55 thoughts on “Faith

  1. When I was a sophomore in high school I didn’t realize how much my life could change in a year. Around spring vacation I found out that a cyst had been twisting itself around my right ovary and it had been there for a very long time considering the doctors had said it was the size of a grapefruit. Ultimately, because of the severe damage done by the benign cyst, my ovary died therefore I needed surgery. I never had symptoms or any pain in that area that indicated that there was something wrong so I never complained about it when I had doctor appointments but the problem was caught before it further progressed. After surgery it took almost a week to be able to walk again because the incisions were still new. Later on in the school year I found out that I would have to move to New Hampshire because of a job offer my mom had received. The news was heartbreaking because I was leaving everything I loved, my home, friends, school and some family. The fear of change didn’t help because I was accustomed to my life in one place. Knowing I would be walking different hallways and seeing new people wasn’t ever part of my plan. Although I struggled in a new high school, in the end it made me realize how important it is to go through change and to have faith that I could get through it. At the end of that school year I convinced my parents to let me live back in Massachusetts with my grandparents to finish senior year there. When commencement came, I truly discovered how having faith to keep going on even when life throws you somewhere you didn’t plan to be was valuable.

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    • @Giovana Dasilveira Thank you so much for sharing! I went through the same experience and I completely understand how it feels. My junior year of high school is when it happened, and it came out of nowhere. I wasn’t sure how to feel or how to even tell my family. After it was all said and done, reconnecting to my faith helped with healing.

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    • What an incredibly inspiring story Giovanna! I’m so happy that you could graduate with all of your friends and loved ones! Keep your faith alive!!

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      • Wow! What an inspirational story. God is with you through it all. I’m glad you didn’t give up hope but persevered. What great faith. I hope you’re connected and have a home church to call your own.

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    • I don’t know what to believe in, if I’m going to be honest with you. I don’t really think anyone knows the ANSWER. Whether we are all just decomposed into millions or even billions of tiny atoms by the detritus. Or if we are just really part of a big something. I don’t know if being Hindu is the way out. Or traveling the path Siddhartha chose. Or if there is a man kind enough to be bodhisattva and guide us to attain that higher state of everlasting peace. I don’t know. I don’t know. But I know war is not worth the price to argue over it. I know that maybe the most important thing, is with what believe in isn’t necessarily whether it’s right or wrong. But if you are willing to be vulnerable enough to admit weakness and strength within this unfathomable gift called life into the hands of some possible being. I believe once you closure with the unknown and place some hidden force inside into him, her, them, it, or they. Then I believe that your faith is what makes you human.

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    • Truly this is a very touching essay Giovana. Having faith in hard situations is often very little and almost non existing. Most people relate faith to God, the Bible, the universe way, luck, etc, personally to me faith is that small still voice which cries within you to not give up and hold on to hope for a beautiful and outstanding outcome. Again very beautiful essay. Keep on holding on to your faith and surely you will not regret it.

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    • Spirituality can come in many forms with varying degrees of intensity and devotion. I’m happy your experiences helped to shape your spirituality which has made you the person you are today.

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  2. Fides en ratio. Faith and reason. That is what I’ve always been taught whether I knew it or not. All my life I have been part of a catholic family and honesty, I couldn’t have asked for anything better. The fact that I”m catholic inst the point that I’m trying to make though, its how the faith and reason of my family and friends has shaped me into who I am today. Every high schooler goes through some psychological dilemma that made them question what or who they believe in and I will admit that I went through that. I asked questions wondering if my faith was really something that I needed or even something that I really wanted. But during my junior year of high school I went to a camp where they taught through the method of fides en ratio, and since then I have had a stronger and sturdier faith. The main point that was made is that through your own personal faith(whatever it may be) will lead you to have better reasoning. Whether that be in deciding whether to have a hamburger or a salad or to date or not date someone. Large or small decisions will become clearer and easier to make if your faith basis is strong and something you hold dear. The point that I’m trying to make is that without the faith that I have and the constant support of faith within my family, I would be a very different person.

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    • Dear Carina Borges,

      I hope all is well!

      Thank you so much for sharing. I understand what you mean when you say, “through your own personal faith(whatever it may be) will lead you to have better reasoning.” I find this understandable because I have gone through so much, have seen so many things, and learned a great deal from being a Christian. And I want to add that as much as we have faith it is what we do in dire circumstances that also shape us and provide better reasoning and greater insight.

      Again, thank you for sharing! I look forward to graduating with you in the next four years.

      Best Regards,
      Miracle

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    • Faith is a tricky topic to discuss with certain people, but you definitely hit the nail on the head with this post. Faith is completely personal and beneficial to pretty much anybody if applied correctly. Following your faith is something that no one should get in the way of, because personal faith is to important to let a difference in beliefs get in the way of. I’m glad that you use your faith to make good decisions, and that you find comfort with it. I hope you continue to do what is best for you.

