What can I do when struggling in faith?

Jessica - posted on 06/02/2011 ( 41 moms have responded )

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Wondering what can I do when I have no motivation to read or pray and also struggle with doubt. Sometimes I question God's existence.

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Sandra - posted on 06/04/2011

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I have to kids under 2 and its hard to find time for God but i have realized little devotional books before i go to bed have really helped me stay connected to God with lifes craziness. And in the past I have learned that getting a bible study book can really help give some new perspective on bible passages that I have read so many times. I have done The Power of a Praying Woman before and I'm hoping to start the Power of a Praying Wife or Mother soon. Beth Moore or Joyce Myer studies are really amazing too and they get you reading your bible and seeing things in a new way. Its not always going to be a high piont but God is a relationship like any other relationship in your life... We have to work at staying connected and listening to Him. Praying for you.
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I'm super stoked to hear you're benefiting from all this sisterly encouragement! It's wonderful to read everyone's responses ♥ ♥ Wanted to share one last thought...... when I lived in Hawaii, I went to a women's Bible study called WAVE (women achieving victory everyday!) This revelation we had one night will always stick w/ me. "Be sober, be vigilant, because your adversary the devil, as A ROARING LION, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour; whom resist, stedfast in the faith" (1 Peter, v. 8, 9)
We talked about which animal does the lion go after? The one that's apart form the herd many times. We're just like that. When we stay in the Word, close to our fellow believers, we are safer from Satan than when we're off alone! :)

Sharyn - posted on 06/07/2011

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God is a GOOD God. He IS NOT the author of confusion. I have been in the same boat (except for the doubting GOD part). If you are not attending church,jump in with both feet and go. Just talk to God like he was your friend on the phone or next door. I will be praying for you. If you need to talk please contact me at swillard.pcgi@cox.net or 918.605.1480 Sharyn

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Katrina has it right, do it anyway. I think it was Dietrich Bonhoeffer who wrote that when we struggle in faith, we rely on obedience. The two work hand in hand. Sometimes one pulls us through, other times it the other. Doing as God commands is as important as believing that God exists.

Rachel - posted on 06/05/2011

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Just get your Bible out and read. Start in the New Testament. Try to read just a little bit each day. It may seem like a chore at first, but any reading of God's word will start to penetrate your mind and heart.
"God's word is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, " Hebrews 4:12
He will speak to you through it.

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Jammie - posted on 06/16/2011

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Do whatever makes u happy. You can always talk to god in ur head.If u have a bad day:) And god is real i have seen angels in a near death experience.Even if you do not read bible every day as long as u know. Dont think about it that much.

Wilma - posted on 06/14/2011

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Find you a church where the bible is taught and you can meet other christian friends. You can get involved with their bible studies and draw closer to God... your faith will grow!

Susan - posted on 06/12/2011

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Even when you don't feel God. He is there. You know you are a mum and a woman. You are God's when you repent of your own ways and give Him charge of your life. It doesn't matter how you feel, it won't change the fact that you are His and He loves you. It has nothing to do with how you feel. Be encouraged sister, hang in there. You'll be fine. Take care of yourself. Try FlyLady. She has good resources.

Katherine - posted on 06/12/2011

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I was not motivated to read the bible for a long time. Then I thought... maybe I'm not supposed to motivate myself. Maybe I need God to GIVE me the motivation. So, I started asking Him to put the hunger for His word in my heart. I started speaking out loud that I hunger for His word and for a deeper relationship with Him. Before I knew it, I was consistently studying, either the bible or from a Joyce Meyer book, regularly. I now have a deeper relationship than i ever dreamed and I have had multiple people comment on how strong my faith has become and how much of god's favor they see in my life. But, it all started by me giving up and asking God to put the hunger in me. Then saying I had it even when I didn't ("speaking it into exsistence").

Gail - posted on 06/10/2011

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Katerina, what a wonderful illustration! Thank you for that. That even blesses me big time right now!

Prudence - posted on 06/08/2011

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My opinion ... I would just read and pray anyway even if i didnt feel like it. By the way i think we all have times like that in our life. Dont give up He is here and cares more about you than you think. You are special and precious to Him ... thats why He died for you. The more you read the more your faith is built up...the less you read the more doubts you gain. Fix your eyes on Him especially when you dont feel like it. God bless you abundantly.

