58 thoughts on “Faith

  1. Growing up I’d say my parents did a great job raising me and my siblings in church and to this day I am still so grateful. Especially back in 2010 when we were in Haiti and the ground started shaking out of nowhere and no one knew what was going on we thought it was the end of the world and it was really comforting to have someone on a higher power than us to rely on and to bring us to ease. After the earthquake ended my house had collapsed with all of our possessions in it and we had nothing to eat and nowhere to sleep but we didn’t panic because we just knew that things would get better for us and it did now I’m in America the land of the free and I left Haiti where the education was subpar to living in Massachuttes where we have the best colleges in the country and getting one of the best education I could possibly get so this is why I believe that you should have faith that things will always get better than how it is and that you should never give up even if you don’t believe in religion there’s always science Newtons third law for every action( meaning bad) there’s an equal and opposite reaction (meaning good). There could never be a bad without a good because the world needs to balance itself out.

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    • Hey this is super awesome. I always grew up with the influence of God in my life and I really can see and feel the value in it. There are times when I struggled so hard growing up and which I had to pray to feel better. And you know what, its not about getting what you want, ever. People feel like prayer is asking for deliverance and looking for answers, but sometimes that’s just not what you need. God always knows what you need while you don’t so nobody should expect their prayers to be answered. I have always viewed the value of my prayers and of my religion as an experience through which I am able to cleanse and better myself–become more mindful, hopeful, and proud of who I am and the faith that I believe in. I think its so cool that you have such an incredible faith and that you are able to be so grateful for God’s blessings–both good and bad.

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    • Thank you for sharing this, not only was it a great thing to read but it also reminded me of my times where I used my faith. God has helped me in many ways and praying to him through the good and bad times he’s always there for me. Also, the way God responds to us we might not see where it’s heading but we have to believe that he knows what’s best for us more than we do, and having faith isn’t easy but it’s worth it!

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    • What I liked most about this essay was how you included a tragic moment moment in your life because me myself had family that experienced the earthquake and its destruction to the country. And I like your mindset that whenever a bad thing happens most likely a good outcome will come out of it.

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      My names Alexandria and I found your vulnerability highly amusing to read. ” really comforting to have someone on a higher power than us to rely on and to bring us to ease.” was my favorite line. Comfort as a segway into talking about the hope and faith you had on things will get better is moving and I wanna hear more hopefully one day Ill run into you on campus.

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    • Hey thank you so much for sharing this, your story is amazing! I can’t even begin to imagine what that situation was like for you. Although I didn’t experience the earthquake in Haiti like you did, I was able to connect to your story. My church back at home has been traveling to Haiti for the past 10 years since the earthquake to go and give aid to those in need, we try to go at least once a year. Every time the missionaries come back from their trip and bring pictures our hearts truly break for your country. Haiti has a special place in our hearts and we find joy in helping those in need. What you said is 100% true, there can’t be any bad without any good. I loved your post!!

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    • I really loved this, and I think that having faith does really make an individuals morals a lot more focused on what’s right rather than wrong. When you have faith there’s just some things you won’t do , whether that’s faith in God or the universe and science.

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  2. Life isn’t always easy or fair sometimes, and it gets to a point where someone might not see the situation getting any better but it does. In my life there were very difficult times where I wasn’t happy with myself, and the direction I was heading it felt like no matter what I did the outcome was the same; which was being unsuccessful. This happened with simple things like doing well in school or making friends and hard things like being overcoming hard moments emotionally, at the time of me being unhappy with my own appearance and as well as being made fun of constantly really made life difficult, and I remember everyday being consumed with sadness throughout day by day. However, not everything lasts forever, and that’s why I believe in having faith because hard times do go away and after many prayers and keeping faith the unhappiness did fade away. Even if you don’t believe in a higher power, just having faith that things will get better is going to prevail because that determination will keep you going like it did for me, and many others that I know who have gone through the same. Currently, I am at a point where I’m comfortable with myself and making friends is not as hard and emotionally I’m more positive, there are still hard times but I never forget to keep faith that things will get better no matter how hard the situation.