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    • Coming from someone who has also been through the “question what or who they believe in” phase, I can say that acting through faith and reason is definitely the best way to go about life. Many people see the two ways of being as mutually exclusive, but together I think they can help anyone lead a happy and fulfilled life. Thanks for sharing!

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  3. Growing up, every part of my family believed in Christianity and their ways were brought upon me and have shaped me into the strong young woman I am today. I was baptized and went to church a lot as a child. Still to this day I go to church every Easter with my entire family and celebrate Easter Christian style with prayer, family, and food. Now I always have faith no matter the situation and pray about anything I may feel that I cannot handle. For example, I went through a really rough patch in high school and I really thought I could not get through any of it. I just had faith that things would get better so I can graduate and I made it through with good grades. Also, I have recently found out one of my family members has leukemia and does not plan on getting treatment. When I found out about that very close family member, it was the same month where I had my graduation party, my birthday, and my trip to Mexico. I had to keep it together for a whole month and stay positive, that was the hardest thing I have ever had to do. Yet I made it through by prayer and faith to keep myself positive through all the hard negatives. Overall, being raised by a Christian family taught me strength and taught me resilience in every situation. It taught me to think positive because you never know what will happen.

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    • That’s amazing! Thank-you so much for your insight. I can completely agree that faith has kept me going and of course its helped you too! Thank you for sharing. Really inspiring. 🙂

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  4. “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1

    Sitting in class, head raised, and paper in hand, I said a quick prayer that I would never take out a loan—ever! The idea of being at the mercy of another individual who might be susceptible to change terrified me. Yet, I was only a freshman in high school and had no knowledge of the system behind credit cards and interest rates. Senior year arrived, financial aid came out, and I had to take out $5,500 in loans. Of course, it didn’t phase me. I believed God would pay my school fees for me. It’s like any minute now, I would win a scholarship and my loans would disappear in a puff. Except, I was wrong. It was better.

    Decision day came for the Stephen Philip Scholarship Fund and I was not selected. The rejection tore at me. I felt cheated, used even but I didn’t give in. ‘I am a Christian’, I thought, ‘I have God with me, why should I give into disappointment? To doubt?’ I recalled Hebrews 11:1 and I took time to sing praises to God for protection, food, a home, a family. I thought on these things and it reassured me that God had my back. I had nothing to worry about—it was true. The next day, I had an interview with a retired English teacher for a $7,500 scholarship (which I won), and the day after, I was recommended for an internship with Partners Healthcare—currently being paid $19 an hour.

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    • This is awesome! God knows all of our struggles and will never fail us! Very encouraging to see how much faith you had and never doubted Him. God is good.

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  5. Leny Goncalves Tavares
    7/30/2017
    My faith in God
    My name is Leny Goncalves Tavares I will be a freshman this coming Spring semester at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. Since, back then in my childhood I had an idea about the existence of God our creator of all living things. My mom taught me a lot about his existence and how good God is. However, every night before bed I pray and talk to God to keep blessing us and thank him for all the good things. My belief and faith in God is always there even in hard or difficult time. God is always there to listen to you, to listen to your confession and prayers because God is love. However, he is willing to help us out whenever you are feeling down, lost, and sad. God wants the best for you he wants to see you smile all the time.
    My faith in God grew up more when I first came to United Stated which I had to leave my mom behind in Cape Verde. Furthermore, living in a new different Country without my mom was very contest for me. I had to go through a lot, experience new challenges, new culture and new language which was very challenge. Nothing comes easy is life and, facing new tasks and, teaching myself how to adapted to my new lifestyle was encouraged. I used my challenges as my motivation to get where I am today so by believing in God talking to him every night about my hard times, and payed for my mom to be with me and my brother. Living with your mom by your side is the happiest thing ever and I kept wishing and kept my faith in God until the last day my Mom got here. I keep my faith in my Lord and I will always. Today I am a happy girl with my Mom by my side.
    I have a strong belief in God and I completed trust my Lord God and that’s faith. Most of the people don’t have faith in God or even faith in something. I don’t blame them for that but I would encourage people to open their heart and have the taste of God’s love and faith. However, another reason which people don’t have that faith in God is that they cannot see him or touch him. When you have faith, it means you have faith in something without being able to see it or touch it. Due to my strong belief in God I do see myself going far in life, having a successful College years and graduating with my Bachelor degree in Criminal Justice major from University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. “God says whoever believes in me will be scared and have eternal life with him in heaven” (……).

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    • This is really inspiring! Your faith in God is truly strong and surpasses the faith of many others in this world. It is a sad truth that most people do not have faith in anything. I can only imagine what emptiness they must feel; I am glad that you have been reunited with your mother and I’m sure she’s proud of you. I also believe that faith in God is important to get through life’s challenges and I admire your optimistic outlook on life.

