Thursday, May 5, 2016


it's no secret that libbi is my worrier. she's also my analytical child. and if you know anything about anxiety and worrying, it doesn't go well with deep thinking. ;-) 
bless her. she overthinks everything and plans out every possible "what if" scenario in her mind. juuuuust in case. 

i can get frustrated with her at times because she lets her anxiety get the best of her. and other times i'm frustrated because it's like i'm looking in a mirror. it's hard seeing your weaknesses played out in your children. motherhood can be very humbling. but it can also be incredibly rewarding. 

this past weekend was definitely one of those rewarding moments. libbi performed in her ballet recital and i know she was nervous. who wouldn't be? standing on a stage in front of hundreds of people? that's a challenge for even those with nerves of steel. and yet, my little worrier; my shy, precious introvert; my sweet, anxious first born, got up on that stage and danced her heart out. 

and i was beyond proud. not because she danced perfectly and remembered all of her choreography. not because she looked like a beautiful angel up there on the stage. and not because she was the star of the show. 

more than anything, i was proud of her for having the courage to do something that scared her. i was so proud of her for having the courage to overcome her fear of the unknown and step out on faith. 

i hope and pray that she will always know that she has the courage and the ability to do hard things. no matter if it's standing on a stage dancing or if it's standing up to peer pressure at school. she can face her fears and doubts - and come out on the other side. with grace.

"For God did not give us a spirit of fear. He gave us a spirit of power and of love and of a good mind."
2 Timothy 1:7

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