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Five Verses That Help With Anxiety

Five Verses That Help With Anxiety

I got stress on stress on stress. Two midterm papers due this week, a presentation, and over 100 pages of reading to get done at some point.

Literally I'm listening to What Makes You Beautiful while writing this because I'm looking for encouragement from anywhere I can get it. If Harry Styles wants to let me know what makes me beautiful, who am I to stop him? 

On a more serious note, I've got some rather persistent anxiety going on right now— stuff that transcends academic deadlines and day to day inconveniences. Kind of like sporadic panic attacks. Like the type of anxiety that keeps you from sleeping, and you just stare into the dark until somehow you drift asleep. But then the anxiety comes back like "Oh you thought I was gone? Think again, dummy!" 

And it's hard sometimes (a lot of the time). Sometimes I literally feel like someone is holding my head under water. I'll just be in class and randomly my heart starts racing, my breaths become shallow, and my chest feels tight, and I'm wondering, what in the world is wrong with me?

Let the record show that I am not saying, "If you have literal chemical imbalances, just pray and it'll go away!" I'm a strong believer in both God and medication—so why not utilize both? I remember back when I was experiencing insomnia (which is a whole story of itself), I gladly took the anxiety medication prescribed to me, said my prayers before bed, and successfully got past it.

I have an intensely personal relationship with these verses. They've spoken to me at times where I was at my lowest, and they've provided me with immediate relief at times (especially I Peter 5:7). The words are soothing. They're meant not only to comfort, but to remind people (myself) of the bigger picture. On top of that, some of these, if you're familiar with the Bible, are pretty well known, but I urge you not to gloss over them. Think about the words, think about the message. 

So without further ado....

1. I Peter 5:6-7

Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.

2. Matthew 6:26

Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?

3. Proverb 3:5-6

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.

4. Philippians 4: 6-7

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

5. John 14:27

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.
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