Do you have a hard time with your faith & with prayer?
This isn’t going to be a big religious post in anyway… I don’t like to push religion down anyone’s throat. Just want to share what has helped me on my journey & hopefully it can possibly help someone who is new to getting closer to God.
Really quick I was baptized Catholic & went to church when I was small, but I honestly didn’t start my relationship with God until about 7 years ago. I was in a dark place & a friend invited me to church & that was the beginning…I am grateful for that! My mom is a huge believer in God, so in the back of my mind that was always there but I think when your in middle school & high school if your not going to church or in groups it doesn’t stick or you tend to just go along with your group of friends or what not. I sometimes on certain occasions go with my mom to mass at a Catholic church when she asks me to go, but for the most part I now attend a Christian church.
Do you feel like you have to go to church every week to stay close to God? This is a good question.. I think if for some urgent reason you can’t make it sometimes its understandable, but I believe that the reason it is important to go in person is to come together with other people who believe just like you. I think being connected to a good church is very beneficial in a lot of different way’s; some have groups that can help with any issues your facing, classes, activities, and you can even donate items or your time. I would say if you can find a church that you love to attend get involved & go as much as you can.😉
This one might be a tough one to hear but you have to really read the bible…I would go to maybe the book store and look around for a bible that suits you or even browse Amazon for a good one. I originally bought a regular bible & I wrote in it & highlighted so much and tagged verses so I could go back to them at a later time. After a while I wanted a bible journal so I found this one (below) a couple years ago & I love it. If you haven’t read much of the bible I would start reading either Genesis, Proverbs or Psalm that is my opinion. You can also Pinterest or Google “where should I start reading the bible” but everyone has different opinions. I would say try to read a little every day or every other day, just make time even if its for a little bit and if you can write down verses that pop out to you on little index cards and carry them with you.
I bought some gel pens for my bible journal a few years back… if you decide to get one and need some gel pens these are a good price & have good reviews on Amazon;
Try to either listen to podcast or watch church services online any time you have some free time & I always say if something a pastor says or a verse he is talking about speaks directly to you write it down if you can. I have a few favorite pastors that I follow; Steven Furtick (Elevation Church), Levi Lusko (Fresh Life Church),Greg Laurie (Harvest Church), & Real Talk Kim ( Limitless Church ). Go check them out trust me they are so wise & amazing. I heard this but not sure if it is true, research says it can take the human mind about 7-20 times to hear something in order to remember it.😲 Crazy lol… so you have to really be intentional about reading God’s word.
Try to build a relationship with people who are older, wiser or just even more mature in their faith. Talk to them & have conversations maybe they can help you realize things that you weren’t aware of, that has really helped me a lot. If you can trust them talk to them about what your dealing with & you can even ask them to pray for you as well; two is better than one! (Ecclesiastes 4:9-10)
Last but not least pray, pray & pray about everything! There is no right or wrong in how you pray just do it & the thing is God knows exactly what your thinking and where your heart is anyways. You can pray whenever; just waking up or even on your drive to work, at night… whenever you need too. God knows where you are in life & what your going through he is never surprised. God is good & only wants the best for your life but you have to really believe that no matter what comes. There is something our Pastor always says; God answers prayers in 3 ways; YES, NO & NOT NOW. If its a NO believe that he has something way bigger and greater around the corner, but you don’t realize it at the time because we are human & don’t understand how powerful God really is. We don’t see the whole picture because we are either struggling, sad, or upset.
To be honest God has not let me down since I’ve been following him in fact he has protected me from so much. I’ve had moments where I wasn’t sure what to believe just like everyone else or if there was light at the end of the tunnel. I have wondered certain things & still haven’t received answers as of yet, which I am finally okay with. For sure & no doubt about it he has given me so much strength & courage that people have asked me how are you still standing after everything you have gone through? How are you getting up everyday? GOD. He see’s the real us… I don’t lose sleep at night, my conscience is clear & I have a bold strong faith that cant be shaken.
REMEMBER NOTHING and NO ONE can take your blessings away & what God has set aside for you is for you period!
Thanks for reading🤍& comment below any tips you may have if you have been building a relationship with God or if your on your journey.