Fear Not For I am With You {FREE printable + giveaway}

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“We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God,
and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” 2 Corinthians 10:5 (NIV)

My 8-year-old son walked into my room before school one morning and declared, “Mom, I don’t want to have any anxious thoughts today!”

“I don’t want to worry about you not being home when I get off the school bus. I don’t want to worry about my teacher not liking my science project. And I don’t want to worry about Dad getting in a car accident! I wish I could be like other kids because they never worry.”

Listening to him describe his fears made my stomach ache. Anxious thoughts had been a companion ever since I was a child, so I knew just how he felt.

However, I assumed my fears stemmed from hard things in my childhood during my parents’ divorce. My anxiety had solid reasoning behind it. My dad left before I was ever born. And by the time I was 2 years old, their divorce was final.

For as long as I could remember, I feared my mom would leave me too. Fear of rejection and abandonment followed me into every relationship I had for the rest of my life: with friends, boyfriends and even my husband.

Somewhere along the way, I accepted worry as a disability and settled into believing I didn’t get to decide how it impacted my life.

Now here I stood with my son who’d declared he wanted a day off from worry! And I was determined to help him get it. I wanted to rip those threads of fear out of his thoughts and make sure he knew what to do with them.

I couldn’t take my child’s fears away, but I could equip him with truth to face them courageously and fight them victoriously. I told Andrew, “You get to decide what to do with your worries.” And I shared three powerful truths to help him:

Truth #1: Other kids do worry; they just don’t talk about it on the playground.

Truth #2: Worry and fear must be a normal because God tells us not to, over 100 times in the Bible.

Truth #3: God doesn’t just tell us not to worry or fear, He tells us what to do when we do!

Then I read 2 Corinthians 10:5 to him, “We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” But a puzzled look on his face told me Andrew needed to know how to do that, so I described it in terms he could understand:

“Andrew, when you have a thought that makes you feel anxious, you can decide to catch it like a baseball and see if it’s worth keeping.” I then cupped my hand like I was holding a ball and told him to look at it and ask, “Is this something Jesus would say to me?”

If the answer is “no” — then throw your thought back into the outfield!

For instance, worry says: “Your mom isn’t going to be home when you get off the bus.”

“Would Jesus say that?” I asked.

“No,” he replied.

“Then it’s outta here!” I told him, as I threw the invisible ball across the room.

Worry says: “Your teacher isn’t going to like your science project!”

“Would Jesus say that?” I prompted.

Again, “No.”

“Throw that one away, too!”

We talked through each worry, processed his fears, and I helped him decide what to do. Then we prayed and asked God to replace each worry with a promise that would give him confident peace. Finally, we thanked God for ways He’d protected Andrew in the past, reminding him how good He is at being God.

After our collective “Amen” I looked up and Andrew had a big grin on his face. Then he said, “Thanks Mom!” as though all his worries were gone.

My sons are 17 and 20 now, and there have been many days I’ve wanted to take away their worries. I’ve been tempted to fix problems and sticky situations. But I’ve learned that doesn’t strengthen their faith or their ability to decide what to do when hard times come.

Instead, what our kids need most is for us to be there: to talk through their struggles, listen to their stories, pray through their worries and be willing to share God’s truths that have helped us decide how to face ours.

There is nothing more powerful than our hearts hearing our lips proclaim our trust in God’s truth. Again and again. So I created a FREE printable to help us do just that! I pray it will lead your anxious thoughts to Jesus as you hold those worries in your hands and ask: Is this what Jesus would say to me? If the the answer is no, YOU GET TO DECDE that it doesn’t get to stay!

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About Renee

Renee Swope is a Word-lover, story-teller, heart-encourager and grace-needer. She's also a wife, mom, friend, daughter and author of A Confident Heart, a Retailers Choice Award winning book that became a best-seller and has been published in six languages, with over 150,000 copies sold. Renee is speaks around the country at women's events and and serves on the writing team for DaySpring’s inCourage blog. For twenty years, Renee served in leadership at Proverbs 31 Ministries and as former co-host of the ministry's radio program, “Everyday Life with Lysa & Renee.

Comments

  1. Paula Velez says:

    I would love to share this with my 15 year old daughter who has struggled with worry since she was small. She has learned to lean in to truth by remembering Jesus’ words not to worry about tomorrow, but I would love to help her grow in her ability to cast her cares on Him.

