It’s weird growing up in the church. Going to a christian private school, the adjoining church, and their youth ministries…you would’ve thought that I picked up a lesson or two on growing faith in God.
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Yeah, all those years and nothing clicked for me till years later!
It’s very ironic I think. But also very frustrating! I mean where do you go to ask these questions when people assume that you should already know the answers!
Ya got me!
I’m 27 years old and let me tell ya that no one is going to answer questions that go unsaid. It’s either up to us to make a decision to remain ignorant and stagnant (where I sat for most of my life), muster up the balls and ask the question, or do the research yourself and see if you can find the best answer.
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As I’m getting older and a little more wiser, emphasis on the little part!
I’m starting to utilize the second option which is a great thing because I’ve always been really curious but over the years of fearing other people’s opinions. I shut down and stayed silent and stagnant.
Not anymore though! I’m breaking down those walls and screwing what anybody else thinks about me or my behaviors. So long as my great and awesome God and I are cool then I’m good.
And since I want to be the best Christian I can be and use this platform as best I can, then I realize that I need to have a bigger faith in God.
But like we were talking about before, I felt totally ashamed that I didn’t know the answer and I didn’t want to ask! Eek!
So what options did I have left? I could either sit and not learn anything or I could do my research and see what I come up with!
It’s not really a trick question to know which one I chose to do.
I looked it up! I started reading from others who posted about similar struggles and from what information I could gather from that and trying them out over the past couple of weeks…
Here are 5 ways to grow your faith in God.
These are just the best ways that I’ve found at least as a really good place to start! Some might work really well and others will just be eh. Make the decision for you and let me know what you’re able to take away from this post!
1. Set a time everyday to dedicate to prayer and Bible reading.
Whether you’re a christian for 35 years or 35 minutes, there’s something you gotta know about this relationship business. It’s a two way street!
What do you do when you want something to get better? Such as your relationship with your mom, spouse, or best friend?
You make time, right?! You both make the decision to work on the relationship by spending time together and trying to understand each other better, right?
It’s the same thing with a relationship with God. He is not a magic genie in a bottle. He is GOD. That’s a big deal. And he has some high standards. But he wants nothing more than having a relationship with you.
You just have to show up and try to follow his lead. Show up and give him the time that he deserves.
Now I won’t lie to you, it’s going to feel weird for a while. Probably feel like you’re talking to a wall. But all your first dates were a little awkward too, weren’t they??
It’s worth it though and honestly, the best place to start.
Set time aside everyday.
Whether it’s 15 minutes or an hour, make the dedication and stick to it!
2. Read your Bible
Just start here!
I’ve been paralzyed from studying my Bible because I always felt like I was doing it wrong.
Like there was supposed to be a magic word that was only given to the “IN” crowd and they simply wouldn’t let me have it. I seriously would get so frustrated because I would sit and just stare at my Bible thinking that there’s nothing in there for me and if there is. I don’t know where to find it.
I gave up trying to STUDY my Bible until I just sat down and started READING it.
No pressure, just reading. And it’s been incredible! I’m not a scholar of it by any means but finally after so long, I feel like I can read it and just take in what the scripture says and how God uses it.
So don’t overthink it and just read the thing! Start on page one and go from there.
And once you get more comfortable and familiar with the Bible, then you can build on that and start to study the Bible!
I’ve actually stopped reading chapters and I’ve started going just by page count and I’m reading 6 pages now. It’s been working great! I have a set time of 30 minutes every morning before 6, Monday through Friday. You can try it and let me know what you think!
3. Ask for more faith
This one might sound a little bit more like whhhaaaaaa are you talking about??
Well I’m paraphrasing here because that verse actually has a lot of good things to talk about but the point that I’m trying to make is this:
Ask God for more faith.
If you really want it, God will provide. Just make sure that you’re prepared for the next steps.
I believe that when we ask God for something like more faith he’s gonna answer with tough times that forces you to turn and look up to him.
4. Take the time to listen
Another thing that helps but also feels really weird is just sitting in silence and trying to listen to God’s voice.
What I love about this is that it’s all about training our minds and hearts to focus on God! And isn’t that what faith is all about anyway? Having an understanding of who God is and how awesome and wonderful he is? And that we keep sight of that even when it seems hopeless.
Sitting and listening gives you a chance to focus on hearing the answers of your prayers but we all know that God is not one for yelling, right? LOL Take the time to hear his voice.
5. Practice mindfulness
I mean…keep your heart and mind open.
Don’t go into a time of devotion expecting something or looking for something other than God’s face and his will for your life.
But that is actually harder than it sounds! It’s so easy to just let your mind wander and then it gets full of other things that are gonna keep you distracted. And this is one of those moments that you have to pay attention to yourself, learn about yourself, and correct yourself.
But this is such an important part of growing your faith! Don’t let yourself spend this time focusing on things that aren’t related to building that relationship with God.
The benefits of having a strong faith are really immeasurable. I can tell you that my life has never been as clear or purposeful since I started working on my faith in God.
It’s definitely something that I wish I would’ve started a long time ago!
If you just do the work, I promise it gets easier! Set a dedicated time, read your Bible, pray about it, sit and listen, and be mindful about it! I’m at it just about everyday so you’re definitely not learning this one your own!!