Worry is the great thief of joy both in life and in motherhood. When our minds are caught up in racing anxious thoughts we can’t be the wives, mothers, and godly women we long to be! This blog is packed with encouragement and 15 comforting Bible verses for worried mamas to ease your worried Mama heart and calm your mind. When your peace is in Jesus, your peace surpasses all circumstances and all fear!
This week I had the opportunity to talk to some young Mamas as well as some older women in my life. One topic seemed to keep coming up. And we all seemed to be struggling with the same thing: worry.
We could form a club and wallow in it together, or we can take it to the altar and encourage one another to leave it there.
So this one is written specifically to the worrisome mama.
Fear, concern, worry, anxiety- whatever you want to call it- tends to be at the forefront of our Mama heart.
We seem to have very valid reasons. We worry about our children, our marriages, our homes, our jobs, our finances, and everything in between. If those aren’t good things to fret over then what is?
Actually, the Bible gives us a really clear answer to that.
Philippians 4:6-7 tells us:
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus”
Be anxious for nothing.
Nothing is worth fretting or worrying over. Why?
Well, the Bible has an answer for that too- which we will address in a moment, but first…
What Does Worrying Accomplish?
Worry is my default setting, and I was sort of brought up to believe that it was a genetic defect that I just had to live with.
My Papa was a worrier. My Mama is a worrier. Therefore, I worry.
Anxiety has become such a common thing in our culture that we now share it as a positive character trait like wittiness or a good sense of humor. It is seen as endearing.
Perhaps some may seek a therapist, more self-care, or consult some silly self-help book, but most everything tells us worry is a normal part of a healthy life.
But what does accomplish?
Does it change anything?
All those sleepless nights we spend lost in thought. All the time spent daydreaming, analyzing, planning, and worrying. Is it doing anything?
Not one thing.
Worrying is a posture and not a good one.
Anxiety and fear are simply us dwelling on something we can do nothing about. It takes this issue from God’s capable hands and places it into our fruitless minds.
Anxiety causes us to lose sleep and the ability to eat. It weakens our immune system and puts stress on our joints and bones.
Something tells me that isn’t the answer we were looking for.
The good news is our Bible doesn’t just say, “Don’t worry”. Which is a cure-all statement for anxiety as I’m sure you know. It tells us what to do instead and it reminds us that though we have no control over certain situations, God does.
Did you know that the Bible says, “Fear not” 365 times?
It seems obvious to me that God knew for many of us this would be a daily struggle.
God’s Word is full of powerful scriptures that set your Mama heart at ease, speak peace over your anxious thoughts, and help you to embrace today without the fear of tomorrow.
So take notes on this one. Bind these words upon the tablets of your heart and speak them aloud as many times as you need in a day.
The best way to overcome fear is through faith. Let these verses be a beautiful reminder to grow your faith and quench your fear! Here are 15 uplifting Bible verses for worried Mamas.
15 Uplifting Bible Verses for Worried Mamas
Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him,
and he will make your paths straight.
God is our refuge and strength, An ever-present help in trouble.
I will both lie down in peace, and sleep;
For You alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety
Does anyone else have a little one who is afraid of the dark?
Each night as I tuck all my littles into bed they request that the night lights and the doors be just so, so that light penetrates their bedrooms. In the pale light, they trace shadow puppets on their walls and drift off to sleep.
But there is one who almost always shows back up to say, “Mommy, I’m scared.”
Night after night I scoop her up in my arms and kiss her forehead as I carry her back to bed one more time. After being reassured that Jesus and I and her daddy are close by watching over her, she will finally drift off to sleep.
It is the same with our Heavenly Father.
As Mamas, we are no longer afraid of monsters in our closets or underneath our beds- the mess there perhaps- but not monsters. The dark doesn’t seem to phase us, but in the silence of the night, thoughts creep in from cob-webbed corners of our minds.
And just like that- worry takes hold.
And once again we have to call out to our Heavenly Father for perfect peace and a calm mind.
This verse reminds us that God didn’t call us to lie down and fear or to stay awake pacing all night, but rather to lie down in peace and sleep.
He is the watchman. He is the good shepherd. On the hard days, we can lay it down and truly rest, knowing that our Father is close by and we are the beloved children of God.
Fear not, for I am with you;
Be not dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you,
Yes, I will help you,
I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’
And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
2 Timothy 1:7
For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.
Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
The world’s peace is temporary. It is fleeting. The peace the world has to offer us is based purely on circumstances. But the peace that Jesus offers us is different. It is eternal- surpassing all circumstances and rising tides. We do not have to be troubled because His peace sustains us.
2 Corinthians 1: 3-5
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. 5 For as we share abundantly in Christ’s sufferings, so through Christ we share abundantly in comfort too.[
“The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still.”
This is one of my favorite Bible verses. Sometimes we think that God needs us to do some mighty act, but in reality, we need only to trust in Him. It wasn’t the remarkable aim of David that brought Goliath down, it was God. He just needed one person to trust Him enough to toss the stone.
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
25 “Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? 27 Which of you by worrying can add one [j]cubit to his [k]stature?
28 “So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; 29 and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not [l]arrayed like one of these. 30 Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?
31 “Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.
This is such an encouraging chapter to come back to time and time again. We can have peace of mind every single hour for every single need. Our God clothes the flowers of the field and feeds the birds each day, why would we assume He isn’t able to meet our needs, provide our daily bread, or handle our emotions? All these needs that bring us so much stress and anxiety can simply be laid at His feet- He can handle every single one.
The Lord is my shepherd;
I shall not want.
I memorized Psalm 23 as a kid, but it wasn’t until I was teaching it to my children that I started to understand it.
Just as sheep in a pasture are free to graze without fear of what lies just beyond their view when the shepherd is near, so too are we. When our shepherd is keeping watch, our needs are met, our home is safe, and even when we walk through the valley of the shadow of death we will fear no evil because He is with us.
Jeremiah 17: 7-8
“Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord,
And whose hope is the Lord.
8 For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters,
Which spreads out its roots by the river,
And will not fear when heat comes;
But its leaf will be green,
And will not be anxious in the year of drought,
Nor will cease from yielding fruit.
Matthew 11: 28-30
28 Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”
1 Peter 5:6-7
6 Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, 7 casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.
The Truth About Worry + Motherhood
We often try to pretend that worry is acceptable because it isn’t harming anyone.
But worry is the thief of joy.
Motherhood is a noble office and a beautiful calling and the enemy wants nothing more than to steal it away from us.
We say time flies so don’t blink, but with eyes wide open worry seeps in and snatches away beautiful moments and heartfelt memories in exchange for nervousness and racing thoughts.
Take every thought captive and surrender it to Jesus. Take a breath and focus on the moment at hand. Find joy and gratitude in every day.
This is how we take back the joy of Motherhood from sneaky tactics like anxious thoughts and worried hearts.
To the Worrisome Mama,
I know you carry so much.
Your house is a mess. Your child is struggling in school or homeschooling is overwhelming you. Maybe you worry you are not enough.
Will a choice to use formula over breastmilk weaken their immune system?
What if we skip a vaccine and pay the price for it? What if we vaccinate and have adverse effects?
My three-year-old is struggling with potty training, did I do something wrong?
My newborn doesn’t hold eye contact well, is he okay?
And now we are hearing talk of war, drafts, and shortages.
How many of us lie awake Googling half the night?
Whether you are facing circumstances you don’t understand, battling infertility, learning to embrace an unplanned pregnancy or a strong-willed child,
Mamas, your Father knows what you need!
Learning to Let Go
Are we living life like we are more than conquerors? Or are we surrendering to defeat?
Are we learning to walk on the water? Or are our eyes on the waves that we think could drown us?
It’s not too late.
Whether you are a first-time mom, already a great-grandma, a single mom, a struggling mom, an anxious mom or an overwhelmed mother- we can do this.
We can overcome this. We can live free of worry! God wouldn’t tell us to “Fear not” if it were impossible. Perfect love drives out all fear.
So this week rather than encouraging you to refresh your bathroom or meal plan, let me instead encourage you to take time to be still. Take time alone with God to hand him your concerns- no matter how big, no matter how small.
Hand them to Jesus. And if or when you feel yourself lugging around that burden again, don’t beat yourself up.
Just take it back.
Take it back to Him as many times as it takes, because eventually, we will be able to drop it and leave it in His capable hands.
Prayer, fellowship with other Christians, the Word of God- these change things. These are weapons in our arsenal, rather than useless, defenseless anxiety (a weapon used against us).
This is not the end, we are not stuck in an ocean of worry with no way out. We are daughters of the King. We are skilled archers aiming the next generation.
I hope you will remember and utilize these Bible verses for worried mamas! Share them with your friends and let’s aim together!