Musings of Kendra Purtell
Hello and welcome!
I’m a wife and mom, living in California, along with my family. My story involves a history of health issues, which led to a prolonged addiction to prescription Fentanyl. More importantly, praise be to God, my story also involves healing, deliverance, and freedom from Fentanyl.
I may talk more about that at some point, but thus far, I’ve enjoyed blogging about my faith in general, along with life circumstances (with a bit of humor thrown in).
As to the title of this site, it was inspired by The Man In The Balcony, which is a story my dad has told through the years. It’s a story I think of often, and is explained more in the post titled What’s In a Name.
In the performance of life, let us remember there is just one in the audience whose opinion truly matters. That’s the opinion of Jesus, the man in the balcony. May this richest of understandings then shape the entirety of how we live each day, as we seek only to please Him.
Thanks so much for stopping by!
🤍, Kendra Purtell
- What Is Your Worldview?by An Audience of OneWe need to extend grace to others when they behave in a manner that puzzles us or seems out of character.
- Give Me Your Mindsby An Audience of OneThere’s a correlation between the mind and the heart. When we love God with all of our mind, the result is a connection that satisfies the deepest yearning of the heart.
- Why Our ‘Why’ Mattersby An Audience of OneWhile future generations will likely grapple with the same questions, we can certainly set the stage for them.
- Middle-Aged Musingsby An Audience of OneIt sort of makes you wonder about God’s sense of humor.
- What’s In A Name?by An Audience of OneHe looked inside himself, and knew he could not play better. He had given everything he had.
- Give It A Restby An Audience of OneGod is the ultimate creator, and He’s placed this same desire within us. Where it becomes an issue is when our creativity interferes with the creator.
- No Snacks, Lord?by An Audience of OneIf I’d been a disciple, I may have needed to “confirm my understanding” on that one.
- I’m The Favoriteby An Audience of OneHis mouth dropped open, then he gave a laugh and said, “I feel like I’m His favorite!”
- The Frogby An Audience of One“Mom, where were you at 2 o’clock this morning? You’ve become a person of interest in the death of this frog.”
- Sunday Napsby An Audience of OneThere’s no guilt, because it’s tradition, after all.
- The Chosen Fewby An Audience of OneThe potter knew this vessel had been through the fire, and it hadn’t been broken.
- It Starts With Oneby An Audience of OneThe irony is that God uses people – imperfect people, just like you and me – to do His work.
- “You Made Me Feel Like A Valued Customer“by An Audience of OneWay to pull out the big guns with the whole “being a light” part. Not what I wanted to hear, Dad.
- The Anticipation Is Killing Me!by An Audience of OneThere’s something about the word expectancy. It’s like faith taken to the next level.
- How Desperate Are We?by An Audience of OneThe word that keeps coming to mind is desperation. Maybe that’s because desperate people are willing to take desperate measures.
- Sunday Bulletin Bloopersby An Audience of OneEnjoy a chuckle or two over these announcements, which actually appeared in church bulletins.
- Little-Known Characters in The Bible: Annaby An Audience of OneThis woman, who had so longed for the Messiah, lived to be among the first to see Him.
- A New Take On Subrogationby An Audience of OneI was slogging through a course on subrogation, trying to keep my eyes propped open, when suddenly, I found myself sitting straight up in my chair.
- You Might Be A Blogger Ifby An Audience of OneThis post is best when read aloud in a Jeff Foxworthy twang. 😄
- Do I Even Know You?by An Audience of OneI’d imagine there were times he wondered if the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob was going to be the God of Joseph.
- Paul’s Tall Order To Husbandsby An Audience of OneWhen my husband said, “I Do,” almost 27 years ago, he had no idea the journey he was about to embark upon.
- The Funny Thing About Loyaltyby An Audience of OneAnother funny thing about loyalty is the person being afforded it is often completely unaware.
- A Bible Version of ‘Would You Rather’by An Audience of OneA post from earlier in the week titled Would You Rather prompted the idea of doing an actual Would You Rather ‘game,’ using Bible characters.
- The Non-Negotiability of Faithby An Audience of OneIn other words, faith is more than a “should-have,” it’s a non-negotiable requirement of our walk with God. Thankfully, when our faith-ometer is low, we know the author of that faith.
- Would You Rather?by An Audience of OneThe servants were given front-row seats to the first miracle Jesus ever performed. In fact, they weren’t only witnesses to the miracle, they helped facilitate it.
- Working From Home Ain’t No Dog’s Lifeby An Audience of OneYou want me to turn my camera on?! Nobody told us this 7:00 AM Zoom meeting was a video call.
- Muthlabben: Choosing Praise in Times of Painby An Audience of OneIt’s as though David had an ability to move beyond his own pain, and recognize that God was still worthy of praise. Exactly like Becky did that day at the memorial.
- Reminders of God Are All Around Usby An Audience of OneYou know what I did? I cried. And I mean big ‘ole blubbering, ugly-face tears.
- A Trip Worth Takingby An Audience of OneSome even say Mary embodied every sin set in motion by Eve’s fall so many years before. A fall involving a woman and a tree in a garden.
- What If: Thoughts to Ponderby An Audience of OneWhat if the Apostle Paul had been paralyzed by guilt over his persecution of the christians?
