Regardless of what point we are in our walks with God, we all go through ups and downs. There are moments when we are highly sensitized to the presence of God and hear Him with clarity, and there are other times when we feel removed from Him, flailing. Here are seven tips that have gotten me out of dry periods in my faith and helped me feel His presence again:
- Be honest: I’ve found a lot of freedom in being honest with the Lord about my emotions and feelings, even the ones I’m ashamed of. Just like with human relationships, I think that honesty is key for intimacy with God. I’ve told God in the past “this makes me sad, but I think I care more about xyz than You right now”. And what is incredible is that in those low moments I’ve not felt His anger or His disappointment, but His love. And think about it, whether you’re choosing to admit it or not, He already knows how you feel.
“Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”–Hebrews 4:16
- Journal : This goes hand-in-hand with the above tip. I’ve found that it helps with honesty to just put down the way you feel into words on a page. Sometimes, we can alter the things we say out loud, or just pray the way we’ve been taught, it’s harder to do so when we journal and write out exactly how we’re feeling.
- Press in: Find a place to be alone, read the word of God, praise Him and worship Him. Many times, God is speaking but our hearts have too much noise to hear Him.
“Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.”- Revelations 3:20
- Ask For Grace: I’ve found that sometimes the easiest way to reignite your desire for God is to ask Him for help. God is always seeking to be close to us, He sees a heart that desires closeness with Him and honors our requests.
23 “‘If you can’?” said Jesus. “Everything is possible for one who believes.”24 Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!”
- Surround yourself with your Christian Community: Find brothers and sisters in Christ that you feel comfortable talking to, and seek godly counsel from them about your position. Your christian community can encourage you in the Lord and lift you up when you feel to weak to stand. The importance of community cannot be overemphasized.
“And we exhort you, brothers: warn those who are irresponsible,[a] comfort the discouraged, help the weak, be patient with everyone.” — 1Thessalonians 5:14
- Remember that you are never too far gone: This is important. I’m familiar with the shame of having months between now and the last time you read your bible, or even wanting more time between now and the next time, so that God “forgets”. This is deception. God desires closeness with you RIGHT NOW. His grace is sufficient for us and He wants to wipe away the stain of sin, RIGHT NOW. Don’t wait.
“You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”
– Jeremiah 29:13
- Remind your soul of the promises of God: Oftentimes, we fall prey to the lies of the enemy. If you forget that you are never too far gone, go into the word of God and look up verses that talk about His love, about how far He separates our transgressions from us and about how close He is to us.
Hack: if you don’t know where to find these verses, do a pointed google search, such as “verses about God’s love”. There is a wealth of resources online and you won’t regret it.
“Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name.”–Psalm 103
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Never forget the urgency of fighting for our faiths, and never forget how deep the Father’s love is for all His kids, but especially the struggling ones.