5 verses to help you overcome ANXIETY in the new year…

Image Map

Well, January is here.  Does it feel like it? Sort of.  It’s been a little warmer than usual here in Illinois/Wisconsin (the places where I work and live).  For the most part though, life seems quite ordinary.

I go about my day just as I always have, getting up, showering, driving to work, and stopping for my morning coffee somewhere along the way.  Should it feel different? Not really. Or, wait… maybe it should. Didn’t I just make a New Year’s resolution? Why does that already feel like such old news?

Perhaps, you feel the same.  You wonder where the big change is.  Don’t worry. Most of us feel this way.  We should know by now that that’s really not too strange.  Less than 2 weeks ago, we were making our New Years resolutions – committing to ourselves or to others (or to God) that we would make some type of change in the coming year.  And, less than 2 weeks later, life feels normal.

The truth, however, is that we really do want this new year to be different in some way.  Maybe some of us have decided that we want to lose the inches around our waistline. We want to finish that big project or become a more patient person with our spouses and our kids.  We want to give up worrying and fretting unnecessarily about details of life that we can’t control. Is that it? Isn’t that something that most of us have wanted?

I’ve noticed that there are many good Christians who are in this situation – dealing with anxiety, and their wish (or goal or whatever you want to call it) for this new year is to have less anxiety overall.  They want to be more dependent on God and to rest assured in His promises. His word.

Since that is a good goal for all of us (regardless of whether or not it was our actual New Year’s resolution), I figured I would write about 5 great verses to help us all overcome anxiety.  It is something that we all desire deep down, even if we aren’t aware of it. Who wouldn’t want their new year to be a little more anxiety-free?

Below, are five great Bible verses to reflect on as this new year sets in.  I would recommend picking one or two (or even all) of them, and focusing on them.  Don’t just read them. Meditate on them. Let them affect you. Let them change you.  Let them become part of you. Let them mean more to you than the anxiety that so easily fills your mind and influences you the wrong way.   Are you ready?

Verse # 1: 2 Thessalonians 3:16 – Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you.

Verse # 2: John 14:27 – Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

Verse # 3: Psalm 23:4 – 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.

Verse # 4: Colossians 3:15 – Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.

Verse # 5: 2 Thessalonians 3:16 – Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you.

Image Map