Pamela - posted on 06/08/2011

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If you have some praise and worship music you can play, put it in and reflect on the words of the songs. And never forget the Holy Spirit is there to pray for you when you don't know what to pray. And Jesus is there also to intercede for you. God loves you, and He will never leave you or forsake you. You are His daughter, and He will always be right there, in your heart. You are in Him, and He is in you.

Gabrielle - posted on 06/08/2011

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I listen to Vision FM radio. You can listen online or on 87.6. This is a very professional run christien radio station with lots of christien music, teaching etc.

Lora - posted on 06/07/2011

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God is ever present in every part of our lives even when we can't see Him. His is there! Sometimes we get so caught up in the cares of the world. Meaning being mommy, wife, friend, etc just the normal things. but we get so focus on those things that we forget God. God never forgets us. Isaiah 49:15-can a woman forget her nursing child and not have compassion on the son of her womb?Surely they may forget, Yet I (GOD) will not forget you.v16-See I have inscribed you on the palms of My hands. Jessica and every woman who feels distance between you and God. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. God love you so much that He sacrificed His only son for you. So if God did that to bring us back to Him. Why would He distance Himself for us. You Jessica draw near and He promises to draw near also. God desires a realtionship with you and it takes work. So just like a marriage that may seem dry at times. You still show love to your partner because you do love them. Spend time with God and think on His love for you that He gave all just for you. I pray that These word penetrate your heart in Jesus name!!

Gail - posted on 06/07/2011

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I suspect you may be feeling a season of discouragement?? I have a number of sources that help me in such moments, one we are called to fellowship, this is always helpful. I have had times (sometimes I didn't even realize it at first) I was having trouble reading (due to decreasing vision) or concentrating. Listening to spiritual music or bible tapes until I could get into reading again... using sources you can hear, talk discuss, view encouraging video's even ( I have watched movies like The 10 Commandments or Jesus of Nazereth" alot, now I also have some other pretty cool video's too that will all help inspire my faith; I also I will at time attain teaching cd's from church of particurily inspiriting messages. Plan time to have personal time with someone you might believe particurily strong spiritually to just hang out with. If you find a specific topic a struggle search for answers... the bible says to seek and ye shall find.. The greatest thing is God knows your needs and your heart, so start with prayer and confess your struggle and ask Him to help... And reread promises you know are true, it has been amazing to me how God has used truths I know to refresh me again... We need reminding!

Lord I lift up this sister to you, to touch her heart and renew her spirit and her faith and fill the needs she has to ignite the fire of your great love for us all in her life. In Jesus name, Amen.

GILLIAN - posted on 06/07/2011

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My dear sister, try to serve in church nursery,focus on worship,rather than worrying. Regards Gill

Georgina - posted on 06/07/2011

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The thing that's helped me is getting into a routine. Jesus had routines while here on earth & the whole point of being a Christian is to be Christ-like, right?
I now read a chapter of the Bible every morning, I've got it on my phone so it makes it v accessible. Because of trials & just stupid things that happen sometimes I've come to realise that without God I really am absolutely nothing, with Him I am everything He wants me to be & He has a whole lot planned!!! God really is the only one we can rely on when times get hard. People may mean well but they cannot always be there. God will never leave you or forsake you. He is a friend that sticks closer than a brother.
Make time for Him, even if you don't feel like it - you can always ask Him for the desire to want to get to know Him cos He can do that too! He still works miracles even today.
Satan wants us to doubt because he'll then have something to work with in his never-ending plot to stop us from going to heaven, something he will never experience again. But God is greater & as long as we believe & do His will we'll be fine.

Maggie - posted on 06/06/2011

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We all go through life's various trials, no trial is uncommon to man. I am at this point too. But let Jesus' words to Peter comfort us - "I have prayed for you that your faith fail not." (Luke 22:32). The great High Priest prayed for us before the trial, and prayed for us in the trial, and has not ceased to pray for us since the trial. Keep holding on to your faith... and let us keep praying to Him to help us overcome our unbelief, like the father of the boy with an evil spirit in Mark 9. God bless you for being truthful to Him.

Carrie - posted on 06/06/2011

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Tell God how you feel, talk to him. He is your heavenly Father. Ask him to help you with your doubt, ask him to draw you to him. He will never leave you, he will never forsake you. Ask him to strengthen your faith. He will!

Jessica - posted on 06/06/2011

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Thank you everyone so much! All your responses not only helped and encouraged me but touched my heart that you all were willing to take the time to encourage me. Thank you again and bless you!!!

Jessica - posted on 06/06/2011

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Thank you everyone so much! All your responses not only helped and encouraged me but touched my heart that you all were willing to take the time to encourage me. Thank you again and bless you!!!

