"Don't worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all He has done. Then you will experience God's peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus."
This is one of the first verses I ever memorised. It wasn't years and years ago, when I was in my grade one Sunday school class. It wasn't my first year at university, which was...oh gosh, 6 years ago. No, it was last year. That's right, up until last year, I knew absolutely zero Bible verses. Sure, I knew stories, I knew approximately what Jesus was saying in certain sections of the Bible, but I had nothing in my arsenal. I don't mean to use as ammo to attack people; I don't believe God intended His words to be used for such things. I mean for me to use, to remember, when things are hard and it feels like I'm under attack.
I am one of those people who struggles with anxiety. I also have depression, which is a fun bundle of worrying if my friends care about me and my brain saying "of course they don't," and having days where I don't want to talk to anyone. I have had some really dark days, and when it's really bad, a few dark months. It's scary, to not be able to "snap yourself out of it." These verses I have memorised are helpful for me. When I have to get myself somewhere, and my anxiety is pulling me back inside the house, I will whisper that verse from Ephesians over and over while I drive. I might look like a crazy person, but remembering God doesn't want me to worry, and that He will take care of me, helps bring me peace in those panicky moments.
Memorisation isn't for everybody. I know it can be difficult to sit down and focus on remembering a verse. I use the app Scripture Typer. It lets you import verses from your preferred edition (I like the NLT) and it walks you through 3 different steps to help you memorise better. I have also filled my office with paintings of Bible verses. I sit in the office every day, so I wanted to fill it with reminders of who God is and the promises He keeps. It's easy to get stressed and overwhelmed. There are only so many hours in the day. But seeing these verses reminds me to take a few minutes and spend time with God each day.
Start putting together your arsenal. Take those bad days down! If you have verses that have been meaningful to you, start to memorise them. Instead of retreating, numbing out, or distracting yourself, practice turning to God and His truths in those moments. I hope your summer time is filled with the best days, but don't forget to thank God for those ones too! He's there in all things.
Talk to you soon!