Biblical Encouragement for the Anxious Christian Woman | By Melody Quinn

If you struggle with anxiety on a regular basis, I need to tell you: You are not alone. You are not powerless. You are not forgotten. We may be anxious Christian women but we are also beautiful children of God! It’s time to replace anxiety’s darkness with His light, through His strength, for His glory. | Christian Living | Hope | Depression | Bible Verses

 

It’s not the memories of what I have done that plague me.

It’s the memories of what I haven’t done. The conversations I haven’t had. The people I haven’t helped. The dreams I haven’t pursued.

I didn’t know J.J. well, but I could tell that he was suffering.

The slope of his shoulders.
The tilt of his head.
The tightness of his jaw.
The distant look in his eyes.

I felt a pull to comfort him, but anxiety whispered, who are you to help him?

I longed to tell him he was not alone, but anxiety cautioned, how well do you really know him?

I could tell he was drowning in anxiety, but anxiety told me, that’s you. That’s just you!

The lies that anxiety whispers are like needles to the heart.

Paralyzing.

And yet the pain reminds me that my heart still beats.

And my beating heart still believes that God’s light shines brightest when we are lost in the dark.

If you struggle with anxiety on a regular basis, I need to tell you: You are not alone. You are not powerless. You are not forgotten. We may be anxious Christian women but we are also beautiful children of God! It’s time to replace anxiety’s darkness with His light, through His strength, for His glory. | Christian Living | Hope | Depression | Bible Verses
 

The Anxious Christian Woman

Anxiety is part of the human experience; a consequence of the fall of man.

I could provide you with my own personal definition of anxiety, but I doubt it would resonate with you.

Because everyone experiences anxiety differently.

Instead, here is a powerful definition from Baker’s Evangelical Dictionary:

“Anxiety is an uneasy feeling of uncertainty, agitations, drear or fear. In the Bible, anxiety is frequently depicted as the common human reaction to stressful circumstances…Anxiety is portrayed in the scripture as being inconsistent with trust in God…Anxiety frequently manifests itself in ungodly concern about provisions, performance, or reputation, and appears to be rooted in incomplete knowledge, lack of control over circumstances or failure to take an ‘eternal’ perspective on things.”

Anxiety’s sour presence has touched every aspect of my being:

My emotions.
My mental health.
My physical wellbeing.
My relationships.
My faith in God.

Those of us who struggle with anxiety on a regular basis often feel like anxiety is the cage through whose bars we see the world.

But I am slowly learning to see my personal battle with anxiety as an opportunity rather than a cage.

God can use whatever he chooses in our lives, whether it is good or evil in nature, to accomplish his plans.

Even anxiety.

If you struggle with anxiety on a regular basis, I need to tell you: You are not alone. You are not powerless. You are not forgotten. We may be anxious Christian women but we are also beautiful children of God! It’s time to replace anxiety’s darkness with His light, through His strength, for His glory. | Christian Living | Hope | Depression | Bible Verses
 
With this in mind, I dug down deep to look at how anxiety was connected to my faith walk and my spiritual gifts. My relationships with others and with myself. Every part of my life.

The words Joseph spoke to his brothers after he revealed himself to them in Egypt can be true in your life and mine.

But Joseph said to them, “Don’t be afraid. Am I in the place of God? You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is not being done, the saving of many lives.” Genesis 50:20

Hope for the Anxious Christian Woman

Here are four ways the Lord has used my anxious tendencies to bring about good in my life:

Anxiety teaches me to rely on God in all things. If anxiety can teach me to rely more on God, day by day, little by little, than every second of anxiety is worth it. It’s a rather bold statement, but have you ever thought about your anxiety this way?

Anxiety reminds me to stop and pray. The easiest way to turn anxiety back around is to use those moments as chances to seek God in prayer. When you start to feel anxious, get down on your knees.

Anxiety makes me more accessible to others. We are meant to help strengthen each other. My deepest wish is that my words will reach others who have struggled with anxiety. There is nothing more humbling, or more gratifying, than helping someone who has struggled with the same problems I have.

Anxiety motivates me to lead an active faith life. Anxiety is an active state of being. Our faith is meant to be active as well. The fight is still not easy, but it becomes easier when you learn that you don’t have to carry this burden on your own. God is there to help us when we ask.

If you struggle with anxiety on a regular basis, I need to tell you: You are not alone. You are not powerless. You are not forgotten. We may be anxious Christian women but we are also beautiful children of God! It’s time to replace anxiety’s darkness with His light, through His strength, for His glory. | Christian Living | Hope | Depression | Bible Verses
 
Anxiety doesn’t mean that I have failed at being a Christian in some way.

It simply means I need a little extra help from God to get through the day.