  2. Sheila Beachner says:

    I am learning to trust God and not have fear. Fear is the opposite of faith. I can’t wait to share this with my sons. Fear is not a topic we have discussed as a family. I would like to share this with them to help them have the resources to overcome the feeling of fear.

  3. Renee Schuhmacher says:

    I think every member of my family could use this. I’m going to share it with them today. Thank you for helping us break the cycle of worry and anxiety in both adults and children. I don’t want the kids to grow up facing as many years of it as I have. We going to start throwing those thoughts out right now.

  4. Fear has held me captive for so many years and in many ways. I would love to read this book.

  5. Loved this post. Thank you. I live with worry and fear. I can never seem to get away from it.

  6. Renee what a wonderful title!!! Love it beacause thinking about security on my own means God’s paths I need to follow…,saying this growing up…I started going to worship,participating on retreats because I was very doubtful person…… Nowadays I had been convinced once again that I know to whom to rely on is on God’s way to make my own choices walking with Him gives me wisdom discernment and knowledge….”Fear not I am With You” relieves me when I learn His message. Amen God bless!!!

  7. I have certainly struggled with worry — through lots of things — but I always remember that it doesn’t get me ANYWHERE! My daughter is struggling with worry and being anxious as she heads off to college. I am concerned about her but really appreciate your blog/email. What a great visual to think about a baseball and throwing back whatever God wouldn’t say to us.

    THANK YOU!

  8. Denise Konopka says:

    Wonderful blog it’s always refreshing to hear how others help their children walk through their anxieties. We refer to the worries as a “bully on the brain” but I love the idea of incorporating the question “would Jesus ask me this”. Talking through these times is a must and in time with lots of practice I know my daughter will be able to ask herself these questions and will be able to answer them before even having to verbalize it. Building her self confidence on a daily basis will help getting be strong in the future.

  9. Polly Schneider says:

    I worry about the future sometimes, my hubby has Parkinson’s and I worry about how I am going to care for him as it gets worse. And I worry about our finances as neither one of us can work anymore. Now I see my daughter has the same tendency to worry. We definitely need this devotional.

  10. Worry has impacted every day of my life for the last 25 years. I memorized countless verses on anxiety, but when I comes I can hardly remember them. I love your baseball analogy – that feels like something that I can do even when I’m scared. Thanks for sharing!

  11. Tammy Dobson says:

    I would love to read your book:)

  12. Shekynah says:

    Fear & worry have been a constant battle for since I was a child. It has crippled me at times hindering me from stepping out in faith. It has robbed me several times of opportunities. I am sooo ready to be rud of fear and worry and to live my life in the confidence God has called me to have!

  13. Rene Janousek says:

    I would love to read your book. I worry and fear a lot which is silly when God is for me and His plan for me is greater than any fear or worry I may have. I’d love to get out from under my fears and worries.

  14. I taught a girls lesson and ladies also that when we have a burden, to tear it off our notebook page and throw it in the trash if there was nothing we can do about it such as worry. If we can then let’s act and if we can’t then let’s throw it away and always give it to God. I like the reminder to use a ball with kids.

  15. Angela Clark says:

    I struggle with fear and worry. Thank you for this post!

  16. I don’t start a lot of things, because I am afraid of not finishing or doing it right.

  17. Thank you so much for this share I need to change and thus is a big help on how to get me started conquer my worries deal with them better blessings to all and good luck to everyone god be with all of us and our jornery

  18. This morning anxiety grabbed hold of my mind and made me feel frantic for someone, anyone, to bolster me up with affirming words. But , humanely speaking, there isn’t a friend in this world that can do that much uplifting.
    I know it is past time to honor God by leaning on His promises, remembering what He has done for me, and use the knowledge that He offers forgiveness freely when we ask. And He can enable me to practice kindness today . Help me look up and see others, my Father in Heaven.

    I would like to share this giveaway with my granddaughters who are going through a very hard time in their family. Thank you for the poster!
    JLK

  19. Linda Donahue says:

    I would love to share this with my 8 year old granddaughter. Like me, she is a worrier and what-if person. We have talked many times about this and ways to go past it. This would be a great opportunity for us.

  20. Lyn Reimer says:

    Fear holds me back and it makes me vulnerable to believing the lies that Satan & the world want me to believe. That I am not good enough, no one can love me, that I am a failure, that even God has no use for me. Really wrestling with my thoughts, trying to pin them to the mat. This blog posting has helped with that process! Thank you!!

