When Anxiety Overwhelms the Soul [Life-Giving Words]

“The Christian life is not a constant high. I have my moments of deep discouragement. I have to go to God in prayer with tears in my eyes, and say, ‘O God, forgive me,’ or ‘Help me.’” – Billy Graham

Life can be rough sometimes. It is during these times that we are faced with a sudden flow of intense anxiousness, dominating our thoughts and emotions. Psychologically, it is a common reaction to the stressors and toxins of life.

The truth is that the Scripture is filled with relevant stories and hurting companions who understand anxiety, worries, and stress. Their life-giving words tell us that we can cope, manage, and overcome our anxious thoughts.

Here are some of the Scriptural remedies and motivational quotes to calm the anxious mind:

Scriptural Remedies For Anxiety

“Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” – 1 Peter 5:7, NIV

“You know what I long for, Lord; you hear my every sigh.” – Psalm 38:9, NLT

Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” – Matthew 11:28-29, NLT

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and pleading with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” – Philippians 4:6, NASB

“Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.” – Isaiah 41:10, NLT

“Cast your burden upon the Lord and He will sustain you; He will never allow the righteous to be shaken.” – Psalm 55:22, NASB

“When I am afraid, I will put my trust in You.” – Psalm 56:3, NASB

“I sought the Lord and He answered me, And rescued me from all my fears.” – Psalm 34:4, NASB

“Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.” – Psalm 23:4, NASB

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.” – Proverbs 3:5-6, NLT

“I will lift up my eyes to the mountains. Where will my help come from? 2 My help comes from the Lord, Who made heaven and earth.” – Psalm 121:1-2, NLV

“When my worry is great within me, Your comfort brings joy to my soul.” – Psalm 94:19, NLV

“I can do all things because Christ gives me the strength.” – Philippians 4:13, NLV

“I keep my eyes always on the Lord. With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken.” – Psalm 16:8, NIV

“Have I not told you? Be strong and have the strength of heart! Do not be afraid or lose faith. For the Lord your God is with you anywhere you go.” – Joshua 1:9, NLV

“That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing? Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? – Matthew 6:25-27

“What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?” – Romans 8:31, NIV

“Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” – Matthew 6:34, ESV

“Be still, and know that I am God! I will be honored by every nation. I will be honored throughout the world.” – Psalm 46:10, NLT

“I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.” – John 14:27, NLT

“And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.” – 1 Peter 5:10, NIV

Motivational Quotes For Anxiety

“The Christian life is not a constant high. I have my moments of deep discouragement. I have to go to God in prayer with tears in my eyes, and say, ‘O God, forgive me,’ or ‘Help me.’” – Billy Graham

“We are all faced with a series of great opportunities brilliantly disguised as impossible situations.”— Chuck Swindoll

“How can a person deal with anxiety? You might try what one fellow did. He worried so much that he decided to hire someone to do his worrying for him. He found a man who agreed to be his hired worrier for a salary of $200,000 per year. After the man accepted the job, his first question to his boss was, “Where are you going to get $200,000 per year?” To which the man responded, “That’s your worry.” ― Max Lucado

“Our anxiety does not empty tomorrow of its sorrows, but only empties today of its strengths.” ― C. H. Spurgeon

“The more you pray, the less you’ll panic. The more you worship, the less you worry. You’ll feel more patient and less pressured.” ― Rick Warren

“Some people feel guilty about their anxieties and regard them as a defect of faith. I don’t agree at all. They are afflictions, not sins. Like all afflictions, they are, if we can so take them, our share in the Passion of Christ” ― C.S. Lewis, Letters to Malcolm: Chiefly on Prayer 

“Every tomorrow has two handles. We can take hold of it with the handle of anxiety or the handle of faith.” – Henry Ward Beecher

“The greater your knowledge of the goodness and grace of God on your life, the more likely you are to praise Him in the storm.” – Matt Chandler

“When we start being too impressed by the results of our work, we slowly come to the erroneous conviction that life is one large scoreboard where someone is listing the points to measure our worth. And before we are fully aware of it, we have sold our soul to the many grade-givers. That means we are not only in the world, but also of the world. Then we become what the world makes us. We are intelligent because someone gives us a high grade. We are helpful because someone says thanks. We are likable because someone likes us. And we are important because someone considers us indispensable. In short, we are worthwhile because we have successes. And the more we allow our accomplishments — the results of our actions — to become the criteria of our self-esteem, the more we are going to walk on our mental and spiritual toes, never sure if we will be able to live up to the expectations which we created by our last successes. In many people’s lives, there is a nearly diabolic chain in which their anxieties grow according to their successes. This dark power has driven many of the greatest artists into self-destruction.” ― Henri J.M. Nouwen, Out of Solitude: Three Meditations on the Christian Life

“The will of God will not take us where the grace of God cannot sustain us.” — Billy Graham

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

“When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.” – Wayne Dyer

“What people in the world think of you is really none of your business.” – Martha Graham

“Your potential is the sum of all the possibilities God has for your life.” – Charles Stanley

“[Slow breathing] is like an anchor in the midst of an emotional storm: The anchor won’t make the storm go away, but it will hold you steady until it passes.” – Russ Harris

“There is no one who is insignificant in the purpose of God.” – Alistair Begg

“More smiling, less worrying. More compassion, less judgment. More blessed, less stressed. More love, less hate.” – Roy T. Bennett

“You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.” – Maya Angelou

“Do not anticipate trouble, or worry about what may never happen. Keep in the sunlight.” – Benjamin Franklin

“If you want to conquer the anxiety of life, live in the moment, live in the breath.” – Amit Ray

“There are far, far better things ahead than anything we leave behind.” – C. S. Lewis

“But God doesn’t call us to be comfortable. He calls us to trust Him so completely that we are unafraid to put ourselves in situations where we will be in trouble if He doesn’t come through.” ― Francis Chan

“When you understand that life is a test, you realize that nothing is insignificant in your life.” — Rick Warren

“Let this encourage those of you who belong to Christ: the storm may be tempestuous, but it is only temporary. The clouds that are temporarily rolling over your head will pass, and then you will have fair weather, an eternal sunshine of glory. Can you not watch with Christ for one hour? “ –  Williams Gurnall

“Let God’s promises shine on your problems.” – Corrie ten Boom

“Believe in yourself and all that you are. Know that there is something inside of you that is greater than any obstacle.” – Christian D. Larson

“I’ve wasted a lot of time in my life. I’ve thought too much about what people will say or what they’re gonna think. And sometimes it’s over silly things like going to the grocery store or going to the post office. But there have been times when I really stopped myself from doing something special. All because I was scared someone might look at me and decide I wasn’t good enough. But you don’t have to bother with that nonsense. I wasted all that time so you don’t have to.” ― Julie Murphy, Dumplin’

“God never said that the journey would be easy, but He did say that the arrival would be worthwhile.” – Max Lucado

If you think your anxiety seems unmanageable, talk to your immediate family or trusted significant relationships and let them know how you feel. Sometimes, all we need is a listening heart. 

Slow down. Sit still. Close your eyes. Take a deep breath. Repeat until it feels calm.

IMAGE SOURCE: PEXELS (Christian Diokno)

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