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15 Bible Verses to Help Relieve Stress

15 Bible Verses to Help Relieve Stress: Finding Peace Amidst Chaos

Welcome, dear friends, to a journey of finding peace amidst life’s chaos through the transformative power of God’s Word. In this fast-paced world, stress and anxiety often threaten to overwhelm us, but fear not, for the Scriptures hold treasures that can soothe our souls and bring us closer to the heart of God. Join me as we explore fifteen Bible verses that offer comfort, hope, and relief from the burdens of life.

#1: Trusting in God’s Plan

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Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. Matthew 6:34

Our journey begins with Matthew 6:34, where Jesus reminds us not to be anxious about the future. Instead, we are encouraged to start each day with a short prayer, surrendering our worries to God and trusting that He holds our tomorrows.

#2: Prayer as a Stress Reliever

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In nothing be anxious; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. Philippians 4:6

Next, we turn to Philippians 4:6, which exhorts us not to be anxious about anything but to bring all our concerns to God in prayer. Through supplication and thanksgiving, we can pour out our hearts before Him and experience the peace that surpasses all understanding.

#3: Knowing Our Worth in God’s Eyes

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And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? If then you are not able to do as small a thing as that, why are you anxious about the rest? Luke 12:25-26

Luke 12:25-26 reminds us of our inherent value in God’s eyes and urges us not to let worry rob us of joy. Instead, we are called to place our confidence in God’s love and divine plan for our lives.

#4: Seeking God’s Guidance

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Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6

Proverbs 3:5-6 guides us to trust in the Lord with all our hearts and to seek His guidance in all our ways. By acknowledging Him in our decisions and actions, He will make our paths straight.

#5: Finding Rest in Jesus

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Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 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. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. Matthew 11:28-30

In Matthew 11:28-30, Jesus invites all who are burdened to come to Him for rest. Spending time in His presence, meditating on His words, and embracing His gentle and comforting nature lead us to find true rest for our souls.

#6: Casting Your Cares on Him

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Give your burdens to the LORD, and he will take care of you. He will not permit the godly to slip and fall. Psalm 55:22 NLT

Psalm 55:22 encourages us to visualize our worries as burdens and intentionally hand them over to God in prayer. As we do so, we can trust that He will sustain and strengthen us through life’s trials.

#7: Humbling Ourselves Before God

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Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you. 1 Peter 5:6-7 ESV

1 Peter 5:6-7 reminds us of God’s care for us and calls us to humble ourselves before Him. Through this act of surrender, we can find relief from anxiety, knowing that He carries our burdens.

#8: Embracing God’s Promises of Courage

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Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go. Joshua 1:9

Joshua 1:9 provides us with a powerful reminder to be strong and courageous, for the Lord is always with us. Memorizing and reciting this verse can dispel fear and instill confidence in God’s unwavering presence.

#9: Peace through the God of Peace

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Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times in every way. The Lord be with you all. 2 Thessalonians 3:16 ESV

May 2 Thessalonians 3:16 be our prayer as we seek God’s peace to fill every aspect of our lives. Trusting in the Lord of peace grants us tranquility in any situation.

#10: Calling on God in Times of Fear

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I sought the LORD, and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears. Psalm 34:4 ESV

In moments of fear, we can turn to Psalm 34:4, knowing that seeking the Lord will lead to deliverance from all our fears. Through prayer and meditation on His Word, we find solace in His presence.

#11: Embracing Jesus’ Peaceful Legacy

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Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. John 14:27 ESV

John 14:27 offers us Jesus’ gift of peace, a treasure unlike any the world can offer. Embracing this peace anchors our hearts amidst life’s storms.

#12: Trusting the Shepherd in Dark Valleys

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Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me. Psalm 23:4 NLT

Psalm 23:4 provides comfort as we walk through difficult times, reminding us that God’s presence and guidance bring comfort and assurance.

# 13: Relying on God’s Strength

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Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand. Isaiah 41:10 NLT

Isaiah 41:10 assures us that God will strengthen and uphold us. Memorizing this verse can become a source of encouragement during stressful times.

