Unwanted Feelings: A Cheat Sheet

What the Bible has to say about everything we’re going through

Feel overwhelmed?

Isaiah 43:2 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 burn; the flames will not set you ablaze.

“Lord, you didn’t promise that we wouldn’t go through trouble, but you said you’d be with us so that we wouldn’t drown. We’ll get to know you better and trust you more.”

Just keep swimming!

Feel tired?

Isaiah 40:29 He gives strength to the weary and power to the weak.

Psalm 62:5 Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from him.

Feel forgotten?

Hebrews 13:5 Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.

Psalms 115: 12–13 The Lord remembers us and will bless us: He will bless his people Israel, he will bless the house of Aaron,13 He will bless those who fear the Lord — small and great alike.

Feel like you’re not doing enough?

Psalm 138:8 The LORD will fulfill his purpose for me; your steadfast love, O LORD, endures forever. Do not forsake the work of your hands.

“Often, slow is better. It gives us time to learn and understand.”- Mr. Rogers

“I used to be afraid of failing at the things that really matter to me, but now I’m more afraid of succeeding at the things that don’t matter.” — Bob Goff

Feel alone?

Deuteronomy 31: 6 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.”

“When we get our security from Christ, we no longer have to look for it in the world.” — Bob Goff

Feel sad?

Revelation 21:4 He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more.

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.

“God can and will redeem your broken heart. Have faith and you will feel his peace with you again.”

Feel upset?

Ephesians 4:26 In your anger do not sin. Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold.

Ephesians 4:31 Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice.

Feel uninspired?

Romans 8:30 And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified.

“When we want to do something that we know is right and good, God places that desire deep in our hearts because he wants it for us and it honors him.” –Bob Goff

Don’t understand?

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

Need encouragement?

Zechariah 4:6 Then he said to me, “This is what the LORD says to Zerubbabel: It is not by force nor by strength, but by my Spirit, says the LORD of Heaven’s Armies.

Feel unprepared?

Philippians 4:13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength.

Believe in yourself and know that God is right there in the storm with you, taking the test with you, right beside you during your presentation, in the car with you, and at work with you.

Feel unloved?

1 John 4:7–8 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.

“Nothing can change God’s unconditional love for us. Not circumstances, not hardships, not suffering, not debt, not drought. God uses calamities in my life for me instead of against me.”


Isaiah 46:11 From the east I summon a bird of prey; from a far-off land, a man to fulfill my purpose. What I have said, that I will bring about; what I have planned, that I will do.

Matthew 6:34 Don’t worry about tomorrow, because tomorrow will have its own worries. Each day has enough troubles of its own.


Isaiah 41:10 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.

“God has the power to lift your spirits. Allow him to work in your favor by repeating this verse again and again until you feel lighter.”

Don’t know what to do?

Psalm 25:4–5 Show me the right path, O LORD; point out the road for me to follow. Lead me by your truth and teach me, for you are the God who saves me. All day long I put my hope in you.

Tell Him, “God PLEASE take control over my life. Lord Jesus Christ, I give my will to you, not my will but yours be done in all things. Amen.” Pray.

“Listen to what he’s directing you to. If we listen, everything we’re guided to do will be in our best interests, and for the benefits of other, and always in accordance with the will of God.”

Feel like God isn’t communicating with you?

Isaiah 28:23 — Listen and hear my voice; pay attention and hear what I say.

“God communicates to us in any way, anytime he wants. Flowers, other people, uncomfortable feelings, joy, goose bumps, talent, and appreciation.” -Bob Goff

Don’t Understand?

Psalm 94:19 When doubts filled my mind, your comfort gave me renewed hope and cheer.

“Gaps in understanding are good because it leaves room for God to fill in the spaces.” –Bob Goff

Are brokenhearted?

Psalms 147:3 He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.

Psalms 34:18 The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.

“God never turns away from those who are hurting. Have patience, knowing He has a plan for you.”

“Broken things, just like broken people get used more, probably because God has more pieces to work with.” — Bob Goff

As always, I hope this helps.


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