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  6. What is faith? faith is the complete trust or confidence in someone or something, in Hebrew 11:1 faith is “the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen”. Faith is based on spiritual apprehension rather than proof. Saying Amen after a prayer is faith, planning ahead for something before it actually happens is faith. I have always doubted if I will ever have faith, I thought maybe when am baptized then I will have faith, but it was not like that. My mother would say a faith small as a muster seed can move mountains, the question is how would I know that I have faith, even if it as small as a muster seed? Little situations happen and I look at myself and say maybe I do have faith, but there are some situations that I wonder do I really have faith? I question myself and my faith, there was a day I said believed something wouldn’t happen, I believed because I trust in the lord, but eventually it did happen, I was devastated. I wondered why, didn’t I trust in the lord enough, so why did it happen then I recollected that for a split moment I doubted and feared that it would happen. Then I learnt my lesson, when believing in God you should not doubt not even for a split moment. I am still living in a world full of temptations, where my faith would be tested again and I hope that I won’t fear and that after every storm my faith will grow and not perish.

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    • Good Job! I can relate to you in so many ways. There are temptations that will test your faith, but just know that you have to be strong

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  7. There are many values that are important to me but among them, I put loyalty at the top. Loyalty is very important to friendships and other relationships in order to gain trust and become closer to people. Standing by those you love is important because everyone needs a shoulder to cry on and if you’re there for others, they will generally trust you further. Loyalty is important because it strengthens bonds and creates supportive relationships that can weather trials. Having a friend to lean on helps to ease stress and create a safe haven in a dark world. Being disloyal to friends will not only hurt your friend and ruin your relationship, but will likely hurt you as well. This can be deducted from experience, as I once made the mistake of betraying a friend and I deeply regretted it. My actions hurt me nearly as much as it hurt my friend because I love my friend, and hated seeing her broken down like that. The indicated experience helped me to realize how important loyalty is. As a result, now I stand by those I care for, no matter what happens. Overall, I believe that loyalty is important because even if you end up getting hurt, you were still there for your friends.

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  8. Christianity is very good, to some and me being in that some. Everyone will have a different outlook on it than someone who does not fit into that “some”. I am a Christian and God has been good to me, he has done some bad things but in the end they all turn out to be good. He has a bigger plan sometimes it is hard to understand, though. Sometimes he does things that seem bad things in the beginning, but you have to look at the bigger picture. You can not take the first thing you see in a situation and just see that there is always more. A couple of years ago my Dad’s grandmother passed away. I was not that close with her but he was and it was hard for him and it was hard to watch because he normally does not get sad or show it at least. It hurt him a lot. At the funeral the whole family reconnected and I got to meet his whole side of the family that I had not ever met before. There was a split in the family due to past conflicts but it was really good to meet all of them because now we see them all of the time. I never thought I would ever see them. I think today most people do not believe in him because of all the negativity in the world. That is one of the main reasons. All you hear nowadays is negativity. You seldom hear about the good that is being done. If people looked at the world as a place of good rather than bad everyone would be a lot happier and wiser. When something happens do not just look at the bad, do not just look at the good either. Look at both. Then look at what will come out of it. It will make things a lot easier and you will have a better understanding of everything.
    Faith is a strong word. I think of it as trusting in someone or something and expecting things to be okay and to be safe. Kind of like a trust fall. Hope and faith are different words, hope is thinking they will catch you and faith is knowing they will. Hope can be lost but faith can not. Hope is given and faith is acquired.

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  9. The person I am is due largely in part by my faith. Nearly four years ago I joined a church called New Life New Bedford and have not been the same ever since. Immediately from the minute I walked in I felt welcomed, and loved. I went from being a face in the crowd to being a family member instantly. From attending and serving i made lasting friendships and people to keep me accountable. This is where the real change came in. Soon I began to take the principles of the Bible and reenact them in my everyday life. This means I talked differently, walked differently and even acted completely differently. I began spending more time with my friends from church and turning my life around bit by bit. It wasn’t a quick transformation but one that will stay with me forever.
    This transformation was one that everyone around me noticed. The people I called my friends slowly drifted away, the things I once partook in no longer interested me, and the way that I carried myself and spoke changed drastically. The friends I started spending more time with were those I met through church and church events and still stick by me today. We’ve created such a good bond that cannot be easily broken. I do however appreciate my more “rural” years because without them I don’t think my faith would mean as much to me. The amount of things God has taken me out of is absolutely tremendous! Although I may not have always felt Him he was apart of every part of my life guiding me to where I am today. I would not be half the woman I am today without my faith.

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  10. Through faith, life is meant to prove that nothing is guaranteed and that every moment should be treasured. For some time, it seemed like my faith was slipping away. I felt as maybe there was no such thing as divine intervention or a spiritual guidance. One night my life changed forever, in exchange for my faith, my innocence was seized; but someone was always watching over me. My journey back to faith began as I witnessed my dad lay dying on my living room floor. My dad’s face transformed into an unrecognizable shade. He had no pulse. Five minutes felt like an eternity. The medics rushed in. “Clear” was the last thing I heard. The coming days would be the longest I have ever endured. Faith kept us going. We prayed together as a family. I stayed strong for my brothers. I feared the worst. I had thoughts of funerals and family dressed in black. I was going to lose my dad. But suddenly, everything changed. I envisioned my dad’s hospital room as he opened his eyes. My mother told me of an angel that protected her and guided her, and I believe that he had visited me too. “God showed me Dad’s going to be okay” …and he was. My life changed forever. I realized that nothing is ever set in stone, that life could change at any moment, and take a turn for the worst. God was looking down on him. Faith is what saved him. In faith, I believe.