Bible Verses for the Anxious Christian Woman

As a final parting gift, I want to share a few verses from God’s Word that always help calm my anxious thoughts. Please take them to heart:

Jeremiah 1:5a Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart.

Romans 8:28-30a And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. And those he predestined, he also called.

Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plan I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

Philippians 4:4-7 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your heart and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Matthew 6:25-27 Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the bird of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away barns, and yet their heavenly Father feeds them all. Are you not much more valuable than they: Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?

If you struggle with anxiety on a regular basis, I need to tell you:

You are not alone.
You are not powerless.
You are not forgotten.

We may be anxious Christian women but we are also beautiful children of God!

It’s time to replace anxiety’s darkness with His light, through His strength, for His glory.

If you struggle with anxiety on a regular basis, I need to tell you: You are not alone. You are not powerless. You are not forgotten. We may be anxious Christian women but we are also beautiful children of God! It’s time to replace anxiety’s darkness with His light, through His strength, for His glory. | Christian Living | Hope | Depression | Bible Verses
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I hope that this small piece of my story has encouraged you to step out from behind anxiety’s bars and search for ways to draw closer to God in your daily life.

My anxiety hasn’t disappeared.

It’s still there, but I hold it in perspective now.

It’s a weakness to overcome, day by day, by drawing close to God, telling Him my fears, and allowing Him to remind me that no fears can get in the way of His plans.

What weakness has God helped you overcome? We’d love to chat about it in the comments.


Melody Quinn is an associate editor for TouchPoint Press. She graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University in 2014 with a BA in English and Technical Writing. She celebrated her first year anniversary with her husband on Sunday, April 9th.  In her free time, Melody enjoys reading, writing, swing dancing with her husband and playing with their baby guinea pig.


Note from Sarah: I’d like to close this article by sharing one of my all-time favorite verses with you. Read this aloud with me and let the truth of these words soak down deep in your soul. “But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” 1 Corinthians 12:9

I am so grateful that God intervened in Melody’s life and helped her see anxiety for what it really is: a weakness. And weakness, sweet friend, is not a sin! Weakness is just a spot where you need a little extra help, a little extra hope. It’s how we handle our weakness that often invites sinful patterns and behaviors into our life.

The world tells us that weakness is something to be ashamed of.  But that message is 100% contrary to Scripture. Weakness is a gift, an opportunity to draw near to God, to rely on His strength.  I love how Melody talked about darkness and light.  God’s Word is our light. Our truth. Our hope. So dig deep, sweet friend. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. That’s a promise, and our God never breaks His promises!

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38 thoughts on “Biblical Encouragement for the Anxious Christian Woman | By Melody Quinn

  1. GREAT reminders here. Anxiety is SO prevalent today and it is so important to learn to rely on God in it. After all, He is our hope 🙂 Thank you for sharing these beautiful truths!

    1. Yes, God is our hope and He can use anything (including anxiety) to draw us near to Him and teach us what it means to live in utter dependency on the One who created and sustains us.

      1. This is what I’ve been looking for. I wish I could have seen this yesterday when I had a major breakdown. I’m so glad God lead me to you. This really encouraged me to turn to God when I am at my breaking point. Thank You.

        1. So glad you found your way to this encouraging article, I pray the Scriptures Melody shared will be a continual source of strength and hope for you.

  2. I needed to read this today. I know God is with me and I know He will work out these hard situations, but sometimes hearing it from someone else reminds me I am not alone. This post was reassurance that God is indeed with me and things will work out according to His plan. He is in control, not me.

    Blessings!

    1. Gayle, I am so happy you stopped by the blog and took the time to read Melody’s encouraging words. God is with you, always and especially when you are suffering. Just as Psalm 34:8 says, “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” Anxiety tries to crush us, to break our hearts, to make us feel incapable of the simplest tasks. But God is closest when we are weakest, never forget that!

  3. What an encouraging word, Sarah, and Melody!
    Love this quote, “It’s time to replace anxiety’s darkness with God’s light, through His strength, for His glory.”
    Thanks for such a practical and hope-filled post~
    Blessings,
    Melanie

    1. Oh, I love that quote too, Melanie. God’s precious Word always continues to amaze me as it shines the light of truth into the darkest places of our hearts. He longs to set us free, and often uses our weaknesses to teach us how to rely on His strength for all things.

  4. Thank you for this encouragement. I have struggled with anxiety most of my life and while it is a lot better now than it has been in the past it can still be an issue and it is easy to feel I must be lacking in faith. I love how you point out that God can use even things like this and work good from them. As you say, in our weakness we can learn to depend on God’s strength.

    1. There is a preacher named Bill Gillham, who has now gone to be with Jesus. But he used to talk about “old green highways.” Old patterns, habits, strongholds. He said it was important to know what your old green highways were and to know that the enemy often attacks us in those places, and tries to convince us we are stuck/faithless/sinful. But those are lies, Leslie. The only way to have victory over the old green highways is to know the truth that has set you free. Fight for the truth, Lesley. Study the truth, and know that freedom doesn’t mean those green highways disappear. It just means you are strong enough to thrive in spite of them.

