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14 Bible Scriptures to Help You Cope with Anxiety and Depression

Hey y’all!

As you may or may not know, May is Mental Health Awareness Month. I love how mental health is being more talked about out in the open. As you may know, I am one who suffers from anxiety and depression. I also have a strong faith and belief in God and it has carried me through many tough times. However, life is really tough and there are times when one can feel like giving up.

Did you know that the Bible features people who were experiencing depression or anxiety? For example, Hannah was depressed because she was barren and her husband’s second wife made fun of her for it. David was plagued with guilt when he killed Uriah, Saul was looking to kill him so he was distressed over that, plus his son stole the throne from him and ran him out of his kingdom. Job had everything (kids, livestock, health) taken away from him and he was depressed. Jacob (Israel) wanted to die because he thought his son Joseph was dead. These are just some of the examples that you will read about in the Bible. Know that you are not alone with your feelings. Things didn’t stay terrible for the examples mentioned and things got better for them!

I want to preface by saying that the Bible is not telling you to not receive medical treatment for Depression and Anxiety. What type of treatment is a personal choice but even Jesus noted that those who were ill needed a doctor (Mark 2:17) and if you have Anxiety or Depression, you’re considered ill and there’s nothing with that. It doesn’t make you any less of a person.

The following scriptures are from my translation of the Bible (New World Translation) but you can look these same scriptures up with whatever translation of the Bible you have. Some of the wording might be different but it’s all the same message.

Depression

Anxiety

Which scripture resonates with you?

XOXO,

Nessa D.

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