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    • I can totally relate to this! I have had the same incident but with my brother, My faith helps me get through any and every obstacle I have, honestly if it wasn’t for God I wouldn’t be able to do half the stuff I am capable of doing today.

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  11. Having a higher power to rely on has helped me cope with life better than anything. There have been times where I literally did not know what to do except cry about, well, life. I was able to make it through all those times, because there is a higher power that I relied on. I relied on that power to guide me through anything and everything, and to provide for me in every possible way. Emotionally, physically, mentally, psychologically, and spiritually. And when I say “higher power”, I mean God. I believe in what the bible teaches about God, creation, and prayer.
    The biggest and most important aspect of my life are my prayers. My prayers do not always get answered right away, but they do get answered. I am very blessed to have been raised knowing God. As for my parents, only one of them was brought up religiously, while the other had to be introduced to religion. It was a journey for my mother. She had to learn many things such as how to pray, and how to walk by faith and not by sight, as mentioned in 2 Corinthians 5:7. It was not easy, but it sure was worth it. My family and I have always valued religion, and will continue to do so. Without God, we would not be who we are today. I believe we will be okay, as long as we give Him the first, the last, and the best part in everything.

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  12. Hello, my name is Samantha Asselin and I believe in Jesus Christ. From a young age, I was taught that God sent his son Jesus Christ to die on the cross for our sins. When I was nine years old, I finally understood what it meant to believe in God and Jesus. It says in the Bible, in John 3:16, For God so loved the world that He gave His only son and that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. God sent Jesus Christ to take on the sins of man. If Jesus didn’t die, then we wouldn’t be able to spend eternal life with God in heaven. Once we pass on. However, if you don’t believe that God sent His son to die on the cross, there will be a punishment to pay. Those who do not believe in God will spend eternity in Hell. They will spend eternity there instead of with God in heaven.
    I am blessed with the life God has given me. My parents love me and they have always supported me. My parents and I work hard for what we have. Besides giving me wonderful and loving parents, God gave me the greatest gift of all, salvation. God has given man free will to choose what we want to believe in. I have chosen to believe that God does exist. I have chosen to believe that He sent His son to die on the cross for my sins. He is our creator and He loves His creation. He is always there to help us, He will never forsake us. God is ruler of all things good and evil. God guides me through each day. I am thankful that I am saved. I am thankful that I am going to spend eternity with the Righteous King, in a place where it is pure paradise.

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  13. Ever since the times when the earth was believed to be a flat, man has had a drive and curiosity about space and the bodies that exist in it. The existence of life beyond our planet’s knowledge has been a controversial topic for several centuries. As crazy as it sounds, I do believe in the existence of aliens. The thought of extraterrestrial life existing sounds ridiculous. This is partially due to the fact that the usual representation of aliens are strange green creatures flying around in saucers abducting humans for experimental purposes. While I don’t think thats necessarily true, the universe is so complex that there must be another planet able to support life. My belief may seem like its not based on factual evidence, but according to theoretical physicist, Stephen Hawking, it would be unexpected for life not to exist somewhere other than Earth. It may even be possible that aliens helped our ancestors build their monuments. I can’t fathom the thought that this is all there is to life as we know it. In relation to that, our brains do not have the ability to comprehend true nothingness. Which is why many of us have believe in some version of an afterlife — the thought that there must be something there when we die. So one can see how it may be difficult to think that us humans and the animals we know of are all that exist. Those who don’t believe in the existence of aliens will question why there isn’t any substantial proof. Though we have immensely expanded our technology, we have only discovered a fraction of space, and perhaps we won’t ever have the ability to discover aliens. Just as many children believe in Santa Claus or the Easter Bunny, I believe in aliens. Seeing is not believing, believing is seeing.

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  14. When I was thirteen my life changed when I was invited to a Christian youth group called Young Life. Coming from a household that wasn’t religious in the slightest I didn’t know what to expect, but from the moment I walked through the doors I felt a sense of belonging amidst the high amounts of energy and positivity that everyone exuded. I would go to the monthly activities that included scavenger hunts or bowling. The festivities ended with someone giving their testimony. I learned that this world is temporary, walking is temporary, but the unseen is forever. Jesus didn’t just live for the seen, He lived and saw the unseen. I never felt like I belonged but I slowly realized that I don’t need acceptance from others because God made everyone in His image. He knows every little thing about us and loves us anyway. When I was seventeen I came home from Young Life one night to find my mother on the floor incoherent from drinking too much alcohol, repeating how she didn’t want to be apart of this world anymore. As I waited on the hospital curb outside with my sister, I realized I couldn’t do this on my own. Even if we stutter, don’t pray the “right” way or mumble, He always listens. Praying is realizing our dependence on God. We think we can handle everything and go to God when we can’t, but go to God first and you’ll find acceptance and everlasting love.

