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 it’s a small, insignificant issue, BUT, if I’m being honest, it’s more like a secret relationship. A co-dependency. And every so often, it will evoke shortness of breath, teary eyes, and emotional outbursts. I’ll begin to loathe my body, long to stay in bed, and avoid eye contact with others.
Perhaps you know the feeling. Maybe you’re in a relationship with fear, too. He’s cunningly lead me to believe he keeps me safe; that I’m not afraid, but rather insecure and anxious. Fear’s many disguises share the common goal of challenging God’s love for us. When we accept fear’s lies as truth, we willingly place our wrists into Satan’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 they’re there just for me. Like God’s reminding me I’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 don’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 doesn’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 God’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!😊 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!πŸ’•

Blessings and Love…😊


  1. Thanks for sharing. Touching word.

    There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. 1 John 4:18

    With the Love of Christ there is no fear. His love is perfect. There’s a song I that goes with that called “I Am No Longer A Slave To Fear, I Am A Child Of God”. I give all my fear over to God.

    God Bless You Richly. β€πŸ€—πŸ˜‡πŸ™πŸ™

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  2. As children of God we operate in two vessels, spirit and body. They are constantly battling with each other so when we face earthly or physical battles we need to know how to position ourselves and seek guidance to invoke our spiritual for guidance, peace, love, faith, and all our Heavenly Father has in store for us.

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  3. Thank you for sharing… I needed to read all of that. I had a terrible 2019, and it’s the kind of situation where now I’m terrified that all of the stuff that happened will happen again… long story, I’ll explain later privately if you want, but I’ve been afraid a lot especially the last few weeks.

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  4. Beautiful post, Emily.
    One of the favorite songs in our church these days says, “My fear doesn’t stand a chance when I stand in Your love.” I love that line, but the daughter of a friend of mine, who is on the worship team at another church said that they’ve eliminated the word “my.” They refuse to claim fear as their own and sing, simply, “Fear doesn’t stand a chance…” (I like it.)

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  5. Fear indeed is an illusion, God had to make me see that earlier this year (Had a blog post on it too). And I found courage through this verse.
    β€˜Do not fear [anything], for I am with you; Do not be afraid, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, be assured I will help you; I will certainly take hold of you with My righteous right hand [a hand of justice, of power, of victory, of salvation].’
    ISAIAH 41:10 AMP
    Thanks for sharing her blog post

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  6. πŸ’•Thank you for sharing your storyπŸ’•β€οΈ It takes courage to write about fear especially when it’s what we struggle with, but others are ministered to when we are brave and courageous. πŸ’•It’s how GOD uses our weaknesses to minister unto other people, so that they may be comforted with the comfort that we have. God bless you Emily❣️ In the LOVE of Christ, Malinda πŸ™ŒπŸΌβœοΈπŸ™ŒπŸΌ

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  7. Thank you for your honesty Emily.

    The truth is that we all suffer it (fear) in one way or another and have to be intentional in taking our stance (through the Lord’s victory for us [Colossians 2:14-15]) and enforcing the Lords victory over our lives.

    It is not simple, it is a war and one in which we can win our battles, but never become complacent.

    Thank God for the cross, thank God for His love, thank God for your sharing πŸ˜ŠπŸ™πŸΎπŸ‘πŸΎ

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  8. I love how you say that God doesn’t shame our fears because he understands them and also sometimes fear is seeking clarity and answers in our lives. I was confronted with a health diagnosis and became fearful after praying l felt the need to research more and through that was able to regain my peace.

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  9. Sister in Christ Jesus, Emily,
    Well, you did hit it out of the park as they say in baseball; a home-run! You have beautifully expressed the dilemma you had experienced that was holding you back from living your life the way God intended, living β€œHis will,” because nothing or anyone else’s can or will do, not even our own; after all he knows what is best for each and every one of us, as “He is the all-knowing and loving God Almighty!” He gives to us all the graces we need, and so “by having our unrelenting faith in Him alone we are as safe and secure as we can be here on earth,” as He watches over us, continually “holding our right hands,” never leaving our side in the greatest love by means of His Holy Spirit, as long as we have “faith in Him.” You reminded me of a wonderful simple saying but yet so mighty in its truth and certainly that one of our greatest presidents Franklin D. Roosevelt (FDR) declared at his First Inaugural Address during the Great Depression Era and on through the Second World War when all Americans and even the whole world needed with their “faith in God,” great leadership to weather the storm and get all of them through one of the worst periods in mankind’s history, when he uttered these words he did just that to those who listened and believed with faith in God! “This great Nation will endure as it has endured, will revive and will prosper. So, first of all, let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itselfβ€”nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance.”
    You Emily have demonstrated by your example of “overcoming fear with your great faith,” exactly what this very well put passage of FDR’s expressed to a Nation so clearly in time of calamity and desperation; and you are now here in this time with your shining example, letting others know that β€œwith God anything is possible,” we are capable of weathering any storm life can toss in our paths; even overcoming the “darkest fears!” God Bless you and yours.
    Brother in Christ Jesus,
    Lawrence Morra

