Speaking out against what happened to them was not something that would come easy to either Sienna or Meredith but who said everything in life was meant to be easy. Sometimes it was the challenges that made life worth living and sometimes you just had to step out of your comfort zone. Sienna understood this and embraced the challenges set before her. Life wasn't always meant to be easy and she understood this, she had lived with this fact.
There were so many things that Sienna did not necessarily understand but she did know that if she followed the Lord's plan for her she would find success and that was important to her. Her idea of success was living in the Lord and doing the things he called her to do. The Lord had given Sienna a second chance at life and she was not about to take that for granted.
Lord I am so blessed to serve you I can never understand how people can not look around him and see your hand evident. I know that I cannot thank you enough for all you have given me but despite that you continue to bless me in so many wonderful ways. I know that without you dear Lord I would not be here today and I know for sure I would not have been able to graduate with the rest of my class and do so with an A average, it is only by your grace that I have been able to do anything. Forgive me for times I lose track of everything you have done for me. I am not perfect and sometimes I let the flesh get in my way but Lord you still love me and for that I am truly grateful.
Kirsten was amazed at how well Sienna did, but she knew that she should not be because Sienna had an amazing God-given gift that she used for his glory and his glory alone. She wished all of her students believed the way Sienna believed but that was not the case sadly too many of her students did not believe and that was heartbreaking.
Dance and faith went hand-in-hand for Sienna, and she could not dance without her faith she was as sure of that as she was of her name. She was a dancer because of her faith not the other way around. Sienna danced for the Lord because that was her gift to him and his gift to her.
"I think it takes faith to be a good dancer at least that is the case with me I could not dance it were not for the Lord that was as true before I was shot as it is now." Sienna told Kirsten as they were practicing one day.
"Truly dancing in my mind is movements of faith when we dance we should feel closer to the Lord, so it saddens me when some of my students do not see that."
Having faith allowed Sienna to see the many wonders that life had to offer. If she did not have faith she could not have overcome all that she had, she certainly would not be dancing despite being in a chair. It was no wonder that Sienna felt the calling you to reach others for the Lord. It was no wonder she felt the calling to be a missionary and that dream had not died it still lived strong within her. The world may have seen some her dreams as impossible especially after she was shot but the impossible became possible with the Lord.
"I am saddened by anyone who goes through life without believing. I would find that the lonely and so sad."
"I know I feel the same way but we cannot force our beliefs on others we just have to be a light and show them what joy we find in serving the Lord."
"I try to live my life that way daily. I admit I am not perfect but I am a child of God first and foremost and I know that when I spend time in him he's pleased with me."
Sienna took her Bible out after her dance practice and began reading her devotions. Today took her to Hebrews 12 and she let the words of the Lord sink in knowing the importance of spending time in him.
1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.
God Disciplines His Children
4 In your struggle against sin, you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood. 5 And have you completely forgotten this word of encouragement that addresses you as a father addresses his son? It says,
“My son, do not make light of the Lord’s discipline,
and do not lose heart when he rebukes you,
6 because the Lord disciplines the one he loves,
and he chastens everyone he accepts as his son.”[a]
7 Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as his children. For what children are not disciplined by their father? 8 If you are not disciplined—and everyone undergoes discipline—then you are not legitimate, not true sons and daughters at all. 9 Moreover, we have all had human fathers who disciplined us and we respected them for it. How much more should we submit to the Father of spirits and live! 10 They disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, in order that we may share in his holiness. 11 No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.
12 Therefore, strengthen your feeble arms and weak knees. 13 “Make level paths for your feet,”[b] so that the lame may not be disabled, but rather healed.
Warning and Encouragement
14 Make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord. 15 See to it that no one falls short of the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many. 16 See that no one is sexually immoral, or is godless like Esau, who for a single meal sold his inheritance rights as the oldest son. 17 Afterward, as you know, when he wanted to inherit this blessing, he was rejected. Even though he sought the blessing with tears, he could not change what he had done.
The Mountain of Fear and the Mountain of Joy
18 You have not come to a mountain that can be touched and that is burning with fire; to darkness, gloom and storm; 19 to a trumpet blast or to such a voice speaking words that those who heard it begged that no further word be spoken to them, 20 because they could not bear what was commanded: “If even an animal touches the mountain, it must be stoned to death.”[c] 21 The sight was so terrifying that Moses said, “I am trembling with fear.”[d]
22 But you have come to Mount Zion, to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem. You have come to thousands upon thousands of angels in joyful assembly, 23 to the church of the firstborn, whose names are written in heaven. You have come to God, the Judge of all, to the spirits of the righteous made perfect, 24 to Jesus the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel.
25 See to it that you do not refuse him who speaks. If they did not escape when they refused him who warned them on earth, how much less will we, if we turn away from him who warns us from heaven? 26 At that time his voice shook the earth, but now he has promised, “Once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heavens.”[e] 27 The words “once more” indicate the removing of what can be shaken—that is, created things—so that what cannot be shaken may remain.
28 Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, 29 for our “God is a consuming fire.”[f]
Her faith gave Sienna the strength she needed to get through each day she could not get through each day and all the trials she faced without the good Lord. Life with the Lord was so much brighter and more full of promise she made it this far by the grace of God and she would continue to grow in him.
Kelsea was proud of her sister and thankful that she had Sienna in her life some people did not get along with their sisters or brothers but Kelsea and Sienna were very close. The shooting had made them a little farther apart than Sienna would have liked but she understood Kelsea had her own way of dealing with things and she could not judge her for that. They were getting closer though Kelsea was slowly learning to let things go and to embrace life and all the Lord had given her. She knew now that Sienna was comfortable with herself and had forgiven the kids who shot her so it made no sense for Kelsea to become angry and bitter if Sienna was not. She had not held onto anger because she understood that doing so would only take energy she could use living life for the Lord instead of using that energy for something negative. Kelsea knew that her sister has the right idea of how you look at things and she wanted to be more like her when it came to things like that.