15 Bible Verses for When I Feel Anxious

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

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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

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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

Colossians 3:15 (NIV) -Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.
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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

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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

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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

The Lord will fight for you; you only need to be still. -Exodus 14:14
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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

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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”

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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

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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

“If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.” - Colossians 3:1‭-‬2 (ESV)
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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

Psalm 112:7 They do not fear bad news. They confidently trust the Lord to care for them. (I want this kind of confidence)
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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.

Inside… the Catholic Center

This will be the first installment of what I hope to make a regular series here: Inside…[fill in the blank with a church]!  There are so many beautiful spaces to worship in this world, and I’d like to share with you the ones that I am blessed enough to visit.  Over time, I hope this series expands to include a very wide range, maybe even with international features!

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To start out, I thought I would feature my current church: the Catholic Center.  The chapel space here at the Catholic Center is on the smaller side, but it is a beautiful space nonetheless.

Outside of this main chapel space, we have a lounge area (complete with a wood fired stove, numerous squishy couches, and a ping pong table.)  There’s study rooms, a library, the various offices of the staff, and a kitchen where we cook meals for “Dinner & A Talk” events or for the Salvation Army soup kitchen.  There’s also a bulletin board that is always filled with opportunities for students to get involved.

It is in one of those study rooms where I meet for Bible study every week.  That particular room features most prominently a cardboard cutout of Pope Francis, a print of Pope Saint John Paul II visiting a ski slope, and a large print of Our Lady of Guadalupe.  We also have additional comfy couches where the other young women and I gather to read Scripture.

In the chapel space, there is a large painting of St. John Newman, and of St. Augustine, for whom the chapel is named.  Its wooden surfaces make the entire space feel very warm and inviting, and the colors in the paintings are reds, oranges, and yellows in an effort to reflect that.

There are a couple things which I find to be unique to the Catholic Center.  At the end of every Mass, the priest leads the congregation in a series of three Hail Mary’s.  These prayers are offered for all the intentions of the diocese.  Salesians have a strong devotion to Mary, Help of Christians, so these prayers added to the Mass definitely helped me feel more at home very quickly when I first heard them.

Another thing that I find interesting about the Catholic Center is our tabernacle.  Specifically, there is a thin veil draped around the outside of the tabernacle.  I’ve never seen a tabernacle veil on the outside before.  This prompted me to question its meaning, and I have since connected it as an antitype of sorts for the veil in the Temple enclosing the Holy of Holies.  I now love this prominent visible reminder of the sanctity of the Eucharist.

A close friend of mine at the Catholic Center once told me her favorite fun fact about the space, and it also nods to the importance of the Eucharist.  The school’s campus is “up the hill,” and the Catholic Center specifically is built on the highest point in our city.  The tabernacle is purposefully elevated and centralized.  In other words, the tabernacle of our church rests on the highest point in the city.  How beautiful is it that the home of the Eucharist, the source and summit of our lives, is fittingly displayed on the greatest geographical summit in the area?

I love this church.  It is a beautiful space to encounter the Lord, and a home away from home during my studies.  I am so grateful for the community that I have found here, and I look forward to spending more time here over the years to come.

Saying Hello!

Welcome to my blog!  I’m a student in Vermont trying to balance faith, fun, and functionality as I learn more about the professional writing industry.

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In this space, I’m going to share about the things that inform, influence, and shape my faith life.  That could be anything from my current practices to memories to quotes to any other musings.

To provide some context, here’s a rough outline of my faith story.

I was raised in a strong Catholic household and baptized as a baby.  I attended parochial school run by the Salesian sisters from the time I was four.  I received my First Communion in the second grade.  My faith was a well-established part of my childhood.

Once I graduated middle school, I began attending the all-girl Salesian high school in my area.  In the beginning of my first year, a friend of mine invited me to XLT, a night of Eucharistic adoration.  It was there that I started to really connect to my faith on a personal, meaningful level.  My high school theology classes strengthened and deepened my faith.  Though it had always been a prominent element in my life, this was when it started to really matter to me and take on a passionate dimension.

During my sophomore year, I started confirmation classes at my parish.  One of our requirements was to attend a youth group meeting, and after resisting going until the last two months, I fell in love after the first day.  I went to the last few meetings of the year, and bonded immediately with the group.

In junior year, I made my confirmation, and attended the Salesian Leadership Retreat.  I continued my involvement with my youth group, serving as a team member; I led regular meetings, helped run retreats, and did a witness talk every year.  I had been attending adoration regularly since my first encounter with it, and continued to do so.  I was constantly learning about my faith in classes, and I was loving every moment of it.  Senior year of high school continued in much the same way.

When I entered college, it was a severe culture shock for me.  I was attending a secular institution of learning for the first time, was no longer in theology classes regularly, and was ripped away from my youth group.  I knew I wanted to hold on to my faith in college, but I floundered a bit without the anchor points I had grown accustomed to.

By the blessings of God, a Catholic society started at my school in my first year.  We collaborated with the Catholic Center at the larger school up the hill, which was well established.  It was so reassuring to find a community of other Catholics in this new place, even if it was a small group.

I am now part of a a scripture-based apologetics Bible study.  In the absence of dedicated theology classes, I listen to podcasts to learn more about my faith.  I attend Mass at the Catholic Center, and do my best to make time to pray every morning and night.  I am always seeking to build my relationship with God and to strengthen my faith.

So please, join me on this journey of faith as I reflect on what I’m working on and share some of the beautiful things our Church has to offer.  I welcome any suggestions or feedback that you may have.  Enjoy!