You know those days when the mental “clutter” piles up and it feels like your head is going to explode with everything you have to think about but you have no solutions to whatever is occupying your mind?
Yeah, I had one of those days today.
Sometimes we don’t realize that we are stressed or anxious until the smallest thing sets us off….and then we seemingly crumble under the weight of a situation or event that we have no control over or don’t know how to handle.
Even my 9 year old can feel the effects of stress, whether it’s regarding schoolwork, the frustration he feels when he can’t do what he wants, or just plain old tiredness.
On days like these, I am so thankful that we can go to the Word to find comfort.
Reading Scripture when we feel anxious or stressed doesn’t mean that our problems will magically disappear. But while there are many other things that can affect our stress or anxiety level (overall physical and mental health, the food we eat, the amount of sunlight we get or exercise for example), when life throws a curveball at us and we realize we’re not in control, there is great peace in knowing the One that can handle our trials and difficulties.
Big or small, He does care and richly provide.
As I was driving home from an afternoon event, I began to call to mind some Bible verses that I have learned over the years that comfort me when I am distressed or anxious. Then later I looked up a few more and decided to share them with you!
Wouldn’t it be amazing to experience the power of God’s Word over your thoughts and emotions? I know that my thoughts run away with me less when I take them captive and make them obedient to Christ (2 Corinthians 10:15).
Use these Bible verses to arm yourself with God’s comfort and peace!
You’ll also find a free printable at the end of this post with the verses.
15 Bible Verses for When You’re Anxious or Stressed
“The steps of a man are established by the Lord and He delights in his way. When he falls, he will not be hurdled headlong, because the Lord is the One who holds his hand.” Psalm 37:23-24
“My soul, wait in silence for God only, for my hope is from Him. He only is my rock and my salvation, my stronghold; I shall not be shaken. On God my salvation and my glory rest; the rock of my strength, my refuge is in God. Trust in Him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us.” Psalm 62:5-8 (verses that I have repeated to myself many times over)
“But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Matthew 6:33-34
“Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time, casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:6-7
“When my anxious thoughts multiply within me, Your consolations delight my soul.” Psalm 94:19
“Say to those with an anxious heart, ‘Take courage, fear not. Behold, your God will come with vengeance; The recompense of God will come.'” Isaiah 35:4
“And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28
“The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.” Zephaniah 3:17, NIV
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways, acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5-6
“The steadfast of mind you will keep in perfect peace, because he trusts in You.” Isaiah 26:3 (one of my favorite verses of all time!)
“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change and though the mountains slip into the heart of the sea…..Be still and know that I am God.” Psalm 46:1-2, 10
“The eternal God is your dwelling place, and underneath are the everlasting arms.” Deuteronomy 33:27 ESV
“Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have obtained our introduction by faith into this grace in which we stand; and we exult in hope of the glory of God. And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope; and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.” Romans 5:1-5
“My flesh and my heart may fail, But God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.” Psalm 73:26
“As for God, his way is perfect: The Lord’s word is flawless; he shields all who take refuge in him. For who is God besides the Lord? And who is the Rock except our God? It is God who arms me with strength and keeps my way secure.” 2 Samuel 22:31-33, NIV
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Would you like a printable with these verses so you can easily reference them?
CLICK HERE to download our pretty free printable. Share a copy with a friend who could use encouragement as well! Each verse is listed in full on the printable except Romans 5:1-5. I couldn’t fit it on the page and wanted to keep it to one sheet, but the reference is there!
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