Free Art Print – Isaiah 43

I’ve been writing about bravery since I recently launched my first children’s book (get it HERE while it’s on sale!). The title itself testifies to courage, but the very act of getting the story into printed form was a step away from fear. So it’s no surprise that I’ve been dwelling on a scripture like Isaiah 43. The Bible is chockfull of acts of faith that make us brave. In fact, the command “do not fear” occurs in the Bible 365 times. A verse for every day of the year.

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I’m so wonderfully human though, and I forget such truth constantly. I  have to be reminded of it all the time. So today I’m sharing a free art print featuring a favorite verse of mine regarding fear and bravery. To get your own, simply click here for an 8×10 printable version. I hope you enjoy! And if you do print it, please tag me in a photo. I’d love to see how you use it!

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Like what you see here? Then you’ll love my first-ever children’s book, Bruce the Brave. Now available on AmazonFor more content like this, connect with me on FacebookInstagramand Twitter! To receive more encouraging posts AND get a free printable, enter your e mail in the box to the sidebar at the right. Then just click “I want to Follow F&C!” Be sure to check your inbox for the confirmation and the link to your free printable. You can also follow F&C on BlogLovin’

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He Will Make Us Brave

He Will Make Us Brave | Faith and CompositionI hear it echoing in my mind, this line from my new children’s book that I just can’t shake. When the hero of the story discovers that he’s frightened of something, his dad whispers eternal truth to him:

“What makes you brave isn’t WHO you are, but WHOSE you are.”

The words have gripped me ever since I released the book. Because although it’s a lesson for children, it’s also a lesson for us all.

It’s funny how God works, isn’t it? I thought I was writing a story for children, but God was writing a story for every one of us. The message is for ME and for YOU. Because if I’m completely honest … I’m terrified. I’m terrified of the task I feel he’s called me to and the gifting I feel he has granted me. I’m terrified of the work, I’m terrified of the process, I’m terrified of the vulnerability, and I’m terrified of failing.

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So I run from it. I ignore the call to do the work, and I do “busy” instead. I busy myself with urgent tasks and menial matters because busy is easy. Busy is comfortable. Busy is familiar.

But busy is not the task to which He has called us. He has called us to something else; something greater; something that will require endurance, courage, bravery, and complete reliance on him. He has called us into a bigger story.

We know it. We feel it in the recesses of our heart. He has called us into something that is so much wider and deeper than our own capacities. He has called us into a story of rescue and redemption of brokenness and beauty. And it’s frightening!

We wonder who we are that we should answer such a call. Aren’t there others who are better suited, better gifted? The smarter ones, the more talented ones, the better connected ones. It is terrifying when God calls us with all of our inadequacies and in spite of our inabilities.

Terrifying … until we grasp the the redemptive truth of WHOSE we are.

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Friends … do you know WHOSE you are? Not in an intellectual way, but in a deep, soul-knowledge way that changes you? You are a child of the GOD MOST HIGH. He who SPOKE the world into existence with a word calls you his own. I Am Who I Am says you are HIS. He has redeemed you, he has called you by name, You are HIS!

Knowing this, what do we have to fear? For neither death nor life nor angels nor demons can ever separate us from the love of Christ. His cross is our assurance of that promise. And the empty tomb is the guarantee. Fear has no place within this truth! 

Oh that we would let this knowing whose we are take root in our hearts and make us brave!

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Following the crucifixion of Christ, the disciples were terrified. They had scattered, ran, hidden away. They were scared for their lives because the man they had put their hope and faith in had died; they were the antithesis of brave. But then the resurrected Jesus—living, breathing, wrapped by his nail-scarred flesh—shows up in their midst. And suddenly their fear vanishes. One look at the risen Christ, and their fear is gone, replaced by a faith that causes them to share the gospel in the face of great animosity until they eventually lose their lives for its sake.

What made them brave? It wasn’t courage they mustered up on their own. It was the power of the resurrected Christ working within them. Left to their own devices, their bravery was pitiful; but with God, their bravery was powerful.

Because it is He who makes us brave.

What has God called you to do that requires bravery? What does he whisper in the quiet of the darkness that you must proclaim in the light (Matthew 10:27)? What job has he tasked you with? What gifting has he given you? You know what it is. That one burning desire that both energizes and terrifies you.

Friend … IT.IS.TIME. It’s not your work anyway … it’s his. And it is He who will make you brave for the task.

“Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;
I have summoned you by name; you are mine.
When you pass through the waters,
I will be with you;
and when you pass through the rivers,
they will not sweep over you.
When you walk through the fire,
you will not be burned;
the flames will not set you ablaze.
For I am the Lord your God,
the Holy One of Israel, your Savior;”

– Isaiah 43:1-3

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Like what you see here? Then you’ll love my first-ever children’s book, Bruce the Brave. Now available on AmazonFor more content like this, connect with me on FacebookInstagramand Twitter! To receive more encouraging posts AND get a free printable, enter your e mail in the box to the sidebar at the right. Then just click “I want to Follow F&C!” Be sure to check your inbox for the confirmation and the link to your free printable. You can also follow F&C on BlogLovin’

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GIVEAWAY – Bruce the Brave Signed Copy

GIVEAWAY! Bruce the Brave: a tale of faith to overcome fear
In honor of the release of my new children’s book, Bruce the Brave, I’m excited to offer a GIVEAWAY today! One lucky winner will receive a signed copy of the book, personalized to the recipient of their choice! Keep the book for yourself (because adults are falling in love with the story too), give it to your kiddos, or gift it to another child.

It’s SUPER simple to enter! Here’s how:

1) Share this post on social media; be sure to tag Faith&Composition
2) Come back here and comment that you’ve shared!

