I’ve always been a bit on the nervous side. Only recently have I begun to develop coping skills to treat stress and panic attacks. I have also read the Bible to find out what God has to say about anxiety. This process has not only helped develop my spirituality but has brought me closer to my family. I’ve also included Bible verses about anxiety towards the end of the blog post. Study these and keep them close to your heart. Write them down so you have them with you when you’re starting to feel anxious.
First of all, what is anxiety?
Anxiety is healthy. Without it, nobody would ever feel like going to work or moving of a speeding car’s way! Nerves keep us on our toes; they make us aware of what’s going on around us. Occasional anxiety is normal because it goes away at one point. It’s not normal once your fears begin to take over your life. Chronic anxiety comes in many different forms, but some of it can look like this:
- avoiding certain situations or people
- worrying about your health or that of your family for days
- stress lasts for extended periods of time, even after the stressful situation has occurred
- intense fear
- not being to sleep at night
So, why should I trust God to heal anxiety?
Chronic worrying does a body and mind no good. When doing so, we are showing God that we do not trust Him to provide for us, guide, and protect us. We are doing ourselves a great disservice, as well. It’s as if we are saying to ourselves I am not capable. I am not worthy. I do not have faith in myself. We cannot prevent things from happening by worrying or panicking. We cannot force things to happen by mulling it over day after day. We are only human, but God is our savior. He wants us to cast our fears and worries on Him.
Cast all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you. 1 Peter 5:7
Anxiety is a companion, not an enemy.
For a long time, I pushed God away. I believed He was throwing too much at me all at the same time. I finally realized I was the one doing this to myself and not my family, friends, or the rest of the world!
Pushing my worries away never worked in the past so one day I realized I have to try something new. Instead of fighting against myself I’m going to make friends with the fears that plague me. I have accepted that panic attacks will not go away as long as I try to push them away. I have to acknowledge them because it’s the only way I can learn how to cope with stress. As long as I fully give my anxiety over to the Lord and trust in him to guide me I know I will be fine.
Bible verses about anxiety
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. Matt 6:25-27
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light. Matt 11:28-30
Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares you. 1 Peter 5:6-7
These are your next steps if you want to find healing through God
Study scripture and read a passage from the Bible as often as you would like. There is a lot of material online to study the Bible and find healing for anxious thoughts. Some websites that I like to frequent for these types of post are the Young Wife’s Guide and Embracing Home. Be kind to yourself if you struggle with anxious thoughts. God wants us to care for ourselves and love our mind and spirit.