"Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths." (Proverbs 3:5-6)
2020 has been a whirlwind of death, illness, poverty, loneliness, and much more. Many of us went into the new year hoping and praying for the best; however, this may have been the worst year you encountered. Turning to Christianity was the only resort for most, but turning away may have seemed like the easiest choice. Trusting in the faith of God requires constant commitment and worship. With the difficult year that we have all faced, it is natural to question 'how do I keep my faith strong' or 'how do I follow God during the hard times'; the answer is a simple three-step process.
During hard times, the most important thing is to stay connected to God; this means communicating and praying to Him. Praying is not a chore, and you don't necessarily need to set aside specific times to pray. Also, praying can be unstructured, so follow what works for you and try to communicate with God as much as possible. Remember to release your fears to the Lord, and He will replenish! If you find it hard to keep your faith during times like these, ask God to increase your faith in Him.
Make time for Him: Since everyone has been at home for the coronavirus lockdown and will still be at home for the second wave, there is no excuse not to schedule a time to pray and meditate.
Get outside: Enjoy every day with an open mind and see God's creation for yourself. Commit to praying and basking in God's presence even outdoors.
2. Gratefulness & Generosity
Many of us have witnessed in the past few months; sickness, unemployment, graduation loss, and even a loved one's death. Gratefulness and generosity may be the last thing on your mind as you may have already lost a lot. Although we have been through so much as a whole, it is important to remain grateful that the Lord has blessed us with another day and generous that we may have more than others do in this time. Remember to keep these thoughts in the back of your mind when going through difficult times; they will help prevent selfishness and influence righteousness.
Give back: We are all going through losses, so if possible, try to give back anything you can to those in need.
Journal: Attempt to write down something you are grateful for to remind yourself that you are alive and each day is a blessing. Even write down things that you struggled to handle that day if it helps you communicate.
3. Find Inspiration
As many of us have time on our hands and may have more after a second pandemic lockdown; therefore, finding some inspiration is essential. We are all in this unfortunate situation for a reason, and God is giving you time to process things, so take advantage! Use this time that God provided for personal development as a way of slowing down the world's rapid actions to reflect on its beauty.
Find your passion: Take this time to ask the Lord for guidance in your life and make your passion work for the better. This will ultimately make a difference in your life and others.
Find a hobby: Take time to do what you love because God has given you this time on His earth for a reason, to enjoy.
Check out our post on faith or the entire blog to increase your connection with God and build an inner-self relationship to journey out of struggles.