I have been writing and rewriting on courage, confidence and bravery most of my 40 years as an author. My Woman of Confidence book evolved into Becoming a Brave New Woman: Step Into God’s Adventure for Your Life. This weekend, I will again speak on Beautiful and Brave. But seems more people than those precious women gathered in a hall to worship, most of the world needs a dose of courage and confidence.
In wake of the coronavirus, I have been balancing the verses about God’s wisdom with those on bravery. Yes, God wants us to be informed and aware (so I have kept connected to the CDC, trusted news and government sources.) But I refuse to give into the panic, which can become worse than the pandemic!
Yes, be smart: wash your hands, don’t touch your face, use hand sanitizer, wipe down surfaces in public restrooms and travel—and maybe right now is not the time to travel to China, Iran or take a cruise in Japan. But God wants you to live your life and not cower, crumble or cave into fear.
In Becoming a Brave New Woman, I share two key verses:
But Jesus immediately said to them, “Take courage! It is I. do not be afraid” … (Mark 6:50)
for the LORD will be your confidence and will keep your foot from the snare. (Proverbs 3:26)
It is clear God wants to give us the gift of courage—if we will simply take Him up on His offer of bravery!
for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control. (2 Tim 1:7)
Fear Not or do not be afraid is in the Bible well more than 100 times! God repeats Himself when something is vital. And in today’s world, courage, calm, confidence and bravery is an imperative.
Your Worst Fears
There have been numerous times I have had to face down my fears. Here are my top 10:
- When I had to help cut my suicidal dad down when he was tempting to hang himself. I was 19.
2.When I was rushed into an emergency c-section when I was in labor with my first-born.
- When the twin towers were toppled, and my speaking engagement was in New York a few days later. (Then flying nearly EVERY 9-11 since)
- When I was concerned over life choices of a prodigal child.
- When traveling to speak to military wives at the outbreak of Desert Storm.
- When traveling alone to foreign countries.
- When traveling alone on a dark mountain road, with no cell service- and getting lost. Or driving home to our boat marina where we now live, late at night, when a mentally ill homeless man roams and rants in our parking lot.
- When the doctor shares seriously difficult medical news about my health—or my husband’s.
- When unforeseen circumstances unravel our finances and it feels we may lose everything we have worked so hard for.
- Today, when I board a plane to travel and speak for God.
And there are many, many more times when you and I are called to face down our trials, troubles, traumas and tribulations!
The Path to Peace
So, what do we do when we know God wants to empower our courage? How can we move our heart and mind to a place we can embrace courage and walk out braver and bolder?
For years, this favorite verse was on my personal stationary:
The Sovereign Lord is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to tread on the heights. (Hab 3:19)
But it is the CONTEXT of the verse that makes the promise so sweet and powerful:
Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls,
yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior. (Hab 3:17-18 emphasis added)
Seems God cannot, or will not, take us to the heights until we face down our fear of the depths.
Face Your Fears
To facedown your fears, ask:
“Even if the worst does happen, do I believe God is WITH me, FOR me, and IN me?
Plant yourself in the truth God will NEVER leave you! He is ALWAYS with you! One of my favorite verses I write about in my newer Discovering Hope in the Psalms: A Creative Bible Study Experience :
For you have been my hope, Sovereign LORD, my confidence since my youth (Psalm 71:5)
And the whole Bible echoes the security and safety found in the FACT that God is there for you—a present help in time of need (Psalm 46:1).
“I will never leave you nor forsake you.” (Heb 13:5)
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” (Josh 1:9)
Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. (Isaiah 41:10)
Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.” (Deuteronomy 31:6)
…behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age. (Mathew 28:20)
They will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”).
Put on Your Brave
When I need to put on my BIG GIRL BRAVE, I personalize and pray the scripture. The power and path to courage, confidence and bravery is in God’s Word and God’s character. In Becoming a Brave New Woman, I have “winning words”, verses of scripture to boost your bravery (on various topics) in every chapter so your can pray courage over your life, your family, your ministry and your future.
You can go to Amazon or Christianbook.com right now and download the kindle version of Becoming a Brave New Woman so you can have ALL those scripture prayers right at your finger tips anytime timidity, cowardice, or fear tries to creep into your thoughts, heart and life.
Here is a scripture prayer from chapter two of Becoming a Brave New Woman. Pray it OUT LOUD (because God’s TRUTH vanquishes Satan—and YOU need to hear the truth aloud too!) Put your name right into the scripture and then step out in full faith, courage and bravery and LIVE the life and calling God has planned for you!
Have I not commanded you, ________________? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go. The Lord himself goes before you, ________________ , and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Rise up; this matter is in your hands. We will support you, so take courage and do it. Be strong and very courageous, ________________ . Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go. Turn your ear to me, come quickly to my rescue; be my rock of refuge, a strong fortress to save me. For you have been my refuge, a strong tower against the foe. O Sovereign Lord, my strong deliverer, who shields my head in the day of battle. The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe…for their Defender is strong; he will take up their case against you. Finally, ________________ , be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. And the God of all grace, who called you, ________________ , to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm, and steadfast…In all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.
Thru Christ–You are BRAVE!
Pam Farrel is an international speaker, author of over 50 books including bestselling Men Are Like Waffles, Women Are Like Spaghetti, and her three amazon bestselling creative Bible studies: Discovering Hope in the Psalms, Discovering Joy in Philippians and Discovering Jesus in the Old Testament (co-authored with Jean E Jones and Karla Dornacher) she and her husband, Bill, are co-directors of Love-Wise. They have raised three brave sons, who have married three courageous daughters in laws, and Bill and Pam love pouring confidence in God into their 5 grandchildren. They reside on a live aboard boat slipped in southern California.