Inside: Steps to take when you’re faced with anxious thoughts. Plus 9 of the best bible verses on anxiety.
Last year during Spring Break, I took my kids with me to the bank to close an old bank account. I assumed I’d be in and out.
I was told to have a seat as I would have to meet with an account manager to close my account.
You might be thinking, “no biggie.” But for me, I couldn’t do it.
There was no way my son could sit patiently in a bank. And worse, I hated this bank. I didn’t see how I could calmly explain why I was leaving and sit in a stuffy office and be looked down upon.
My anxiety wouldn’t keep me there. So, I left.
For a year, I tried to convince myself to go back and close my account, but instead, I kept paying the $5 monthly fee.
Then, almost one year to the day, I went back to the bank to close my account. I was mentally prepared to sit with an account manager. Instead, I was directed to a computer and closed my account within 5 minutes.
A year of stressing over nothing.
Most likely, you have no anxiety over closing your bank account. But there’s something in your life you’re avoiding – maybe its a conversation, a relationship you need to let go, or merely a step in the direction you feel God calling you towards.
Whatever it is that you’re avoiding, I encourage you to make a small step in that direction.
Each step you take to overcome your fear will make you stronger. And who knows, you may find out there was nothing to fear in the first place.
Walkthrough the anxiety
The only way to overcome our anxiety is through it. I have to go to the bank. Maybe you need to go sit down with a friend and start that conversation you’ve been dreading. Make an appointment with the doctor. Go to school and take your test unprepared.
Sometimes it takes us doing the things that cause us anxiety multiple times until we feel we’ve conquered it. Once isn’t enough for some of the giants in our lives. But that doesn’t mean we can’t overcome them.
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Talk it through
We can let our thoughts get the best of us and dream up huge stories. Let your trusted loved ones into your thought process and speak truth into your anxious thoughts.
An awesome book about the connections between our thoughts and how they drive our anxious behavior and the biblical reasoning behind it is Jennie Allen’s book, ” Get Out of Your Head.”
When we’re anxious about something, it’s worth asking ourselves:
- Have you surrendered the situation over to God?
- Do you trust in God’s sovereignty?
- Regardless of the outcome, are you content?
Bible verses to memorize during times of anxiety
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Matthew 10:29-31: Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.
But those who hope in the Lord
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint.
Psalm 13:5 But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation.
Psalm 37:5 Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will do this
Psalm 56:3-4 When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. In God, whose word I praise— in God I trust and am not afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?
Psalm 56:11 in God I trust and am not afraid. What can man do to me?
Mark 11:24 Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.
Hebrews 2:13 And again, “I will put my trust in him.” And again he says, “Here am I, and the children God has given me.
Psalm 3:5 I lie down and sleep; I wake again, because the Lord sustains me.
When You need more
Medication and seeking counseling are also healthy options.
Repeating bible verses aren’t a cure-all. When your mind is calm enough to talk to God and meditate on his word is when you’ll find the most peace.
Sometimes we all need professional help at different times in our lives to achieve that spot in our lives.