Is Your Faith Slipping Away? Four Tips To Hold On To It

“To one who has faith, no explanation is necessary.
To one without faith, no explanation is possible.” – Thomas Aquinas

Regardless of your principles or religious upbringing, faith remains a vital factor in life. Faith is what allows you to see the good even in the worst of situations. It is the force that keeps you positive even when you are surrounded with negativity. In many ways lack of faith is similar to lack of purpose. Without it, we may find ourselves wandering aimlessly and miserable in life. It can manifest into problems such as depression, self destruction or apathy. Since faith can be essential to leading a fulfilling life, tell-tale signs that faith is slipping away should be a cause of concern. The following four tips can help keep your faith strong and steadfast no matter the circumstances.

Never stop praying.
To utter a prayer is an obvious sign that faith is working in your life. This is why people with strong faith make it a point to include prayer time in their daily lives. So to prevent faith from drifting away, never forget to set a regular time for it. This simple habit will keep you strong and calm even in the worst of situations. Praying will also keep you humble as you are constantly reminded that there is a higher power that is guiding you through life.

Stop focusing on yourself.
Finding your life’s purpose may take a while if you keep your vision on yourself alone; including your own desires and troubles. On the contrary, shifting your gaze onto others will make you realize that faith exists everyday. The world is full of tales proving that miracles do happen. These stories will inspire you to keep on believing that an invisible power is real and present. Showing a genuine interest in others will also help you realize that you can be of help to others in many ways. Doing things for others will give you a sense of purpose and strengthen your faith.

Nurture your body.
Wondering why your faith is dwindling? It can be due in part to your poor health. Staying faithful is undoubtedly more difficult if your mind and body are feeling sickly and weak. In a way, you can’t really separate maintaining strong faith and keeping a strong body. If you stick to healthy habits, you are also doing things that nourish your soul. A long-term study even showed the correlation between attending church services and life longevity.

Seek help from a friend.
Feeling completely lost and out of faith? You don’t need to go through the journey of making your way back towards faith alone. To revive your zest for life, sometimes all you need is someone to remind you that you once had it. A friend who will inspire you to move toward rather than walk away from faith. This person will be ready to listen to your woes and offer any assistance he or she can give. You may also find it beneficial to hang out or join a group that will keep you glued to your faith.

You can allow yourself to be swallowed by life’s complexities and give up on faith. Or instead, you can empower yourself and others by being a living, amazing testimony of faith. To live in faith or lack of it is a choice you make everyday. Do your best to live on the side of faith and see how its positive effects can impact your life.

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Four Faith-Building Testimonies to Share with Others

Belief is delicate and life is tough. Even the most seasoned followers endure trials and tribulations that test their faith. In those moments of uncertainty, it’s beneficial to have a support system to aid in the process of rebuilding that faith. If you are blessed with opportunity to counsel someone through the most vulnerable point of his/her walk, these 4 testimonies can help.

  1. Share a Testimony About Your Biggest Obstacle. Explain How Faith Helped You Overcome It.

Offering an anecdote about your biggest life challenge creates common ground. It’s important to let others know that even you, the person they look to as a strong pillar of faith, went through (what felt like) an unbearable situation. You were delivered from it, and came out stronger than when you went in. This type of testimony creates understanding and works toward canceling the feeling of isolation and guilt that your mentee may feel. By specifically stating how faith played a role in your triumph, you illustrate the necessity of its role in problem solving and endurance.

  1. Answer the Question: Who Helped Build Your Faith?

By nature, people are social. We learn by seeking guidance from people who are already skilled in the areas that we aspire to excel in. Discussions with others help us navigate through our thinking and processing. Leaders also share teachable lessons on best practices. Similarly, these interpersonal benefits ring true in faith-based scenarios. God created us to be interdependent. For most of us, there was someone who helped answer our questions, point us to the most applicable Bible verses, and to hold us accountable. Whether that was your pastor, a friend, or someone in your family, that person played a vital role in building the base of our faith. Try sharing a testimony about the spiritual leader who did that for you. Make sure to include the biggest takeaways you gleaned from his/her counsel.

