Courageous Child

                 Outward joy is when everyone can see the joy of the Lord spilling out everywhere.
      Four years ago I met this little girl. I loved her and still do. She is what people would call a walking miracle. With all the dirt, blood, tears and abandonment in her past she smiles. This little girl is my sister, Anissa. My family adopted her when she was five. When I look at her I see what she’s been through. But this is only because I know. If I were a stranger I never would have guessed it with the biggest smile she wears everyday and the most hopeful look in her eyes. Sometimes I think kids get it more than adults do. She doesn’t stop to think and frown at what had happened. Instead she loves her new life and embraces it everyday. How do I know this? She calls my mom, mom and believes it, she calls my dad, dad and believes it, and she calls Jesus, Jesus and believes it. She is always the one who has to pray at the dinner table. At her adoption July 15th 2011 there was a man who had helped with Anissa’s case and he said “I keep a picture of the old her to remind myself why I do what I do.”
Everyone of the social workers were amazed at how different of a child she was from the first time they’ve met her and who she is that day. A miracle? I know so. 
    Romans 15:13
“May the God of  hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the  Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.”

37 thoughts on “Courageous Child

  1. Just precious! My 23 year old daughter has a 8 year old foster daughter and we keep the before and after. The heartbreak is that they are trying to put her back with her family. it has opened my eyes to pray more for our children in unfit homes. i felt like I heard your little sister pray, because I did hear our Emma pray!

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  2. What a beautiful story. It is apparent you and your family are blessed beyond measure by each other. So happy that you were all able to find each other. Thank you for sharing.


  3. What a wonderful showing of the power of God’s love through people – we can all be powerful agents for God in this world if we listen to Him.


  4. I know a child with a similar story, and it makes me happy every time I see him. Transformations are amazing when kids finally feel loved and safe. What a great story. Your sister is beautiful. Those eyes! I love that she know Jesus loves her, too.

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