It can be so difficult to stay grounded in the Lord when you struggle with anxiety. Knowing that God is in control when you feel like you are totally out of control can seem impossible! I’m so grateful that God knew we would have anxious moments, because His word says SO much about anxiety!
In my post, “One Amazing Strategy to Calm and Control Your Anxiety,” I talk about how anxiety is rooted in one major issue: the need to control. We as human beings have been trying to gain control of our lives all the way back to the Garden of Eden. Think about it, Adam and Eve were perfectly content with their lives until Satan made them think something was out of their control. Adam and Eve were tempted to take control of something that was out of their control by eating the fruit of the Tree of Life. Since then, we as humans have struggled with control.
For some the need to control can look like something else, like anger, narcissism, or impulsive behaviors. But I think for overwhelmed moms, a need to control manifests as anxiety. There is so much out of our control as moms. We can’t help when babies are teething, toddlers are having tantrums, teenagers are throwing shade, schedules are packed, money is tight, and time is slim. No wonder we are anxious!
God wrote so much in His word just for the stressed out mom! He knew you were overwhelmed, so He speaks some encouraging words just for you!
10 Scriptures to Overcome Anxiety
- Matthew 6:25-27 “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?”
- Psalm 55:22 Cast your burden on the LORD, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved
- Hebrews 13:6 So we can confidently say, “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me?”
- Psalm 56:3 “When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.”
- Romans 8:31 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?
- Psalm 94:19 “When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought me joy.”
- 1 Peter 5:7 “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.”
- Philippians 4:6-7 “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.”
- Deuteronomy 31:8 “The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”
- 2 Timothy 1:7 “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”
What should I do with these scriptures?
Reading scripture is one thing. Hiding the scripture in your heart is something completely different!
Imagine being in school. Your teacher hands you a textbook and tells you to read a certain chapter in preparation for a quiz coming up. That night you go home, read the chapter, then go about the rest of your evening. The next day is the day of the quiz and you BOMB the quiz! How could that be?
Because all you did was read it. You didn’t make it something your brain thought was worth remembering.
Now imagine that same scenario, but instead of just reading the chapter, you made flash cards about the important things in the chapter, studied them, and took the quiz. You would probably do much better, right?
That’s what it’s like when we hide the Word in our heart as it says to do in Psalms. We don’t just read these scriptures, but we make it a point to remember them!
Here’s some suggestions on how you can hide these scriptures in your heart:
- Find one that stands out to you the most. Write it down, and try to memorize it.
- Write it on a post-it note and stick it to your bathroom mirror
- Journal about a particular scripture that stood out to you
- If you’re really artsy, maybe you can create a drawing, using one of these scriptures as the subject.
- Share it with a friend
I challenge you…don’t just read these scriptures. Hide them in your heart. Make them a part of your daily vocabulary. When you begin to make these words from God a part of your daily life, you’ll have an answer when anxiety begins to rise. You won’t be rendered overwhelmed when life gets the best of you, but you’ll be able to quote what God is saying in the middle of your anxiety. Sometimes the best thing you can do for anxiety is have exactly the right thing to say to make it shut up!
How do you like hiding the Word of God in your heart? Do you have a strategy for remembering scripture? Let me know in the comments!
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