12 Bible Verses to Overcome Anxiety
As moms, we have so much to think about, don’t we? From the daily decisions of what to make for dinner and which shows our kids can watch to deciding whether to take the kids to the clinic or let them sleepover at a friend’s house – our minds are in constant motion.
Sometimes, we lie down at night, close our eyes and the reels in our minds keep running.
We worry, considering every possible outcome and imagining catastrophe around every corner. We can’t relax because our minds won’t rest.
Have you been there?
I know I have. After the birth of my son, I struggled with postpartum depression, manifested by anxiety that gripped my heart with fear and froze me in my tracks.
If our oldest child was spending the night with her grandparents, I struggled to go to sleep because of fear, as if my presence somehow always kept her safe.
It was one of the most difficult times of my life.
During that time and with the help of some wise counselors, I began to fight back against the fear I felt.
A Key to Overcoming Anxiety
The key was to accept that I was going to think about something and decide to replace the anxious thoughts running through my mind with truths that set me free.
Don’t think for a moment it was easy. Renewing our minds never is, but with God’s help, it’s not only possible, it’s powerful.
Romans 12:2 tell us that renewing our minds transforms us.
I know it changed me, one repeated promise of God at a time. Each time an anxious thought crossed my mind, I stopped it and replaced it with God’s word or a prayer of thanksgiving to him for who he is and what he’s done.
If you’re struggling with anxiety, I encourage you to do the same. To help you, I’ve made a list of Bible verses that help calm my fears and focus my mind on Christ instead.
Some are promises; others are prayers. All are powerful.
After all, “all scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:16-17)
Let the word of God help train your mind to trust him. The following Bible verses can help!
12 Bible Verses to Help You Overcome Anxiety
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Those who know your name trust in you, for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you.
You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.
In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, Lord, make me dwell in safety.
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
The Lord is my light and my salvation – whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life – of whom shall I be afraid?
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things.
Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken.
Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid. The Lord, the Lord himself, is my strength and my defense; he has become my salvation.
God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.
Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care. And even the very hairs of your head are numbered. So do not be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.
Praise the Lord, my soul, and forget not all his benefits – who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
How do you renew your mind? What verses help you not to fear? Share your tips for fighting anxiety in the comments and encourage someone else today!