For those days when things feel upside down, hopeless, or just completely non-stop, here are 25 scriptures to bring you peace in the storms of life.
Guest post by Julie of Be Whole, Mom
I remember the very early years of marriage and then soon after motherhood, when I felt completely exhausted, unsure of anything, and like I had been thrown into the deep end of life without even a pair of arm cuff floats to help keep my head above water. Oh, I was overwhelmed, and empty of joy.
I thought I had to know everything about being a godly wife and mother before I even began that journey, so when the pressures and demands of these portions of my life came in droves, I did not know what to do. What a blessing it was to learn that I did not have to be “perfect,” but simply commit my life to Him each day (here’s a post on embracing real life in place of an imaginary “perfect” one).
Thankfully, it was not too long after that when I began to turn to Yahweh in the Word to find hope and encouragement to continue for another day. His Word helped to attack the lies in my mind, and proclaim the Truth that brings freedom from bondage. Day after day, year after year, His Word speaks comfort to me, and continues to take captive the deceptions and worries of the world, and replace them with His total Truth (for scriptures to deal with fear and worry, click here).
His Word is a treasure-trove of assurance, wisdom, and practical application for us even today, which truly reveals His majesty and Sovereignty! What a blessing we have in Yahweh. What an honor it is to call Him our Abba.
Some days can be so overwhelming, though, that we must practice focusing our minds on Him that our hearts not be led astray. This is where the Word comes in.
So, for those days when things feel upside down, hopeless, or just completely non-stop, here are 25 scriptures to help you focus your mind on and return to the experience His shalom truly brings: peace in the storms of life.
25 Scriptures for When You’re Feeling Overwhelmed
“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” ~ Philippians 4: 8
“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” ~ Ephesians 6: 10-12
“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” ~ Matthew 6: 34
“Blessed is the one
who does not walk in step with the wicked
or stand in the way that sinners take
or sit in the company of mockers,
but whose delight is in the law of the Lord,
and who meditates on his law day and night.
That person is like a tree planted by streams of water,
which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither—
whatever they do prospers.” ~ Psalm 1: 1-3
“Search me, God, and know my heart;
test me and know my anxious thoughts.
See if there is any offensive way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting.” ~ Psalm 139: 23-24
“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 birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?” ~ Matthew 6: 25-27
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“Your word is a lamp for my feet,
a light on my path.” ~ Psalm 119: 105
“There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.” ~ 1 John 4: 18
“I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.” ~ Psalm 139: 14
“See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands….” ~ Isaiah 49: 16
“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.” ~ Psalm 23: 4
“The Lord is my light and my salvation— whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life— of whom shall I be afraid?” ~ Psalm 27: 1
“You are my refuge and my shield;
I have put my hope in your word.” ~ Psalm 119: 114
“Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say of the Lord, ‘He is my refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust.'” ~ Psalm 91: 1-2
“‘Because he loves me,’ says the Lord, ‘I will rescue him;
I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.
He will call on me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble,
I will deliver him and honor him.
With long life I will satisfy him
and show him my salvation.'” ~ Psalm 91: 14-16
“They will have no fear of bad news; their hearts are steadfast, trusting in the Lord.” ~ Psalm 112: 7
“For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.” ~ Isaiah 41: 13
“I, even I, am he who comforts you.” ~ Isaiah 51: 12
“But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord,
whose confidence is in him.
They will be like a tree planted by the water
that sends out its roots by the stream.
It does not fear when heat comes;
its leaves are always green.
It has no worries in a year of drought
and never fails to bear fruit.” ~ Jeremiah 17: 7-8
“I will never leave you nor forsake you.” ~ Joshua 1: 5
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” ~ Matthew 11: 28-30
“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” ~ Galatians 6: 9
“We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” ~ 2 Corinthians 10: 5
“ Know therefore that the Lord your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commandments.” ~ Deuteronomy 7: 9
“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.” ~ 1 Corinthians 13: 4-8
What Scripture verses encourage you when you’re feeling overwhelmed?
Julie Ann Filter is a homeschooling mom to six wonderful blessings, and wife to a Navy veteran. She blogs at Be Whole, Mom about holding tightly to grace while navigating the joys and hardships of life at home.