With God’s Help!
In my post on Monday, What are You Afraid Of? , I shared a little about my daughter Sophia and her fear of attending a basketball camp. Well, that basketball camp ended yesterday and all I can say is – God is good!
When Fear is Overwhelming
As you will recall, me and my husband Omar, had a long talk with Sophia about fear and what God’s Word says about fear. We will go through many situations in life that cause us fear. It’s okay to feel afraid because God is always with us to help us overcome fear when we ask Him.
Joshua 1:9 “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
There are many reasons we need to work through fear. We cannot see the big picture. When we do not work through certain fears, we have the potential to forfeit God’s plans for us. King Saul and his army were terrified of Goliath.
1: Samuel 17:11 “On hearing the Philistine’s words, Saul and all the Israelites were dismayed and terrified.
Little shepherd boy David (not the King) is the one who defeated Goliath…
1 Samuel 17:45 “David said to the Philistine, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord”
This basketball camp that Sophia attended was hosted by Jason March, the head coach of the Memphis Grizzlies, NBA G-league team, Memphis Hustle. He is also an assistant with the Memphis Grizzlies. She had the opportunity to learn from several professional coaches during the week, including a coach who won a National Championship with Baylor University. Sophia won an award for improving her defense while at the camp, she learned new shooting drills, and she met, got an autograph, and picture with Killian Tillie who participated with the camp all day with the students on the last day of camp.
Killian Tillie was a standout basketball player at Gonzaga University and plays for the Memphis Grizzlies. It was an honor to meet a player who obviously has worked very hard, has great discipline and great work-ethic to be a standout player for a school such as Gonzaga and play basketball at the professional level!
It’s okay to be afraid…
If you recall from Monday’s post Sophia did not want to attend the camp because she was afraid. On the last day of camp, me and Omar visited during family time. It was my first glimpse of the camp. Sophia being a thirteen-year-old, I could see why she might have been nervous. First, it was hosted in Mississippi, 45 minutes from where we live in Memphis, TN, so she already knew she would not know many of the students and she was right. Plus, there were a lot of girls there who are clearly skilled in basketball. Not that Sophia isn’t skilled, but you know how it is being thirteen. I could see how it might be intimating, but as we were driving home Sophia said she was sad it was already over and asked if she could do it next summer.
Isaiah 35:4 “say to those with fearful hearts, Be strong, do not fear;
your God will come, he will come with vengeance;
with divine retribution he will come to save you.”
We are happy Sophia enjoyed her time. We are happy she learned new basketball skills. We are happy she was able to learn from coaches at a professional basketball level. But more than anything we are happy she allowed God to help her get through her fear.
This experience for Sophia was more than having something to do for a few days. It was more than taking pictures and posting them on social media. Sophia allowed God to help her get through her fear. There will be many more experiences in Sophia’s life where she will be fearful, and she can now use this experience to remind herself of the next challenge she will face.
What about you and your children?
What are your children fearing right now?
School isn’t only in your books or co-op and/or tutorial you’re waiting to start in a few weeks. School of life is every day. Homeschool 101 right here!
Do you know it’s okay to be afraid, because God can and will help you and your children get through your fear if you pray and ask Him to help you?
We made a big deal about this situation with Sophia and celebrated her victory. She was able to have her favorite dinner and dessert to celebrate!
God wants to celebrate your family too! Take some time to think about some of your fears. Talk with your children about their fears. Read your Bible and see how God helps His people through fear. Ask God today to help you and your children get through their fears for His victory in your life!
~Saleama A. Ruvalcaba, MATS
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