  21. Heather P says:

    Thank you!!

  22. I have a friend that our Heavenly Father won’t allow me to give up on and this just might be an answer to my prayers. She constantly worries over EVERYTHING and ANYTHING and I am not exaggerating. She was abused as a child and still carries many of those fears into adulthood. I print several of your blogs, as well as some others, for her to read and she seems to find pleasure in them. Thank you for any consideration.

  23. Oh yes, I struggle with fear and anxiety on a daily basis. Some days are easier than others. I constantly need reminders of the goodness, the strength and the nearness of God.
    I have begun writing out verses in 3×5 cards and posting them in my room and all around the house to help me keep my focus on Jesus.
    Thank you for this encouragement Renee. I would love to have a copy of your devotional.
    Thank you for your ministry.

  24. Kathleen Bennefield says:

    Isn’t fear always with us, in the back of our minds, for satan’s minions rarely ever leave us alone! But God gives us 365 verses to speak against the spirit of fear, so we have a new weapon every day of the year!!! My biggest fear is financial worries. Although I “know” that God can get me through my difficulties, I keep doing stupid things that make me continue to struggle!
    Blessings to all my ‘Sisters” and thank you Renee for sharing your wisdom!!

  25. Thank you for sharing this! As a mother of 4 I have learned that there is always something to worry about and fear for your child about. I’m learning to seek God’s voice in the midst of that fear and worry!!!

  26. I love the simple illustration you gave your son, Renee. I will have to try it. 🙂 Thank you so much for this and for the free printable. God be with you and bless you!

  27. I do from time to time become fearful. My favorite verse in John 4:18 states that there is no fear in love; perfect love casts out fear. I always go to His Word which always reminds me that God loves me, He’s for me and He will be my help and comfort in time of need.

  28. I have been a mental health therapist for over 20 years, but when my now 10 year old daughter came to me with her anxiety, I tried everything…prayer, grounding, reframing, empowering self-talk, but she continues to have days of anxiety – particularly about diseases. I will show her this post and go through it with her. Thank you so much for a wonderfully creative spiritual way to help her.

  29. Anxiety and worry is something I have also struggled with since I was little. While know it is a choice still hard at times. Today’s illustration was great!

  30. Thank you. I needed this message!

  31. Kristin says:

    Fear insecurity & bad self esteem has held me captive most of my life. It has prevented me from stepping out to just do “fun things” things others take for granted or look forward too. I struggle with social anxiety & so does my youngest daughter. My oldest has insecurity & fear too but in a different way as she is more fearless like her dad. I love your illustrations Renee of how to capture thoughts & speak truth to my girls. It breaks my heart to see her already struggling with the same issues I have. & I will print & read this article to them.

  32. Pam Bass says:

    I worry about everything. My dad worries about eveything. My Grandma worried about everything I believe it is built into our DNA. I have tried so hard not to worry but I just cannot stop! I would love to have the release of worry and the freedom to got thru the day without constantly fretting!

  33. Hi , I loved your example of throwing away fear. I’ve grown up with fear of always saying or doing the wrong things.I try to do what I think is right and would please God but, I usually get someone made at me I’ve pushed a lot of people away and I just end up avoiding people I’d rather stay in a comfort zone than keep getting hurt. Fear is paralyzing. But I am grateful I Know God is with me always. Thank you for your encouraging words.

  34. Cynthia says:

    Worry overwhelms me most of the time. I have a constant anxiety that I live with. This post is so helpful. I am going to print it out. Thank you!

  35. Karen Loper says:

    “What ifs” and anxiety challenge me daily. I recite Phil 4:6-8 and 1 John 4:18 to help calm me. Thanks for this post and the giveaway.

  36. Heather says:

    This is awesome! I’m printing his out! My 10 year old nephew deals with this, and I can’t wait to share this with his mom! 🙂

  37. diana bennett says:

    Renee Swope, I love your book, A confident Woman. This book has helped me and others through life trials. Right now I am struggling with anxiety so once again, into the God’s Word for guidance. Thank you for being so transparent. It is nice to know that we do not battle alone

  38. I struggle with worry and fear. I am currently going through a difficult situation with my employer as I returning to work after a long absence. He has been very difficult and I have been worrying about why he’s doing it.

    I believe God wants me to trust him in this situation and he will work it out. When I worry I am not making the situation better. I am only making myself unhappy and anxious.

