40 Bible Verses to Calm an Anxious Heart

40 Bible Verses to Calm an Anxious Heart
I wouldn’t say I’ve been an anxious person. Occasionally, a worrier. Well, often a worrier. But, in my opinion, that’s the by-product of being a woman who is a born-leader type with a sensitive spirit. I see problems before they hit and I’ll be able to pinpoint the first steps to take in a crisis situation.

It’s the way God has made me, which I’ve come to be very grateful for and also understand that with these abilities comes a good deal of risk-taking and responsibility.

For the most part, I’ve learned that in order to not fret myself into a hysterical mess, I have to turn what I sense and see over to the Lord. I have to wait on Him to show me when to step up and take action, or else I’ll intervene at the worst time and make a mess of His plans.

I’ve learned how to worry myself into prayer rather than taking over God’s plans with my ideas.

But I’ve not ever had to deal with anxiety quite the way it hit me recently. I woke up in the middle of the night, in a cold sweat. I was crying silently with wet tears rolling down my cheeks. I tried desperately to fall back to sleep, but tossed in and out of anxious thoughts. Before dawn, I gave up the fight and descended down the stairs. Collapsing on the couch with my Bible in hand, I gave up my anxiety to the Lord.

Lord, I am so anxious and worried. I’m panicked about ________. Please Lord, take this fear from me. Take the worry. Take the panic. I’m so scared about something bad happening to me.

And what if something bad does happen?

Lord, I don’t want to run into the arms of suffering.

But those are my arms, dear child. My son is the suffering servant. He is right there with you. He suffered for you, because of you, with you, on your behalf.

Yes, Lord, but it still scares me. I don’t want to pursue something that increases my risk for suffering or would cause my family to suffer.

Child, would you rather live in fear and anxiety?  Because that’s where you are right now. Your faith is being trapped and the enemy is stealing your joy. You can’t see beyond your fear, because you’re trapped by it. Is that how you want to continue to live?

No, Lord. Not at all.

Well, then it is time to make my Word prominent in your heart and mind. Claim it. Live it. Know it. Study my Word and remember the promises I have for your anxious heart. Let the Truth speak calm over your soul.

His Perfect Peace

I pray that God’s Truth will speak calm over your anxious heart as it has mine.

As I took the Lord’s instructions and dove into the Word, His promises calmed my anxious thoughts. I also turned to friends for prayer and confessed my struggle to my husband. It is healing to speak out the worry and see it’s powerless hold when others promise to stand in the gap for you.  Yes, the anxiety is still there at times, but the paralyzing grip it had on me is gone. I praise God for the way His Word, and His body, heals and gives life, and I pray that for you, too.

 

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When the Calm Won’t Come

If you are suffering from anxiety, I pray you will not only embrace the promises found in the Word but also seek out help, too. Turn to your friends for prayer support. Seek out the counsel of a pastor or leader at your church. Reach out to a doctor or Christian counselor if the stronghold doesn’t lift. You don’t need to go this alone. Contact Focus on the Family for referrals to Christian counselors in your area. For ideas on how to find hope and help, when fighting against anxiety, click here.

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43 Comments
  1. Thank you so much for this post. I am a very big worrier. I have generalized anxiety, social anxiety, panic disorder and more. I am often caught off guard by anxiety attacks. Having this with me will help immensely. Thank you. Thank you. Thank You. Have a blessed day.

    • Vicki, praise the Lord for meeting a practical need in you with this resource. I’m praying for you!

    • Good day. Thank you so much it sharing. I’ve been suffering from anxiety attacks and its probably the worst feeling I have experienced.

      • I’m so sorry for what you’re going through, Yolanda. May God show you the way of healing and His peace!

  2. There are times when I become anxious. I think I inherited that gene from my mother. 🙂 However, I remember writing down similar verses on index cards for her. So when she was anxious I told her to replace that anxiety and fear with God’s Word. I think I will put that into practice for myself. Thank you for the download!

    Blessings and love,
    Debbie

    • Debbie, thank you for sharing your story. It’s amazing what we inherit from our moms! Glad this download is meaningful to you.

  3. Lisa, God has such a way of using you and your desire to reach women who may be going through similar circumstances. I’ve had such a rough month and considering the many obstacles God has given me the strength to push on past theattacks, however, that aanxiety has been trying to get a grip on me. Until reading this I hadn’t made the connection to the root of my anxiety. Fear. Fear of my lack of control in the circumstances thrown my way, fear or the unknown, and u dealing it all is my fear of suffering. You have opened my eyes to something huge I have struggled with all my life that I will need to pray and work through.

