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Scripture About Worry, Anxiety & Depression
Before I share these encouraging Bible verses about worry (see also: stress and anxiety) I just want to say how much these scriptures have impacted my life.
Like any addiction, the first step began with admitting that to myself that the worry I was carrying around was affecting my daily life–it was becoming a problem.
Mood swings, over-eating, and isolating myself were just a few of the ways anxiety (worry) and depression negatively impacted my life.
Once I admitted that these were not just bad habits, but the consequences of living a worried life—I realized that I COULD NOT carry these burdens on my own.
Even if I actually wanted to, (which I didn’t) I physically could not.
The Journey Away From Worry
I would love to say that I am cured of my worry, but that’s not true. It has been a daily decision that only I can make.
Am I going to worry about what the day will hold and be paralyzed? Or am I going to trust that God has already made a way?
Most days I choose trust, freedom and forward motion. But some days I don’t.
I’m a work in progress.
These 13 verses about worry are encouraging me along my journey of LETTING IT GO and GIVING IT TO GOD.
13 Verses for the Worried Woman
“I know the LORD is always with me. I will not be shaken, for he is right beside me.”
“Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.”
“So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.”
“But the Lord answered her, ‘Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.’”
“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.”
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.”
“Then Jesus said, ‘Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.’”
Don’t love money; be satisfied with what you have. For God has said, “I will never fail you. I will never abandon you.” So we can say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper, so I will have no fear. What can mere people do to me?”
“Worry weighs a person down; an encouraging word cheers a person up.”
“The faithful love of the Lord never ends. His mercies never cease. Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning.”
“Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying.”
“Give your burdens to the Lord, and he will take care of you. He will not permit the godly to slip and fall.”
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”
So how do you respond when worry, anxiety, and depression strikes? Do you have any verses about worry that you turn to?
Share them in the comments below.