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    • I am so glad that you shared your story. Also I am glad that one day Christ changed your life and helped form you into the person you are today. Please keep that faith strong and when you doubt it’s ok. God knows you will doubt his works. Keep your faith strong and keep sharing your story God Bless Sammy !

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    • Something that you said that was really powerful was we should go to God first. I feel like we fail to do that sometimes and choose to lean on our own understand instead of Gods, then we wonder why things start to go wrong. That was really encouraging.

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    • The God we serve is an all loving God and He’s so great that anyone can approach Him any day. Unlike humankind, the God we serve doesn’t discriminate, I am glad you found God and just know He never fails. Be faithful to Him and you’ll be happy your entire life. I’m so happy I came across this to read. Thank you for sharing this and remember Pray without ceasing -1 Thessalonians 5:17

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  15. Hello, My name is Mary, and my Faith has shaped me to become the young woman that I am today. I live by my faith in God, because I know that God has a plan for everyone. God’s unconditional love has and will always build me up. I’ve had a few challenges that has made me question my faith. Sometimes I felt that I couldn’t live up to exceptions of family and friends and I would always ask myself where is God? Knowing myself at that time, I was a “wanderer” in Christ, because I would never stay committed to God. I lived a life of emptiness and failure. I would always try to fit into the wrong crowd and would always have some sort of set back when approached, and the set back was always God rescuing me. At first I didn’t understand why these thing that were happening to me, but then I actually realized that no one knew what was going on with me except God. For everything to turn around in my life, really got me thinking that God is really here for me, no matter what was going on. Now I live a life of God’s greatness and everything he has in store for me and I might have some setbacks here and there, but I will always know that God is here for me no matter what. Having faith has really shaped me and I value my life every second and I believe that God is here for everyone who accepts him.

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    • It’s inspirational that you faced hardship that made you question what to believe and to this day your faith is stronger than ever. It goes to show how mighty He can be, getting us through the worst times in our life. His love for us is unconditional, He made us exactly the way we were meant to be. There is comfort in His word; He has a plan for you.

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  16. When I was only seven years old, I suffered a loss in my family that would normally have a young kid crying for days. However, when my grandmother passed away from breast cancer, I found strength from somewhere deep inside my soul, and I was able to contain my sadness and anger. For some reason, I did not cry, I did not get mad, and I was not shaken up by the entire situation. From the day she left us, I have formulated the belief that everything happens for a reason, and have continued to believe this ever since. In my daily life, I have seen signs or just things that remind me of her, which lets me know that she is watching over me and is better off. This type of faith has also allowed me to not dwell on things for too long, especially for the times I cannot even control them. This belief has become a part of my lifestyle, as I have noticed that I have developed a very strong resilience trait and that I do not allow adversity to tear me down, I only allow it to build my character. Whenever I am faced with adversity, I always look at how the situation could be worse and continually tell myself, “this is happening for a reason.” I may never know the reason my grandmother was diagnosed with the life-threatening cancer, that eventually took her away from me, but I do know that I would not nearly be as strong-willed as I am now.

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  17. Growing up in a Christian household has its combination of pros and cons. The pros include the security and rationality that comes along with having a strong essence in the word of God and everything it entails. The cons comprise of having to separate your own thinking from that of a religious perspective and to fully grasp the understanding that religion could most definitely affect the way one perceives various topics and concepts. I was raised in a Baptist home where both of my parents were considered “born-again” Christians and from as long as I can remember I always felt like the outcast. I have a vague remembrance of weekly Sunday school and daily prayers yet I would always doubt the common belief of a superior being that has complete control over every situation at all times which varied from my seemingly devoted family ideology. Unlike the other children, I would ask the obvious yet avoided questions during bible study and would question the beliefs of the church which without my knowledge would set me aloof from the rest of the Christian community which was my church. I never brought myself to be able to fully commit my life to such an unknown idea and always thought that religion tried to separate and judge those who do not share these beliefs. This attitude I had somehow undergone had contrasted with my family’s and put quite a strain on our relationship. As I grew older I often considered myself quite the “philosopher” rather than the typical “stamp collector” everyone in my life seemed to resemble. Despite my obvious beliefs I was forced to go to church every single Sunday of my life (including holidays) until I became an adult. I love my family and I always will despite our contrasting beliefs regarding where we, as a human race, will end up after our final days but I will continue to support them because regardless of our contradicting views, I still respect them as people and will continue to do so even if it is not returned. I believe that this stigma associated with the untrue statement that contradicting views must resolve to hatred and disrespect should be destroyed because love overpowers hatred. I believe that the only way to achieve this sense of peace between various people is to have complete and utter respect for the opposing parties and to cast away any feeling of judgment. If religion has taught me anything in my life, it is that love should always be used instead of hatred, violence, and anger and I believe that everyone regardless of faith or religion should have a sense of love towards anyone and I am truly grateful I was able to grasp the understanding of loving those regardless of their decisions, background or beliefs and I would never be able to know this unless I was exposed and taught the ideology of those who oppose what I believe in.