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    • There’s time where you feel like you need permission to do certain things and sometimes it can even be considered a boundary. There will be times in life where you want to challenge yourself but you’re scared because you do not fully give yourself permission, you did not set that “go” mentality. This mentality will surpass anything and anyone that prevents you from giving yourself permission. I believe you can do all things through faith and love. Once you have an indestructible mentality, a strong faith in yourself and love every second of life, you become solid iron.
      People get lost in working and maintaining this grind that they forget the bigger picture, they forget their why. This “why” is why you are here. My bigger picture is to travel the world doing what I love most taking care of children and people through this intelectual brain God blessed me with. Greed is where you see evil, by traveling the world, away from where people already have way more than what they need, and going closer to people who find happiness in the smallest simplest things brings me happiness. Ever since I can remember, I’ve always been a caretaker. I can’t even count the times where I was short on money and couldn’t even afford the essentials to live and somehow I still found myself thinking maybe my sister needs it more than me. Knowing that I can help these people makes everything that much sweeter.

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      • Hi Kyara, I agree that people do tend to get lost in their day to day life and don’t take the opportunity to reflect on the bigger picture. I believe that we all have a purpose in our lives and with faith we can grow stronger towards happiness.

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    • Hey, I really enjoyed reading about what you had to say because I felt like it was something I could relate to. I myself have hard time opening up to new things and people because of my insecurities. Most of the time, it is very hard to cope with my emotions and how I feel about the kind of person that I am. I agree with the concept that through faith, things begin to fall into place for the better. I try to look at the brighter side of things rather than allow myself to dwell on the downsides, and I believe that faith is the key to a more positive perspective.

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  3. Without faith, I don’t think I would have gotten to where I am today. Growing up in a predominately Christian family, going to church was the norm. I went to church every Sunday, and even participated in some all night events, but I only went because that’s what I was supposed to do. I knew there was a God, deep down. But in some certain circumstances, or when I was staring blankly at the wall while the pastor was preaching, I questioned God’s existence. “What if this is all a stimulation?” Or “What if there’s nothing after death?” Were the questions that played out in my head consistently and I started to slowly feel myself detaching away from my faith. I noticed myself asking God to help me when I was in desperate need, and never thanking him when good things would happen. It got to a point where I would be angry with God when things wouldn’t go as planned. I stayed like this for months–a wishy washy Christian who stopped going to church. Then I was struck with a hard obstacle, it stressed me out for days until I finally exploded and ended up balling my eyes out on the kitchen floor asking God for wisdom, and for him to guide me through this tough time. And you know what God did? He picked me up and helped me glide through the situation with ease. Even after all that I had done against him, all of my sins, throughout it all he still found it in his heart to bless me. I believe God is a forgiving and graceful God who blesses his children no matter what circumstance. I believe if you let God come into your life, you will never be the same and in a good way. I believe that without God I would have token my own life a long time ago, and with his grace and mercy, I am a better person who is always thankful to see another day.

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    • Robin love your post! Honestly just reading this makes me have a higher faith in everything. I feel like you should just have faith in everything including God. Then everything just seems to fall into place. And just never forget God in life!

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    • As a fellow born again Christian, I feel this is almost too relatable to the situation of of so many young adults in the church. The struggle of not only paying attention to the word and what comes with it but also working to truly understand the teachings presented to you. I can say I have struggled with much of what you confessed and as far as encouragement goes all I can say is, read that bible and keep chugging on.

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    • Hi Robin, great post! I to am a dedicated Roman Catholic. Growing up, I’ve always asked God why certain negative things have happened to me or have appeared in my life. However, he has always helped me overcome anything bad and experience nicer things. By having faith, anything is possible, especially with God watching over us.

