If you have been reading this blog long enough or know me well enough, you know I struggle with anxiety. I will never be cured from it. It will always as my husband says, “be my crutch.” We all have some sort of crutch we walk through life with. If anxiety is yours, then you understand the racing thoughts, the sweaty hands, the jumpiness, the extreme emotions, going through your day in fight or flight mode etc. You may experience deep fear that might even paralyze you.
Many of us will still fall into pits of anxiety from time to time even if we have fought for our mental health through counseling, medication, natural treatments, exercise, etc. We are broken, but God loves us anyway. He cares for us. These are some of my favorite Scripture verses I read through whenever I feel like I am in one of those pits.
God’s plan for our lives is not one that will harm us or destroy us. His PROMISES are to give us life so we can honor and glorify Him.
For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God. – 2 Corinthians 1:20
The Lord will keep you from all harm–he will watch over your life. The Lord will watch over you coming and going both now and forevermore. – Psalm 121:7&8
We all go through difficult times. It is inevitable. If you claim to know Christ you will endure suffering. But God’s plan is PERFECT and it’s good.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. – Philippians 4:6
Everyone quotes this verse when they think about anxiety, but don’t forget that key little phrase “with thanksgiving.”
“You thank God before you make the request because you’re saying, “Lord, whatever you do in response to this request is GOOD.” – Tim Keller
Seeking the Lord is a day by day sometimes hour by hour process.
Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day. For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison,…- 2 Corinthians 4:16-17
“Peace comes from the same thing that joy comes from–the assurance of your salvation.” – Tim Keller
Nothing or no one can overpower you. God is ALWAYS on your side. He is NEVER against you.
What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? – Romans 8:31
And if our God is for us, then who could ever stop us.
And if our God is with us, then what could stand against?
– from Our God by Chris Tomlin
God is ALWAYS with you. You need not walk alone.
But now, thus says the LORD, your Creator, O Jacob, And He who formed you, O Israel, “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name; you are Mine! 2“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they will not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be scorched, Nor will the flame burn you – Isaiah 43:2
God offers help. Seek him for direction in your anxiety.
I waited patiently for the LORD; And He inclined to me and heard my cry. He brought me up out of the pit of destruction, out of the miry clay, And He set my feet upon a rock making my footsteps firm. – Psalm 40:1 & 2
I will lift up my eyes to the mountains; From where shall my help come? My help comes from the LORD, Who made heaven and earth. – Psalm 121:1&2
Your faith in Jesus Christ is worth more than gold. It is WHO YOU ARE.
In this you greatly rejoice, even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials, so that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ – 1 Peter 1: 7 & 8
You are a CHILD OF GOD and it’s not because of all the nice things you do or the ladder of success you are trying to climb.
For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.…- Ephesians 2:8