Many who come and see me are agitated, anxious and in distress. In a panic they are hardly able to think clearly. In the midst of any storm it is natural to panic, overreact, just as the disciples did on the Sea of Galilee. But Jesus challenges them to settle down, and in fact demands that the sea obeys him as well. “Peace, be still,” he says (Matthew 8:23-27.) Whatever crisis you are in, be sure Jesus’ words will be helpful—“Peace, be still.” You will make much better decisions from a calm, clear place than in the midst of panic. 

Dr. David Hawkins is the director of the Marriage Recover Center where he counsels couples in distress. He is the author of over 30 books, including Dealing With the CrazyMakers in Your Life90 Days to a Fantastic Marriage, and When Pleasing Others is Hurting You. Dr. Hawkins grew up in the beautiful Pacific Northwest and lives with his wife on the South Puget Sound where he enjoys sailing, biking, and skiing. He has active practices in two Washington cities. You can also find Dr. Hawkins on Facebook and TwitterDr. Hawkins offers a free, 20 minute consultation, with requests sent to his email address at Also, remember his guarantee at The Marriage Recovery Center: 3 Days To A New Marriage, Guaranteed!