    Thanks for sharing your insight on how to deal with fear. The way you explained it to your son would be great for my daughter. She sometimes worries about what people think. God bless you.

  39. Melinda says:

    I forget that God is sovereign and failed to turn to Him..

  40. Junia Akut says:

    I am now a grandmother and i would like to share this to my grandkids because there will come a time that they will experience this…even i often face this but i thank the Lord He is always there to listen..thank you so much…i love to read more post from you..

  41. Worry has plagued me all of my life. Only recently have I learned to think about what I am thinking and take hold of those worries. It is through Christ that I am able to keep my thoughts and worries in check. In the past, I have suffered from anxiety which is brought on by my worry about whether I measure up to others. I have learned that comparison is the stealer of joy. I am learning to trust in God and call out the name of Jesus when I have worries that do not match up to what the Bible tells us. Thank you for sharing this today!

  42. Worry has been a part of my life since I was a little girl. The Lord is revealing to me what a sin it is. I truly appreciate the devotionals on fear that you have posted.

  43. Heather says:

    I lost my father in a car accident several years ago and my mother, shortly after, was diagnosed with breast cancer, I am in constant worry for the protection and health of those I love. I pray each day for their protection and safe keeping but worry is a constant reminder of the past.

  44. I have struggled with this all my life and passed it on to my children and grandchildren

  45. The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree! I am a “worrier” and I have a son who is also:( I have gotten much better over the years and I have been sharing with my son how to not worry so much. He has gone great, except for one downfall this past school year, the day of his first SOL testing. He was so worried that he was physically sick. But with a little pep talk, some scriptures to figure it all out, he went on his way and did great!! I will definitely be sharing your blog post with him. Thank you so much for sharing that.

  46. I have struggled with this all my life and your advice sounds good to me. I’m also on an anti anxiety medication and it helps a little.

  47. I definitely worry about a lot of things, and sometimes I even miss out on opportunities or can’t enjoy them because of my fear.

  48. This message was for me. Thanks so much and I will be sharing it with my grandchildren.
    God bless you.

  49. I tend to stay in my head and dwell on things. As I dwell more and more worry and fear can grow. If I remember, I get out of my head and do something — and I remind myself that for me, worry and fear translates to not trusting or believing enough in God. Lord help my unbelief.

  50. I loved your book A Confident Heart and so did our group of women at our bible study. Would love to have the devotional too and share it with others.
    Thanks Renee!

  51. At my age I have 2 choices: to live each day full of love and light or be depressed and isolate because so many of my friends are dying. I don’t fear death, but do dread the day when I learn of my 94 year old not being with us any longer. That will be the longest 9 hour flight I’ll ever make. God tells me not to worry/fear so I try my best to be obedient. Blessings, Beverly

  52. Shawna Bear says:

    I have always had fear and anxiety as a part of me, and I feel like I do better some days capturing every thought . It seems like now That I’m a mom, it is more of a challenge. Thank you for your tools for my journey. My journey of faith matters so much to my family, thanks for helping me to strengthen it.

  53. nicole young says:

    This is Perfect Timing for me. I have recently had some issues processing, remembering, communicating. etcl.. I went to the Neurologist and they said i had Volume Loss In the Front of my Brain. I also went to a speech therapist and learned that I have trouble breaking down this info. Sometimes talking to people I can hear them talk but Its not connecting. It has effected my job and my life. Its definitely effected my self-esteem. I caught myself focusing on what is wrong. how am I going to work, learn, etc. The fear of not being ok. I am so glad this info was revealed. It explains why I struggled all my life with learning, communicating, asking so many questions. etc. But at the same time. Its hard to understand. I was beginning to shut down and become paralazed in life. Praise God you posted this. I love your example of catching it. You will see me catching and throwing a lot..lol I love examples like this. Thank you so much for being transparent. I know God uses ALL THINGS FOR HIS GLORY.
    I WILL NO LONGER FEAR. I WILL EMBRACE AND TAKE EVERY THOUGHT CAPTIVE.
    GOD KNOWS WHAT IM GOING THROUGH. HE WILL NOT LEAVE OR FORSAKE ME.
    THANK YOU AGAIN FOR SHARING.
    BLESSINGS TO YOU AND YOURS

  54. Thank you so much for the simple illustration of the baseball. I am going to use it with my daughter. She is terribly afraid of rain after we survived an EF5 tornado last year. If it rains, it just sends her into hysteria. She always prays for God to make it stop and the last few weeks she has written Bible verses that deal/discuss fear. This has seemed to work done better. I really needed to read this to know we aren’t alone in this anxiety battle. The fear is do crippling to her some days. Love your works and would love the devotional book!

