‘What, then, shall we say in response to these things?
If God is for us, who can be against us?’
“You want a – a what? You want a skateboard?!”
From the passenger’s seat of our minivan, I looked up at the rear view mirror to see a smile plastered across my sweet daughter’s face.
“Yup. A skateboard!”
I glanced sideways at my husband (who was driving) with a ‘Is she crazy’ look on my face. He just shrugged his shoulders and said in his “most matter of factly” voice, “The girl wants a skateboard.”
I don’t know the exact minute it happens. That minute when we lose our child-like fearlessness and inherit that sense of worry. When we begin to analyze every action and calculate the possible risks and outcomes that can come from them.
I believe that pivotal shift probably came from the minute God entrusted me with my first child. And like every mother, I tend to analyze every situation and want to control as much as possible to keep my kids safe. In this particular moment when I realized that my daughter was not joking and she indeed wanted a skateboard for her birthday, the possible outcomes started swirling in my head. None of which were the least bit positive.
What if she breaks a bone? Worst…what if she loses control, rolls into the street, and gets hit by a car? Do I really want to take a chance and then end up having to take my child to the emergency room?
You know, the truth is that it isn’t just physical pain that we avoid as we get older. A lot of times we make decisions out of fear of rejection, embarrassment, loneliness, and unacceptance. We worry about being singled out from a crowd in the worst possible way.
But no matter what, God holds it all. This verse from Romans 8:31, is a clear wake-up call for anyone. “If God is for us, who can be against us?” Really, if God is for us, then what are we WAITING for? Why are we so afraid that someone will reject us as we share our love for Christ, when God has already accepted and loved us for who we are? Why are we afraid to be alone when God is always present and holding us as we journey through our lives? We shouldn’t be afraid. If anything, we should be down right fearless knowing that we have the same power and light within us that Jesus carried within Him.
With a heavy heart, I embraced my daughter’s beautiful sense of fearlessness. And to her surprise on Easter morning, the Easter bunny beat us to it and gifted her with a brand-new, teal colored skateboard with light up wheels.
I cannot promise that I won’t worry about her when she heads out to play. And I cannot promise that I will always succeed at being fearless in my own life. But what I can promise, is that every time I have those feelings of worry or want to back away, I will take a moment to whisper to my heavenly father to supply the courage I need to press on.
So my prayer for you, sweet reader, is that you will do the same. Embrace the fear as it is a chance for growth and maturity. Pray to the Lord for strength and courage that only the king of heaven can provide. And you will be surprised that the inner child-like fearlessness has never left. As a matter of fact, it has always been there. Quietly, waiting for you to rekindle its fire.
I was so fortunate to get this cute little hand painted bible verse card from Lydia at Believing Truth. She is so talented and I was thrilled to create a bible journaling entry using her beautiful creation.
When I received the card in the mail, I was so impressed with the detail and knew that I would use it as a tip in for my bible. The style of the card is what truly inspired this journaling entry.
To create the lines on my bible page, I decided to use some washi tape. My washi tape was not the size I was looking for, so to fix that, I used a paper cutter to make the washi tape thinner.
Before placing the tape directly onto the page, I first stuck the tape on my arm. I knew that I would eventually need to lift the washi tape off of the page, so placing it on my arm first removes a bit of the stickiness. This ensures that the tape will not adhere completely and prevents any tearing of the pages.
After I placed the strips of washi tape, it was time to have fun with my watercolors. After a bit of painting and waiting for the paint to completely dry, I very carefully lifted the strips of washi tape off of the page. I then added some lettering using a Faber-Castell Big Brush Pitt Artist Pen.
And that’s it!
I love the colors on this page and the card compliments it so well!
Be sure to check out all of Lydia’s other awesome hand painted cards and creations!
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*Please note that these are just a list of supplies that I used for this particular page. In no way, are any of these required to journal in your bible. Any pencil or pen will work to create!