Shoot like a Girl | Prayer (#31days)


Day 24: St Petersburg, Russia.

I met her in 2007 at Orphanage 2. People said it was the best place for the discarded to live, because the director there had true compassion and longed for the children to be in families. Most of the orphans would live out their days in institutional care, caught in a system that offered little support for family reunification or adoption. But Sasha was a true orphan, and she and her brother prayed for a family to call their own.

I saw her again in 2009. She had been practicing English. “I can count 20!” she said with a smile. “I good girl. I hope family.” She and her brother had traveled to the United States to visit – but the people who wanted her didn’t want him. So they returned to Orphanage 2. And she prayed.

I returned to Orphanage 2 in 2012, just before it was closed and the children were scattered to other places. Sasha wasn’t there. Her prayer had been answered. She and her brother had been adopted by an Italian family with lots of land and love to share.

She had prayed for five years – most of her life – for her heart’s delight. Sasha gives me courage to do the same.


Sasha’s photo was originally part of this post. Three of the prayers have been answered. I’m still praying for rain – and I won’t stop till it comes. 

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We're in this together, and I am for you. I secure road signs with a hammer of hope, and clear the debris so they can be seen. I am your encourager. I walk and keep walking. Cheer and keep cheering. I invest, dive deep, and cherish most the stories being written in the lives of women who believe restoration is a reality on earth as it is in heaven. God holds the pen in those stories, “That one - I hold her. And that one - she is My delight. And that one - never snatched away.”  I am a mouthpiece of celebration for women. Redemption is our song. You can find even more encouragement in  "For You, Love" the prayer journals that invite you to respond, and in Everbloom, a collection of stories from the Redbud Writers Guild. And be sure to pre-order your copy of One Woman Can Change the World: Reclaiming Your God-Designed Influence and Impact Right Where You Are. It publishes June 16, 2020 (Revell Publishing). I'm honored to be represented by Credo Communications.

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8 thoughts on “Shoot like a Girl | Prayer (#31days)”

  1. What a precious photo! So glad that Sasha’s prayers were answered & she was placed in a home where she would be loved. So heartbreaking to think of people, never mind children, to be thought of as discarded. Grateful our God responds to our cried! Visiting from the 31 Dayers FB site. This is the joy of this challenge – to “meet” new friends 🙂 Glad to have met you!

    1. I’m thankful that no one is discarded by God. There are no second-runs, no leftovers, no deeply discounted, no last year’s model, no gone-too-far or done-too-much, no unplanned or in the way…

      Great meeting you too!

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