Anxiety - Seeking God's Peace

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Seeking God’s Peace

Anxiety, fear, and feeling overwhelmed are invitations to lean into the One who knows us best and loves us completely – the God of all comfort.


It can be difficult to pray in the midst of anxiety, challenging to feel peace, hard to rein in our thoughts, and painful to be still. However, when the winds of anxiety begin to blow, and the waves roll, and the thunder comes, God invites us to lean a little deeper into Him, to seek the wonders of His creation, to meet Him in His Word, to rest in His Presence (safe in His compassionate care). The FREE printable PDFs are a gentle invitation to meet the God of all comfort in the midst of our anxiety.

Anxiety Exercises

When we feel anxious, afraid, overwhelmed, or in pain, seeking wonder in God's incredible creation draws us into His Presence, shifting our focus from our circumstances to who God is and how very much He loves us.

Prayers for Anxiety

Anxiety can make it difficult to find the words to pray. Use these short prayers to guide your thoughts until you are able to find your own. May you find encouragement, comfort , and peace.

Verses to Comfort and Encourage

25 Verses to Comfort and Encourage

When we’re lonely, anxious, afraid, or overwhelmed, the most significant thing we can do is turn to the one who knows us and loves us completely – the God of all comfort.

Build An Ebenezer

Build An Ebenezer

Remembering God's Faithfulness

God’s people built Ebenezers, touchstones of help, to anchor them in truth in the midst of frightening, painful, difficult, or challenging circumstances.

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Leaning into the wonders of creation when we are anxious, afraid, or in pain can draw us into the Presence of God, temporarily distracting us from our circumstances and calming our anxiety.

1.   5-4-3-2-1

When you feel anxious or overwhelmed, thank God for: 

  • 5 Things You Can See • Look for small details, like an interesting pattern on the floor, sunlight glinting off of a tabletop, or a framed photo you haven’t noticed for a while.
  • 4 Things You Can Feel • Notice the physical qualities of the clothes you’re wearing, the chair you’re sitting in, an object in your hand.
  • 3 Things You Can Hear • Listen for the hum of an appliance, leaves rustling in the breeze, birds singing, or the sounds of traffic.
  • 2 Things You Can Smell • Try to identify things like freshly brewed coffee, a freshly washed towel, a scented lotion or soap, or freshly cut fruit.
  • 1 Thing You Can Taste • Take a bite or a sip of something and savor its flavor.


God designed our senses to equip us with information about His world. Today, take a few minutes to observe your surroundings. If the area you’re in is large or crowded, limit your focus to what is directly in front of you or within a two- or three-foot diameter around you. Notice everything you can see, hear, smell, taste, or touch — then thank God for each one.


Gratitude is the practice of expressing appreciation. As we focus on what God has already done for and given to us, our thoughts are drawn away from our circumstances and toward His loving-kindness.


  • “I will give thanks to you, LORD, with all my heart …” (Psalm 9:1a)
  • “I will praise God’s name in song and glorify him with thanksgiving.” (Psalm 69:30)
  • “Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.” (Psalm 100:4)
  • “Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever.” (Psalm 106:1, Psalm 118:1, Psalm 118:29, Psalm 136:1)
  • “Let them give thanks to the LORD for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for mankind.” (Psalm 107:21)
  • “I thank and praise you, God of my ancestors …” (Daniel 2:23a)
  • “Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Ephesians 5:19b-20)
  • “So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.” (Colossians 2:6-7)
  • “Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.” (Colossians 4:2)
  • “Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” (1 Thessalonians 5:18)


As each day draws to a close, thank God for five things that brought you joy, made you smile, gave you hope, or filled you with peace.