  5. Melody and Sarah, I’m so glad you shared these encouraging words. Anxiety is something I’ve struggled with and I know that these this is truth here. The story of Joseph always resonates so deeply with me (because of that exact verse you quoted). God bless you.

    1. Dawn, on some levels I think we all struggle with anxiety. Life is just plain hard sometimes and giving in to our anxious thoughts is often easier than battling them. I experienced a few panic attacks about 4 years ago when I was in a health crisis, and I will never forget how out of control I felt at that time. But we are not completely powerless, are we? I think it is our job to arm ourselves with as much truth as possible, to care for our body, soul, and spirit to the best of our ability, and to guard our hearts with all diligence. This doesn’t completely eliminate our anxious tendencies, but it sure can put a dent in it.

    1. You’re so welcome! I’m am glad that God has used my words to encourage and uplift those who read them.

    2. She is brave. It was a joy to work with her on this piece. It’s so important for women to share their stories! I’m super proud of Melanie for sharing hers.

  6. Thank you Melody and Sarah for your openness and vulnerability to release others – this post and practical strategies and biblical wisdom is absolute balm for my soul today. Thank you x

    1. I am so happy you stopped by the blog, Joanne. Melanie’s words are full of encouragement and hope, aren’t they? Saying a prayer over your heart this morning. God bless!

  7. Sarah – thank you for sharing Melody’s post with us today on your site. Melody – such great truths are written in your post, and isn’t perspective a wonderful thing? It changes everything – I love how you said your anxiety isn’t gone, but its held in perspective. You also used some of my all time favorite verses as well. Blessings to you both – we are neighbors today at #TestimonyTuesday

    1. I am so blessed that I have been able to connect to like-minded believers in Christ. Thank you for reading my humble words and really taking them to heart.

  8. Hi Melody, I absolutely love this post! Yes, your story has encouraged me to see anxiety in a new light; not something to be used as a tool to shame me, but rather, a weakness that can draw me into a deeper relationship with God.

    Thank you for including Baker’s Evangelical Dictionary’s definition. Would you believe that it’s words cut me to the heart? And your admonition to get on my knees and pray the next time I feel anxious went straight from your keyboard to my ears! I hope you come back to guest post for Sarah’s blog some time soon.

    Blessings,
    Tiffiney
    P.S. Congrats on your 1 year anniversary. 🙂

    1. Tiffiney, your response to my article is a blessing that I needed to hear. I am beyond pleased that my words were able to offer you encouragement. Never lose sight of the Truth!

  9. I have always battled with anxiety and I felt that my faith wasn’t strong enough because I worry so much. But thanks for reminding me I have not failed at being a christian.

    1. We all have hidden struggles and battles. I mentioned old green highways in a previous comment. Satan wants us to believe we are stuck, unworthy, and unacceptable. But it’s not true, by the blood of christ, it’s simply not true!

  10. Yes! Anxiety is not something I will ever cure, but I ask God for peace every day. My anxiety makes me lean on Him more.

  11. Sarah and Melody,
    God knew right when your words needed to pierce by heart. I’ve had your post “tabbed” for a week but just read it now. I have struggled with anxiety my whole life but thought I managed it well as an adult. Recently, my anxiety soared as my mind is trying to recover from the ways I have responded to trauma in the last decade. Self awareness is a gift; yet, Satan easily snares it as an opportunity to lead down the path of guilt. These past few weeks have left me tired as I claim victory in the battle. Ironically, I write about mental illness, teach for NAMI and care for my children who also struggle with mental health issues. It becomes easy to pour out my soul until it’s empty and forget to refill from Living Water. Thank you for this eloquent and encouraging post.

    1. Self awareness is the first step, Stephanie, but boy is it a big leap for most of us. I’ve found that God only reveals as much as I can handle. When I get overwhelmed with all the self-awareness, that’s a warning that maybe I’m under attack. The only way to get through it all is by daily building ourselves up with truth from the Bible. Saying a prayer over your anxious heart right now, trusting that God is at work and He will sustain you as you heal from the trauma of your past.

  12. Thank you for your post. This is what I needed to hear today. I have been struggling with this a lot lately. I need to remember my weaknesses are ways to show God’s strength.

  13. “Anxiety doesn’t mean that I have failed at being a Christian in some way. It simply means I need a little extra help from God to get through the day.” I love that line.

    This was a great post on a really important topic. I think it is easy to think we are “bad” Christians because we have anxiety (or another mental illness). The encouragement here is necessary.

    Also, 2 Corinthians 12:9 is one of my favorite Bible verses. 🙂

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