  1. Answer the Question: When Was Your Faith at Its Lowest? How Did You Recover?

This will undoubtedly be a vulnerable exchange. As Christians, we often feel a certain level of shame or regret about the situation that caused us the greatest level of doubt. Nevertheless, it was a critical life moment that, once it passed, provided a lot of clarity in your Christian faith. Sometimes when you begin to doubt the very thing that used to help you keep going, it can feel like you’ll never come out on the other side. This is why it’s meaningful to share an account of the feelings you personally experienced when you were in the midst of your lowest lows. It’s comforting to know that other believers prevailed in spite of their setbacks. Focus on explaining why your faith decreased in that scenario and the steps you took to rebuild your assurance. Lastly, expound on what currently prevents you from returning to the mind state you were previously in.

  1. Share a Testimony Detailing the Ways That Strong Faith Has Changed Your Life for the Better.

Finally arriving in a place where your level of faith is the best it’s ever been, is a wonderful feeling. Having the confidence of being able to fully trust God and cast all your fears and problems on Him is freeing. That freedom comes with daily benefits. Maybe increased faith has helped heal your marriage or given you greater mental health. Maybe your high level of faith changed your perspective on life. Think about the day-to-day benefits that make you grateful for reaching the level of faith that you currently enjoy. Share those victories with your brothers and sisters in Christ. Your joy-filled spirit will be infections and make others eager to attain the same for themselves.

Other Interventions That May Help

If you are struggling to think of impactful testimonies that will be helpful, don’t fret, there are plenty of other avenues that lead to the same result. Below are a few faith-building suggestions that you can pass on:

  • Bible study
  • Support groups
  • Seeking prayer for renewed faith
  • Center friend groups around people who have reached the faith-level you desire
  • Seek pastoral guidance

Faith is the backbone of Christianity, yet most believers will struggle with faith at least once during their journey. Sometimes life knocks us down and it feels impossible to get up. However, we don’t have to bear our burdens alone. We are charged with the responsibility of lifting up our brothers and sisters when they cannot stand for themselves. Witnessing through testimony is a surefire way to stand in the gap for those among us who need encouragement in strengthening their faith.

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3 Ways Incorporate Your Faith Into Your Morning Routine

The best way to set the tone for the entire day is to take time before your day even starts to get your mind in the right place. This is why so many people meditate in the mornings, or go for a run, or just sip coffee in peace. But what should you do if you want to reset your mind to make sure you go through your day with a faithful outlook? Here are 3 ways to incorporate your faith into your morning routine.

Pick a message that reminds you to live a faithful life, and read it every morning

This message could be a scripture passage, an uplifting quote, or just a simple reminder to be a man or woman of faith in anything you do. Just pick a message that speaks to you. Consider taping a piece of paper with your message to your bathroom mirror, so that you read it when you brush your teeth. This is a simple, yet impactful way to set the tone for the day ahead.

Set a daily intention that encourages you to live a more faith-filled life

Before you open your email or start thinking of the day’s activities, begin each day consciously thinking about one thing you can do that will help you live a more faith-filled life. This can be something as small as just smiling at a stranger or as big as devoting an hour of your day to serving others. Whatever you choose, make sure it’s a selfless act that will grow your faith.

Make breakfast a time for faith

Mornings can be hectic if you’re always rushing out the door. If you make the time to sit down and eat your breakfast with a clear mind and faithful mentality, you’ll be well on your way to living out your faith more effectively. Breakfast is the perfect time to focus on your faith because just as your food nourishes your body, you can concentrate on how your faith can nourish your spirit.

If you take the time to get your mind in the right place in the morning, not only will you set yourself up to be in a better mood throughout the day, but you will also be well on your way to living a more faithful life each day.