    • Francheska, you have such a way of sharing how God is working in you and giving me such an boost of encouragement that He’s using me too. Thank you so much! I’ll be praying for you, too, as you face your fear and grow in trusting the Lord!

  4. thank you for this. So very helpful!

  5. Hi, I came across this article on Pinterest and it has really encouraged me. I’m going into year 10 this year and I have been feeling very anxious for about a year now and recently it’s been worse as I am in the middle of moving house, my dad is starting work at a new church and I’m also moving schools all in the space of 2 weeks. My friends are all busy and hard to contact and all of this has been overwhelming for me. So that’s why I have been looking for encouragement and I came across this and it has really helped. Thank you!

    • Jasmo, I pray that God will continue to meet you right where you are and be your source of comfort and peace.

  6. Hello Elisa, thank you so much for sharing your experience in your post. Your prayer between you and God moved me to tears, I felt as if He used your post to talk to me. His words I have been trying to listen for, for months now. I cry because I fear and I worry and I just want to be happy again. My mom, her mom, her brother, and my sister all suffer from anxiety and she (my mom) constantly reminds me that anxiety is not a sin, but our cross to carry. I will remember your prayer and reach out to God more often and trust Him. Thank you again all the way from Honolulu, Hawaii! Jessika

    • Jessika, thank you so much for sharing your story and encouraging me to continue sharing from the overflow of what God puts on my heart. I am grateful that these words, written at difficult time, have brought comfort for you. Yes, please do remember this pray and be compelled to reach out to God. He is there for you, sister!

  7. Hi Elisa,
    Thank you so much for this! I’ve havent been on Pinterest in awhile and for some reason (clearly a God reason) I decided to scroll through this morning and came across your post, the minute I opened it I smiled at God because I knew he was talking directly to my spirit and mind. Just like you, randomly one day I woke up and my life changed in dealing with anxiety/panic attacks and I just couldn’t do my normal daily routine – taking the elevators/trains. I couldn’t take it anymore and I sought prayer from my church leaders and ever since that day I’ve been set free and my mind is clear. However, I do remember God saying to stay in his word & on occasion the enemy would still try and torment me, so to see your conversation with God really touched me because I felt as though he used you and your experience to remind me he’s the same God today and forever more and to continue to trust him and remain in him for he will remain in me & his perfect love cast out all fear & God has already won the victory that means I’ve won too. I’m so humbled for your post – I’m blabbing on but I’m truly thankful! God bless you Elise and I pray you touch many more women with this and that God will continue to use you for a great and marvelous work! Amen.

    • Sadellia, thank you so much for sharing how God has touched your heart through this post. He really does want to me us in our struggles and calm our anxious hearts. Sometimes He will speak directly to our hearts and minds and heal us and other times He’ll use people to help us see His truth. Praise the Lord for however He chooses to work!

  8. Thank you for this! I have been reading for a few hours now trying to settle my anxiety and I came upon this. It is just what I needed to settle my mind to sleep.
    God bless and sweet dreams!

  9. Thank you for this post. I’m a guy who suffers from anxiety and this is very helpful. I have found that listening to scriptural hymns helps too… especially in getting to sleep and staying asleep.

    • Andrew, I am so glad God used this post to encourage you. Yes, listening to Scriptural hymns is definitely good for the soul!

  10. Elisa.. I also came about this post on Pinterest..so glad God still is looking out for me..if it weren’t for Him…where would I be? I wanted to thank you as well for sharing your experiences and conversation with God..He is so good..and in my daily, hectic life, I forget just how good He is to me sometimes. I deal with anxiety…daily..and I’m tired of dealing! I want the confidence of knowing my God has my back. I worry about my mother having a battle with short-term memory loss.. I worry about losing my job..I worry in general about my future..a house, husband, stability..and health..I can’t be the only one..but I just want to abide in His promises and truly give it all over to Him. Thank you for truth-telling! Bless you and yours.

  11. I thank you sooo much for this post, you see I just recently lost my job so unfairly after 25 yrs. of loyalty ,half my life, and am sick with worries , and have to learn to give it to god, which is very hard for me to do, your post gives me strength and I thank you, please pray for me.