Kara - posted on 06/06/2011

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Whenever I'm having a tough time with motivation to connect with God, I just remember that I can't lead my kids to Him if I am not in communication with Him. Also I look at the amazing children that God has given me and I marvel at His creation. The greatest way for me to have my devotions is to get a book that is geared towards moms. A lot of churches have resources like that and they are very helpful because they look at faith from your point of view! Keep holding on to God because He holds you in the palm of His hand.

Isolin - posted on 06/06/2011

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Hi Jessica, I found years ago when I lost my inspiration to pray and read doubt was always there esp when I was waiting for help through prayer. Many times there was no one who could or 3was willing to help me. I found that by listening to or watching Christian programs of my choice online or from the God channels, I would feel alive, encouraged and motivated to make positive decisions which were not always easy or popular. In time I have earned peoples respect in not following pear pressure but am now happy and blessed through pushing through the doubts and negative thoughts that made me depressed, caused me to make rash decisions I regretted and despaired of life ." Faith comes by hearing and hearing the word of God." In this I found my strengh renewed and I know you will too. xxxxx

Iso - posted on 06/06/2011

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Everyone has days like that. I start by saying thank you for everything good in my life. There is times when you think nothing in your life is working but once you start naming even the littlest blessings you soon become aware of many more. I also tell God I'm struggling and why. Most of the times you won't feel better in an instance but chances are that a week from now you would look back feeling relieved.

Elizabeth - posted on 06/05/2011

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We all go through seasons like this when we don't "feel" God. I am now, and I know that I got through it. Remember...that is the key. Remember the day that He saved you and how it felt. Remember what he saved you from. Remember the sin and the forgiveness. This is a season, you are in the valley, but climb that mountain! I can recommend a good Bilble Study group, it's called BSF International. You can look it up on the internet to find a location that is close to you. It's is a women's Bible study and you are surrounded by a couple hundred other women of all ages and demoninations. They also have classes for children, so they can go too. You will get the word and the support that you need. It is a year long study that follows the schoo; year, so it will start back up in September. I hope and pray that you are feeling beter about this soon!

Vicki - posted on 06/05/2011

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It actually shows growth and maturity just by having the courage to ask this question here in a public forum. Most would not have that courage. This, I think, is all a part of the process of growing up in your Christianity. The key is not allowing satan to completely destroy you. I know there have been several times in my walk that I've experienced the "dessert" and I have to walk it alone. I am 50. I am married and I am supposed to be a "seasoned" Christian. Sometimes I am, sometimes not so much. Those who pretend to have it all together ALL the time are doing just that....pretending. We all have doubts at some point. Did we hear that right ? Did we understand that correctly? Was that God or me telling myself that? so it's natural to have doubts. Praying is simply talking to God. It doesn't have to be formal. Maybe you are trying to put too much formality into it. He knows your heart. Speak from your heart and let Him guide you. As for getting into the Word more, I think most are guilty of that too. I know I am. How about listening to someone on the radio each morning for your "feeding"? Is it because you are not comprehending the Word well enough yet? Maybe you need study help? These are all just suggestions. I hope that I have helped in some small way. We are all sisters in Christ!!!

Carol - posted on 06/05/2011

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Jessica.. I struggle with this one A LOT. My husband and I were both out of work for 2.5 years! If you asked us if we could have made it a year before this happened we would have said no. God came through at the last minute with jobs for both of us. Literally, we were down to one month rent left and that was it. Looking back, I see God was with us the entire time, and it took faith to see this through. While we did have to sell our house, its the only thing of real value that we lost. I thank GOD for my husband who kept me walking with God. I heard this one time, and it works to get motivated. Everyday, write down 1 thing that happened that you were greatful for. It can be anything to kids behaving, to a husband helping, ANYTHING! Soon, you will see that you have a lot to be greatful and thankful for. I also started watching Joyce Meyer. (Check your local TV guide) Shes funny and her words have such meaning, and its 1/2 an hour. Little by little you too will see that God never gives us more than we can handle and He is there with your every step. :)

Katrina - posted on 06/05/2011

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Do it anyway. Our feelings can follow our actions. It is normal to question our faith. It is normal to go through short seasons of doubt. Remember all the times God has been faithful and all the things you have God do in your for you in your life. Sometimes when I don't feel like going to work I go anyway. I never regret going to church when I didn't go. Sometimes when we feel depressed we lose motivation, press through! You wont regret it!