# 14: Overcoming the World’s Troubles

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I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” John 16:33 ESV

In John 16:33, Jesus reminds us that despite life’s challenges, He has already overcome the world. Through Him, we find lasting peace.

#15: Embracing Hope and Joy through God

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I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13 NLT

May Romans 15:13 be our prayer, inviting the God of hope to fill us with joy and peace through the Holy Spirit. Trusting in Him leads us to abound in hope.

Finding Peace in God’s Word

In our search for peace in the midst of life’s stressors, God’s Word offers a sanctuary of wisdom and hope. By incorporating these 15 Bible verses into daily life, you and I can experience the relieving power of God’s presence. May we always trust in God’s promises, seek His guidance, and rest in His everlasting love. And may God be gracious to help us discover the tranquility that comes from embracing His Word, so that it leads to a life of renewed peace and joy.

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How to Memorize Like a Boss

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How to Memorize Like a Boss

Recently I posted on social media the same sort of thing most of you post on social media–the Who’s Who and What’s What of your people and the events of life. My post consisted of our happenings on New Year’s Eve which to most would be considered uneventful and not worth the hoopla of a post. But my post consisted of our tradition that involves the culmination of a year’s worth of effort. My children collectively recited 292 Bible verses that night, without assistance from their parents and one is special needs. We are not part of a club or group or association that spurs us on to make these strides. It’s just a need I recognized years ago and the results of a strategy we set in motion to memorize. What I didn’t realize was how many other people needed what I recognized I needed.

I agreed to get my thoughts together and provide my insight and notes for whatever it’s worth. I posted a podcast on the topic and here I’m just going to offer the overview with links. Today we will consider 4 questions:

Question 1: Where are the verses going to come from?

  • Personal Devotional
  • A portion of Scripture, like a chapter, set of verses, or book
  • Something you download or purchase
  • A, B, C, D, it
  • Which version of the Bible are you using?
  • Below you will find a list of verses I created that are easy and important to memorize. I set something like this up for my kids in the beginning and for my special needs daughter, this kind of approach is golden. Here is a link to the PDF version.

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Questions 2: How are you going to organize them?

I began using something like the list above with my children. I went to the Dollar Store and purchased a small spiral notebook for each person and recorded one verse per page so they could flip between each one. They have honestly kept these books and continue to use them. It’s a cheap immediate and useful solution.

A second option is to utilize your phone. I do this in two ways.

  • YouVersion— The YouVersion app offers the verse of the day and it allows you to highlight Scripture and create a VERSE IMAGE that can be downloaded and shared. I use this feature often for memory work. First I select the option to make the image rectangular like a screen saver rather than square for social media. Then after I have downloaded the image to my photos, I create a folder within my photos on my phone to better navigate these images.
  • Fighter Verses— I love this app. You can use the verses they have selected for the year OR you can select your own. I select my own. Either way, you can listen to the verse, hear a song using the words to the verse, download a verse image or screen saver straight from the app (it’s not as pretty), read a commentary about the verse, and play games until you have it memorized. Once it’s memorized, you can click a button and it then goes into a rotation so that you practice it and you don’t forget what you have learned. The downside is that the app is not free. It costs $2.99. But it is well worth it! I use it all the time.

Question 3: How are you going to ensure they are being memorized?

Researchers suggest 4 proven strategies:

  • Food choices — Include the following in your diet to increase cognitive abilities– fish, green tea, blueberries, walnuts
  • Times of Day — Memorize in the afternoons, even if you don’t feel you are most effective this time of day
  • Utilize spaced repetition – or flashcards is their best advice, even in 2020. You can make these any way you like. Find what works for you. I have been using flashcards all my life. It works for me. That’s why in 2020 I began to design them for you. They are perfect to go along with you — fitting in the palm of your hand, with a ring and a prayer! 🙂 This first set published goes along with Unleash Your Brave, finding joy in badness. I needed it. I figured someone else might need it, too. You can check it out here or from the image below.