- Blind Spotsby An Audience of OneLike the negligent driver, it’s easy to be caught off guard by something hovering just out of our line of sight.
- Removing The Nailsby An Audience of OneIf we do not remove these kind of nails, we will never have freedom and peace in our lives.
- Deep Calling Unto Deepby An Audience of OneDeep calleth unto deep at the noise of thy waterspouts: all thy waves and thy billows are gone over me. Ps. 42:7
- Does God’s Love Save Us?by An Audience of OneOn the one hand are those who believe God’s love and grace are all we need to be saved. On the other hand are those who seem to forget the love and grace part completely.
- I Know What Karen’s Problem Is!by An Audience of OneFor those of you who haven’t experienced this, let me explain. When females reach a certain age, everything in life goes wonky.
- I’m Proud of You, But…by An Audience of OneI can almost see Him glancing our way with a smile, and responding, “Oh yes, I’m proud of them, but… probably not for the reason you’re referring to.”
- Lead On, Pastorby An Audience of OneNefarious scheming, political strategizing, and intrigue can all be found within the books of Ezra and Nehemiah.
- Guarding Against a Critical Spiritby An Audience of OneEventually, whatever lurks inside our heart will be placed on display through words and actions. I should know. It happened to me just the other day.
- A Reason For Fasting You May Not Have Consideredby An Audience of OneI’d convinced myself food fasting (or water fasting, as it’s called) wasn’t an option for me.
- Redeeming The Timeby An Audience of OnePicture going to your mailbox today and finding a package inside containing $50,600 in cash.
- What a worm!by An Audience of OneThe word used for worm here is tôlā, which refers to the female coccus ilicis, or scarlet worm.
- Kingdomsby An Audience of OneA fairytale about kingdoms of our own making.
- Be Still… And Know That I Am Godby An Audience of OneI had to stop and wonder how often God feels like that. How often He goes about doing the same ‘God things’ He does every day, all the while, wanting us to ‘look at Him.’
- But First, A Child of Godby An Audience of OneHow well we do in our role as a child of God determines our success in every other aspect of life.
- Who Am I?by An Audience of OneIf you enjoy guessing games, try your hand at this reimagined version of Who Am I.
- Kung Fu Panda and The Faith Statementby An Audience of OneIn identifying with these feelings, I was made to realize how far I’d veered from my faith statement.
- Thy Walls Are Continually Before Meby An Audience of OneJust as God had ordained the Jews’ captivity, He had also ordained their deliverance.
- When You Don’t Have The Wordsby An Audience of OneHave you ever got down to pray, only to feel like you were slogging through molasses – in rain boots?
- What Is My Purpose?by An Audience of OneConsider with me that long before we had goals and dreams of our own, God had goals and dreams for us. He had a purpose for our lives.
- Walking With Jesusby An Audience of OneThe thing I sometimes struggle with, is not the desire to walk with God, but knowing how to walk with God while doing all the other things we’re called to do.
- Ralphby An Audience of OneI realized at last why the song had meant so much to Ralph.
- The Power of Presenceby An Audience of OneI remembered the feeling of standing there, wondering how quickly we could manage to slink off the stage.
- Trusting His Heartby An Audience of OneThe most painful part is not the lost ‘thing,’ it’s having trusted God throughout the process, and still finding ourselves with a dead promise lying at our feet.
- Possessing God’s Promises: Part Twoby An Audience of OneAll of this suggests there are lessons we can apply to possessing the promise in our own lives.
- Possessing God’s Promises: Part Oneby An Audience of OneWe see this same concept played out often in Scripture, where God makes a promise, but for that promise to come to fruition, action is required on the part of the ‘promisee.’
- In Pursuit of Peaceby An Audience of OnePeace is not something we passively allow to happen. We must earnestly endeavor to acquire it.
- Covered Wounds Don’t Healby An Audience of OneThinking we’re protecting ourselves, we place that pain where the breath of the Holy Ghost cannot reach it. Past hurts, even small slights, left untended, can lead to an infected spirit.
- Spiritual Diplopiaby An Audience of OneWhile double vision isn’t typically something we want to experience, it’s an entirely different story in the spiritual realm.
- Permanently Sheltered In Place: Part Twoby An Audience of OneHe doesn’t want to simply be a place we run to when the storms of life come. He wants to be the place where we permanently dwell.
- Permanently Sheltered in Place: Part Oneby An Audience of OneThe writer relates the story of Jacques Lowe, who was the personal photographer for President Kennedy.
- Breaking News! Aaron Appointed to Top Job Over Moses!by An Audience of OneEX40 reports in a shocking turn of events, Aaron was selected for the priesthood instead of front-runner Moses.
- Girl, You Need A Girdle!by An Audience of OneLet’s stop rationalizing away what we feel in our hearts to do. Let’s go out and get us that girdle!
- “You Were Not Selected”by An Audience of OneFrom a spiritual perspective, we all have an interview scheduled with Jesus – the ultimate hiring manager – on Judgment Day.
- Agent or Instrument?by An Audience of OneInvariably, this occurs when the agent’s own free will becomes misaligned with, or takes precedence over, the mission, causing the mission to become compromised.