i initially chose this verse for her to memorize because i wanted her to know from an early age that God is always with her, and that He can handle anything. as she has grown, it's become apparent that this was exactly the verse for her. even at 3 1/2 years old, she struggles with fear. she's scared of the dark, she's scared to be in her room at night alone, she's scared to walk upstairs by herself [even during the day]. each night i remind her Who is always with her, even when i'm not. i don't want to raise her to be dependent on me, because i will let her down, i will not be with her every second of her life, and i just can't fix everything. but God can be and do all those things. He is her perfect Father, more present and more powerful than i can ever be, and plus He loves her infinitely more than i do. i tell her that almost daily. i just pray her little heart knows its true.
she memorized it in the NIV but i designed the print in NLT because i love the way it flows. i think i may have her start over in this translation. "with His love he will calm all your fears"? that's just what she needs to write on her sweet little heart for those moments when fear whispers lies in her ear.
the whole passage is completely beautiful, and doesn't it just remind you of how much God loves you? the fact that He delights in you, rejoices over you, calms your fears, and actually chooses to live in you? it's pretty mind-blowing.
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