“Such love has no fear, because perfect love expels all fear. If we are afraid, it is for fear of punishment, and this shows that we have not fully experienced His perfect love.”
1 John 4:18 NLT
Okay, first off, ignore that my page says 2 John on it. The page that 1 John 4:18 is on in my bible is already journaled on, so I just turned the page.
Second, how often does this ring true for us? “Fear comes easily, but trust and faith do not”. If any of you know the enneagram, I’m a 6 – which basically means I’m motivated by fear. I’m a strange anomaly of an optimistic, worst-case-scenario thinker. And let me tell you, I have A LOT of fear in my life. But something that God has been teaching me through the years – through little situations and big trials – is that His love for me is unwavering; it’s steadfast. His love for me makes me want to be brave; to push past my fears and live for Him. And as I read through this month’s kit’s devotional and scripture readings, I had a realization: God’s love was big enough to conquer death – it’s big enough to conquer my fear as well.
Can I get an amen?
God is so good. And His love for us runs deep. I’ve been loving my journey of trusting Him and pushing past some of my fears. It’s crazy how much closer I can feel His presence when I let go and trust in His love. I’m going to remind myself of that truth whenever I feel weighed down by the things around me, “God’s love was big enough to conquer death – it’s big enough to conquer my fear as well”.
I used “Strawberry” gelatos to make the wide purple lines, then went over them with a make-up sponge that I dabbed on a baby wipe, to help rub the pigment onto the page. I used the “Love Pour Down” stamps from this month’s kit with Memento Luxe’s “Nautical Blue”, which matches the kit perfectly! I got a little carried away on the “Down”, which is why it’s so smudgy. C’est la vie, right? 😉 So I decided to put some little white dots on the letters with a gel pen to help give it some more structure and look less messy, and I love how it turned out! I then stamped the boots onto the page and threw some white polka dots on them (because who doesn’t like polka dots on rain boots?), and then added some of the heart stickers that were in the kit. I put puffy tape underneath some of them to give the page a little extra dimension. I finished with some journaling and some rain drop stamps, because I can’t get over the raindrop stamps!