(Closed) Struggling with faith, please share your experiences with God

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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Hello!

I was raised in a Christian family so I have always known about God in some way, shape or form. Therefore, I cannot relate to being atheist and then discovering Christianity. However, I can relate to discovering God for myself and making it my own personal faith rather than the faith of my parents, grandparents etc. 

I would say that I have truly been a Christian since I was 14, that was when I properly took my faith as my own. I got baptised and really enjoyed learning about God and making Christian friends.

I am now 28 and like you I have gone through periods of feeling really close to God and also far away. I stopped going to church when I was at university for various reasons but then restarated after my gap year.

For me I have found the most important thing is to find a church that works for me. I am involved in various parts of church life and having friends there makes a big difference.

God never forces a relationship onto us but it is up to us to go to him. Sometimes he will give us a wake up call so we remember he is there but it is up to us.

 

I would recommend going back to church, maybe not your old church necessarily but going to church definitely. Download a Bible App and start doing a daily bible reading. Just open your heart and mind to him. If you do that, he will find you. 

Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

opening your Bible daily is very important. Finding a church is as well. Also spend time talking to The Lord as well as being quiet and listening. Even if it is to ask him to increase your faith or help find a church, etc. Listen to so worship music…

This Lifehouse skit is wonderful…

http://youtu.be/8VGwVtYxEy8

Also, I’ll be praying for you!

Post # 4
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Busy bee

Hello 🙂

My dad was a pastor so I cut my teeth on the church pews. As an adult I kind of stepped back and decided I want to be a Christian. To be honest I struggle with organized religion, I haven’t been to church in months, I have such an issue with man mad doctrine that It makes it hard for me to participate in it, which stinks because I miss the fellowship and the people and the sermons. 

I have been baptized and born again through the blood of Christ and that is what keeps be going when I feel unsure. Having that connection with God is probably the single most amazing thing in my life. It fills me with so much peace. Feel free to message me if you ever want to talk. 

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2006

 

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catpeaches:  This is a short video that highlights how answers to life’s biggest questions are all answered in the Bible. Questions like: why do we grow old and die? What happens to us when we die? Will we ever see our dead loved ones again? Who is God? What is God’s plan for the future?

http://www.jw.org/en/video-why-study-the-bible/#?insight%5Bsearch_id%5D=01c08de7-e42b-436f-96d6-36673a3291e4&insight%5Bsearch_result_index%5D=0

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper

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catpeaches:  I agree that reading your bible daily helps. I’ve also been struggling lately, so I’ll be following this thread as well.

Remembering God’s promises to me really help. I’d like to find a woman’s bible study.I went to one before, and I really enjoyed it.

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

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SweetShe:  I love the lifehouse skit…so powerful.

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2015 - City, State

I only really found God later in life, during the last two years of high school despite being “raised” Catholic. I think you just have to remember that your relationship with God is similar to your other relationships in your life with your family and friends. There are ebbs and flows and you won’t feel extremely close all day everyday.

With that being said, you also get out what you put into your relationships. You have to make the effort to be closer to God and your faith. Try doing a daily devotional (Amazon sells some great ones). There’s always going to Church, joining a Bible Study, or just reading your own Bible at home. I find the New Living Translation to be the easiest to understand. When you start to do those things, life seems a lot easier.

I think you have to remember when you feel distant from God it’s not because He isn’t there, it’s because you’re not putting in as much effort as you could. When you hit a rough patch is when you need to draw closer to Christ, not further away. Good luck!

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

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catpeaches:  I just wanted to say that I think struggling with your faith at times is really normal and don’t be too worried about it. I was raised without religion and thought I was athiest for awhile. I’ve developed a very fullfilling spiritually now and that was a very personal path for me. I would recommend that you get in touch with and spend time with people who are active within your faith, read inspiring material about prominant people including biographies and immerse yourself back into that community. 

