7 Scriptures to Ease Anxiety – These Aren’t the Usual Ones You See

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.

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“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.

Psalm 34:4 KJV © 2013 - 2015 Susan C. Fix All Rights Reserved ABlueSquash.com

“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.

2 Corinthians 4:8 © 2013 - 2015 Susan C. Fix All Rights Reserved ABlueSquash.com

“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)

© 2013 – 2016 Susan C. Fix All Rights Reserved

ABlueSquash.com is devoted to transformation and reinventing life. Topics and projects are wide and varied as inspiration is found around any corner anytime, anywhere.

The author of this blog does not presume to offer psychological therapy nor advocates the use of any technique for the treatment of any specific or traumatic psychological condition without the approval and guidance of a qualified psychotherapist. The writer’s intent is to convey personal experience in the hope it may be of help in others’ personal quests for mind, body and spirit improvement. If you use any of the information as a form of self-therapy, the author / writer assumes no responsibility or liability for your actions.

Farewell 2015 No Regrets

Saying farewell to 2015 and hello to 2016, I am reminded of the popular words by Hunter S. Thompson in “The Proud Highway: Saga of a Desperate Southern Gentleman, 1955-1967,”

“Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming “Wow! What a Ride!”

“Totally worn out” was the only part of life’s journey I recognized. So this year I pedaled my tricycle as furiously as I could searching for what would make me skid in broadside to the grave knowing I’d thoroughly used up every gift and talent I possessed.

Why a tricycle?

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It’s such a bright and happy symbol of laughter, freedom, and seeing the world through the eyes of a child. Fresh. Curious. Fearless.

Untainted by other people’s expectations, views, demands and values.

Wheeling over the driveway and onto the sidewalk ready to explore and choose my path with eyes wide open, a willing heart and a backpack chocked full of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, apples and a thermos of chocolate milk – 2015 was the year of questioning.

Children will persistently ask “Why?” much to an adult’s mind-boggling distraction.

Why puts us into a loop of eternal questioning. Asking how or what will let the brain figure out solutions.

So I could examine, then determine what I wanted to consciously believe, I asked:

  • “If I could start all over, become a child again, with all the influences I get to chose, what would my life be like and look like?”
  • “What beliefs block me from accepting that I get to make my own choices and my choices are valued?
  • “What beliefs block me from fully loving, accepting and valuing myself?”
  • “What made me believe that God hates me and is mad at me?”
  • “What do I choose to believe?”
  • “What do I chose to be?”

Often times an immediate answer was “I don’t know.” Remembering the child on the tricycle, I persisted in asking and never let up.

I have no regrets over spending time and energy on daily morning and evening prayer, meditation, mirror work, chakra work and homework from the therapist as I peeled back layers and layers of beliefs.

Like the child on the tricycle that veers off path, scraping knuckles and skinning knees, I cried, saw where I made less than life-enhancing choices, decided I could do better and pushed on refusing to give up my adventure.

In order to heal, I had to learn to be comfortable with being uncomfortable. And recognize when I was resisting being uncomfortable and letting the more familiar anxiety lead the way.

2015 started with gritted teeth, sobbing prayers of “Please God, give me the strength, courage and wisdom to get through this day.”

2015 is ending with smiles and excited prayers of “Thank you God, for showing me who you really are, that you are Love. Thank you for teaching me to love myself and heal my mind and thoughts. Thank you for teaching me that I get to choose my beliefs and no one, not even you can or will take that away from me. Thank you for helping me understand that you don’t hate me and aren’t mad at me, those obstructions came from listening to other people’s views. Thank you for unblocking my ability to accept my highest good and absorb the meaning of gratitude, grace, love, joy and peace. Thank you for an awesome day!”

May you too look back on 2015 with gratitude for people you love, grace and blessings received (even when they weren’t pleasurable), lessons learned even if they hurt and pursuing your dreams of what would make you skid in broadside to the grave.

That’s me, waving at you as we pass by on our tricycles heading to new adventures in 2016 with no regrets. I have a spare PB&J; let me know if you need it.

© 2013 – 2015 Susan C. Fix All Rights Reserved

ABlueSquash.com is devoted to transformation and reinventing life. Topics and projects are wide and varied as inspiration is found around any corner anytime, anywhere.

The author of this blog does not presume to offer psychological therapy nor advocates the use of any technique for the treatment of any specific or traumatic psychological condition without the approval and guidance of a qualified psychotherapist. The writer’s intent is to convey personal experience in the hope it may be of help in others’ personal quests for mind, body and spirit improvement. If you use any of the information as a form of self-therapy, the author / writer assumes no responsibility or liability for your actions.