Today is the International Day of Peace. What is peace but the absence of fear? I have heard many times that the Bible says “Do not be afraid!” 365 times – one for each day of the year. I used to share that fact with people in personal conversations and when speaking to groups. I may have even written about it in a blog post in the past. It was such an encouraging thought! Then one day I read that it wasn’t true. Now what? I decided to investigate for myself. I read through the entire Bible, writing down every verse that conveyed not to be afraid. The phrase “Do not be afraid!” does NOT appear 365 times. Not even close. However, verses that convey that message through a variety of wordings (trust me; be still; have peace, etc.) appear over 400 times! So there IS one for every day of the year – and plenty of extras for those days when you need more than one reminder that He is with you and will never leave you! Peace to you, friends!