How to Keep the Faith During Hard Times

Guest Post

Please welcome today's guest, Emily Kirchner!  A married mother of two twin girls, Emily also writes part time for Discount Catholic Products.  When she submitted her guest post to me, I just knew it was perfect for my UnEMPLOYED Faith readers.  I pray you'll be encouraged as you read what Emily has to say about keeping the faith during hard times.

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It’s easy to be grateful when good things come our way. We feel blessed because things are working the way they’re supposed to and we thank God every day for these blessings. However, there are times in every person's life when obstacles come and make it hard to believe there's someone up there looking out for us.

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Illness, tragedy and similar circumstances can make anyone—even the strongest of believers—question their faith in God. I have to admit, a series of painful events when I was younger led me to question my own faith. As I grew older, I learned to keep believing even when times seem hopeless. Here are some of them:

God will not give you something you can’t handle

Do you remember the story of Job? He was a wealthy man, blessed with a wife and many children. Above all, he was a faithful servant. When God asked Satan what he thought of Job, Satan said he is righteous only because God gave him everything. Satan added that if God took away everything from Job, his most favorite servant will surely curse Him. With that, God allowed Satan to test Job’s faith.

All of Job’s properties were destroyed, his children died, and his health was taken away. Even as he suffered and his wife convinced him to curse God, his faith remained strong and unwavering. He said that if God can give, then He can take it away.

When you’re going through a particularly hard time, remember the story of Job. God allowed Satan to test his servant’s faith because He knew Job can take it. In return, God made him more prosperous than before and even lived up to 140 years.

Find solace in loved ones

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Family and friends are there for you in times of struggle, even if they cannot provide the solution to your problems. In times of need, a strong support system can do wonders to your spirit. It can be a dear friend, a sibling, or your children.

Even if you can't ask them to give you what you need to fix the matter, a shoulder to cry on or a well-meaning hug can be very comforting. They’ll listen to you talk and sometimes, that’s all you’ll ever need.

Your parish is there for you

Going to Mass every Sunday or attending a Bible study during the weeknights will be able to soothe your frayed nerves. Priests in your parish will always be available if you need advice or just an ear to listen. Active members of your local parish will find the time to be at your aid.

The Church fosters a community of love and support as much as they can, not only with their clergy but laypersons as well. People who share your grief will be there for you. All you have to do is ask.

Keep things in perspective

In life, you will always meet someone who has it worse than you do. When you hear or read about news of famine, war, or natural disasters, you will realize that you’re still very lucky despite what you’re going through.

Of course, this is not to say that your struggles are miniscule but as mentioned earlier, God only hands you circumstances He knows you can weather.

Pray

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Talking to God is a simple way to keep the faith alive. A silent prayer when you feel like breaking down in public is a way to settle your feelings before they burst. In private, pray as long and as hard as you want. Humbling yourself in front of God, asking Him for help is the first step to getting through it. Praying is taking a step back and letting God fill your life.

Keeping the faith during difficulties can be a struggle by itself. Our faith must be like that of Job’s—steadfast and unyielding. No matter how hopeless our circumstances may be, there’s always light at the end of the tunnel. It will also help to know that you are not alone. God is with you every step of the way.

 

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Emmy is a freelance writer for an online Catholic retailer for Bibles, rosaries, first Communion favors, and many more. Her faith in God and the love of her family are two of the most important things in her life.

11 Comments

  1. Sarah

    Often times I find that the struggles of life show me who I am. Nothing. Which it turns causes me to realize how much more my Lord is. Everything. With Him there is Hope, there is true inner peace that passes all our understanding, love beyond what we can imagine. A love the allows the hardships to take our faith through refining.

    I pray that through the tests, I can praise Him. It's very true. God will only give you what you can handle. But isn't it funny how we always think we can't handle much? haha I think we get pushed to the brink, because it has to "hurt" in order to be truly relying on Him. I have read some women who are struggling with certain things, that I myself can't imagine. But their strong steadfast faith is inspiring. And what a Witness! people ask "Why can you praise Him in this?" GREAT moment for telling them about Jesus. :)

    • Rosann

      So true Sarah! When my husband and I have gone through difficult times, I always find them to be very humbling. And it always turns out the same. I can't do or get through anything without God. I too have seen and heard of other women going through horrific things, the death of a child, for example, and yet they seem to have an unbelievable strength about them. I know I couldn't handle what they've been through, but the thing is, we don't have to handle it because God carries us through the most difficult times in our life. :-)

      Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving such a great comment!

      Blessings to you,
      ~Rosann

    • Rosann

      Sarah, I love your comment! Thank you for sharing your heart. You're right, we are stronger than we give our God credit for. We don't have to handle it, because when we seek Him, He handles it for us.

  2. Carla Karam

    Rosann... you were right!! Emmy's post was ... perfect! It has left me at a loss for words.. really! and in deep thought. Thank you for reminding me of the wonderful blessings God gives us on a daily basis. Blessings to you and Emmy!

    • Rosann

      Awww, so glad you enjoyed this one, Carla! You are too sweet, my friend. :)

  3. Kenya G. Johnson

    This was a wonderful reminder, "this is not to say that your struggles are miniscule but as mentioned earlier, God only hands you circumstances He knows you can weather." Thank you Emily for that. I often put thoughts of praying for myself aside because others are in greater need. Thank you Carla for sharing the post.

    • Rosann

      Kenya, thanks for your awesome comment. I know, Emily did a great job with this post. :)

  4. Kenya G. Johnson

    I mean thank you ROSANN for sharing the post!

  5. Kathy Radigan

    Thanks so much for introducing us to such a great blogger Rosann! Emmy thank you for your great reminders. You are so right it is easy to feel blessed and in God's favor when things are going well, it is much harder to feel the bless in the mess. It is something that I struggle with often. Thanks again!

    • Rosann

      Thank YOU, Kathy, for stopping by and leaving such a wonderful comment. :-)

  6. Vhannie Mae Delagon

    Let's always hold firmly to God's promises. For He is Faithful to us. And hold firmly to the faith we profess. And never give up because God will never give up on us. God richly bless Sis. Rosann

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