For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, do not fear; I will help you. Isaiah 41:13


Bio: Emily Jones Petty grew up in sunny Florida, but now resides on the opposite coast in San Diego with her husband of 10 years and three energetic sons. She works as a Physician Assistant in pediatric orthopedics by day and an aspiring author by night. Her passion is to encourage women to deepen their relationship with Jesus by experiencing His unconditional love. Having struggled with a past of fear and shame, she empathizes with feeling insecure and unworthy. But Jesus has been unrelenting in His pursuit to free her and this hope is evident in her writing. She blogs at

Emily story: I have a problem with fear. I would like to believe itโ€™s a small, insignificant issue, BUT, if Iโ€™m being honest, itโ€™s more like a secret relationship. A co-dependency. And every so often, it will evoke shortness of breath, teary eyes, and emotional outbursts. Iโ€™ll begin to loathe my body, long to stay in bed, and avoid eye contact with others.
Perhaps you know the feeling. Maybe youโ€™re in a relationship with fear, too. Heโ€™s cunningly lead me to believe he keeps me safe; that Iโ€™m not afraid, but rather insecure and anxious. Fearโ€™s many disguises share the common goal of challenging Godโ€™s love for us. When we accept fearโ€™s lies as truth, we willingly place our wrists into Satanโ€™s handcuffs. It is this bondage that prevents us from experiencing the freedom God offers.

The phrases do not fear and do not be afraid are found 78 times in the Bible (NIV). Sometimes, I feel like theyโ€™re there just for me. Like Godโ€™s reminding me Iโ€™m good enough for Him, beautiful in His eyes, and qualified to tackle another life hurdle; He will take care of the scary parts so I donโ€™t have to. Meditating on His love for me slows my breathing, calms my nerves, and allows me to embrace my God-given identity.

God doesnโ€™t shame our fears; He understands them and calls us to trust in Him. For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, do not fear; I will help you. (Isaiah 41:13) Tell Him how your heart is hurting. Imagine Him removing your hands from the cuffs and holding them in His. Allow His touch to bring peace to your weary soul. With Godโ€™s help, even the deepest of fears draw us closer to Him.

Thank you Emily, for sharing your heart. I Love this post so much. Hope you do too!๐Ÿ˜Š Friends, LETS DO THIS! What do you say! Let’s take the liberty to stand up to FEAR and speak back to it. We are in battle, friends. We know the outcome but we still have to be equipped for the daily fight. Armour on, soldiers, Armour on! If you enjoyed this post, Leave some love in the comments for Emily or encourage others by sharing your fears. Your story can touch someone. And do follow Emily! She blogs at God bless you abundantly!๐Ÿ’•

Blessings and Love…๐Ÿ˜Š


  1. Thank you Emily for your transparency. I know as someone who used to have a lifestyle of fear that it took a lot of courage and the anointing of the Holy Spirit to write this blog. I pray God would pour out a special dose of his favor on you and remind you that obedience always nets reward from him in due season. This scripture is one of my favorite promises in the word of God. God bless you!

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  2. A lovely post by a wonderful person. It reminded me of a recovery classic, ‘Healing the Shame that Binds You’ by John Bradshaw, a therapist with a strongly Christian approach. This book has the potential to change lives for anyone who has been shamed by their family, partner or community.

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  3. What a powerful post from Emily and your response is encouraging. We all at times suffer from this issue of fear. Sometimes its terrible. For me Matthew 7:21 is the verse I use to combat fear, Jesus said “Not everyone who says to me Lord, Lord will enter into the Kingdom of Heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father.” The Father is the source of love, and wills us to walk in love and acceptance. Jesus is God because He is the perfect example of love manifest in the world. So when the devil who manifests himself as fear appears in our life, we can speak Matthew 7:21 back in his face and recognize with courage that as Children of God we walk in love not in fear. Love casts out all fear. Blessings to all.

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