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  4. I believe in true love, whether it is age 14 or 52, I believe everyone has a starstruck lover waiting to be found.
    My grandparents ran away and eloped at age 16. With minimal money, a tiny house, and each other, they had all that they needed. As they grew up, they grew up together. They have lived through each others ups and downs, and created a true relationship, seeing the good and the bad sides of each other. In 2012, they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary, renewing their vows in front of friends and family, it really showed us grandkids what love is. Recently, my grandmother was told to sleep while being elevated, which left her on her recliner in the living room, and there my grandfather slept right next to her so she wouldn’t be alone; this went on for four months. They look at each other like they see their whole world in one person. My grandparents do anything and everything for each other, with a smile on their face, and to me that is true love.
    On the other hand, I have an aunt who got married at 42. After attending the wedding, I can assure you my aunt and uncle look at each other just as my grandparents do. My aunt found her other half, her dog walking partner, and her adventure buddy, not to mention her true love. Even though my aunt was 26 years older, the love is just as strong and just as pure.
    A lover is a lover, there are no ifs or buts. Love does not discriminate, you love who you love, you owe nobody an explanation. And my belief holds true for everyone, no matter the gender, nor the background, there is a true partner in this world for everybody.

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    • I can personally relate to this one because even though my relationship doesn’t have too big of a gap, it was hard for me to tell my parents in hopes they would still accept me. I’m 18 and my boyfriend is 25, so my parents were hesitant, but I know he’s the one I want to be with for a very long time. My parents think I’m too young to understand what love is, but I know what I fell and I can’t wait for them to see. You did a beautiful job explaining this. Thank you.

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  5. Has something bad ever happened to you or your family? Life doesn’t always seem fair. I thought I had a perfect family and through this experience I learned nothing, and no one is perfect. I’ am a strong believer in faith and it has helped me get through some tough times in my life.Summer of 2007 is when it all started. It has been like an ordinary, hot summer day. The day was good until I went to my mother’s bedroom and saw something wasn’t right with her. She said she was dizzy and her speech was unclear. I got worried and called my brothers and sister. They immediately called an ambulance.We found out that my Mom had a major stroke. This was so hard for my whole family because we are all very close. My Mom was always the super-hero in my family, and to see her like this was unimaginable. We didn’t know what else to do. Days passed, and my mom was still in the hospital. My family and I would pray every day for her. One day, my sister got a phone call saying my mom was still not doing well. They had to move her to the intensive care unit. All the doctors and nurses made a promise they were going to help my mom and take care of her. My mom said to have faith and be strong, that everything will fall into place. In no time, my mom started to get healthier. I still remember the day my sister told me she was coming home. She slowly became a healthier and stronger person. Today, I’ am grateful my mom is alive and fully recovered. Through this experience I have learned to keep my faith strong. I believe if you keep your faith, you will get through hard times. It is almost a miracle my amazing mom is living and healthy. Next time a tragedy strikes you do not lose faith. Know that God is always with you. He will help you with anything.

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    • Hi Amanda, that is a remarkable story; glad to hear that your mom made it through this tough experience! Really like the emphasis of faith in this post, enduring through the struggles and not losing hope. You’re right, we should see things in an optimistic way rather than via rough experience.

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  6. I had never been strong in my faith. I went to church and did volunteer work. Something was missing, something that I wasn’t understanding. I studied The Bible scanning to see if I had missed something that would help me understand. I didn’t find my answer, so I gave up on it altogether. I hucked my Bible into a corner, making sure I wouldn’t see it again.
    Catholicism was the last thing I was thinking about on that Friday. I was on my way to get my sister, when the deafening sound of screeching tires and glass shattering paralyzed me with fear. I glanced over, and saw that a car had slammed into mine, injuring two of their passengers. I zoned out and heard them screaming at me and I cried. Before calling 911, I looked up at the ceiling of my car and cried harder. I yelled at God, asking him why he decided to spare me in the crash. Even after I was off the phone with my mom and the police, I kept whispering to Him. I felt like God had shaken me, told me to wake up, and put me back down.
    It was while I was sitting in the hospital that I finally understood Him and His ways. Everything about my faith clicked for me, once I realized that God could have taken me back to him that day. The accident could have easily been 5 seconds earlier and I would have been dead.
    I now know that God has a plan for me, and all of the doubt and anger was apart of it. After everything that I have endured while discovering faith, I believe we should listening to how others have found their faith.

