10 Verses on Stress & Anxiety
Two weeks out from the wedding, & I had called Mom, a little worked up.
“Am I doing this right?! Am I doing a good job with this?!” I asked her.
“Don’t stress! You’re supposed to be enjoying this!!” she said.
I thought about those words and how easy it is for me to fret over things even in the ordinary, everyday life. “Am I doing this whole life thing right? Am I where I’m supposed to be? Am I living a good enough life??” And if I’m being honest, I find myself doing it a lot.
I catch myself wondering whether or not I’m where I should be or if I’m doing enough or being enough or living enough. And if I’m not careful, I can miss out on the very beautiful moment that’s in front of me because I’m so focused on whether or not it’s the right one.
Maybe it sounds dumb, but maybe you can relate. We can spend more time worrying about whether or not we’re living life the right way instead of just enjoying how we are choosing to live it.
So from one overthinker to another, let’s remember the words my mother told me: “Don’t stress! You’re supposed to be enjoying this!!” This whole life thing is a beautiful, miraculous gift. And we can either spend it questioning and worrying and wondering about where or who we should or could be OR we can take a step back, take a deep breath, and hold tightly to this moment as best we can. Soaking up each second, each breath, each step on this journey of life.
So as the days go by and I get closer and closer to becoming his bride (just 10 days away!!), I’ll be enjoying all the little moments. The good stuff, the not-so-fun stuff, the stuff we forgot to do. Whatever comes our way, you best believe I’ll try to enjoy every bit.
Here are 10 verses I’ll be thinking on over the next 10 days… and hopefully you will too:
Matthew 6:25-27 “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious 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? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?”
Matthew 6:34 “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”
Luke 12:25 “And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?”
John 14:27 “Peace I leave with you;my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. “
Philippians 4:6-7 do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Luke 21:14-15, 18-19 But make up your mind not to worry beforehand how you will defend yourselves. For I will give you words and wisdom that none of your adversaries will be able to resist or contradict…. But not a hair of your head will perish. Stand firm, and you will win life.
Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
Psalm 46:10 “Be still, and know that I am God.”
Matthew 6:33 “Seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you”
1 Peter 5:7 Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
You’ve got this, my friend. You’re doing great, & you’re where you should be. Now live in this moment & soak up this second… because you’ll never get it back. <3