Encouraging Bible Verses For Feeling Overwhelmed

What do you do when you are facing a discouraging situation? Do you have an arsenal of encouraging Bible verses for feeling overwhelmed?

Sometimes trying to navigate the storms of life leaves us feeling burnt out. Or maybe you know someone who is struggling in their current situation and you empathize with their pain.

How do we handle these situations? Sometimes feeling overwhelmed is overwhelming!

What is at the Root of Feeling Overwhelmed?

As a mom, it is not uncommon for me to feel weighed down by everything that is going on. Kids, messes, laundry, and the mental load of everyone’s needs, sometimes all I want to do is shut out the world.

Don’t we all feel this way sometimes? As hard as we try, we find ourselves drowning in everyday life. There is the to-do list, anxious thoughts, daily activities, and responsibilities that keep us occupied. 

Not to mention if you glance at the news you may start to carry the worries of the world also. Or if you see friends and family struggling…your heart breaks for them as they face troubling circumstances.

We know we shouldn’t worry or try to manage everything on our own. Luke 12:25 says we don’t gain an hour in our day from worrying and Proverbs says not to lean on our own understanding (Proverbs 3:5-6).

It’s pretty clear that we are not meant to carry our struggles alone! Yet, despite our best efforts, there are times when we feel anxious or overwhelmed. 

“My Heart grows faint” sums it up (Psalm 61:2). This Psalm of David expresses how we may feel when the world closes in around us. Who will save us?

It is in these troubling times when our heart feels heavy, we need to know who to turn to. We find Him in Bible verses for feeling overwhelmed.

What Did Jesus Do When He Felt Overwhelmed?

Jesus experienced times of grief and sorrow too. Jesus said in Matthew 26:37 “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow.” (ESV) Yes, God’s son felt pressure just as we do!

But do you know what He did? Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, prayed. He fell face down, in all His anguish and pain, and called out to His Heavenly Father. 

Isn’t that the perfect example for all of us? When we carry heavy burdens, we need to cry out to God. He hears every word and wants to fill our hearts with love and peace.

As Christians, we live under the shelter of the most high. Our God will never leave us in our moments of pain. Jesus knew this, He knew that His prayers would be heard and He trusted God the Father. Jesus’ example is what we should follow.

Photo of a woman praying.

We don’t need to feel embarrassed when we struggle. We don’t need to feel like we have to hide it. Jesus didn’t pretend everything was okay. God doesn’t expect us to be able to handle every situation all the time!

So in those moments of uncertainty call out to the Lord Almighty, and then turn to scripture to draw close to God.

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Bible Verses for Feeling Overwhelmed 

The good news is that God hears us, even if we call from the ends of the earth. There isn’t a place we can go that will separate us from God. Neither will the cares of my heart or difficult times.

He is our ever-present help and Lord of peace. Just as He cares for the birds of the air, God’s grace will protect us as well.  There are so many comforting Bible verses that we can claim for the many stressful moments of overwhelm that face us on a daily basis.

So arm yourself with Biblical teachings. Put on the full armor of God (Ephesians 6:10-18) and be familiar with scripture verses to carry you through tough times.

When the cares of your heart start to overwhelm you, turn to God’s word to find His perfect peace.

Here are some of my favorite Bible verses for feeling overwhelmed that reminds me He is always present, even in my darkest valley! He is the stronghold of my life.

Photo of an overwhelmed woman and the words from Deuteronomy 31:8

“The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.” (ESV)

This is a powerful verse for when you are feeling overwhelmed. 

God promises to go before us, every day. When you step out the door, when you are driving down the road, as you sit in a doctor’s office …you are walking in the shadow of the Almighty. God’s mighty hand is leading.

Doesn’t that give you goosebumps? Or God-bumps? Our God, who moves mountains and parts waters, is walking ahead of you in every situation!

This is the perfect verse to read in the morning before you head out the door. Or, write it down and tuck it inside the sun visor of your car. It’s also a good verse to read to your children before they leave.

Wherever you keep it, keep it close. Read it over to yourself for those moments when you need to be reminded that God’s mighty power goes before you! You have nothing to fear in your stressful situations because your God is with you!

Photo of an overwhelmed woman and the words of Jesus from John 14:27.

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.” (ESV)

Doesn’t this verse make you want to take a deep breath and let go of all your worries? What a wonderful promise that we have been given!

Jesus came as the Prince of Peace and what He has to offer is unlike anything we can find here on earth. We can try all the self-care suggestions but unless Jesus is part of those activities, they will not renew us to the full extent!

When life starts to move too fast and you feel like you can’t keep up, pause and read this verse. Then be ready to accept God’s peace. 

This is also a good verse to give to someone else who is struggling. Write it down for them, tuck it in a card, and remind them that they are not alone.

Photo of an overwhelmed woman and the Bible verses for feeling overwhelmed from Philippians 4:6-7.

“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 hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (ESV)

This is another one of the Bible verses for feeling overwhelmed to tuck into your bag before work or have on your fridge. This verse reminds us what to do when we feel like we are walking through the valley of the shadow of death. We should pray!

Just as Jesus prayed in the garden of Gesethame, we also need to call out to God. We need to pray for the mighty hand of God to cover us so we can take shelter in the shadow of his wings.

I can’t count the number of times I have said a silent prayer asking God to fill me with His strength.

Washing dishes at the kitchen sink, standing in a long line at the grocery store (with two cranky kids), in the middle of a workday at my desk, these are all places where I sought God in my frustrations. It is the power of Christ that got me through. 

Prayer is our lifeline to God. As we draw close to Him, He will draw close to us.

Trying to live our lives alone, without God, is like plugging a TV into batteries instead of a power outlet. It will work for a while, but eventually, it runs out of power.

We are no different, we need to stay connected to our power source to keep us from becoming drained! Stay connected to God with prayer.

And keep these verses close to your heart for the days when anxiety sets in and you need to be reminded of our great comforter who has plans for our lives that exceed our wildest imaginations!

Let Him be your encouragement and your peace in every situation!

A Prayer for Feeling Overwhelmed

O Lord,

You are a God of love, grace, and peace. You are the strong tower I can take refuge in during the struggles of my daily life.

Thank you for your perfect gift of love and for being the everlasting rock I can stand on. Thank you that I can rest under the shadow of your wings.

I pray that you guard my heart and mind, that you go before me in my daily activities and fill me with peace on the days when I feel overwhelmed.

In your name I pray, amen.

You can download this prayer as a PDF file. It is free. Here is the link.

Photo of the prayer with thoughts from Bible verses for feeling overwhelmed.

Another free gift from my friends at Therapy For Christians is a set of 10 cards with Bible verses and prayer for when you are stressed and overwhelmed.

About the author: 

Photo of Alyssa Gayle, author of "Encouraging Bible verses for feeling overwhelmed."
Alyssa Gale

Alyssa is a teacher, turned stay-at-home mom and blogger. She seeks to encourage women, especially moms who want to bring God into their homes as they raise their families. When she isn’t writing she is pushing her boys on the swings and enjoying God’s great creation!

You can find Alyssa at Little Bit Of Lavender.

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