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4 People You Need to Live a More Faith-Filled Life

It’s easy to lose sight of your spiritual vision from time to time when life happens and gets in the way. But spending time with people who share similar values, interests, and fundamental life goals can help you keep your spiritual life on track even when your personal life seems to be falling apart. If you want or are in need of a lifestyle change, taking a look at the kinds of people you fill your life with is a good start. To live a more faith-filled life make sure you surround yourself with people who share your similar spiritual goals. Here are four people you need in your life to live a more faith-filled life.

The other opinion

We are all entitled to our own opinions when it comes to everything from religion to politics. But make sure you stay educated and informed on your own opinions by exploring all perspectives when it comes to your spiritual viewpoints. The best way to do this is to learn from other people in your life who may have different opinions than your own. Be sure you stand behind the one that makes the most sense and mirrors your personal values and morals best, but keep an open mind and truly listen to those who have an opposing opinion. Remember, there is nothing wrong with disagreeing on certain topics. In fact, by disagreeing with someone you have the chance to strengthen your own views and give you another reason to stand behind them.

The younger perspective

We can learn from anyone and everyone in our lives. Age is just a number after all. So keep an open mind when discussing faith with your children or mentees. You’ll be surprised at the refreshing outlook younger minds can provide you with. When you’re lost on your own spiritual journey, listening to insight from someone who is in a completely different life stage than you can really rejuvenate your own outlook and provide a unique source of clarity.

The teacher

While younger perspectives may offer a more refreshing, innocent viewpoint, there is something to be said for the “older and wiser” people in our lives. They’ve been around the block a time or two, so they are often your best advice givers and listeners. Whether you find this perspective in your parents or you seek out an older mentor or religious person, be honest with them and your journey. They can provide you with invaluable advice and perspectives that can truly alternate your spiritual outlook.

The one you can count on

This one is no brainer. We need people in our lives that serve as our rocks, keep us grounded, and make sure our spiritual vision stays in line. Whether it’s a life partner, spouse, or faithful companion, we need to have people we can rely on to reinforce our faith on a daily basis. So choose carefully and make sure you have someone in your life who you can turn to when you feel lost on your own path.

The people you spend the most time with tend to be the people who are our biggest life influencers, so be sure to actively seek out people who serve as a positive influence on your own spiritual life.

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3 Ways to Live Your Faith Every Day

First things first, let’s define the difference between practicing your faith and living it every single day. Practicing your faith is what makes it possible for you to live it by establishing faithful habits and routines. It helps you recognize the parts and moments in your life where you are already strong in your faith and, upon reflection, it helps you notice the moments that may need more work. Practicing your faith is saying prayers, attending services, and making intentional choices each day that reflect your faith and love for God.

But, living your faith is taking these practices to the next level. Living your faith involves actively choosing to build a relationship with and deepen your faith in God every moment of every day. It’s waking up in the morning ready to live boldly as a beacon of hope for others and to walk through each day in humble steps of dependence on God. Put simply, living your faith is transforming it from a personal belief into a lifestyle.

Follow these tips to make sure you live your faith with audacity every single day.

Wake up expecting God to show up

Before you even get out from under your covers each morning, tap into your spiritual cognizance and recognize this new day is a gift from God. Before you begin the hustle and bustle of the day ahead, make an effort every morning to communicate with God because the next 24 hours are not only another chance to get it right, but a chance to chase your dreams, or even change the world. Every 24 hours is another chance for you to build your relationships and live your actions through faith.

Expressing Gratitude

Living your faith every day requires you to not only thank God for your fortunate circumstances or when things go right, but also when life doesn’t go the way you planned. True faith is expressed in both the good and bad moments in life. So, form a habit of expressing gratitude for the hardships and struggles each day brings because these instances serve as moments to strengthen your faith and lean more on God.

Love others with God’s love rather than your own

We all know that it’s not always easy to love everyone – especially those who have hurt us or treated us in a way that is less than Christian. This is why it’s important to remember to love everyone through God’s love and not your own. This way, people will recognize the faith we practice each day by the way we live and love with it.

Like all relationships in life, your faith and spirit need continual care and attention. So, use each day to renew your spirit in God. Make intentional choices each day that reflect a purer heart than the day before. In doing so, your spirit will be renewed through the actions of each day.

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