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2016

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catpeaches:  It is normal for those new to Christianity to question their faith when they hit a hard patch (Ecclesiastes 3) However, no matter how hard things get, always know He is always with you (Matthew 28:18 – 20)

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

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catpeaches:  I was raised in an athiest household, but I found myself needing God, and became a Christian, baptized at age 30. I talk to God all the time. The biggest thing for me, as far as a spiritual moment where I had some Godly intervention occured in my early 20’s. I was a passenger in my friends car, we were in a small honda. We were driving to Duluth (in March) and it was flipping hot in the car, so I took my seatbelt off with the intent of taking my jacket off. Immediately, I heard a voice in my head yell, PUT ON YOUR SEATBELT. Within a minute of clicking it back on. We were near the driveway of the Holiday gas station, and a huge boat of a car pulled out in front of us (V8 engine steel body) the driver couldn’t see past the huge snowbank that was piled high next to the driveway. We slammed on the breaks, and hit the rear panel of the car, barely made a scratch on her car, ours was totalled. The front end damage was unbelievable. I am convinced that I wouldn’t be here, if I didn’t listen to that voice telling me to put my seatbelt back on. Definitely, a divine intervention moment, and I don’t question it. Another example was when I met my guy. I was living with my first husband in Austin Texas, and I was getting ready to move back to Canada (he met someone online, and our marriage was not going to work). I was driving past the mail kiosks and seen this really nice looking, very tall police officer (uniform) and he caught my eye. Fast forward over a decade later, in 2011, a friend I had made the year before when I was visiting Austin visiting other friends I had when I was living there. A work collegue of hers and I were bantering on her facebook wall for the six months prior to my trip and she said it was evident that he and I had the same sense of humor, and insisted that we meet. She set up an imprompteau lunch date when I stepped foot off the plane. We met, and he called when I returned to Canada, and then invited me to visit him back in Austin. It was on that visit, that we were driving by William Cannon on route to Salt Lick in Driftwood for BBQ. Aside from the fact that we both knew a few of the same people, he and I found out we both lived in the same apt complex at the same time. We got a kick out of the fact that it was he, I seen getting his mail at the kiosk a decade before, and now, he is going to be my husband. All the twists and turns, and the fact that we both live in different countries… we both believe that God had a hand in getting us together. Oh, and one more story I can share that is equally cool. My mom was doing geneology back in 2003. Her dad passed away when she was 6 in a boating accident, and she felt this urge to return to where she grew up. So her and I and my then boyfriend all went on a road trip, and we were near Dryden (a very small town), I felt the urge for mcdonalds, so I pulled into the walmart where there was a mcdonalds. We stood in line, and placed our order, then sat down with our lunch. My mom pulled out a bit of paperwork and was excitedly talking about going to where she grew up. There was an elderly gentleman that was sitting at a table adjoining ours, and he overheard our converstation and started to pipe up. He not only went to public school wayyy back with her dad, but also had pictures and knew his extended family. OMG. As a rule I don’t advocate going to a strangers house, but for some reason, we did. He not only showed us old yearbooks, but gave us phone numbers of family in the area. And lo, behold, when he called, we found out there was a family reunion in full swing, and yes, we had to be there. That was my third example of Godly intervention. So, yes, I believe, I feel that God is very present even if I go through bad things in life, I have always been able to find the good that comes from it. 

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

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catpeaches:  Maybe its that Christianity doesnt speak to you– maybe try exploring different faiths. You can still believe in God and not be Christian. 

Post # 13
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Helper bee

Definitely find a church and if possible bible study/prayer group/home group/life group that you feel comfortable with. Reading the bible regularly is also important but if you’re need to reconnect I think you need to know where you find god most easily. I  love a good worship session so listen to more worship music when I’m  feeling distant. I also go out walking because I never feel more overwhelmed by gods vastness and Amazingness  than when I see the beauty of the natural world. You might also look for where God has had his hand on your life recently. Or try Christian meditation. Or find another Christian to chat with. 

I guess I’m saying, have a Christian support network. and also knowyourself so you can do what helps you most.

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Post # 14
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Busy bee

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Ama14:  +1 to your first paragraph. You took the words right out of my mouth. 

I’m at a crossroad in my spiritual journey. For now, for me, being a good person and doing what I can to ease the suffering of other people is my way of attending church. I’m too practical for some of the teachings, but I certainly cannot deny the divine interventions. 

OP best of luck in your journey. I hope you find what you are looking for 🙂

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2014 - Sedona Golf Resort

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catpeaches:  you never offend God when you question your faith, it is actually a sign of growth. I personally dont know what it’s like to go from being an aetheist to a Christian, I have always been a believer but I have question the role of religion in my walk. What completely changed how I see God and my relationship with him was a book called “Pathway of Roses” by Christian D. Larsen. This book had me weeping in a way I never experienced. It enlightened me to the way God sees me and the role and purpose of Christ in my life.  The book is over 100 years old and timeless. I highly encourage anyone wanting more  and seeking a deeper spiritual awareness. Good luck on your journey and know it never ends until we are united with our Creator. 

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