Beauty Revived Session | Jerusalem

The Webster Dictionary defines beauty as excellent quality. I define it as Jerusalem. The moment I met her, her smile was so bright, I couldn’t help but smile as well. Her joy was radiant, and as I came to learn her story, I was inspired. Everyone faces trials and deals with them in their own way. Those trials can become a stumbling block or they can become stepping stones in growing stronger.   When I first readabout Jerusalem’s story, I could see how her struggles were just a stepping stone to forming her into a God fearing, beautiful young lady, inside and out.

Jerusalem’s story starts in Ethiopia, where she was born to a loving mother and five older brothers. While her mother loved her so much, she knew she would be unable to give Jerusalem the life she deserved.  So when Jerusalem was nine years old, she went to live at an orphanage.  Unlike most orphanages in Ethiopia and surrounding countries, this orphanage was more like family; a smaller home filled with the love of God. Jerusalem learned about God’s love for her and how He will always be there for her. After a few years, Jerusalem and two of her sisters from the
orphanage moved here to Wisconsin.  They became part of another family; a loving, Christian, American family. While learning how to navigate in her new culture and a new language was a
huge challenge,  Jerusalem only grew stronger. Her adoptive mother told me that her joy radiates so bright and her strength keeps her up, even when life throws the hard ball.  I have no doubt that the strength God has given her, will take her far.

Even though Jerusalem is apart of a new family, with an incredibly loving mother and father, her biological mother is still a part of her life, and they stay in touch. But Jerusalem has bigger dreams of connecting with her biological mother; such as passing over the big blue from high in the clouds. With the love and support of her family, she will achieve all her goals and
aspirations. Jerusalem’s long-term goal is to become a flight attendant with the Ethiopian Airlines. This will allow her not only to visit her biological mother in Ethiopia, but also to share the love of the Lord. Sometimes it is those that have gone through pain and struggle that have the deepest smiles, because they fully understand the beauty of grace from the other side. Jerusalem’s smile will never dime and it will be that smile that opens doors for her to share the love of Jesus with all those who she comes in contact with.

Jerusalem has so much love to share, and all because of her story. Without the life she was given, she would not be here today to pass that love and joy on to so many.  She says without the trials she had and the love she has been blessed with,  she would not have been pushed to succeed in her current and future life. She has beauty so deep it starts to shine through.
So, my letter to you Jerusalem, never ever give up on your dreams. From the moment I met you, I have known that you are not someone who can be stopped. You are going to go so far in life and I know that your smile, your strength, and your love for God will guide you across the skies. You are
beauty revived, my love, be you.

“For you did not receive a spirit of slavery that returns you to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship, by whom we cry, ‘Abba! Father!’ ” - Romans 8:15

You, Jerusalem, are His daughter. You are loved by the Creator and so many here on earth, and your own love is abundant. Never stop smiling, never stop pushing forward, and never forget to cry, “Abba! Father!” because He is there, and He will continue to be there for you until the day we go home. You are going to go so far in life and I know that your smile, your strength, and your love for God will guide you across the skies.  You are beauty defined, my love.