photoFear is a legitimate feeling.  It is fear that keeps us from jumping out of a moving car, touching fire, etc. When DJ was 6 years old, he didn’t know he had a fear of public speaking, until he walked out on stage for a school performance, and threw up. Was a fear, born? Depends on who you ask. Nonetheless, DJ hadn’t participated in public speaking since. Until last spring, when DJ learned he’d be competing in sectionals for a spelling bee. This meant he’d have to public speak. And to public speak, he’d have to conquer a fear. I’m proud of DJ for doing well at the bee. But I’m more proud of him for revisiting a fear from five years ago, and having the courage to conquer it. At the sectionals, DJ kept his iphone in his pocket with a bible verse.  DJ recounts, “my legs were shaking like an earthquake, but this helped a lot: ‘Be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.'”  DJ walked onto that stage and spelled his words without me, his friends, or his teachers. But he did it–because he knew who walked up there with him.  God is BIGGER than our fears. God can hold our fears between his thumb and pinky.  Wherever you are today, you may have fear, but your fear doesn’t have you. God does. God’s got you. And you’ve got this.

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