The Faith-Science of Courage

Bethany McIlrath guest post The Faith Science of Courage

It’s a true pleasure to welcome back a friend and fellow blogger to the blog today who’s such a sweet and generous soul, not to mention a fabulous prayer warrior to have in your corner. Her words never fail to encourage and build up, and you know they are all tried-and-true words, straight from her own heart experiences. It’s my pleasure to turn this little corner of the blogging world over to Bethany McIlrath. Please give her a heartfelt welcome!
And be sure to check out her prior visit to the blog as well!

Beneath the headache-inducing fluorescent lights of the high school’s health classroom, my scrawny self learned something life changing.

It didn’t seem all that scientific back then.

I learned the word resilient.

In a passing moment, the teacher said “want to impress college reps? Use this big word. Resilient. It means you bounce back.” He went on to teach his subject. I counted the minutes until I could look the word up in a dictionary.

Resiliency is the scientific process of courage.

Before the moving moment when someone down and out stands tall on the movie screen, they get knocked over. Our favorite superheroes come from bad situations or are faced with impossible tasks. The heroes of the faith rise up after opposition and discouraging challenges.

Before we are brave, we have a reason to be.

Something scares us, plows us over, and tramples us down. We get the wind knocked out of us. The odds drive us to our knees.

That’s when resiliency draws us back to our feet and arms us with what we need to fight.

What does resiliency look like?

It starts on our knees or flat on our faces, venting to God Almighty:

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“Hannah was praying in her heart, and her lips were moving but her voice was not heard. Eli thought she was drunk.” -1 Samuel 1:13

“David pleaded with God for the child. He fasted and spent the nights lying in sackcloth on the ground.” –2 Samuel 12:16

And being in anguish, he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground.” –Luke 22:44

Then, according to the faith-science of venting, we stand.

“Then she went her way and ate something, and her face was no longer downcast.” -1 Samuel 1:18

Then David got up from the ground…he went into the house of the Lord and worshiped.” -2 Samuel 12:20

When he rose from prayer…” Jesus bravely submitted to God’s will- even unto death. –Luke 22:45

What magical thing happens in the venting time? What is about the method of venting that makes us resilient, drawing us up from our knees to joyfully, worship-fully, humbly enter the Lord’s will?

Hannah wasn’t instantly pregnant nor did God tell her right then she would conceive.

David’s son died as he vented to God. His harsh prospects became reality.

Jesus’s captors made their way to arrest him as He sweat blood in prayer. He rose to meet the beginning of His (joyously temporary) end.

Venting isn’t about changing our circumstances, but changing our stance. When we vent to God, we cast all our cares on Him. We put an end to worry. We fix our eyes on the author and perfecter of our faith.

When we vent to God, we are bent to His will. We are fit again to stand.


Going down to stand up.


Letting out to be filled with.

That’s the faith-science of courage.

Bethany McIlrath on the blog today...

A learner at heart, Bethany McIlrath believes that listening to the Lord’s Word, and being attentive to all that He teaches her through daily life, is a priceless blessing.
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26 Replies to “The Faith-Science of Courage”

  1. Bethany, I really love how you described the process of resiliency and that it starts on our knees. What a gift that we have a God who allows us to pour out our fears and anxieties and then gives us the strength to stand up, wipe our tears, and move on. Thank you for sharing today! And Christine, thank you, too!

    1. You’re so welcome, Leslie! It’s always a good day when I get to turn the blog over to Bethany!

    1. Agreed! Sometimes I get stuck on how I’m giving things over to Him and instead He just wants us to cast our cares in whatever way that looks like as long as we’re trusting and leaning only on Him to begin with. Bethany’s post is such an excellent reminder.

  2. Bethany, I love how you connect resiliency with courage. “Resiliency is the scientific process of courage.” Great picture to draw upon when we need courage.

  3. Bethany, I always appreciate your guest posts so much! I read your words and know I can use them instantly and care them with me through the week. And I love the scriptures you used as examples, so very very relatable. Reaching through the screen to hug yer neck. xxoo

    1. Christine- I’m always so honored to share any space with you. You’re such a mentor to me in our friendship and in your writing : ) As soon as the Lord started clairfying these Scriptures and thoughts for me, I knew I had to share with you- so glad to get to share with your people too!! Hugging back!

    1. Isn’t that a powerful line, Lois? I’m still carrying it with me today… so grateful for Bethany’s post! And grateful for sister-friends like yourself! So much.

  4. Girl this blew me out of the water! I am so digging this because I am a venter to God and feel dramatic sometimes. But at the end of the day I’d rather cry out to Him in puddles on the floor than be away from Him. Thanks for the wisdom and the creative way you displayed it by the before and after, Bethany! Thanks for letting her share here, Christine!

    1. Aww, thanks Meg! I don’t tend to be a puddle person, but I can talk God’s ear off, and it’s made me feel so needy – and like being needy for God is a bad thing. Learning this has been so powerful for helping me see dependence on God AS courage and strength. So grateful and humbled He is encouraging you through this too!

  5. Such truth and wisdom here Bethany: “When we vent to God, we are bent to His will. We are fit again to stand.” Amen! Venting isn’t about solving the issue, it’s about getting us to see God’s will and gain His strength. Thanks ladies!

  6. Bethany,

    What a great post. I know venting to God helps me to get my eyes focused on him. I know he is BIG and can handle my words. It draws me in. Thank you for inspiring me this morning to turn my eyes towards GOD

    1. Maree, I’m praising Him that what He’s been teaching me can help turn eyes to HIM. We’re never too much for Him to handle! Thanks for the encouragement!

  7. I like this message of venting to God. I just did this the other day when I was really mad at my husband but knew I needed to extend grace to him. I knew I couldn’t take my anger out on him. I told God all about him–all I felt in the moment. By the time I saw my husband again, it was all spent, and I was able to give him that grace that he often gives me. I was able to discuss some of the issue with him in a way he would be able to receive. I’m so thankful I can talk like that to God, knowing He sees my heart in a way my husband couldn’t fully do. God doesn’t get hurt by my words like my husband would.

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