July wasn’t the best month for my mental health. I felt anxious and frustrated with myself and the state of the world. So I needed to write this post for me and ask God to help me to control my anxiety. I know a lot of people are struggling right now, so maybe this will resonate with someone else too.Click here to browse more faith-related posts. Now let’s get into some encouragement for the anxious Christian!
I’ve broken this post up into four things that have helped me the most with my anxiety. I learned a long time ago that I cannot control my anxiety on my own. Only God can give me peace during times of fear. I do have other habits and tips for my mental health, but I think I’ll write another post about that later. I just wanted to focus on the spiritual aspect for this post.
Bible verses on fear and anxiety:
These verses are just a sample of encouragement for the anxious Christian. Simply google “verses for anxiety” and you’ll find hundreds of Bible verses.
What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee. -Psalm 56v3 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. -II Timothy 1v7 Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. -I Peter 5v7 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. -Philippians 4v6-7 (In this verse "be careful for nothing" means "don't be anxious about anything") Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the LORD thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee. -Deuteronomy 31v6
Books and other resources:
I recently finished a study from The Daily Grace Company about anxiety, and I cannot tell you how encouraging it was! It’s a three-week study so it’s not the most in-depth study they offer, but I still highly recommend it. They also have some prayer cards and other resources that I’m linking to here. While I’m mentioning The Daily Grace Company, I can’t leave out their amazing podcast! You can find it on Spotify or iTunes, but I’m leaving a link here to their anxiety category of episodes from their website.
I love this podcast by Jordan Lee Dooley, and this episode in particular was extremely helpful!
Prayer and Worship:
Praying and communing with God is the most direct way to lessen the burden of anxiety. As mentioned in the Bible verses above, God is always with me and ready to listen. I don’t always have a person to talk to about my fears, but God always hears. He can give light and peace in the midst of darkness. When I focus on God and His goodness and trust Him with my life, my anxiety will fade.
Support from fellow Christians:
Surrounding myself with uplifting and supportive Christians has done wonders for my anxiety. It’s so important to have friends and family who can help you navigate through anxiety and fear. Being involved in my local church community has been a great way for me to stay connected with fellow Christians and mentors who can offer advice and support.
If you only take away one thing from this post, I hope it’s this: You’re not alone and God can help you overcome anxiety. Feel free to comment below with more suggestions on how to cope with anxiety!