  55. Chelsea Dudley says:

    I remember as a kid and YA that I would suffer from anxiety and worry and fear. Of everything. Now as a Mom I have fearful thoughts come at me randomly and I don’t like it.

  56. beatrice says:

    Thank you so much,
    The word have been an encouragement to me too, I have learnt to live one day at a time, not to worry what will happen tomorrow. it Only believing and having faith in Christ that motivates one to look forward without being worried. Thanks again

  57. A year ago when my daughter was 14, she began having anxiety/panic attacks. I began breathing Gods words into her, singing worships songs to her & praying with her. She began high school & rather than using those tools to help her, she tries avoiding what’s happening. I pray that the seeds planted will begin to grow and she’ll trust in His word & not allow the enemy to do battle on her mind.

  58. Oh how these words ring so true to me! After my second child, worry and anxiety became such a part of my daily battle. Although I know these are actions of Satan fighting his battle within me there are days these take me over. I have learned to pray intentionally as soon as I begin to feel overwhelmed to give these to the Lord and ask him to to take the feelings away. I absolutely love your statement of these “must be normal”! Because so many times it doesn’t seem normal! Thank so much for your words Renee!

  59. Worry I think sometimes is my middle name. Will they like me. Will I ever get married. Will I get hired. Worry truly does trump my faith and I’m learning new that God will withhold things from me until I just let God and trust God. He wants our dependence to Him. My worry is just another name for fear and doubting in God.

  60. I have learned very much at the beginning of my christian life just about 20 years ago that to worry wouldn’t help me any further and would take my “joie de vivre” but it wasn’t always easy, especially at night. That’s when the “what if” questions came to bother me and I always tried to find peace in praying to our Lord and praising Him for making things right.
    As it was mostly worry about material things I found out that now the worry about someones life in danger is very different. I had cancer and a mastectomy mid of last year and before Christmas my darling husband was diagnosed with terminal cancer. So now when the fear creeps up in my heart I do my best to remember God’s promises for my/our life and hang on to them and again praise Him for His promises and I thank Him for His Love and Care for us and that I can fully trust Him!!!

  61. Delores McPherson says:

    I have a very strong faith and have learned over the years to live above (beyond) fear. This article, however, has given me a new way to explain overcoming faith to my grandson. Thank you.

  62. Diane Vredenburg says:

    personally, Fear doesn’t grip my thoughts or feelings on a daily basis when it comes to my decisions. However, both my husband and my 14-yr old daughter are so caught up in fears it creates high anxiety within them and it breaks my heart that I can’t help more. I will gladly print this article, the downloadable printable and share it with them. It’s also encouraging to hear that others are dealing with this as well, esp other teens my daughter’s age. I had no idea how rampant this was. Thanks for sharing!!!

  63. Charla Suggs says:

    Fear and worry prompt me to continuously ask God to equip me to NOT make decisions out of fear or worry. God once revealed to me that I worried incessantly about my police officer-husband every time he left for work, but I called it prayer. That was really eye-opening for me. I know we are not called to live under fear yet we all know what it is like to feel afraid. It is a challenging battle, to yield feelings of uncertainty and doubt to God in the place of intimacy with Him. I think everyone would agreed it is not easy, but oftentimes trust is a matter of the will.

  64. Charlotte Orth says:

    Most of my worries at 66 years old stem from wondering if my money will last until I die. I need to remember that God will provide!

  65. What a great read, I really needed this! Thank you!!

  66. Whether I win the prize package or not I just want to say how thankful I am to have had the privilege of reading this today. It is so needed. I’ve never been one to worry over things but lately I have worried about many things and I haven’t known what to do with them because it is just not like me to worry. I also have a daughter who is prone to worrying about EVERYTHING and I believe this will also benefit her as well. I will work to find a common solution, such as your example with the baseball, to give to her that she can relate to. To God be the glory! Marcie 🙂

  67. Shirley Berry says:

    Would live to have this book to share with my oldest grand daughter!

