If you’re in a rut or feeling hopeless, you may find it hard to keep the faith. It’s easy to heap on the blame and start to fall away from God when things go wrong.
It’s okay, though – God’s got this. Here’s how you can keep your faith and connection to God strong in trying times.
Keep the Faith With Prayer
One of the hardest things to do during a difficult time is to stick with a routine. But one of the best ways to get through a difficult time is to stick with routine – especially if that routine involves prayer.
When you roll out of bed in the morning, set aside a few minutes to begin your day with prayer. It will set the tone for everything that is to come and bring clarity to your mind.
Speak out loud to God, as if you’re in conversation with Him. God is present in your life to listen and guide, so who better to hear your thoughts, worries, hopes, and even anger?
Find Inspirational Scripture
Another approach is to choose a psalm or other selection of scripture that can be a source of meditation or renewal. Have your Bible handy while you sip your morning cup of coffee.
Keep the faith quotes may be helpful reminders, too, when you’re feeling hopeless and alone. “I can do all things through God who strengthens me,” from Philippians, is a perfect choice. Write it on a card to slip into your wallet or paint it on a sign to hang in your bedroom.
Express Your Thankfulness
When you’re feeling down, it’s also tempting to lose sight of all that is good in your life. A good practice to introduce into your daily routine is one of thankfulness. Take a moment each day to express your gratitude to God for something good in your life – your children or spouse, the beautiful fall colors, or a simple interaction with someone you love.
Expressing thankfulness can happen through written notes or spoken words. It also can happen through the clothes you wear. You can honor Jesus’ sacred rise from the dead through the thoughtful Christian designs of clothing companies such as SACRIZE.
Reach Out To Loved Ones
We’re all tempted to put on the pajamas and veg out on the sofa when things go wrong. Resist that temptation and reach out to the people who matter most. Be intentional about it.
Schedule that coffee date or start that Bible study. Send a note to the friend you’ve lost touch with or call up your sister living five states away. Often our spiritual emptiness reflects our loss of connection with people, and it’s never too late to change that.
Know That God Will Provide
The greatest source of comfort may rest in knowing that God will provide, regardless of circumstances. Keep the faith by knowing that simple changes to your daily routine, regular and committed prayer, and a little bit of courage can turn things around.
When you’re ready to find new ways to change your life for the better, check back to learn how you can find happiness in all that you do!