  • Chunking — memorizing a larger piece of material that goes together, like an entire Psalm or a passage. Our brains seem to work with these types of larger pieces better than if we try to helter-skelter our way down the road.

Question 4: What is the personal or collective incentive to keep going?

That’s what began this whole discourse: our family New Year’s Eve Verse-a-thon. Here is the nitty-gritty:

  • Decide and announce what the incentive will be for memorizing Bible verses? What will it be based upon? Number of verses? Age of person? You decide. Then announce the parameters.
  • On the given day, everyone must be ready and meet the requirements set up. If they do, they receive the incentive. If they do not, they do not.
    • Note – it cannot be verses they already have learned or recited before.
    • Note — it cannot be a half-hearted effort to memorize. There are no participation trophies at the Strange House! We left one kid in a pile of tears who was beside themselves last year because they thought they deserved the “prize” for mumbling through some sort of half learned jibberish. No. It was a lame effort and all of us knew it. Cry your eyes out. This is not Upward Basketball where you get kudos for just showing up. I’m not paying for poor performance when the person had AN ENTIRE YEAR!! But this year—-that same kid did an AMAZING job. So, I suggest sticking to your guns on what matters.
  • Lead. Remember it’s not just for kids. Grownups need to lead out, to show the way and model following Christ.

You CAN do this. It has eternal significance. Keep after it. Take your next step. I cannot wait to hear about it!

For His Glory,



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Memorize Like a Boss

How to Memorize Like a Boss

Podcast #79

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Welcome to the Podcast–How to Memorize Like a Boss

Last week I was doing what most of you do on social media: sharing the headlines and pictures of the Who’s Who in my life. One particular post celebrated the 292 Bible verses our kids memorized and recited on New Year’s Eve this year, and their goals to move ahead with at least 100 more next year. We are not part of a club, team, or ministry that helps us accomplish this feat. It’s just my own system created out of a recognized need. So I offered my two cent’s worth for how we are being successful at memorizing Scripture every year. Surprised by the response, it became evident other people needed what I recognized years ago that I needed. Therefore, today I put together an episode that addresses How to Memorize Like a Boss!

Note: this is our final episode as THE SHE YEARNS PODCAST. God willing, by next week, we will be here-after recognized and known as STIRRING FAITH WITH CHERI STRANGE. But don’t worry. If you are a subscriber, unlike I originally thought, you will not need to do anything. You should automatically be updated with the changes, I am assured.

So that you know, Stirring Faith will contain the same type of quality content and messaging. We simply felt we needed clearer packaging to help people locate the podcast and recognize what it was about. Thank you for listening and being a part of the community!

There are two IMMEDIATE benefits for you with these changes I want to mention:

  • You can now listen on Spotify!
  • You can share Sound Bites like this one from the Friday episode! (Ha! It’s appearing rather LARGE in this post, but it’s PERFECT for social media sharing on Instagram or Facebook. It will help your friends try it out a few seconds to see if it’s something worth their time and your recommendation.) I will be sharing these on social media and you can share it, too.

There are more benefits to come I can’t wait to share with you. But these are all I’ll mention for today.

Don’t forget about The Show Notes!

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If you are already a subscriber to the She Yearns Updates, you will begin receiving a link to a pdf. But this is different. By signing up here, you will ONLY RECEIVE Show Notes for the podcast. There is nothing to download unless there is some sort of bonus offered.

You can also use this resource to take with you to coffee with a friend or sit with a small group and talk about the topic together. It’s a quick low prep to no prep way to have a deep discussion about relevant Gospel-centered topics that matter to your everyday lives. So don’t wait! Sign up today!

Besides, How to Memorize Like a Boss — Your God is For Me is one of my favorite recent episodes. You can find it here if you are interested.

You can now check out the latest episodes from iTunes, GooglePlay, Stitcher, iHeartRADIO, or BuzzSprout. Just click on the links below! As always, you can scroll down and listen right here!

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