This nine-year-old is always teaching me about being an overcomer. In the past two years, she has and continues to overcome:
- What others think
- Embarrassment when she “fails”
- Temptation to quit when it’s tough
- Physical limitations
One of our favorite verses is about conquering fear from the book of Timothy, which was a letter of encouragement from the apostle Paul to Timothy, whom he loved and mentored as a son.
“Therefore I remind you to stir up the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands. For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” I Timothy 1:6-7
The other verse she quoted is Philippians 4:13, but the entire chapter is an incredible passage to memorize! This following is from Biblegateway.com and is New King James Version:
“4 Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!
“5 Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand.
“6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
Meditate on These Things
“8 Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. 9 The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.
“10 But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly that now at last your care for me has flourished again; though you surely did care, but you lacked opportunity. 11 Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content: 12 I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. 13 I can do all things through Christ[b] who strengthens me.”