As parents, we find ourselves in situations that can cause us to feel a variety of emotions. It can be easy to let our emotions get the better of us. When I’m struggling with a certain emotion, I know the best way to combat it is to read God’s Word and pray. Memorizing scripture to recall in different situations helps you realign your thoughts with God’s. With the variety of topics that parents could use verses for, I have divided them up into several different posts. The first two topics that we will look at are anxiety and fear.
I struggle with anxiety. Being stuck in traffic or being put in situations where I don’t fully know what to expect, make me anxious. As a mom, my kids tend to do things that increase that anxiety. I know that it’s not going to get any better as they get older so I need to make sure that I am prepared to combat it. Of course, this isn’t every verse that covers the topic, but I wanted to keep the list concise and easy to memorize.
Can all your worries add a single moment to your life.
Luke 12:25 NLT
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be known to God; and the peace of God which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:6-7 NKJV
Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
1 Peter 5:7 NIV
Anxiety in a person’s heart weighs it down,but a good word cheers it up.
Proverbs 12:25 CSB
Be careful, or your hearts will be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness and the anxieties of life, and that day will close on you suddenly like a trap.
Luke 21:34 NIV
Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?
Matthew 6:25 NKJV
“So do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring it’s own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.”
Matthew 6:34 NLT
Sometimes our anxiety can lead to fear. We worry over things and then become afraid that they may happen. Other times, situations may come up and we fear the outcome. We aren’t just anxious about the outcome of the situation, but believe that it is a credible threat to our family’s safety. Luckily for us, the Bible addresses the subject of fear numerous times. Once again, this isn’t every single verse about fear, but a few that you can memorize and recall when you feel fear.
“See, God has come to save me. I will trust in him and not be afraid. The Lord God is my strength and my song, he has given me victory.”
Isaiah 12:2 NLT
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 NIV
The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life, of whom shall I be afraid?
Psalm 27:1 NKJV
But when I am afraid, I will put my trust in you. I praise God for what he has promised. I trust in God, so why should I be afraid? What can mere mortals do to me?
Psalm 56:3-4 NLT
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For you are with me; Your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
Psalm 23:4 NKJV
I sought the Lord, and he heard me, And delivered me from all my fears.
Psalm 34:4 NKJV
There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.
1 John 4:18 NIV
Anxiety and fear are two emotions that parents are very familiar with. At times, we can dwell on these emotions to the point that it becomes unhealthy. One of the best ways to combat this is to read God’s word and pray. I hope that these verses will help to remind you what God says about these topics and will aide you in keeping your thoughts aligned with God’s.
Are there any other verses that have helped you with fear or anxiety? If so, post them in the comments below!