  68. christy lb says:

    Renee why I would love to have this gift set. My whole has been with worry from the age of 8. I love so many of the songs I was taught in Sunday school Father Abraham had 7 sons was 2 and Jesus loves me number 1. However, I didn’t truly believe that for at that age I struggled as my family did not have the same money as the others. I was being taught what the Bible says but watched everyone, including my mom, Sunday school teacher snd pastor do the opposite. Do as you are told not as I do. I didn’t do either, I did for me. Being abused and prayer to God to help, seemed to go unanswered, that was my final straw. Thirty-nine years later God showed me the truth. I realized that all my life I was so God loving to everyone no matter what they did, no matter how hard I tried to stay mad angry I couldnt. What I could do was keep telling myself I deserved it that this is the life God has for me, to be sad, not happy. He had been with me the whole time, he was so patient and kind, while I was mean and ugly to him. Not aloud to any one just to me. Now I find I will give him my worry however I take it back. I don’t want to be broken anymore, yet I know I am afraid, I think afraid that if I never take it back I won’t know what to do with myself. I mean to not have all that worry on me I would see the ultimate gift he has for me, and I am scared, scared I don’t deserve it or that I would be so happy other stuff would not bother me either. Four years of depression I couldn’t do it in 2015. I find that I am better and I handle it better, thank you Lord, many days are still truly hard.
    I would love to have this to help me further along and as a grandmother of a beautiful 2 year old I can share the knowledge and wisdom with her. She will be able to read my notes and cherish them forever.
    thank you for reading. Love your sister in Christ, Christy

  69. When God asked me to adopt a 3 month old girl as a single mother, I know I was inadequate and too dysfunctional to be a good parent. But I said “yes”. He revealed Himself to me in amazing ways as she grew up. When she was sixteen, she attempted suicide twice and often tries to get high on anything she can get her hands on. After being caught with illegal drugs and being lured by a 47 year old man on Facebook and having a sexual encounter with him. It was recommended to me to read Anxious Kids, Anxious Parents by Reid Wilson,PhD. and Lynn Lyons, LICSW. I have overcome so many fears in my life, but this book helped me to see that my fears were causing my already anxious child to have even greater anxiety. With God’s grace, I am attempting to bring healing to our family by reversing my dysfunctional patterns through using the truth of His word.

  70. Jennifer Calvillo says:

    Definitely a much needed read! I can’t wait to get my hands on this book.

  71. Kimberly Hogan says:

    I have been needing to come back to this quiet time with God. To draw near to Him again. I’ve been in a difficult place with Him lately but want to find my quiet place with Him again.

  72. Jodi Wolf says:

    Hi Renée,

    I am currently reading your book, ‘A Confident Heart’ (and LOVING it). I would appreciate some clarification. In chapter seven, page 128, you talk about ‘failing forward’, for some reason I am not understanding the concept. Would u mind explaining that further pls? Ty so much. Your book has helped me TREMENDOUSLY grow closer to God. I am soooooo happy I bought it.

  73. Lisa Rivers says:

    I LOVE the visual of holding a baseball and throwing it back to the outfield if it’s not something Jesus would say! That gives my granddaughter–seven year old worry wart–something concrete to imagine as she takes captive worrying thoughts.
    Unfortunately I need to take some thoughts captive, also… I’ll remember this visual!

  74. Alison Nelson says:

    I would love to have this to share with my daughter (who will be 8 next month)! She has struggled with severe anxiety for the past couple of years. It is a daily struggle with our family as her fear sometimes prevents us from attending events/going places we would like and I know she would enjoy. We have three kids and she is our oldest which means the younger two are watching her and I can already see them (mostly my other daughter more so than my son) trying to imitate her at times. It is so hard to watch your child hurt and not always know how to help her. The fear in her eyes whenever I leave the house (her current foremost struggle is that something will happen to me each time I leave the house (whether it’s just to go to a neighbor’s house to help them or run an errand) is heartbreaking.

  75. lakshmi, you have an eye for pictures that have a lot of life, despite not showing a single human there. Simply wofdrenul. Have you ever thought of putting these in a book ?

  76. Grata you know not to expect any support from black men, they'd sooner throw black women under the bus. In the meantime you still have alot of black women who are always defending black men even if they are in the wrong. Just for the sake of race loyalty. To hell with that shit. I find myself more connected to black women anyway, atleast the ones who feel a connection with me.

  77. Have you given any thought at all with converting your current web-site in to Chinese? I know a several of translaters right here that will might help you do it for no cost if you wanna get in touch with me personally.

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