What’s on your mind?Category: NEED HELP (specifically seeking tips/advice for faith/spiritual growth)After I graduated I felt really lost and directionless and would seek God and feel that He was silent.
Sheela Leigh Staff asked 2 months ago

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Hi. I’ve been struggling in my faith. After I graduated I felt really lost and directionless and would seek God and feel that He was silent. After many months of this. I’ve stopped really seeking God about anything. We used to talk s much and be so close but now we don’t really talk at all. And I don’t know how to get back

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Sheela Leigh Staff answered 2 months ago

Hello, thank you for this. 🙂 About a week and a half ago, God really convicted me about testimonies. I forgot how it came about but anyway….every Christian has a story to tell. What is the one story you have that drove you to seek God more? Whatever it is it gave you that motivation to be passionate about Him. I believe it’s completely normal to fall out of love with God because we are human and we are not perfect, but I also believe Christians can have more than one testimony. I do. I believe that the more stubborn a person is the more testimonies they will have. So, I’ll ask you this, is there anything in your life right now that has really been troubling you besides that you feel lost or you feel He’s silent towards you? I mean is there something more specific that you think is causing you to feel this way? Dig deep but don’t stay there, dig deep and look up. I’d like you to examine where you’ve been pouring most of your attention to that is causing your faith to suffer. Connect the dots and evaluate your lifestyle, ask God in your prayer to reveal to you what your new testimony is. Christians are encouraged to spread the Word and your testimony is a powerful tool to help you gain that faith and to witness to others as well. I believe our first testimony loses its sting because we probably have made a habit out of living in the glorious experiences of the past, the grand times we were with God up on the mountaintop. I don’t know if this is your case, but maybe you haven’t really been outspoken about your testimony…..that could be another reason. If you can relate to that, then maybe start journaling about the time when you gave your life to God and express how you miss being present in His presence, and eventually turn that journal entry into a prayer, a love letter to God. Ask Him to convict you of what He is discipling you for. He’ll love it because it’s worship and praise even if you’re not talking to Him or sining, just writing and mindfully being aware of Him. Journaling for me has helped me balance my relationship with God with my practical day to day life. You can blog about your testimony/testimonies and from there you’ll start to grow again and hopefully be more vocal about it. 
 
You’re in a good place to begin seeking the LORD again because of your desperation. The more desperate you are for God’s presence, the more He will be revealing His love for You. He’s loved you all this time and it never changed don’t forget, but it’s your focus and faith that matters because the decision to believe in His love is all on you. THE MORE DESPERATE YOU ARE FOR HIS LOVE, THE MORE YOU WILL BECOME AWARE OF HIS LOVE FOR YOU.  Remember that when you are weak, then you are strong. He never fails you for giving Him your undivided attention. He always strengthens the poorest in spirit when He is their ultimate hope. I am praying that you will be reminded and encouraged by God in your alone time with Him that nothing has separated you from Him, that despite how far you feel from Him, it was only your mindset that was far and He is still with you always ready to listen whenever you want to acknowledge Him again. Repent and be blessed! <3
 
Matthew 5:3-12 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
 
Hebrews 12:11 No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.
 
2 Corinthians 12:9-11 And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me. Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ’s sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong.
 
Romans 5:3 Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us. You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly.
 
Romans 8:38-39 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
 
By His Grace, Sheela (Via godfirstgodalways)

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