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  18. I grew up in a Christian family where every night we would sit down and read something from the Bible. As I grew older I started to slightly doubt my belief in God and started to doubt what my parents taught me all my life. How did God create everything we know? How is it possible for one being to love everybody but yet know everything about me? Those little details began to mess with my head because I didn’t know or understand it and I thought it would a better idea to just simply not think about it. To make things worse I was a worship leader at my church and had been playing guitar for a couple of years. My faith began to fade and I actually didn’t know what to do. Then a couple of years ago I went to a Hillsong United concert when something sparked in me that made me actually want believe in God. Seeing thousands of people worshipping God, putting their heart and soul into a song that exalted him simply gave me chills. I was trying to wrap my head around why these people were crying and singing to something way beyond our understanding because when can’t understand God. We can’t simply limit him to our 3 dimensional world because He is beyond that. I finally understood the sacrifice that Jesus made on the cross for me, for you, and for everybody through that one simple concert. From then on I believed in God, I believed in Jesus and what he did. My life started to change around me. I felt more positive, more energetic, more open to the world around me because my faith was put in God.

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  19. I grew up in a Christian household with my mother. I have never complained about going to church on Sundays because it never bothered me, and my mother would not allow my complaining. When I was little, I knew who God was, and how he could do amazing things for those who trust and believe in him, but serving God was never my first priority. I decided to make God my first priority and I got baptized in 2010. My mother thought it was too early for me to get baptized, but for me, I thought it was okay. Looking back on that day, I now know that my mother was right. Over the past years, my relationship with my faith has been up and down. Many people do not think that faith can help them overcome their problems or life in general. As an eighteen-year-old young lady, I now believe that there does not need to be a weight on my shoulders and that I can always confide my problems to God instead of keeping them to myself. I believe in my faith because it gives me something to hold on to. I am scared about my future, not knowing where life will lead me too. I believe that if I take time out of my day to reflect, and do devotions, then God will take the time to reveal his plan for my life and guide me through it. God has spoken to me in many ways, but it isn’t until this year, at this very moment, where I am actually listening to what He has to say. It takes time to trust and believe, but I can finally say that I have progressed in my faith and now I believe and trust everything that God has put in my path, whether I like it or not.

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    • I thank God that He allowed you to trust him more and that He increased your faith. One thing I’ll say, is that the only requirement to getting baptized is to accept that Jesus is Lord. In you making that decision at a young age, you may not have realized it but it took a lot of faith to give your life to God not knowing where He will take you. You’ll be blessed.

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  20. I just want to give all glory and honor to God and His Son Jesus. I can say that no one can tell me that there is no God. I was raised in a christian household, but I never took God all that seriously. I called myself a christian, but never understood what it meant. Eventually, I came to the realization that the word christian means “Christ-like.” The Lord began to minister to my heart the question, “ How are you living your life?” A while later we had a message on faith, and what stuck to me is when the pastor said “ Faith without works is dead.” It convicted me to a point because I realized I had lots of faith, but I had no works. Just knowing that alone caused me to self reflect and as a result, it helped change the way I carry myself. I began to be grateful for even being alive. My mom was telling me as a kid how my father didn’t want me because of a certain situation, so an abortion was the solution that they came to. She ended up taking different drinks and pills. It was to the point that they were convinced that there was no longer a baby in her. By God’s grace, I survived all of that and shocked both of my parents. Even the doctors said “it’s a miracle.” I thank God for giving me this opportunity to share this belief that I hold dear to my heart.

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    • Your faith is inspiring. Sometimes it can be hard and I feel myself being distant from God. I have a friend who was raised in a Christian household who never truly listened in church and saw it as part of a weekly routine. Sometimes it takes unexplainable and incredible ways for someone to come to Christ, other times all it takes is one verse you can relate to then you start your journey. My friend came to Christ by seeing how lives can be changed once they accept God into their life and living a life through Him. God has a plan for you.

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  21. Jodie Mensah
    Umd Believes
    August 15, 2017

    My high school life since I was a freshman, has always been non existent. Going to Yearbook club, student council, and sports events was a problem to my mother. My mother always told me I didn’t need to follow the crowd, and that all those things were unnecessary. The only thing that was important was my studies and my christian life. I use to always resent my mother for making me miss those events that could have brought great memories that would last me a lifetime. But even though I resented her, I was proud at the fact that she was strong in her faith, and no one could ever take that away from her or my family.
    Living in a Christian home, I was always at church. Involving myself in the church choir and attending meetings at church was what I mostly did with my free time. My mom thought that was better than just going to school events to “Hang out” as she would say. I always wanted to just get up and leave, but being brought up to be respectful, I could never permit myself to do such a thing. During my sophomore year of high school, my faith weakened. When I went to church I would not pray. When my pastor was preaching, I would not listen. I felt as if my faith was holding me back and I started to question it. Now that I am older, when I rethink the situation, I believe that everyone questions what they believe in at some point. But overcoming that and staying secure in your faith makes you become even stronger in your faith.
    Even though I did not understand it before, I realize what my mom was trying to instill in me all these years. In the long run, what matters in my life is my education and my faith. I realized that some things should take priority in my life. And what you believe in is a priority, because what you believe in is who you are.

