Friday, July 19, 2013

Emily Fountain: Replacing Fear with Faith & Prayer (YouTube ~ Part 1 of 4)

Replacing Worry, Anxiety & Fear with Prayer & Praise

You are going to be totally inspired today from a talk my good friend, Emily Fountain gave last Tuesday as she recounted a "storm" that entered their family's lives last summer. In the blink of an eye with one phone call, a storm was ushered into their family's lives on August 24, 2012 with news of an accident involving her daughter, Janie, and three other high school seniors. Suddenly what seemed so important moments before was totally unimportant.

Get your pen and paper out because Emily is a fantastic Bible study teacher (she is not only my good friend, but our Women's Bible Study Leader at our Morning Glories Bible study at our church). This is an audio only recording; please excuse the sound quality. I'm just happy you can hear the words! May God have a word for you as you listen to His message through Emily.

Today in Part 1, Emily emphasized the following faith-building points:
  • Many things are understandable (worry), but not excusable
  • Anxious comes from Greek word that means to strangle
  • Don't Worry, Prepare by His Word, Pray Continually, Praise & Thank Him in Everything
  • Rejoice & thank Him for even the little things
  • The less we pray, the more we worry
  • The more we pray, the less we worry
  • Choose with your will not your feelings to rejoice 
  • Result of praying and thanking is peace
  • God's will is what we would always choose if we knew what God knew
  • "A decision to worry is a decision to refuse to trust Jesus' best" (J. MacDonald)
  • Everything must pass through His sovereign hands first to reach us for our ultimate blessing
  • He will never leave us or forsake us
Preyer, Janie, Mary Norris, Richard, Peter, Emily & Richard Fountain
The Fountains are just an ordinary family (aren't they beautiful?)
 who love & serve our extraordinary God!
Whenever Emily leaves something in our mailbox or anyone's box for that matter, like chocolate chip cookies,
she always adds a yellow sticky note that says, "For the WONDERFUL (name the) family!"
 Christ shines through the entire Fountain family!!! 
On my next blog, we will hear part two with Emily. Can't you hear in her voice how she yearns for God? God prepared her for this storm through abiding in Him through His Word.

We can all come to this same Lord, as we seek Him and read His Word! Doesn't Emily inspire us to turn our problems into petitions? Let's go on trusting in our living Lord who sees us and knows our pain in the storm!

"Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." -Philippians 4:6-7

Walk by Faith,


  1. This is such a great reminder to stay in the Word, to pray, and to praise the Almighty! Emily's testimony is beautiful! Thank you, dear Juana :) You are beautiful, too!!!

    1. I loved hearing from you, Jacqueline! Emily's story just gets better & better with such practical examples as she recounts her story! Thank you for your kind, encouraging words!


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