We live in a frightful world of stress and worry. No matter what your role in life is, your career, your home life, or your spiritual foundation, stress, and worry will find you. It seems as if our Lord and Savior knew this because there are Bible verses about worry and stress saturated into scripture.
I found myself gasping for breath. I knew what was happening, but it truly had never happened before. Is this what it felt like? My chest hurt, my head hurt, my stomach felt tight and tense. The more I struggled to breathe evenly, the more it seemed like all the air in the universe was gone.
Stress and worry had overtaken me.
I wish I could say that this episode was something that was long in the past. Unfortunately, this scene is none too common in my life right now.
Sound familiar mamma? Is life so filled with stress and worry that you literally struggle to breathe at times?
Mama, that is not what God wants for you. It’s not what God wants for me!
So, let’s turn to the Bible and drink in these healing Bible verses about stress and worry. It’s time to let go of the fear that grips our hearts.
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What is Anxiety?
Worry, stress, and anxiety all go hand in hand. Although each of them is slightly different, they all can hit you out of nowhere and with no warning.
Anxiety is a feeling of panic and fear that often leaves you feeling helpless. It can also be a sudden lump in the throat or pain in the chest. Sometimes anxiety is triggered by a present event that reminds our body of a past event. Or it can simmer to the surface through events like postpartum.
How can I reduce stress? What’s a big question, isn’t it? And I don’t know if there is a ‘one-size-fits-all’ answer. A lot of time stress comes from a life that is out of balance and it takes work and hard decisions to put a life back into balance. However, on a more practical note, here are some practical tips to try when your stress levels seem high.
- Deep breathing – deep breathing can bring our heart rate down almost immediately.
- Go outside for a break – the outdoors can be a powerful place to reset. Spend 5 minutes outside listening to the birds, watching a body of water, or just sitting and enjoying the break.
- Read – Take your mind off whatever is causing the stress and read from a favorite book. Allow yourself to relax and become fully immersed in the content.
What does the Bible Say About Stress and Worry?
Does God promise a life without stress and worry? No.
In fact, he promises the very opposite. Remember the words of Jesus.
I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. in the world you will have tribulation. But take heart;I have overcome the world.”John 16:33 ESV
What is Jesus communicating in this passage? Is it that worry and stress are sinful? Goodness no. Characters of the Bible underwent extreme stress. Remember King David in the Psalms. If there ever was a man that knew how to put his anguish into words, it would be that man. For good reason too, he spent a lot of his life running from people that wanted to kill him. Talk about stress!
Jesus himself knelt in the garden of Gethsemane and poured out his anguish to God the Father. His body was so stressed it literally sweated drops of blood. Sadly, this occurrence is not just a fantasy reality, it is a true medical condition called hemosiderosis, which happens when the body is under extreme stress. I find myself thinking of these two scenarios in the Bible and realizing that my stress pales in comparison.
However, Jesus tells us to ‘take heart!’ God does not promise a life without worry or stress, but instead a life where we can turn to Him as our Rock and Fortress when life seems unbearable.
The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.Psalm 18:2
The Bible offers more hope than an escape from stress and worry. It promises a road of freedom through Jesus Christ, who gladly will take our worries and stress. After all, didn’t he pay for our sins through the ultimate sacrifice of death? A savior that is willing to die for your gruesome sins, is more than willing to take the burden of your stress.
Take your heart filled with worry and anxiety to the cross. He wants to hear you.
Mama, are you stressed?
I’m going to bet my bottom dollar that you are. Regardless of if you are a stay-at-home mom, working mom, or somewhere in between, stress has a way of finding our motherhood and creeping into every crevice and nook.
What’s a mama to do when it feels like all the air is being sucked out of her?? can I offer you a solution?
Start relying more on your foundation of Christ than on your power to do it on your own.
I find that most women and mamas who are believers like to claim that they are spending the day relying on Christ, but in reality are struggling minute by minute in an all-out battle of relying on themselves versus relying on Christ.
Is your child making your blood pressure rise with all his/her constant badgering? Do you feel yourself losing control? It’s time to pray.
Is the laundry piling up after a long week at work and the weekend is similar full to the brim? Do you feel defeated and on the verge of tears? It’s time to pray.
Has it been a long day and you suddenly have the desire to just snap at your kids and feed them fruit snacks for dinner? It’s time to pray.
Too often we get to the end of the day without a single prayer lifted to our heavenly father. It’s time to remedy that. Imagine how much lower your stress and worry levels would be if every time you feel them, you bring them to the cross.
