I have to say here that I am proud of my daughter for taking the time to ask Ashley what was wrong after this girl has been so mean to her.

I guess Ashley's parents have just recently divorced and she is being passed around to relatives that live close by. Right now she is living with her grandparents. While I don't know the whole story, I know enough to say that this little girl needs some prayer.

Dallas and I talked and decided that we would write down a scripture on a piece of paper for Dallas to give to her tomorrow.

Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
1 Peter 5:7

Dallas is going to give it to her tomorrow and tell her that Jesus is always listening. She is going to hopefully get her phone number so we can invite her to go to church with us.

Please pray for this girl, Ashley. It appears that she is going through a lot right now and possibly has been for quite some time.

Thank you friends, in advance, for your prayers.


Laurie Adams said...

A good friend of mine once told me that the difficulties that our kids go thru are just "teaching moments" and I think it is great how you took time to listen and "teach" your daughter about being a friend to someone who may desperately need a friend. Good parenting!

kmom3 said...

What a beautiful and caring heart your daughter has. I'm thinkin' she got that from her momma! :)
I will be praying for this girl, that she will receive the love Jesus is so wanting to pour out all over her.
You are beautiful, Cheri.

Jenifer said...

Hey, friend. I'm still here. My life has been in a whirlwind- had a standard busy weekend, just finished writing my first Bible Study- homework and all- praise be to God!!!- and then yesterday was a very unexpected day (you can read all about it from today's post). I will definitely be praying for this precious child. I think it is so awesome that you are using this opportunity to teach your daughter to love others with the love of Jesus. I just know that she is going to be a blessing to her friend.

Have a blessed day, sweet sister!

DeAnna said...

Wow! What an awesome testimony for the Lord. Larry has been preaching about "the power of one" lately and how to witness to those around us no matter what they look or act like. If you haven't watched the services lately on the internet, take a look at and go to the button for viewing online.


Carol said...

What a wonderful witness for Christ you are teaching Dallas to be. I will pray for Ashley.

Amy Wyatt said...

I am so glad you are teaching Dallas how to look past the outside of people and into their heart. I'll be praying for this girl and for Dallas and for opportunities for you to minister to her and show her Christ.

Christina said...

You have an amazing daughter. She is growing up to be very kindhearted. It is nice that you are showing her how to reach out to this little girl. I'll bet the impact Dallas has on this girls life will be huge. Just knowing someone cares for you helps. Thankfully Dallas has a mommy who can teach her what so many young people have never been taught, how to reach out to the hurting. I will say a prayer for Ashley.

Laura said...

Sweet post and sweet daughter you have there. I will pray for Dallas.

NotJustLaura said...

What a beautiful daughter you have! I've prayed for Ashleigh and will be watching to see how God answers.

Stephanie (Ocean Mommy) said...

I'm sitting here crying! That is so sad, for Dallas and for Ashley...

I'm praying and will ask God to bring this little one to my mind.

But oh what a teaching experience for you and Dallas. God has given you all an awesome mission in this situation. So I will be praying for you all as you minister to this little girl.....