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GIVEAWAY! Bruce the Brave: a tale of faith to overcome fear
The more you share, the more entries you’ll receive. So queue up your Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts and share away! Please note that you MUST enter a separate comment for each share. Also, I will be checking that the rules were followed, so if you share on IG, make sure you account is public (even if just temporarily) so I can see the post. Contest will end Sunday, April 3, and winner will be announced Monday.

If you’d like to purchase a book, it is currently ON SALE on Amazon, so go snag a copy while it’s on sale! I have no clue how long the sale will last!

Thank you for your support, friends! It means more than I can ever begin to express!

SecretsOfMommyhood, you are the winner according to Random.org. Please contact me to claim your book!

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My Children’s Book and Overcoming Fear

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It is with a mixture of humility and hard-to-contain excitement that I am thrilled to announce the release of my first book, Bruce the Brave! A children’s tale that will endear readers of all ages, Bruce the Brave is a heartwarming story about an adventurous little boy who finds the faith to overcome his biggest fear.

This is a story for my own children, for your children, and for YOU. These are words I weaved together several years ago, and now they are available to you! It’s a story of adventure, courage, and faith.

But if I’m completely honest, this story is so much more. Because these simple pages of ink and paper are the tangible expressions of perfectionism and fear laid aside.

Bruce the Brave: a tale of faith to overcome fear

Friends, it took me four years to publish this book. FOUR YEARS. I wrote it, commissioned the artwork, and then … it sat. It sat on my desk collecting dust for four years because I was scared. Scared that I wouldn’t find the right publisher, scared that it wasn’t perfect, scared that the work of my heart might fall flat.

But fear is not of the Lord.

Bruce the Brave: a tale of faith to overcome fear
Bruce the Brave: a tale of faith to overcome fear
So I published it. I FINALLY published it. With the patient encouragement of my husband and the gentle urging of some beloved women whom I have the blessing of calling my new friends, I set perfectionism and fear aside and took a step of faith.

This is the result. It is a story for your kids and a story for you. It is a story for us ALL. Because sometimes we all need to be reminded of the real and beautiful truth that is is He who makes us BRAVE.

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If you’d like to purchase Bruce the Brave, you can buy it from Amazon or direct from the publisher. It’s currently on sale at Amazon! (Though I don’t know how long the sale will last.) Go grab a copy for yourself, your kids, or to give as a gift. It would bless me immensely to share this book and its message with you!

Your support means the world to me. Thank you, friends! (I’ll be announcing a giveaway in the next few days, so be sure to stay tuned!)

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A Letter to my Children on Valentine’s Day

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You’re looking forward to Valentine’s Day. You’ve told me already. You’re looking forward to chocolate and cards and candy. But this year, I want to tell you a little something about love.

Although Valentine’s is a day to celebrate love, love isn’t confined to a date on the calendar. Nor is it a sentiment written on a card, a feeling, or an embrace. Love is a choice. It is a choice to choose you every day: the hard days, the easy days, the monumental days, the monotonous days. Love says I choose you, and I always will. 

I choose to serve you, to hold you, to hear you, to support you, to encourage you. I choose to give you shelter, rest, a safe place. I choose to double your laughter and share your tears. I choose to walk with you when the road is easy and to shoulder your burden when the journey is rough.

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Life will bring you both joy and heartache. People will befriend you and shun you. You will have great successes and desperate disappointments. You will laugh much, and you will cry much. But no matter the circumstances, no matter the feelings that storm inside, I will love you always.

You can never do anything to earn my love, and likewise you can never do anything to lose it. It just is … steady as the sun rising in the morning. It is and it will be.

Time and time again, with every sunrise and every sunset, I choose to love you. You can write that upon your heart, my dear. I love you because God has placed a fierceness inside a mother’s heart that cannot be shaken. He has given you to me as my child, and from the very first moment that He knit you together inside my womb, I have loved you with a force that defies description.

And today, I want you to know that as much as I love you, the God who formed your inmost parts, who knows the very number of hairs atop your head, He loves you more. Though we can scarcely fathom a love like that, it is true. He loves you with a width and a depth that spanned the cross and conquered the grave.

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Can you understand that, dear one? Do you hear how much HE LOVES YOU?  He went to the cross for you; he bore your sins upon himself and he took your punishment so that you could experience eternal fellowship with the Father. This is the ultimate expression of love. God bending low to give his son so that the son in turn might give his very life away for you.

“This is real lovenot that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins.– 1 John 4:10 (NLT)

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God has given you to me as my child, and I will always love you. But better still is the love the Father has for you. For He has given Himself to you, and you are His.

“But now, this is what the LORD sayshe who created you, Jacob, he who formed you, Israel: “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine.” – Isaiah 43:1 (NIV)

Note: I have written this so that I can give it to each of my children on Valentine’s day, but it is my hope that should you like it, you may choose to give it to your children as well. Print it out as is, or change some of the language to suit adoption or as your needs may warrant, but please feel free to pass this onto your own children. All that I ask is that you do not reprint this online in its entirety. If you would like to share online, please link back to this original post. Thank you!

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Like what you see here? Then you’ll love my first-ever children’s book, Bruce the Brave. Now available on Amazon!

For more content like this, connect with me on FacebookInstagramand Twitter! To receive more encouraging posts AND get a free printable, enter your e mail in the box to the sidebar at the right. Then just click “I want to Follow F&C!” Be sure to check your inbox for the confirmation and the link to your free printable. You can also follow F&C on BlogLovin’

All content is ©Faith&Composition by Shalene Roberts, unless otherwise noted. All rights reserved. If you like F&C content, I’d be tickled pink if you would share. Just please include a link to the original post. Thank you!