Faith is confidence or trust in a person or something. It may also be a way of observing an obligation, promise or a belief not based on proof.
So many times we find ourselves against a brick wall struggling to keep up with the ongoing ups and downs of life but this shouldn’t be our cause for failure.
It is more so in these trying times when our faith is tested to its greatest fold and therefore it’s what we need most to face the present and future.
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The following are ways in which you can maintain and grow more in faith
1. Do what makes you feel strong and happy
If you find peace in reading, listening to music or working out, keep doing these things. Stay true to the activities that give you strength because these are probably the things that nourish your soul and feed your faith.
2. Be patient at all times
There will always be tough times ahead awaiting you but mostly importantly, have patience. There is no need for you to rush. Your loss of faith may last for a few days or even a few weeks, but you will not be abandoned. Use this time to build your faith around the certainty there is a purpose created just for you.
3. Watch how you rebound and fill in the gaps
Above all, be true to yourself. When you feel your faith returning, be certain it is your faith and not a need to begin feeling something else even if it is something that is not aligned with your core beliefs and values.
4. Learn to receive than to resist
Your faith is never taken from you – you may just resist it from time-to-time. Your faith is a gift of grace and you get to choose if you want to receive it, or not. You may even want to resist faith because you don’t trust how long it will stay with you. But when you learn to surrender, and allow yourself to open up, then faith will only multiply and manifest itself in your life more, not less.
5. Get involved
Practicing faith takes action. Faith requires you to think, feel and believe. When you stand on the sidelines and expect your faith to arrive without any deliberate intent on your part, then you run the risk of missing the chance to jump into life.
Get involved with the people and causes that touch your heart the most. Spend more time with your children, volunteer in your community, or get behind a group or organization you believe is able to make a positive difference in the lives of others.
6. Focus on the positive
If you find yourself coming back from a difficult situation where your faith has been tested, begin to look for the small, but positive things happening around you. Every good thought or encouraging experience is not an accident (these are signs to remind you of your purpose and the hope for what is waiting for you.)
It is never an easy road to take and no one said it was going to be easy but a strong and determined heart always lifts mountains. Don’t give up and keep climbing to the top of the peak.
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Allan Bangirana is a freelance writer for Newslibre and Spur Magazine. He is also the co-founder of the Innovware project and a freelance consultant passionate about tech, programming, games and entertainment.