 “Gratitude is an offering precious in the sight of God, and it is one that the poorest of us can make and be not poorer but richer for having made it.” (A.W. Tozer)

A gratitude journal is an invitation to savor the blessings in our lives. Each day, write down one thing you’re grateful for:

  a small victory

  a pleasant memory

  an act of kindness

  a pleasant scent

 something that brought you joy or made you smile

  a favorite song

  something beautiful in God’s creation

  a touching story

  a surprise gift

 gentle rain

•  a cool breeze

  a delicious food

  an invitation

  a friend or loved one checking in



Some days, the blessing will come easily. On the more difficult days when your mind is spinning and anxiety is nipping at your heels, use these questions to get you started:

  • What am I most grateful for today?
  • What is one good thing right now?
  • Did anything make me smile today?
  • What was one small victory today?
  • What brought me hope today?
  • Where did I see beauty today?
  • What simple pleasure did I enjoy today?
  • What did I learn today?
  • How did technology make my life easier today?
  • What was one blessing in a difficult situation today?
  • What negative habit did I avoid today?
  • How did I show myself compassion today?
  • What inspired me today?
  • What brought me joy today?
  • When did I feel a sense of abundance today?
  • What quote made me think today?
  • What color made me smile today?
  • Did something in God’s creationsurprised me today?
  • What recent challengeam I grateful for experiencing?
  • What hobby or activity did I enjoy today?
  • For what am I most grateful in this season?
  • What bookcaptivated my attention today?
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The most significant thing we can do when we’re anxious, afraid, overwhelmed, or in need of comfort is to turn to the One who knows us completely and loves us best – the God of all comfort.

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort…” (2 Corinthians 1:3)

Our God is not a god of some comfort, in some circumstances, at some times, or if we deserve it. Our God is the God of all comfort



The word comfort, traced back to its earliest Latin roots, means “together-strength.” That definition has slowly evolved to mean, “a state of physical ease and freedom from pain or constraint; the easing or alleviation of a person’s feelings of grief or distress.”

How interesting that what began as “together-strength” has morphed into “freedom from pain.” God never promised us pain-free lives. What He promises us is that He is with us, that He will never leave us, and never forsake us.

“And surely I am with you always,” God said, “to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28:20)

That is “together-strength.” God with us. Always. No matter what. To the very end of the age.

Lord, “May your unfailing love be [our] comfort.” (Psalm 119:76)



“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”  (Philippians 4:6)

“Anxiety weighs down the heart, but a kind word cheers it up.” (Proverbs 12:25)

“When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought me joy.” (Psalm 94:19)

“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)



“So we can say with confidence, ‘The LORD is my helper; I will not be afraid.’” (Hebrews 13:6)

“I sought the LORD, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears.” (Psalm 34:4)

“When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.” (Psalm 56:3)

“But now, this is what the Lord says …’Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine.’” (Isaiah 43:1)

“There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear …” (1 John 4:18)

“Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me…” (Psalm 23:4)

“The Lord is with me; I will not be afraid.” (Psalm 118:6a)

“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.” (Isaiah 41:10)

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9)

“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” (Deuteronomy 31:6)

“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” (2 Timothy 1:7 NKJV)



“Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble, and he brought them out of their distress. He stilled the storm to a whisper; the waves of the sea were hushed. They were glad when it grew calm, and he guided them to their desired haven.” (Psalm 107:28-30)

“Do not let your hearts be troubled.” (John 14:1)

“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.” (Psalm 46:1)

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ.” (2 Corinthians 1:3-5)

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” (John 14:27)

“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. For I am the LORD your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior…” (Isaiah 43:2-3)



“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28)

“Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.” (Psalm 91:1)

“In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, LORD, make me dwell in safety.” (Psalm 4:8)

“You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.” (Isaiah 26:3)

“The LORD replied, ‘My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.’” (Exodus 33:14)

“There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God…” (Hebrews 4:9)

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)

“Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times in every way.” (2 Thessalonians 3:16a)



“…but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” (Isaiah 40:31)

“Because the hand of the LORD my God was on me, I took courage …” (Ezra 7:28a)

“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9)

“Be strong, and let us fight bravely for our people and the cities of our God. The LORD will do what is good in his sight.” (2 Samuel 10:12)

“’Do not be afraid, you who are highly esteemed,’ he said. ‘Peace! Be strong now; be strong.’” (Daniel 10:19a)

“Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD.” (Psalm 27:14)

“Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the LORD.” (Psalm 31:24)

“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 eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death.” (Philippians 1:20)

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. (Ephesians 6:10)

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