Feelings of anxiety are unfortunately very common in my life. It’s something that I struggle with quite frequently, and have battled for a long time. I’ve learned a lot about how to manage my anxiety along the way, and I’ve developed numerous positive coping mechanism over time. Part of my self care is connecting to my faith when I feel anxious, because I know that I can trust in God to be greater than my troubles and my fears. Here are 15 Bible verses that I count on to help me cope with my anxiety.
1. Philippians 4:6
I was introduced to this verse in my Scripture class, when my theology teacher at the time required us to memorize it. One of my favorite things about this verse is actually not included in this artwork. In full, the verse states “Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God.” I like the focus on gratitude, to always match requests with thanks. It helps me with my perspective when I am anxious because it reminds that even when things are big and scary, there is good in them.
2. Proverbs 31:25
Thinking about the future is something that easily overwhelms me. There is so much uncertainty, so much that I don’t know. I feel obligated to prepare for the future, because I want to be an active participant in God’s plan for me, but I don’t know how to prepare when my full path has not yet been revealed. This verse reminds me that God has everything planned out for me, and that I can trust in Him to guide me in His perfect, proper timing.
3. Colossians 3:15
When anxiety embeds itself, it tries to take over my whole being. This verse is how I combat that. It is through the peace of Christ manifest in my heart that I can find a release from anxiety.
4. Psalm 37:7
Decisions can be difficult for me, because I put immense pressure on myself to make the right choice, and I get anxious contemplating the consequences of mistakes. This verse reminds me that I don’t have to make the decisions all by myself; I can hand them over to God, and He will show the fulfillment of His plan to me.
5. John 16:33
When I think too big, when I consider the breadth of the whole world and the depth of its pain and suffering, I start to shut down and lose hope. This world is so scary, and there is so much evil all around. Bad things happen all the time, and that terrifies me. But this verse calms my fears, reminding me that even though the world is great, God is even greater, and I can rest in Him.
6. Exodus 14:14
Sometimes I feel pulled in a million directions at once. I feel attacked on every level, and I don’t know how to move forward. But God will fight for me, and I can trust in His actions, knowing that He will bring about the things in my life that I most need.
7. 1 Peter 5:7
Support networks are super important when struggling with anxiety. Caring people around me can check my perspective, talk through my irrational fears, help me find a more realistic view, and make me feel secure and loved. God is the most important, and the most reliable, support network ever, and it’s good to remind myself of His loving care in my life. He is not a far off God; He is intimately close to me and cares about my personal life.
8. “Do Not Be Afraid”
The phrase “Do not be afraid” is written 365 times in Scripture. That’s a reminder for every day of the year. How beautiful is it that God reassures us every single day that we do not need to fear?
9. Isaiah 12:2
This verse serves me as a way to set an intention. It is a way to take on autonomy and responsibility, and to exercise strength over my anxiety. I refuse to let it take mastery of me. I will choose to trust in God. I will choose to not be afraid.
10. Colossians 3:2
The mundane things of this life can pull my focus away from God. I get so wrapped up in the muck of this world that it consumes me, and I forget to look for God. When I get too drawn into my own life, I don’t always make God a priority – and my anxiety becomes more constant. Focusing on God and on sacred things gives me a break from all of my anxiety-inducing chains to this reality. Instead, I can focus on the loveliness of God, and find peace in Him.
11. Psalm 120:1
This is good reminder for me that I am not alone. My anxiety makes me feel very isolated sometimes. I feel like I am on my own, and that no one can or will help me. But God definitely can and will help me; in fact, He is eager to do so. This verse reminds me to reach out to Him, and it makes me feel less alone, because I am confident that He will respond.
12. Psalm 61:2
My anxiety makes me feel “less,” like I am unworthy or inadequate to handle all the demands on me. I feel small and broken. But God is great and mighty, bigger and stronger than I can even comprehend. He is my strength and my fortitude, and I must cling to Him. When I am too overwhelmed to look for Him myself, I ask Him to guide me back into His embrace.
13. Hosea 12:6
God is dependable, and deserving of trust. I must remember to put my hope in God, because He will never, ever let me down.
14. John 13:7
These words, directly from Jesus, remind me that He has a plan for everything in my life. There is always a purpose and a use in everything. I know that God is weaving my life like a tapestry; He will connect the threads when He intends, and it will be a masterpiece. I may not see the final design right now, but I know it will be beautiful.
15. Psalm 112:7
Bad things are inevitable in this lifetime. But I can be confident that no matter what happens, God will care for me even through the toughest struggles. Bad things may happen, yes, but I will be okay. God will help me weather the storm. This verse is a great way to answer my anxiety, which fixates on the bad. The verse acknowledges the bad, but then shifts my focus beyond it, and I can have faith again.