5 Powerful Ways of Turning Fear Into Faith

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When Fears Overtake Your Mind

You lie in bed at night tossing and turning. Fears and anxiety take over every rational thought. Without even realizing it, “what-if” statements overtake your mind and cause you to lose sleep and be less effective in all that you do. These everyday fears threaten to rob you of joy in the present. When those fears surface, here are 5 powerful ways of turning fear into faith.

Typical {Homeschool} Mom “What-if” Fears

Maybe you can resonate with some of these fears:

  • What if my child turns away from the Lord?
  • What if my child doesn’t get into college…or has no friends…or gets caught up with the wrong friends?
  • What if our finances fall short?
  • What if my husband doesn’t get the job…or the promotion?
  • What if…?

All of these fears or what-ifs cause us to worry. And worry can lead to sickness, less effectiveness, and just plain grumpiness. Not only that, but our fears can thwart us. They often cause us to miss the many blessings in our lives.

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Research and Biblical Exhortation

Research shows that 80-90% of what we fear never happens. That’s a big percent! And that other 10-20%? People usually say the situation turned out easier than expected or taught them a beneficial life lesson. Not to mention, worrying never changes the outcome of the situation. So worrying is neither necessary nor helpful. Remember those stats the next time the what-if worry virus comes your way!

While modern research proves worrying is helpless, the Lord also exhorts us to not worry:

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear…Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?…Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” (Matthew 6: 25a, 27, 34)

Turning Fear Into Faith

When our fears overrun us and God seems far off, here are 5 powerful antidotes to turn them into faith:

  1. Surrender control to God. Under difficult circumstances, do you find yourself trying to control or manipulate them? Like Abraham, when answers are long in the coming, maybe you catch yourself trying to “help God out.” Not that you consciously think that, but your actions support it. You make subtle changes or drop little hints that you think may change your situation. But God doesn’t need your help. When you put your eyes on the One who is in control, the weight of your fears rolls away. God invites us in Isaiah 30:15 to rest in Him: “In returning and rest you shall be saved; in quietness and in trust shall be your strength.”
  2. Trust the Lord. Wait on Him. Put your trust back in the only One who won’t change and always keeps His promises. Patiently wait on Him. “Commit your way to the Lord; trust in Him, and he will act…Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for Him.” (Psalm 37:5, 7a) God is in your tomorrows and goes before you. He will never forsake you.He faithfully walks with you in your dark seasons and trials.
  3. Focus on truth and not your emotions or circumstances. Your feelings will fluctuate with the wind – you can’t trust them. But you can trust your sovereign and gracious Lord. As Paul encouraged the Philippians, when you present your requests to the Lord and fixate on what is true, the peace of God will guard your heart and mind (Philippians 4:6-9). Consider posting Scripture around your house such as Philippians 4:19; Romans 8:28; 2 Corinthians 12:9; Ephesians 2:8-9. These verses will help your mind stay focused on truth when it is tempted to believe your feelings.
  4. Recall what the Lord has done in your past. There is power in remembering. Recall how He provided for you in the past. Go through old journals if needed. Ponder the miracle of your own salvation. He is faithful and will meet your needs, and those of your family, in the present as well.
  5. Journal about your fears. As you recall all the Lord has done in the past, write them down. The process of writing down helps engrain them in your mind and carve them into your heart. Then, begin to write out your fears. In the book, Calm My Anxious Heart, Linda Dillow suggests playing out the what-if scenario in your mind or on paper – what’s the worst that could happen? She says to then come to terms with that and act on what you can improve. In doing so you will recognize any areas that you do have control over as well as the ones that you don’t.

Turning “What-Ifs” into But God Statements

Throughout the Bible, there are many “But God” situations which seemed dire…but God used them for good. From Joseph being sold into slavery to Noah and the animals, to Saul and David, to Jesus’ miracles, to Him dying on the cross. All of these instances show that God, Emmanuel, is intimately involved in the lives of those who love Him. When what-if fears begin to swirl in your mind, counteract them with But God statements.

  • What if my child turns away from the Lord?…But God will run after him when he turns back. (Luke 15:11-32)
  • What if my child doesn’t get into college?…But God knows the plans He has for him, plans that are good and not evil, to give him a future and a hope. (Jeremiah 29:11)
  • What if our finances fall short?…But God will supply all our needs in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:19)
  • Whatever your what-if is, counteract it with the truth of God’s Word!

If fears are overtaking your mind and stealing your joy, download this FREE journaling printable to help you on your journey to restore your joy and peace by turning fear into faith.

