Words of encouragement for college students with anxiety disorders
I think religion is so important when it comes to anxiety because there are so many uncertainties. There are the endless “what ifs” that anxiety comes up with. I’m christian, it’s no surprise to those who had read the other blog posts, so when I say I’m religious I mean church on sundays, bible studies throughout the week, newly appointed Women’s Ministry leader, love a good christian rock song, and have a mantra of verses to help me get through the day.
Of of my favorite new mantras comes from one of my favorite speakers, Sadie Robertson. She has a way of explaining the gospel that makes me feel like God is always right next to me, listening to what she has to say. I literally get goosebumps. She is so relatable because of how real and how honest she is. She talks about her own struggles with anxiety in her book, Live Fearless, in terms of her time on Dancing with the Stars and how she was able to use faith as a foundation for battle against her fears.
I love this idea that she talks about in her book about speaking something in the name of Jesus. This was so inspiring to me as often we forget how powerful God is and how by speaking against anything in the name of Jesus becomes all that more powerful. It’s one of my most favorite things I’ve added to my faith toolbox to use against my anxiety along with my favorite verses.
1. “I keep my eyes always on the Lord. With Him at my right hand, I will not be shaken.”
I really like this verse because of its power in the statement that I will not be shaken for the Lord is for me and not against me, has good plans for me and for that I will always look up to Him. God can not only be your eternal father, but I like to think of Him also as my spiritual bodyguard. Because with God in my life, nothing will shake me. I like this reminder too that God is the most powerful thing in existence and He loves me and will always be at my right hand.
2. “And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus”
This verse is so comforting to me in those times of anxiousness when I don’t have the answers to anything and feel so out of control. I love this reminder that God is all knowing and as my father, he will guard my heart and soul from all evil and anxious thoughts.
3. “The Lord will fight for you, and you only have to be silent”
Ahhhh this verse gives me major goosebumps. I don’t even have to speak a word and Gods like “I got this, don’t even worry about it.” How amazing is it that this battle with anxiety and mental illness can all be fought by God and we don’t even have to breathe a word? AMAZING!
4. “I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.”
This is a classic verse that I know a lot of anxious people use, but it is still so so good. I often find myself repeating this phrase when my anxiety has brought me to my knees and there’s nothing I can do, no relief in sight. I find myself calling out that I am so much stronger than this with the strength that Jesus gives me. That strength isn’t always what you might pray for it to be, but if you ask He will provide.
5. “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
This last one is also another classic, but I thought important to add to this series of anxious thought go-to verses. This verse is a strong reminder to not fear the unknown or be discouraged for God is for us. Can I get an Amen? God created the whole universe: the ocean, gravity, stars and yet he looked at you and made you too. Like what? How awesome is it that God puts me on that same level as the galaxy?? And this vision He gives us about holding us up makes me even more confident in my anxiety as if my soul is held highly as if to say “no, God lives here.”