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  22. Faith means many things to many people, it can be faith in a higher power, faith in oneself, faith in those around them, or even faith in a system or process. I wish to speak on the topic of faith in my Heavenly Father.
    My parents divorced when I was young, the situation was a little tough for me, but we were still a family, and I would always see both my father and my mother, we would even do things as a whole family some times. A few years ago however, my relationship between my father and our family changed. He had remarried, and his new wife did not care for his old life, one by one, my father cut off communication with each of my siblings, and eventually with myself as well. This caused me to have a lot of self doubt, and led me to have feelings of worthlessness, as though if I wasn’t good enough for my own father to love me, then who was I good enough for, and who could love me? I started to struggle with feelings of depression, and I began to turn towards God for answers. I explored many religions, each time finding some solace, but nothing seemed to fill the void left in my heart. One day a friend invited me to a church service with them at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, and for the first time, I felt truly accepted even just upon entering the doorway. As the speakers addressed us, I felt a warmth in my heart that I had not experienced before, their words resonated with me in a way which I cannot explain. I decided to meet with the missionaries from the church.
    The first lesson these two young men taught me was so simple, yet so profound, “God is our loving Heavenly Father” In all my time seeking God, I had thought of Him simply as a higher power, but the personal connection I felt that day in church, and later as the missionaries taught me this principle changed my life forever. I saw that even though things were difficult, even though I couldn’t always get what I wanted, that God had a plan for me. Just like a parent on earth, He wants what is best for me, and though I may go through trials, and struggles, I will always come out on the other end stronger, and filled with more joy. To me, faith is more than just a belief, it’s a conviction. Faith in God and Jesus Christ has healed wounds which I thought were too deep to ever heal, and I have a renewed sense of purpose and belonging. I live each day knowing, that my Heavenly Father has a plan for me, and that as I follow his plan, and put my trust in Him, that I will have a future filled with more joy, and more brightness than I could even imagine.

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  23. Hello, my name is Moisse Irizarry and I believe in faith. If you knew me, you would know that most of the time I wear a cross around my neck, but this isn’t about just the faith of a religion. I believe in faith in the sense of just believing something, whether it be a god, a person, or your own personal ideal. I run track, and most of the time it gets tough and I struggle to find the strength to push through a hard practice or race. It is in those moments that I remember all the time I’ve put in and how many people are counting on me. How could I give up knowing others have sacrificed for me, so the least I could do is sacrifice for them. I have faith in those people and I use that to motivate me. I believe having faith is essential in life. Sometimes all a person needs is something to believe in. The second you choose to give up on having faith, that’s when you fail at whatever it may be. My family isn’t very wealthy, my parents both came from a foreign country with very little to call their own. They worked multiple jobs and did all they could for the sake of my sister and I. Not many people in my family have gone to college and they’re all excited for me and hope I become some big millionaire. Obviously that’s a little far fetched, but even that is enough for me to believe everything I’m doing is worth it. With a lot of hard work and a little bit of faith, I know we can all achieve great things.

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  24. Why have faith? Faith is something that you bring upon yourself, something you believe is there but you can not physically touch or see. Faith brings hope. Hope for better days when your down, hope for a bright future, and even hope for your loved ones. Faith is something that means so much to me, without faith I’m not sure how I would get up everyday and do things i need to do. I put my faith in that working hard will lead to a brighter future, and that believing in someone or something will turn out for the best. It was so hard for me to leave home, leave my friends, and leave my girlfriend but faith is what helped me cope. Faith that my family will be there for me during these tough times, faith that my friends will come visit me and make me feel less home sick, and faith that my girlfriend and I will overcome the challenges we face being at different colleges. Faith is what keeps me going, what keeps the people closest to me help me through the toughest times, what keeps the world full of new adventures to explore. I don’t always remember having faith. Yes I used to go to church, but I never fully felt anything similar to faith until I began praying and believing more in god. When I began to pray more often I felt something greater then anything I have felt before, god. Believing in god is not something everyone partakes in, but its not just believing in god for me, its the overall feeling of happiness, success, and love. I believe that faith can turn the saddest person into the most truly happy individual because faith makes you believe in yourself. I hope the faith that I have for people and plans in my life will never disappear because faith is what will always keep me going.

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    • It is incredible seeing people’s lives change through Christ once they realize that with Him you will find peace and unconditional love. I always feel closest to God when I am praying, setting aside time to read the Bible and just have some time to think and thank God that I am alive and well. Through His love anything is possible, He has a plan for you. I also agree that Faith can turn the saddest person into someone who is happy and self confident.

