Being a follower of Jesus doesn't mean that life will be easy. We all face seasons in life when we feel stressed, worried, or anxious.
How do we respond to times of worry? We can respond with fear, not faith. Here are some ways to help you respond to worry with faith and hope.
When You Feel Anxious or Worried, God is With You
In the midst of those times, God is with us. He understands how you feel.
Our feelings of worry or anxiety can sometimes try to isolate us, making us feel alone in our emotions. But no matter what, trust that God is with you. He's on your side, and He wants the best for you.
God is not only capable of comforting you when you're worried, but He is also willing. He wants to be your help and your comfort. He wants to bring you peace.
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When You Feel Anxious or Worried, You Are Not Alone
You are not alone. No matter how much it might seem that others have it all together, no one is perfect.
Find a community of friends -- a Bible study or small group at church, for example -- who you are able to talk to. Chances are, you'll find others who have lived with anxiety or worry that can offer support.
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Bible Verses When You Feel Anxious or Worried
"Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” -Joshua 1:9
The Lord is my light and my salvation— whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life— of whom shall I be afraid? -Psalm 27:1
I sought the Lord, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears. -Psalm 34:4
God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. -Psalm 46:1
He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” -Psalm 46:10
Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken. -Psalm 55:22
When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. -Psalm 56:3
My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. -Psalm 73:26
When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought me joy. -Psalm 94:19
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding -Proverbs 3:5
You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you. -Isaiah 26:3
So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. -Isaiah 41:10
For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you. -Isaiah 41:13
“Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. -Isaiah 43:1
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest." -Matthew 11:28
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. -John 14:27
What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? -Romans 8:31
For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. -Romans 8:38-39
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. -Philippians 4:6
For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline. -2 Timothy 1:7
Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. -1 Peter 5:7
When You Feel Anxious or Worried, it's Okay to Reach Out
Christians from all walks of life can struggle with their mental health. Trust that God can work through professionals to help guide you toward health. Speak with a counselor, doctor, or mental health professional if you need to.
You are not alone. There's hope!