Scriptures are powerful affirmations fashioned by God. Positive. Inspirational. Reassuring.
I understand that people mean well. However, when I began learning to calm and care for myself, the usually recommended scriptures that directly pertain to worry, anxiety and fear – commanding that we trust God – wasn’t always super effective.
Reminding an individual with an anxiety disorder that worrying is a lack of trust or faith in God just enhances the pain.
We try awfully hard to push away from pain which only makes the anxiety worse.
Here are the seven scriptures that eased my anxiety enough that I found (and still find) peace and hope. Combined with a program of deep breathing, prayers, meditation, therapy, mirror and chakra work I was transformed (and am still transforming) by accepting a different perspective on how to live.
“Be still, and know I am God” (Psalm 46:10 KJV)
How can you trust someone you don’t know?
How can you trust someone when you have a disheartening sense of who they are?
The God I was familiar with (based on my former religion) was embraced out of fear. Even though I could no longer agree with the teachings, a lingering fear grew and intensified.
If the Jehovah’s Witnesses were right and God was only found within their organization, I was seriously in the mother of all danger zones. I would never measure up or ever be able to work hard enough for God to love me.
Several years ago, with anxiety getting worse and nothing helping, feeling horribly sad and hopeless, I felt God’s hand on my shoulder.
I really did.
He touched my shoulder with a light pressure and a gentle voice in my head said, “Be still, and know I am God.”
From that moment forward I found time to “be still” (through meditation and prayer) and was guided to being willing to make an intensive study of and research MY truth about God.
This step took a lot of courage, as I was obsessively conditioned from the age of two by my parents and the Jehovah’s Witnesses to never ever read or rely on spiritual reading materials that did not originate from the Watch Tower Bible & Tract Society.
It felt like God had given me the keys to the kingdom as He gave me permission (I’ve now learned that I can give myself permission) to delve into exploring who He is so I could choose to have faith, hope and trust in Him and myself, which in turn, eased the anxiety.
I devoured the King James Version of the Bible and resources such as:
- Our Daily Bread
- “Jesus Calling” by Sarah Young
- “The Promise” and “God Wants You Happy” by Father Jonathan Morris
- “A Course in Miracles” by Helen Schucman & William Thetford
- “The Purpose Driven Life” by Rick Warren
- “Boundaries” by Dr. Henry Cloud & Dr. John Townsend
- “The 4:8 Principle” by Tommy Newberry
- “Moses” and “Elijah” by Bob Saffrin
- “God on a Harley” by Joan Brady
- “Not a Fan” by Kyle Idleman
- Anything written by Max Lucado, Philip Yancey, Joyce Meyer, Louise Hay, Dr. Wayne Dyer, Marianne Williamson, Deepak Chopra, Eckhart Tolle and much much more.
I discovered God loves me. He is patient, forgiving and filled with grace. He is perfect love.
I am not alone.
By diligently taking time every day to “be still,” connect with God, as well as the divine in me, with the help of the Holy Spirit I am able to break the bonds of anxiety with healthy, positive actions and behaviors.
“I sought the Lord, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.” (Psalm 34:4 KJV)
Anxiety is experiencing discomfort and treating it like danger.
While learning to be “comfortable with being uncomfortable” this scripture soothed me because I knew fear didn’t have to control my life. Until I could do it for myself, a very powerful being could protect, transport and liberate me.
I repeated the Psalm 34:4 verse daily:
- before bedtime
- when I woke with the 2 a.m. terrors as my mind replayed events and projected future events
- while driving in traffic where ill-mannered crazy drivers scared me.
“We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair” (2 Corinthians 4: 8 KJV)
Wow, so this is how people feel without an anxiety disorder! How awesome is that?
This scripture led me to trusting in a different perspective.
I could feel trouble, be perplexed and learn alternative methods for handling the anxiety.
- Deep breathing until feelings pass.
- Accepting “what if?” thoughts with a “Hum, interesting” and then focusing on present moment business or living.
- Accepting second guessing my actions or words with a “Hum, interesting. I’ll see this as a good learning experience and handle it differently next time” and then focusing on present moment business or living.
I encourage you to spend time with a therapist or psychologist as they can give you specific methods for handling your particular anxieties.
Peace, hope, trust and present-moment living were also built by repeating the following scriptures. May they help you as much as they did me.
“And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:7 KJV)
“Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.” (Isaiah 41:10 KJV)
“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble” (Psalm 46:1 KJV)
“Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.” (Romans 15:13 KJV)
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