Zelda Speaks Love Without a Sound

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Zelda has never spoken or written a single word in her life, but she writes everyday letters of love and hope on the hearts of those she has touched.  I’m blessed enough to say that I have witnessed it firsthand.

Zelda was born with cerebral palsy that crippled the left side of her body and in response her hands and feet have turned inward, making that part of her body useless.

No one is certain why she can’t speak or why she can’t hear.  But last night she heard the silent cry of a young woman in anguish and she answered it with all the love she has inside of her colossal heart.

Chrissy is twenty years old but looks more like she is forty.  Her life has left her heart broken.  She cannot speak and signs only two words Mommy and Hungry.  Her mom was unable to care for her once she reached adulthood, and she made the difficult decision to allow her to be with adults similar to her.  She found it in a wonderful group home for adults where she is cared for tirelessly by the most wonderful people who truly care about her.

On this particular Thursday she came to equine therapy with a sad face.  She was uncomfortable and frequently picked at her pants.  She was not going to ride because she seemed upset and she would whimper periodically no matter how much we wanted to see her buddy, Buttons, the fat pony.  She would shake her head vehemently and sit resolutely in our comfy Adirondack chairs.

That’s when Zelda came to the rescue.  With her numb leg she drug herself across the yard, which is the equivalent of crossing the Mohave Desert.  She sat in the chair next to Chrissy and tried to speak.  Her lips curled and her tongue puckered as dribble washed down her face.  She didn’t care; she wanted Chrissy to know she cared.  It did not matter that only grunts came out, her eyes and genuine smile said it all.

Zelda looked at me and signed love and then she pointed at Chrissy.  In her poignant and loving way, Zelda spoke the language everyone wants to hear- someone cares!

Zelda, you amaze me everyday!  I am the one who is richer for knowing a champion that conquerors everyday battles that all of us take for granted.  You do it all with a smile or giggle.

Keep loving all the people that you meet because I am the woman you have most changed!

A Miracle?

kassieIn her short thirteen years she has experienced more than most adults. Her parents felt led to take she and her siblings on a journey of countless perils to share the glorious Gospel to all people.

She went to France to learn the language and culture to equip she and her family for their special assignment in Africa.

It was here she learned about suffering first hand. While there she was almost kidnapped by the villagers and was saved by her valiant brother, who refused to give up until she was freed.

There were good times too! She witnessed children and adults come to accept Jesus as their Savior and had a pet monkey. It was during this time that she learned she had a precious gift- she loved to help and serve others.

Once back in the states her mother sought a horse farm where she could learn to ride and enjoy time away from service. That’s when she found my farm, Raise Your Dreams Farm.

Not only is she learning to ride, but she is once again serving others by volunteering here. Little did I know that her inner strength would also be seen outwardly in a miraculous way.

One day while leading our naughty pony, he tripped and began to fall, all the while a little special guy was on his back for equine therapy. Afraid that the student would fall, she lifted this hefty 1500 pound pony back to his feet.

It happened so quickly I could not mentally digest it. Once I was able to grasp the magnitude of her heroic fete I began to praise her and our Lord of Lords!

That’s when she said, “Miss Jill I thought he was trying to get some grass and I just pulled with all my might!” Her blue eyes glistened in the sunlight and she smiled with the satisfaction knowing that she had done the impossible.

Hmmm, I think I know a verse –
WITH GOD ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE!

It was with God she did the impossible! And for that I am so unbelievably grateful!