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Awesome Linda :)))) Glad you enjoyed it. It brings me close to tears to watch it.. Here's one that's different, but also reminds me how real God is. Don't know if anyone had seen this story before :)

Linda - posted on 06/04/2011

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Katerina, thanks so much for sharing! All I can say is WOW! I'm going to post this on my facebook page. And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved! Amen!!!!

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Everyone is right, we ALL have these times :) I think what inspires me the most (may seem strange!) is watching youtube videos of Muslims that have discovered Jesus! It is just amazing to hear the supernatural things that happened to them that brought them to Christ! Here's my favorite: Part 1 of 2 Hope it inspires you as it does me :)

Carla - posted on 06/04/2011

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We've all questioned, Jessica. It wouldn't be human if we didn't. Questioning makes us dig for Truth, both in the Bible, and in our own souls. I will get this little 'voice' inside me that says 'you don't REALLY believe all this stuff, do you?' And I say, YES, every word! But this came after 60 years of searching.



As for motivation, why do you think David talked about the sacrifice of praise. When we feel bad, it's difficult (sacrificial) to get our minds focused back on the Lord. Singing, and/or listening to GREAT Christian music is the quickest way for me to reconnect. We have Christian music on in the car, when I nap the grandbabies we turn to the Christian music channel on cable, I turn on iTunes and listen to Jesus Culture, and my mood lifts. When King Saul got in a bad mood, David would play his harp and his bad mood would leave.



We are all humans, doing the best we can. God sees that, honey, He sees your doubts and fears. He also sees that you still are looking, and is pleased. ps: when my kids were little, I'd take my Bible into the bathtub and have some quiet time. Worked great until they learned to pick the lock ;)



God bless, sweetheart

April - posted on 06/03/2011

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We all have moments of question, or some doubt creeps in our mind. I think its really important to have a community of believers around you to help lift you up during those times.... to remind you of truth when you are doubting. Doubt is from our minds and has nothing to do with God and His truth. I would find church and get involved and have people that you trust hold you accountable for reading or praying. Even if its just a little bit every day. Even a verse, or a short 30 second prayer. God will give you the motivation if you ask for it. Also remember, prayer and reading are a spiritual discipline. And that means we have to work at doing it sometimes. Good luck and dont let your doubts cloud your mind so much that you cant see the truth that is right in front of you.

Anne - posted on 06/02/2011

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If we were honest we all have felt like this at times. For me I have found that when I feel like this I need to Make Sure I stay in The Word, and keep my Prayer life up.

Does your church have an active Women's Ministry? If your church does have one please become as active as your life allows. I think we as women are notorious for being "Lone Ranger Christian Women" and then beating our selves up for times when we feel down.

Mary - posted on 06/02/2011

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Don't ever question God's existance. He is probably "testing" you and sometimes God pulls away from you to see how you will handle it. Have you ever read, "The Purpose Driven Life" It talks about why we are here on earth for and helps you see things you may never thought of. My husband and I are reading it together and it's a 40 day journey where you read one very very short chapter a night. It's amazing and has really changed my outlook on life in general! Keep possitive, every negative thing is even for God's purpose. and good always comes out of even bad situations:) God Bless

Victoria - posted on 06/02/2011

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Stand firm, get some strong Christians around you to encourage and motivate you. However hard, press on and force yourself to get into the word. Some time we go through these time & often it is just a test for us to prove our faith genuine.

1Pe 1:7 These have come so that your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honour when Jesus Christ is revealed.

Lisa - posted on 06/02/2011

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Keep reading your Bible. Every Christian has dry spells. The thing to do is to dig deep and keep praying. Get involved in an in-depth Bible study, like a Beth Moore study or Kay Arthur precept study where you go beyond the surface of just reading your Bible. God is there and He loves you whether you feel close to Him or not.

Rebekah - posted on 06/02/2011

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Read Lamentations - Jeremiah experienced the same feelings - you're not alone! :)

Kathleen - posted on 06/02/2011

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i think alot of people do sometimes. you just got to keep your head up. god is with you always and looking out for you. everything that happens is like a plan. even when questioning your faith he is still there with you and always will be. when i got like that i just kept my head up and remembered all the great gifts god has given me like my children and wonderful community. i also went to church and talked to our pastor about it and got more involved with the church and thier activities. honestly seeing everyone come together to help others really pulled me back to my faith. i hope it helps if not you are welcome to add me and we can chat if you would like. sometimes all you need is a person to talk to.

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