14 Ways to Replace Fear with Courage and Strength

Replacing fear with courage and strength is easier when you apply these 14 tried and true tips.

It only took one roller coaster flight to convince me that staying on the ground was better than being in the air. So much better that it took several years for me to get back on a tin bird.

Flying was just one of many on my list of fears.

As a child, I was afraid of the dark, bugs, heights, and rejection. Then I grew up and realized bugs and the dark weren’t so bad, but I replaced those fears with things like . . . something happening to those I loved or not being able to raise my children.

My doctor diagnosed me as agitated and anxious. Sometimes I just thought I was neurotic.

Strong and courageous . . . not even close.

Bad things happen.

I did not need to read a copy of Worst Case Scenario or watch the news. I was able to come up with a long list all by myself.


People I deeply love rejected me. Rev came very close to dying. My mom died. And our first grandson was born at 24 weeks weighing 1 lb. 9 oz.

I had to turn to God or hide.

Hiding wasn’t an option. So, I prayed and prayed. Again and again. And each time God gave me enough strength for that moment. Not a magical infusion of strength and courage that made me fearless, but just what I needed to make it through that moment.

Just enough. That’s really all we need isn’t it? Just enough strength and courage for the moment?

If you’re afraid, I have a list of things I believe will help.

14 Ways to Replace Fear with Courage and Strength – Part 1

1. Admit You’re Afraid – There is always something to be afraid of. Unless you’re sitting on a beach somewhere without your phone or access to the news. So, if you’re agitated and anxious . . . admit it. It’s okay.

“Peace is not the absence of conflict, but the ability to cope with it.” ~C.S.Lewis

2. Decide You Want to be Brave – Repeat this quote by author, Veronica Roth.

“I want to be brave, and selfless, and smart, and kind, and honest.” ~Veronica Roth

3. Assess Your Fear – What are you really afraid of? Is it a legitimate or irrational fear?

Fear is an emotional response to a perceived threat. So, ask yourself if your fear is true or just something you believe. Is it something you can change or control? Is it affecting your life and keeping you from doing things. 

4. Pray and Ask – Never stop praying. I Thessalonians 5:17 In good time or bad. Praise Him. Ask Him. He wants us to turn to Him in all circumstances. 

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” John 14:27

 5. Find a Brave Mentor – Talk to a counselor. Or ask a friend to tell you how they were able to get through a fearful time.

“A mentor is someone who sees more talent and ability within you, than you see in yourself, and helps bring it out of you.” ~Bob Proctor

6. Share Your Story – If God has helped you through a time of fear, tell others. Become a mentor to someone who needs a listening ear.

“Courage is contagious. When a brave man takes a stand, the spines of others are often stiffened.” ~Billy Graham

7. Keep Inspiration Close – Carry note cards with quotes and verses that remind you to have courage.

Yet I am confident I will see the Lord’s goodness while I am here in the land of the living. Wait patiently for the Lord. Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the Lord. Psalm 27:13–14

But Jesus spoke to them at once. “Don’t be afraid,” he said. “Take courage. I am here!” Matthew 14:27

 It took me too long to believe that my fear was lack of faith.

I knew it, but I didn’t believe it.

Jesus responded, “Why are you afraid? You have so little faith!” Matthew 8:26

The One who calmed the wind and the waves, who healed the sick, raised the dead loves us. Jesus wants to calm our fears and fill us with faith.

“A grateful heart is a beginning of greatness. It is an expression of humility. It is a foundation for the development of such virtues as prayer, faith, courage, contentment, happiness, love, and well-being.” ~James E. Faust

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14 thoughts on “14 Ways to Replace Fear with Courage and Strength

  1. One more thing to add to your list:
    I wrote this during a troubling time in my life. I hope it encourages you.

    Who’s immune to it?
    Who does not feel its singular blow?

    Marriages fall apart.
    Children rebel.
    The body wastes away.

    Cancer invades.
    A barren womb weeps.
    A stillborn lays silent.

    Another job lost.
    Hungry children sent to bed.
    Drunken father stumbles home.

    A car swerves off the road.
    A shot rings out in the night.
    A body lays cold on the ground.

    A mother cries.
    The gang welcomes her son.
    Violence is his lot.

    Who’s immune to it?
    Who does not feel its singular blow?

    My troubled heart asks, “Why?”
    He whispers in my ear.

    “There’s a war raging, my child,
    A war raging for the hearts and minds of men.
    You see the seen – I know the unseen.

    Do not loss heart.
    The battle goes to the victor
    And I am Victorious.”

    Trouble comes.
    Trouble goes.
    But God reigns forever.
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  2. Hi Deb! I can relate to your anxiety, although I’m okay with planes. I think that we all face things that just creep us out, or feel attacked. Knowing that your faith, and the development of that faith, has helped you is just so inspiring. You are a true success story in the power of God’s grace.

    I look forward to October with you!
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  3. The one time I rode a roller coaster was the last for me, and when I was going to get on a plane after 23 years, my anxiety and tears earned me the sympathies of the flight attendants, extra pretzels, and the offer of a free cocktail (I don’t think so at 10 in the morning!). But, as you frame ways to face our fears here, because I really did trust in the Lord, on the flight home, I actually sat by the window! Our acceptance that Jesus is in control and is there to calm our fears when we turn to Him in prayer goes such a long way in enabling us to live the joyful life He wants for us.
    Great post, Deb, and looking forward to tomorrow’s!
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  4. Courage, a you know, is something I have been learning this past year. It can be so hard. But, I’ve found that when we look to God for our strength, He always helps us though. Knowing that helps to take away my fears. Thanks for sharing your heart and the great verses!

    Blessings, Joan
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  5. \\\”That’s really all we need isn’t it? Just enough strength and courage for the moment?\\\” So true, and thanks for the reminder. I definitely needed this today!

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