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Whether you are anxious over the everyday stuff or the bigger picture of the war on cops, these bible verses to help with anxiety will help you fix your eyes where they need to be: on God.
Police wife life has always been decently anxiety-filled, there’s no doubt about that.
How can you not be anxious when the person you love most is out fighting against evil? When he is a target for evil himself, both physically and spiritually, because of his role in law enforcement?
That being said, it’s never been more anxiety-inducing to be a police wife than it is now.
When it feels like the entire world is against police officers, when you feel like there’s nowhere safe left to turn with your feelings, the anxiety you feel grows exponentially.
And that’s when you need to immerse yourself in God’s word the most.
While this list is no substitute for reading His word for yourself and praying with intent, it’s a great place to start feeling better by re-acquainting yourself with (or learning for the first time!) the promises of God.
That’s why these are some of the best bible verses to help with anxiety, plus some tips on how to live out the promises they give.
7 Triumphant Bible Verses To Help With Anxiety
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
Rather than focusing your attention on what could go wrong in a given situation, focus on these two things:
- God can do anything He wants to in order to help you. His power is unlimited.
- He can help you know what you need to do help.
Pray and ponder about these two things as you talk to God about what you want, and be grateful when you remember how willing God is to help you in your trials.
Because even in the worst of situations, I promise God will provide something – even something small – you can give thanks for.
Remember these things. Constantly remind yourself of them – even when you aren’t 100% sure they feel true to you. Because they are true, even when the Enemy tries to convince you otherwise.
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.
This is my personal favorite of the bible verses to help with anxiety, because it just speaks right to my heart.
The biggest takeaway from it is: God doesn’t just say, “I am a God,” but “I am YOUR God.” Think about that for a minute.
God is there for YOU. In YOUR individual trials, to meet the needs YOU in particular have.
He knows you. He loves you. And He’s got you in His extremely capable hands, even when life looks darkest.
This verse is actually so powerful to me that I have it printed out and put up on my fridge. It’s one I feel like I need to see every day.
If you feel similarly about this or any of the verses on this post, feel free to do the same – or even take it a step further and memorize the verse you feel so strongly about.
Having God’s word so readily available is a great way to make sure it stays fresh in your mind!
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.
I’m a pretty independent person, and I’ll confess: it can be hard to relinquish control. I really like making plans and imagining I can make them work my own way.
The thing is, God thinks that’s hilarious.
“How cute: she’s trying to make plans again.”
I think I’ve just about learned that His plans are far better than my own, and that before I make any kinds of “plans”, I need to consult with Him.
This passage is a great reminder not to try to figure things out all on your own, because your understanding is far more limited than God’s.
It’s like if I let my 6-year-old try to figure out how to pay off our car loan. He just doesn’t have the knowledge and experience I do. Similarly, I don’t have nearly the knowledge and experience of the creator of the universe.
That being said, sometimes because God is so big and powerful, it’s easy to make the mistake that our particular issue is too small and inconsequential to pray about. Don’t fall into that trap!
Don’t make the mistake of thinking God isn’t interested or won’t help you.
Whether you’re working on improving your marriage, trying to sleep train a fussy baby, struggling to get your finances in order, or just trying to figure out what to make for dinner, if there’s something on your mind you desire help with, ask God.
Seriously: He knows every little detail about you. If something is worrying you, even if you think it’s silly, keep that in mind and just ask anyway!
Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
A lot of the anxiety we feel comes as a result of thinking about all the things that theoretically could happen, even if we’re not facing those things right now.
Maybe we’re worried about normal everyday stuff like how our kids are doing in school or if we’re enough as wives and mothers.
Maybe we’re worried about some of the bigger things that could happen:
We might be worried about what will happen if our personal information gets doxxed.
We might be worried about our own safety or the safety of our kids.
We might be worried about what could happen if our officer gets injured or killed on the job.
The point is, there are a myriad of issues we can play the “what if” game about, and it can be hard to avoid (especially on night shifts, am I right?)
This scripture reminds me to be present in each moment. It reminds me to deal with each issue as it comes up without inventing new issues to be concerned about.
After all, worrying about those things will do nothing to prevent them from happening. It just makes us miserable and anxious in the meantime.
Side note: While this is the part I wanted to highlight in this passage, Matthew 6 is a great read in its entirety if you need a reminder of how important you are to God and the many reasons you don’t need to feed your anxiety.
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.
All these scriptures have something to do with coming to God with your worries and struggles, but I want to highlight something specific in this passage: the idea of rest.
In the chaos of this world, it’s so important to take the time to be still and rest.
I realize that can be hard with all the responsibilities on your shoulders – but actually, with those responsibilities, it’s even more important to find the time to do so.
If that means reducing some of your less-important obligations, it might be worth it.
If you find yourself overburdened, find even a five minute chunk of time to rest, be still, and really tune into God.
Because while He is with you at all times and in all things, it’s a lot harder to hear Him if you’re constantly moving!
1 Peter 5:6-8
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. Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.
Remember that Satan has literally nothing better to do than try to get under your skin.
He has got nothing but time.
So if you let your mind wander from the things God needs you focused on, it can be easy to be led to think on the things that make you feel guilty, incompetent, worried, discouraged, sad, or angry.
Those paths can naturally lead into temptation and more struggles than you need to face.
As a result, it’s important to humble yourself to what God asks of you.
Consistently seek Him and what He desires of you while giving Him all your struggles.
While Satan affects all of us at times, it’s always better to do what you can to keep yourself spiritually safe.
Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
Okay, this scripture is kind of a two-part one for me. I have a very strong visual of the darkest valley (or the shadow of the valley of death, as described in some translations) and of walking through unharmed.
But in addition to being walked through the darkest valley with God, I picture angels surrounding, as described in Hebrews 1:14: “Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation?”
As is described in 1 Peter 5:6-8, this life can be fraught with dangers, both physical and spiritual. Ministering angels assist God in keeping us safe.
Whether you believe those angels to be specific people you know or general servants of God, they are described so often in the scriptures it’s impossible to deny that they are present with you.
Remember that: God is with you. His servants are with you. He can and will give you every form of help He can to deliver you home to Him safely at the end of your life.
So, how can you bring this idea more fully into your life?
Visualize that help in your darkest valley. Picture Him beside you, along with those angels.
It might sound cheesy – but if you have the faith that it’s true, when you take the time to really think about it, it can buoy you up no matter what storms threaten to take you down.
If you are absolutely overwhelmed with anxiety right now, I understand completely. Sometimes this life can be so hard.
The best advice I can give you is, cling to God with all your strength. Like I said at the beginning, these are great bible verses to help with anxiety, but when you’re struggling, go a little further.
Immerse yourself in reading the Bible or a devotional.
If you feel you have no strength left, be still and let Him come to you. Cry in His arms if you need to: He’ll be there through it all.
Either way, I know He can and will help you feel better – and will help you emerge from whatever darkness you currently face victoriously.
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