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GUEST POST: POWER THROUGH PANIC WITH PRAYER!

When they call on me, I will answer; I will be with them in trouble. I will rescue and honor them. Psalm 91:15 NLT

MY FEATURED GUEST BLOGGER : EMILY PETTY JONES

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 unrelentingfreedom.com

Panic. A sudden, overpowering feeling of fear. It renders us helpless, debilitated by the inability to think clearly. The first time I was solely responsible for responding to a collegiate athlete’s on-field injury, I panicked. His mangled ankle temporarily overwhelmed my years of training.

The disciples experienced the same kind of panic while in a boat with Jesus. Mark 4:37: A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. The Sea of Galilee sits more than 600 feet below sea level and is surrounded by hills. It was common for veteran fishermen like the disciples to experience fierce winds whipping across the sea. But this time, they panicked. They couldn’t keep the sails steady or stop the water from consuming the boat. They didn’t know what to do!
After trying to manage on their own, they asked Jesus for help, who was sleeping on a cushion in the stern. In desperation they cried, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?” (Mark 4:38)

How often do we do the same? Rather than stopping to pray over a sudden, unexpected situation, we panic. Then we do everything we can think of to fix the situation. When that doesn’t work, we desperately cry out to God. Psalm 91 reminds us of His presence and promise to rescue us from trouble. God’s help equips us to handle life’s challenges; let’s call on Him as a first response, not as a last resort.

Amen! Thank you Emily for this awe-inspiring post. It is so comforting to know that God is always there for each and every one of us. Even when the world seems against you, God is for you. Even when you feel abandoned, He is near. Even when words escape you, He sees your hurt and hears your heart. His faithfulness is not circumstantial and His love is irrevocable. He is good, Always. Amen. God bless you, friends💕

Blessings and Love. . . 😊 🙏 ❤