The first step in acknowledging mental struggles and mental health is speaking about it, listening, working towards it with acceptance, love and compassion. Just like our dental health needs constant checking and flossing, our mental health needs attention.
It starts with accepting that we are multi-dimensional human beings, equipped with the physical, the emotional, the spiritual and the mental and that all these areas need love.
That said, I started having anxiety attacks shortly after I lost my sister when I was 10. I wasn’t equipped to deal with that sense of loss, and I was in boarding school in Kenya. Boarding school is the norm in Kenya but my parents had to transfer me to a nearby school as they could see I was depressed. I didn’t know it at that time.
My anxiety showed in my studies. One time I was performing top of the class, next time I had stinking grades. Fast forward to High School, I was so anxious to start prep time or study time, that I had to read the Bible, and affirm that I can read all things through Christ who strengthens me.
Here are 10 Bible Verses To Help With Anxiety
1. Philippians 4:13
Be careful for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
I’m a worrier at times, which stems from the need to be in control all the time. You don’t have to have it all figured out. Thank God for what He has planned for you, and the provisions He’s going to make for you in the future, even before he does it.
… But this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
The one thing we do wrong is in rehashing the past. We internalize and relive past hurtful experiences like breakups, divorce, or a bad meeting where we could have done better. Forget that, learn from it but leave it behind and focus on your purpose.
3. Jeremiah 29:11
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you an expected end.
This is not easy to believe when going through hard times. For people with hard depression, everything becomes an obstacle. It’s not an easy thing to tell them that God has good things for them and for them to believe especially when they’re backed to a corner.
I spent the whole of 2019 caring for a person going through depression and I have felt the pain, the heartbreak and my faith totally shipwrecked by the storm. It wasn’t easy to believe this, but I hang on to it by the skin of my teeth. I repeat it until my head learns and my heart understands.
If you’re going through a depressive state or a state of anxiety, reach out to help, and create routines and systems that allow you to heal and process.
4. Isaiah 54:11
O thou afflicted, tossed with tempest and not comforted, behold, I will lay thy stones with fair colours, and lay thy foundations with sapphires.
Isn’t this so beautiful and profound? You’re not alone in your afflictions and your causes of anxiety. He sees them. In due time and His right time, He’ll make everything beautiful.
No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper, and every tongue that rise against thee in judgement thou shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is of me, saith the Lord.
You can proclaim a thing and it will happen. Begin to proclaim abundance, peace and contentment in your life. Thank the Lord for teaching you how to abound in peace as opposed to chaos and showing you how to function in peace. This is because sometimes when we have been through the tempest, we can hold on to pain such that when that season ceases, we’re still nurturing that pain.
Another thing I did was play ‘No Weapon Fashioned Against Me’ by Fred Hammond in the background during my morning preparation. I found it really helpful.
6. Philippians 4.8
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think of these things.
I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me.
8. Ephesians 3:20
Now unto Him, that is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us…
9. 2. Samuel 22:30
For by thee I have run through a troop: by my God have I leapt over a wall.
10. 2 Timothy 1:7
For God has not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, and of love and of a sound mind.
Being a Christian doesn’t make you immune from depression and mental health illnesses. We all crumble under various degrees of pressure, feel overwhelmed or life happens in a non-expected way. It’s important to seek professional help when it comes to anxiety or any other mental illness.
You can also reach out to the Christian counsellors at your local church, who will be compassionate and guide you towards recovery. Alternatively, you can seek support from mental health forums, go for mental health retreats and start your journey towards recovery.
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