Keeping your faith when things are rough is not easy. In fact, it’s one of the hardest things you will ever have to do. When things get hard, that’s when we find out who we truly are and what we truly believe. Are you willing to stand up for what you know is right? Or will you crumble under pressure and give up your beliefs? It’s never as easy as saying “Yes, I believe in God!” In times of hardship, it takes a lot more courage to stand by your faith and avoid falling into temptation. That being said, there is good news if you’re currently struggling with your faith or feeling like it has been tested too much lately. With a few simple steps, you can regain your confidence in God again and know without a doubt that He is always there for you no matter what comes your way.
Turn to God first and foremost.
When you need help the most, that’s when it’s easiest to forget to turn to God. When you feel like you’re going insane, when you can’t sleep, when you don’t know what the future holds, turn to God. Ask Him for guidance, ask Him to give you the strength to see this through, ask Him for whatever you need. You’d be surprised at how much a simple prayer can change your whole outlook. When the temptation to give up is high, turn to God. When you feel like nothing will ever get better, turn to God. When it feels like you’re alone, when you’re scared, when there’s no one else to turn to, turn to God. When there’s no light at the end of the tunnel, when there’s nowhere else to look, turn to God. Turn to God when it’s most difficult to do so.
Ask for guidance from your spiritual leaders.
If you’re struggling with feeling like you’re on the wrong path or have lost the meaning in your life, ask for guidance. If you don’t know how to cope with the things going on in your life, ask for guidance. If you’re having doubts about your faith, ask for guidance. If you don’t know where to go from here, ask for guidance. Your spiritual leaders are there to help guide you. They know your struggles, they know your fears, they know how to help you overcome them. If you feel like you can’t do this on your own, if you feel like you’re drowning without someone to reach out and help you, ask your spiritual leaders for guidance. They’re there to help you – and they want to. You just have to turn to them.
Remember that you are not alone – others feel this way too.
One of the biggest misconceptions about having a bad day or a bad week is that you’re the only one going through that. We’re so used to keeping up with the Joneses and having a perfect Instagram feed that we forget that everyone else is going through the same problems you are. Some people might have it worse off than you, some people might have it better. But everyone goes through hardships. Everyone has bad days. Some people just don’t talk about them because they don’t think anyone will understand. There are people who have it worse than you, people who have lost children, loved ones, their homes, their jobs, their health – so many things that you don’t have to worry about. There are people who have lost their faith and are struggling just as much as you are. You’re not alone.
Don’t be afraid to admit you’re struggling.
This is one of the hardest parts of struggling with your faith. You’re supposed to be confident in your beliefs, you’re supposed to be able to stand up for yourself, you’re supposed to be able to stand up for what you know is right – but what happens when you can’t? When you feel like you’re sinking into a quicksand of doubt and temptation, what do you do? What do you say? You’re supposed to be strong and confident in your faith – but when you’re struggling, admitting it can be the hardest thing to do. You don’t want to let your family, friends, or co-workers know that you’re struggling. You don’t want to be looked at as weak. You don’t want anyone to know that you don’t have the answers. But what happens when you’re faced with temptation? What happens when you’re faced with a situation that is begging you to back out and question what you know to be true? What happens when you don’t know what to do? What happens when you’re faced with a situation that you’re not sure how to handle? What happens when someone challenges your faith? Admitting that you’re struggling is one of the best things you can do.
Take care of yourself physically and mentally.
Keeping a healthy diet and hygiene routine will help you feel better both emotionally and mentally. When you take care of your body, you’re giving it the nutrients it needs to function properly. You’re giving your brain the tools it needs to stay sharp and focused. You’re giving yourself the tools you need to cope with everyday life. You’re giving yourself the tools you need to get through a difficult time. You’d be surprised at how much taking care of yourself physically can help you mentally and vice versa. When you’re going through a tough time, you’re going to be tired. You’re going to have a lot on your plate, and you’re going to have trouble sleeping. You’re going to have trouble eating a proper diet. When these things add up, it’s really easy to lose sight of yourself. It’s really easy to start thinking that there’s no way you’ll ever get through this. It’s really easy to fall into temptation and lose faith. But it’s not impossible – and taking care of yourself physically can help you mentally get through it all.
Remember why you have faith in the first place.
This is one of the first things you should do when you’re struggling with your faith. Remember why you have faith in the first place. Remember why you believe what you believe. Remember the things that brought you to this point, the people that helped you get here, the situations that shaped your faith. Remember what you’re fighting for. Remember who you’re fighting for. Remember why being a Christian is important to you in your life. When you’re struggling and it’s hard to remember why you have faith, it’s easy to forget why you’re even trying to keep your faith in God. When you’re tempted by the things around you, it’s easy to give up and give in. When you’re tempted to do things you know are wrong, it’s easy to forget why you’re fighting for God and give in. But when you’re tempted to do something you know is wrong, when you’re tempted to give up and forget about God, remember why you have faith in the first place. Remember why you have faith.
Keeping your faith in hard times is difficult, but it’s not impossible. Whether you’re going through a rough patch in your life or if you’re struggling mentally with the things you’re facing, it’s important to remember that you can get through it. You can overcome any obstacle that comes your way. With a little bit of faith and a lot of determination, you can get through anything. Don’t be afraid to seek help when you need it and don’t be afraid to ask for guidance when you feel lost. Remember that you’re not alone and that others feel this way too. Most importantly, remember why you have faith in the first place and don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it.
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