Keeping the Faith

24 01 2013

by Angela

In tough times, it seems like we always turn to or away from God. When we turn to God, we’re looking for answers and comfort. God becomes our rock. But sometimes we turn away from God. We question if God has a plan, why a loving deity would allow bad things to happen, or even if God exists. Our faith can be strengthened or weakened.

Since college, I haven’t gone to church as often as I used to. Yet when I studied abroad last spring, I went every week. Even though I ended up loving every minute of the experience, spending six months in Chile was way out of my comfort zone. Everything was different, from the landscapes to the culture to the language. And to add to the stress, I was going without knowing anyone else.

One of the other girls in my program couldn’t find anyone to go to church with her the first Sunday, so I went thinking at least it’d be a good way to practicing my listening skills. I was surprised to find that I ended up loving it. I had never felt so connected to God. Throughout the next six months, I continued to go to church weekly, joined a Bible study, read my Bible, and prayed more than I ever remember doing before.

Now that I’m back in a familiar place, I’m struggling with leaning on God in the same way I did while abroad. There are highs and lows in any journey, my faith journey included. I hope that one day I can rely on God for more things. But for now, while I’m not relying on God, I have faith that God’s still there.

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24 01 2013
joedalio

God is always there and loves you beyond imagination whether you feel connected to Him or not. I have learned that you don’t need a great deal of time each day to communicate with God. The more the better, but even if you can slow down for 5-10 minutes to simply acknowledge His presence and thank Him for the blessings in your life, I believe you will begin to feel your connection level increase. I will pray for you that it does : )

24 01 2013
angelahazle

I appreciate you taking the time to comment on my post. My goal going into this blog was to be honest about my faith and present it as it is. It’s a struggle. Thanks for taking the time to read what I had to say!

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