Turning Fear into Faith

Book Recommendation

If anxiety seems to be a common thread in your life, I highly recommend Linda Dillow’s book Calm My Anxious Heart: A Woman’s Guide to Finding Contentment. It is one you will probably want to read over and over. Dillow offers a complete guide for women to find contentment, no matter what life circumstances you face. From inspirational stories to practical tips you will find yourself uplifted, encouraged, and confident that you too can say goodbye to anxiety and walk in peace. Calm My Anxious Heart also includes a 12-week Bible study that will walk you through Scripture and journaling to enable you to live worry-free!

May you walk in freedom from fear this year as you surrender all to the Lord, patiently trust in Him, and keep turning fear into faith.

“for God gave us not a spirit of fear but of power, love, and self-control.” (2 Timothy 1:7)

Take heart,
Katie

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20 Comments

  • Reply Katie Braswell at

    “80-90% of what we fear never happens” I love this statistic and I wish I would remember it more often, And even more often I wish I would remember Psalm 37:5. I love your advice on turning our fears into “but God” statements. Combat lies with truth!! Thank you for sharing, Katie!

    • Reply Katie at

      Hi Katie, I’m glad you enjoyed the post and pray that it reminds you to focus on truth over lies! Blessings, Katie

  • Reply Heather at

    But God is such a powerful statement. What-if’s can consume us, but as long as we remember, “but God’ we can stand on solid ground. And thanks for the book recommendation! It sounds like a good one!

    • Reply Katie at

      Hi Heather, I’m glad you enjoyed this post. Don’t you just love But Got statements? He is so faithful, loving, and our firm foundation. Read the book, you won’t be disappointed! 🙂 Blessings, Katie

  • Reply Ann (Neethu) at

    Journal about your fears by overwriting them with the faith confessions in the Word of God, will help your replace the lies you believe in with the truth.
    Loved reading this

    • Reply Katie at

      Hi Ann, I’m so glad you loved reading this. We need to replace our lives with truth daily, and sometimes moment to moment, right? Blessings, Katie

  • Reply Erin at

    There are nights that if it were not for my Bible I do not know how I could’ve gotten to sleep. There have been seasons that without my Bible I know that I would’ve never survived.

    • Reply Katie at

      Hi Erin, the blessings of the truth of God’s Word! Sometimes I don’t know how people do sleep without the hope, peace, and comfort from the Bible. Blessings to you, Katie

  • Reply Alice Mills at

    Great post on anxiety. It really is a matter of taking every thought captive. Each fear must be addressed and presented to the Lord.

    • Reply Katie at

      Hi Alice, I’m glad you enjoyed this post! Yes, if we don’t address our fears they can consume us. Blessings, Katie

  • Reply Julie at

    I’ve lived with fear for a lot of my life. When I grew in faith and was intentional about replacing fears with faith, I’m no longer as fearful!

    • Reply Katie at

      Hi Julie, it is something we have to be intentional about, isn’t it? It’s so easy to fall into fear as a default. Praise God for your growth! Blessings, Katie

  • Reply Melissa at

    Recall what the Lord has done in your past. – this is such a great point. When we are able to shift our perspective and acknowledge all of the ways God has helped, guided, and used past situations it helps to relieve the worry.

    • Reply Katie at

      Hi Melissa, I’m so glad you enjoyed this post. It’s so easy for me to forget what God has done in my past and cause me to worry. I need reminders all the time! Blessings, Katie

  • Reply Susan Evans at

    “Focus on truth and not your emotions or circumstances. ” Amen!

    • Reply Katie at

      Hi Susan, our emotions and circumstances can so easily cloud what we know to be truth, right? We have to be laser-focused on truth so we don’t lose heart! Blessings, Katie

  • Reply Jackie at

    I like that you described the what-if worry as a virus. Giving a 5 step vaccine. It’s so easy to give into the what-ifs; I’ve been doing that a lot lately; definitely having restless sleep. The feeling of discouragement and the emotion that emerges from that fuels that ‘virus.’ With tears, its time to let it go. Thank you Katie.

    • Reply Katie at

      Hi Jackie, I’m so glad this post resonated with you. We all have seasons of worry that bring discouragement and lead to restlessness. When we can truly give them to God and walk in victory, our faith grows exponentially! Blessings, Katie

  • Reply JJ at

    I love the BUT GOD rebuttal to my fears! What a great way to turn fears around. God always has the last say in our lives. Journaling is another wonderful way to vet out fears too…leave them all on the paper in the hands of God.

    • Reply Katie at

      Hi JJ, I’m glad you enjoyed this post. Journaling through Scripture and our emotions is so helpful, isn’t it? Whatever it takes to help us uncover truth when we are walking in fear brings out our faith. Blessings, Katie

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