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  10. It’s quite refreshing to know that in the midst of the storm, love always pursues us. This is my prayer for you: thank you may be encounter the love of God and be strengthened by it.
    Friend, fear is cast out by the love of God in your life:)

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  11. You’re not alone in this feeling since I got to know that fear is a tormentor, I chose to trust God’s word each time it seems as if fear wants to grip me due to uncertainty I will say to myself fear not for the Lord is with you. I like your post.

    On Fri, Oct 18, 2019, 06:02 The Godly Chic Diaries wrote:

    > The Godly Chic Diaries posted: β€œFor 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 PLEASE WELCOME MY BEAUTIFUL GUEST BLOGGER : EMILY JONES PETTY Bio: > Emily Jones Petty grew up in sunny Florida, but now resides on ” >

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  12. Dear Emily,
    All that we suffer originates from a portal of fear. Whether it be frustration, anger, etc. which can manifest in some form of addiction to the same. But fear can be useful or a hinderance. To look both ways when crossing the street for fear of injury is a good fear. But, fear of rejection can paralyze us to enjoying a loving relationship or passing on a wonderful job opportunity. But regardless we know that at those times of fear that God is His nearest to us. If we truly accept this then we can cross the threshold of fear that bars us from all that is good with courage because we know that God is with us on either the side of fear or the side of confidence.
    C.S. Lewis tells us: β€œGod whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pains: it is His megaphone to rouse a deaf world.”
    There is no reason for one who has God to not be at their best when things are at their worst.
    God Bless and just keep trying. St Paul in 2 Timothy 4:7 tells us to fight the good fight, finish the race and keep the faith. He never tells us that we must win the fight, nor win the race. But in keeping the faith he assures us that God sees great value in our persistence.

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  13. Anxiety is the cardinal evidence of fear. And seeing into the spirit realm will always confers rest.

    A time came when the Syrian were waging war against Israel, anytime they built a warplane, the secret got leaked to prophet, Elisha through divine intervention.

    The Syrian army were sent to arrest the prophet. Gehazi, a servant to the prophet saw the army and became almost paralyzed with fear. But Elisha was at rest because he could see into the spirit realm . He prayed for his servant eyes to open to see the hosts of heaven engulfing them. And when Elisha eyes popped open, he was at rest.

    Seen Into the spirit realm will always produce faith that confer rest. Thanks for this timely post. God bless you.

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  14. There is an evil voice that whispers in my head, β€œ You’re eternally damned and won’t ever get to heaven….”….”God doesn’t listen to you.”…. β€œYou’re unlovable.”…

    Talk about fear my friends! Yes indeed!

    I think it’s so easy to want to think there is a quick way to remedy fear and for most perhaps there is. For me, a trauma survivor from childhood all the way through adulthood, I think finding our way out of fear is more difficult.

    The very shame of what was done to us as children which forces many of us as adults into behaviors present as β€œimmoral.” This creates more guilt and shame which then drives many of us away from God and from the faith community who sometimes are casting espersions and casting stones….

    This very lack of self-esteem from this early trauma and isolation make me and others in this trauma survivors population more vulnerable than most. We become so very alone….

    I remember a quote from Loren Eiseley,

    β€œIn the desert, an old monk had once advised a traveler, the voices of God and the devil become scarcely distinguishable”.

    I think sometimes it takes a village to help people out of their fear. The church is after all .. the body, the apostles of Christ.

    Thank you Emily for this awesome post! It was very thought provoking! A special thanks to Godly Chic Diaries!❀️

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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. I love this. I’ve struggled with shame a lot on my life and so understand when you say that you did not want anyone to see you. Fear and shame seem to go hand in hand. I am learning every day who God sees me as. Some days it’s harder than others but I no longer feel that shame like I used to. Lovely post.

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