Faith is easy to lose when everything is going wrong. When not one thing is going as planned, it may seem the only thing left to do is give up. Giving up is definitely the easy way out, but it's not the route you imagined taking. Instead of giving up on everything including your faith, consider restoring your faith, which is a better path for you and your family.

Several years ago, I came face to face with many bumps in the road within a short period of time. I thought I would never catch a break. I broke down to the point that the faith I once held on to no longer existed. It took loving family members to talk to me and help me get though the rough times. It was embarrassing to admit I had given up on my faith. But, if I didn't talk to my trusted family members or pray to my God, I would have neglected my faith all together.

Nothing in life is as easy as we hope. Many families have to struggle every day just to make ends meet. However, if we hold on to our faith, chances are we will see better days. It may take time, but better days will come. If you already threw in the towel, try restoring the faith you once believed in. With faith, all things are possible.

Here are a few ways to restore your faith.


. Even though distractions are temporary, focusing your attention on something else can help keep your mind off your troubles. I usually watch comedy movies, go for long walks, exercise or engage in family activities. If you find distractions, you will begin to see the problems in a different perspective. You will slowly begin to regain your faith.


. Ask your God to give you the strength and courage you need to comfort and resolve your issues. Ask your family, husband and your children to join you in prayer.


. It could be nerve-wracking writing down the issues that you are facing. It's hard enough knowing the issues exist and it is harder to write them down on paper. However, writing is a great outlet to your troubles. Make a list of each thing that is troubling you or your family. Try to give yourself enough time between writing the list and reviewing it. Perhaps return to the list a few weeks later. As difficult as it could to read over the list, review each issue and create possible solutions.


. Do not fear to discuss your problems with trusted family members. Families are our support system. They are in our lives to give us courage and extend a helping hand. Family may not have all the answers, but they can give you that sense of faith you need back in your life. My family is the first place I turn to when times get a little rough.

When you feel the need to give up on everything - including your faith - remember your God is not giving up on you. Hold on to your faith. Brighter days are ahead.

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