Updated: August 23, 2022
You may ask – how do I grow in my faith, how do I start? How do I keep the doubts and unbelief out of my life? I asked myself the same questions before. There were times when I seemed to have gotten off track in my walk with the Lord. I got distracted. I started to focus more and more on my problems instead of God’s faithfulness to help me go through the challenges in my life. What did I do to get back on track?
Here’s what I did (and still do):
1. Spend time with God. This is very crucial in your faith journey. Read the Bible, ponder His words in your heart. Get to know your Creator, who He is, His promises. Because when you get to know Him, you will trust Him and trust is the essence of faith.
2. Remember what He has done for you as often as possible. I consciously make an effort of recalling what God has done for me in the past. This brings me back to focusing on God’s ability to come through for me and reinforces my faith.
3. Listen to Christian Music. I love music and I enjoy singing, especially contemporary Christian music. Such music just move my heart and soul. I can identify with the lyrics of the songs, they seem to speak to me and convey a message I need to hear at that very moment in time.
4. Join a Ministry. You grow by serving others and using your God-given gifts. I joined our Church’s music ministry and committed to it. By committed I mean attending scheduled practice sessions consistently and being there on time to sing during the Mass.
5. Be part of a small group of fellow believers. We grow better together. There is nothing like having that special “bond” with a few people who are in the Lord when you need someone to talk to, when you are discouraged, when you need a shoulder to cry on, when you need advice and other times when you simply need a friend. Oftentimes the Lord will communicate with you through them. They will also hold you accountable in a loving way.
6. Attend Mass regularly. I don’t mean every day (although that would be good) but even just on Sundays. Some people don’t go to church anymore or just hear Mass when it’s Christmas or Easter Sunday or when they act as a sponsor for a child during the sacrament of Baptism/Confirmation or when they want something from God badly. How can your faith grow if you don’t even feed yourself with the Word of God even once a week? If you don’t get excited going to your parish church, then find one which inspires you and motivate you to grow in faith.
7. Acknowledge God often or say short prayers. During the course of your day, talk to God. Even a simple ‘Thank you Lord for the nice weather’ or ‘God, how beautiful those flowers are. And I know you made them. You’re awesome!’ You know what I mean. When you make Him part of your daily life, things go more smoothly.
8. Choose carefully what you read, watch and listen to. In this day and age, there is just so much out there which can confuse someone growing in faith. Don’t watch too much news, documentaries or books which go against your faith, movies with lots of nudities, etc. Don’t listen to radio announcers who swear on air or music containing references to violence, swearing, depressing thoughts, sex, etc.
So take that first step of faith.
I have done All these things and many Novena’s. It is going on 2-1/2 years to sell this home and nothing. It is destroying our family and my life has been on hold. I don’t know what else to do. I am in total dispair. I wish so bad to save my family; however, I think things are almost totally ruined for us. I don’t know why my prayers are not answered other than God does not want us to be a family or find peace and happiness ever again. I Give Up!!!
My father was sick for 5 years and each day, I remember praying for God to heal him or for God to end his life so he would be relieved of his pain and suffering. And like you, my life was on hold. I couldn’t marry my boyfriend at that time because there was no one to help my mother take care of my father except me. I was offered a doctorate scholarship in Holland but did not accept it because I just couldn’t leave my Dad. I practically had very little social life because I had to go straight home after work. Money too was scarce so I worked hard.
But you know what, instead of getting angry at God because it’s been years and it seemed that He has not answered my prayers, I simply TRUSTED Him. After all, He is God, He certailnly knows what He’s doing. And I always would recall the numberous times that things worked out for the best because I simply let go and allowed Him to be God. In other words, God’s track record in my life has repeatedly shown that He can be trusted to pull me through the roughest and toughest of times. His track record has proven time and time again that He can be trusted.
So I’m sure, you must have experienced His love and generosity in the past. Look back on the countless blessings He has given you in the past. I’m sure you can think of something. You know deep within you that it’s not true as you said that ‘God does not want us to be a family or find peace and happiness ever again’.
So it’s your choice – either you let go and trust God or you don’t trust Him at all and be in despair. God’s thoughts are not our thoughts and we cannot dictate to Him how and when to answer our prayers because He always answer prayers in His own way and in His own time. He simply wants us to trust Him and sadly, a lot of people don’t.
Thank you for this encouraging article! These points are very helpful. Bless you!
Very timely, practical advice So simple is easy to miss. Real wisdom. Perfect post for a site celebrating our wonderful St Joseph. Thanks Babes