  12. Hello,

    I stumbled across this through pinterest, and it is very comforting. I’ve been dealing with a week of tension headaches and now body pain that I believe is related. I tend to worry myself sick and even when a Dr can say I’m physically going to be alright, I still pick and worry at every little spasm and think the worse. I have always been a worrier and allow myself to be consumed by scary thoughts and doubt and don’t even know where to start to find relief. And just reading a testimony like yours is comforting to know I am not alone, and a reminder of Truth that I will continue to claim and believe.

    Thank you for sharing this – I think I will begin to memorize these verses so I have immediate ammunition against lies.

  13. Thank you so much for this. I have been suffering from anxiety for the past few years and with this new program I’ve applied to that would send me on the other side of the world by myself, I am all sorts of worried! Always wonderful to be reminded that none of us are going through our anxious times alone.

    • Shelby, you’re definitely not alone! May God be your source of comfort and the body of Christ be your daily companion.

  14. Hi Elisa,

    Thank you so much for these! As the stress and anxiety of finals and then moving on to the next school year comes along, I know I will need to keep these verses close to my heart. Thank you again!

  15. I LOVE your insights!!!! I could learn so much from you…. Will you join me on my QUEST to find God’s love on a DEEPER LEVEL…??? http://biblestoriesfromtheheart.com/

  16. Thank you for this amazing post. I found it in a great time of need. These words have calmed my anxiety, and I want to thank you for that! Not much does anymore.

  17. Hello,

    I just want to thank you for sharing the bible verses with all of us in need of God’s encouraging word. I, too have suffered with Anxiety and it has paralyzed me with fear to enjoy life, BUT THANK GOD that I have been doing so much better within the past year. Again, thank you for sharing this. I will definitely keep it near.
    Blessings,
    Joanna

  18. Elisa – After a particularly anxious morning, I came across this on Pinterest. I really fit with what I am trying to do. Let go and give my worries to God. Kind of hard for someone who likes to be in control! 🙂

  19. Wow! Your post was what is going on in this mind of mine, I’ve been struggling with fear and anxiety for a couple years and ever so often it rears its ugly head . I’m in one of those times were I just feel scared to move as I read your article , I too say ….but what if God ? How can this girl , of once GREAT faith have come to this point of being tormented by this paralyzing fear. I need God to move this mountain for I alone struggle to put one step before the other. I NEED my God to ROAR like a lion in the face of fear and have its foundation crumble under His presence!!!

  20. Since i was a child i have this fear of ghost and oder stuff relate to that. But when i remember that god is with me the fear go away. Today it is gone, but the fear always came back to my soul, but now i can fight the fears with your article. Because i now that i can’t keep living with fear. I just want to get over this challenge that god has give me. Hopefully this may be the help he sent me and maybe this is the answer of my problem. The words of gods, the bible. To be near to god.

    Thanks for sharing, god blesses you and all the souls that read this.

  21. Hi, Elisa! I recently got a comment on my blog (wordblessings.com) asking for Bible verses about anger and unforgiveness. I posted a reply with a link to this page on your site. I bet she will like your site. BTW: I saw your pin in an email from pinterest

    • Thank you, Jan, for sharing my link. I pray it’s an encouragement to your reader.

  22. Hi Elisa recently i suffered anxiety and panic. Its really hard to deal with it specially when u are far with your family, it seems like nobody u can lean on, but im lucky because even though my family are miles away i’ve got a lots of friends whom i leaned on everytime i got panic. But then still not enough, untill i decided to follow Jesus,everything went smooth, slowly i regained my strength and praise to God now im doing good.

  23. my husband gives me anxiety, there are so many times that I rather walk away from the marriage instead of feeling this anxious. He gets mad about the way I pay the bills, when I ask for help he says no that I can do it. Then he tells me never to pay anything without his approval. I feel sometimes I just cant win. I pray and pray about his anger. I know he is kind and good, but when he is bad its so overwhelming, I feel as if I cant breathe.

    • Raechel, I am so sorry for what you’re going through. I would definitely encourage you to seek out the support of a counselor or pastor to help you navigate the relationship with your husband. And yes, keep praying, too.

      Lord, I lift before you Raechel and her husband. God, please meet them where they are. Help them to communicate in a way that is honest and loving, grace-filled and truthful. Lord, be their peace and their ever-present help. Show them, Lord, who to turn to for practical help and support today. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

  24. Thanks so much for this, I needed to read this today

  25. thank you for the print . I intend to share with members of my Bible class when they are going through difficult times!

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