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  25. Reblogged this on Site Title and commented:
    I believe in God and Faith, for me nothing is possible without them. If we want something let’s just have faith, even though sometimes we have to go through some hard times, that’s just how life it is, mistakes are just something normal after that we can count with success, and failure is just a phase.

    Just like everyone we all have goals in life, they won’t fall frol sky or granted, it’s our goals,objectives not a gift, we will have to sweat for it, go after or whatever, we all know it won’t be given that easily or we will suddenly find it, everything has a cost, it doesn’t matter where are we.

    Many times In a certain situation, I have thought in quitting but my huge pride and belief that I have in faith did not let me withdraw.I can’t remember in something for examples because this is past, I have passed all this, all what I went through, all tough times we leave it all in the past because those were difficult times, meanwhile the best option is think on what is upcoming and how to be prepared and always with our heads raised.

    Fear is just a word and a word that starts with F, F of Faith just have faith and your fear won’t exist anymore since “Faith feeds on the word of god”, and if you have faith that means you have hope and not just that, it means you believe in yourself, and you know that you can do something.

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  26. Faith this five letter word has kept many of people running and going for their goals in life. My name is Kimberly Romero and I believe in faith. Just when I was nine years old I had the terrible of experience of my mother leaving the house. At the time my younger sisters were six and three years old; my father was left with three young little girls not having a clue how difficult it was. Growing up I seen how difficult things got for my father but I believed it was going to raise his daughters the best he could. He would work from 6 AM to 7PM, having to pick his daughter up after, cooking them food and going to bed at 10 to wake up to do the same thing all over again. He kept faith that no matter he went through with his kids that they would end up to be big in life. Even when the days were dark we all knew that at the other side their was green grass and a blue sky. Today almost ten years later his girls are doing just fine. I am now attending University of Mass Dartmouth perusing a double major in Criminal Justice and Psychology. My little sister Melissa is now in the tenth grade and the youngest Sarah is 13 in the seventh grade. His little girls are just doing fine.

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  27. The definition of faith is complete trust or confidence in someone or something. To have faith in yourself, others, or a greater power, can make a huge impact on your own life. I firmly believe in faith and will continue to. After my parents divorce, I was lost. The foundation of my life was cracked and my world was falling apart. I had to believe in something greater than myself, I had to have faith. I believed that my faith would carry me through this time, and any other hard times that my new path brought upon me. Finally, towards the end of my parents divorce, I saw the light. My faith had kept me strong and durable. My faith had kept me kind and respectful. My faith had kept my soul. Faith saved me, and I believe it can sve anyone.

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  28. I see spring, and that is me
    Summer yipee!
    Fall, I hate the leaves
    Winter, I feel seized.

    My cycles,
    My seasonal struggles,
    They are a part me
    S.A.D. (Seasonal Affective Disorder)

    Darker days
    Emptier nights

    As my loneliness arises
    My reflection,
    It questions me.
    It wants to know who I am.

    What can you do?
    What can I do?
    Are you strong?
    Am I strong?
    Are you willing to be the greatest person?

    Can I?

    My capabilities turn into questions.
    The questions turn into pressure.
    The pressure forces my thoughts to evaluate something I can’t firmly believe in.

    I can’t grasp my strength
    I can’t hold in a positive focus
    These energies that surround, they take of me down to a drain.
    Where I’ll diminish who I truly am
    Into the reflection of who I can’t be.

    How long can I allow this to happen?

    I search for serenity
    In my thoughts, there has to be no slowing down
    I have to push myself to believe in a greater focus
    Instead of the pressure that suppresses me,
    I look up to the sky and to find what arises me, and it is my faith in the Lord.

    The Lord gives me the wings to fly.
    To believe in something I can’t see in front of a mirror and to take what I have, what I am and go with it.
    I have to train myself and to get my wings and soar.
    The higher I can go the more I can do and be.
    I choose not to limit myself in my negative thoughts, the kind that wants to diminish me.
    When I am flying
    I believe that there is nothing that keeps me down
    When my dedication to Him is strong, he has planned out there for me.

    Channeling my faith through prayers and
    faith, I know that one day I will conquer my S.A.D

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  29. I can’t find a way to post this under “uncategorized” so I apologize if this doesn’t fit here, but in a lot of ways this is my kind of faith. I don’t really believe in anything. I believe that “there are no ultimate truths” is the one true ultimate truth. It is the paradoxical nature of this that is so appealing to my cautious disposition. It can’t be argued as true or false but it is that that’s beautiful to me. In a world were there are so many views of people convinced that what they see is a certain way, it’s nice that there are some things that can just be. There are some things that ultimately just exist and aren’t good or evil or true or false. There’s a quote from the children’s book “The Mysterious Benedict Society” that has been like a security blanket for my mind since I first ever came across it. The quote is “The gym is always open, except when it’s not”. This truism has been a guiding principle in how I have engaged or approached in almost every moral or social issue that I’ve encountered since. It doesn’t make me smart, or in the right, or very popular. It mostly just makes me uncertain and unhappy. However, it’s the only thing I can bring myself to believe and that’s the solace that grounds me.

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