Bible Verses About Stress and Worry
As we look at these Bible verses for stress and worry, I want you to remember that Jesus is your Rock, Fortress, and Deliverer. You can take all your burdens to Him.
Matthew 11 reminds us, we will rest in Him.
Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”Matthew 11:28-30 ESV
I love this verse as a reminder of how feeble I truly am. God’s power, is made perfect in my weakness. Have you experienced this in your motherhood firsthand? If only these Bible verses for stress and worry would come to my mind in the midst of pressure. Have you ever snapped at your kids, only to immediately feel terrible about it? I have found that this is just one example of God’s power being made perfect in my weakness.
Even when I have snapped, I find that my conscience immediately is pricked with guilt. It’s in these moments that I can bend my knee and get eye to eye with my children and say something like this, “Mama is not perfect, and I’m so sorry that I just yelled. Will you please forgive me?”
Why is that a reminder of God’s power? Because at that moment, God presented me with an opportunity to present the Gospel to my children in the midst of a personal failure.
2 Corinthians 12:9
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladlyof my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
2 Corinthians 12:9
Do you truly believe that God’s grace is sufficient for you? There are days when my mind doubts it, but my heart knows it’s true. One of the most rewarding parts of the Christian faith is watching your weakness being used because of Christ’s power!
1 Peter 3:14
Have you ever felt stressed at work? Goodness, it certainly can feel like enough to take down anyone. There are moments in my life when I love being a working mama, and then fractions of a second later, I absolutely despise it. If you are a working mama, you may be able to relate with me on that!
But even if you should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you will be blessed. Have no fear of them, nor be troubled,1 Peter 3:14
2 Timothy 1:7
for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.2 Timothy 1:7
I love all these Bible verses about stress and worry, but this one is specifically powerful. God did not give you a spirit of fear mama! He has put in you a spirit of power, love, and self-control. Remember that!
say to those with fearful hearts, “Be strong, do not fear; your God will come, he will come with vengeance; with divine retribution he will come to save you.”Isaiah 35:4
Is your heart fearful? Look at this verse and be reminded that God is a just God. He is good and just!
I even today remember the first time I really took notice of this passage of scripture. My youth pastor did a sermon series on Joshua 1:9 and I was completely blown away by the command. Be strong and courageous
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
Mama, I know you worry about the future.
Is there something wrong with my child that I don’t know about?
How are we going to make the mortgage next week?
Will we be able to afford schooling for our children?
Why does my child act the way they do? Is there something wrong with them?
You know the list could go on and on. Can I remind you of something? You are created as a nurturer. Mothers are by nature nurturers. That is how God created us! He created us to care, love, and think about our family and friends.
In our sinful nature, worrying and stress seem to come hand in hand with that nurturing spirit. Yet, God is our ultimate nurturer, he cares about us and those that we love more than we can imagine. These Bible verses for stress and worry are just a glimpse into that.
But those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.Isaiah 40:31
Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.Hebrews 11:1
We need to remember that faith is not knowing what the future holds. We don’t know the end of our story, nor what God even has planned for tomorrow. We hope, pray, and trust, and then rest in what we cannot see.
It would seem impossible to talk about Bible verses for stress and worry without adding this one. Jesus specifically used the word ‘worry’ in this verse. The Greek for this word is merimnao. It was fascinating to read about this word which means, “have anxiety, be anxious or be unduly concerned.” It is used twice in this passage when in Luke 12:25 it reads:
And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?Luke 12:25
Then Jesus said to his disciples: “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear.Luke 12:22
I would like nothing better than if as you are reading these Bible verses for stress and worry if you found joy in the consultation of Jesus. I keep saying it, but it needs to be said more; bring your burdens to the cross. He will take them from you.
When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought me joy.Psalm 94:19
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
Romans 8 is one of my favorite chapters in the Bible. It reminds us of the greatness of our sin, but then joyfully reminds us of the great love of Jesus!
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.Proverbs 3:5-6
This may be an overused verse, but it is overused for a reason! It reminds us that our understanding is not sovereign, however, God’s understanding is!
Give God Your Stress and Worry, Mama!
Did you ever know there were so many Bible verses for stress and worry? Truthfully, I did not either. There are many more than these even. God knows your worries and fears Mamma! He has a powerful antidote for them too. Cast your burden onto God. Give God your stress and worry, he will care for you!
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