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    • I feel slightly uncomfortable commenting on a post about faith but I really like this and connect with it, slightly. Right now I guess you could say I’m a girl with a grudge, because I have not felt the understanding or have had it ‘click’ for me. I believe there is a higher being and that their plan overrules ours for the better of everything but only because I have not died. And for the majority of my life it was very easy to almost to. The only reason I’m here is because something wanted me to stay, and currently I’m trying to do good with the time that it wants me to have. And I’m done searching for the ‘click’ of it all making sense. Maybe this part won’t but it doesn’t really have to. Whatever the case, whatever it is, it undoubtedly prepared me to persevere

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    • Very powerful statement. Sadly, I too was in a terrible crash that almost claimed my life and others with me also. It really opened my eyes to see God for who he really was! A powerful, loving God he is. So graceful. I thank God for your life and glad you too were able to see how God was able to pick you up from that horrible situation because he has bigger and better plans for you.

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  7. I believe in the power of faith. I don’t know what tomorrow holds, but I believe that no matter what, I will be okay. Life works in mysterious ways, and bad things happen to the best of us. We, as human beings, question why we live in a cruel world where there are wars, crime, and families being torn apart every day. Inside us all, there is evil hidden within the deepest of our souls. History will tell us what we know today as wrong and immoral, yet, we are often found making the same mistakes, while people all over the world are suffering. We do not know what tomorrow holds, who we will meet, who or what we will lose, or what we will encounter. With that, however, through faith, we wake up every morning knowing that we will persevere through whatever is in store for us. I believe that there is a set path for me, and despite all the twists and turns, I will always end up back on the right path towards my purpose in life. I believe that there is a stronger good inside us all that will work to help and support those in need. I believe in faith; the power that allows me to feel safe, despite all of life’s uncertainties; the power that allows me to open my heart up to those in need; the power of faith, which allows me to see the world and all it’s good, despite the bad.

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    • I believe these moral are very important to live by, we as a society just have to keep moving forward. Although there are so many bad things in the world, we have to keep telling ourselves everything will be okay in order to feel alright. In order to fix things and live our lives, we have to keep faith and know that someone will have our back and destiny will eventually figure out its way into our lives. I constantly tell myself that things will be okay when I’m having a hard time in life, it helps me relax and gives me a sense of relief and hope that eventually the sky will clear up. Theres always sun after the storm.

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      • I definitely tell myself that things will be okay even if I’m at my worst because being optimistic and finding good in bad is a good trait to have. So I really like the way you think.

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    • Hi Bianca, I enjoyed reading your belief statement. There are far too many negative events that occur everyday all over the world, but as you said, I agree that with faith, we can look at the positive rather than the negative. Having faith allows us to have a different outlook on life.

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  8. I step up to the bar, position my feet with a slight wiggle. I am nervous, but I trust my body. I take a deep breath and position my chalked hands on the barbell. I take a slight pause, but no more than a second because any hesitation will result in failure. My back was tight and my whole body flowed through the fluid motions of a snatch (an Olympic lift). I still remember the exact feeling I had standing there holding 100lbs above my head for the first time. It was euphoria and I was proud of my body. What I often don’t tell people is that I failed to lift that weight 3 times before I succeeded. I believed that I would do it and I did. There are often situations where I find myself in doubt. I think to myself that I will not be able to do what I want or what I need. But the little voice inside my head says “trust me.” That is something no one can take from me. A friend of mine showed me the following quote: “But what if I fall?” said the girl, “But darling, what if you fly?” I find this quote very inspiring. When faced with difficult tasks, I trust that I can execute them, and then I do. Would a surgeon be able to complete a heart transplant if she were to doubt her abilities? Would a child be able to learn how to ice skate if he told himself he can’t? I believe in self trust. Trusting that the human body will work in magical ways to complete a lift that it knows, to protect itself and to learn a new skill. Trusting that you know how to do a heart transplant and trusting that you will.

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    • Hey Meagan, self trust is something I’ve often found myself struggling. To hear a story like this that shows how important it is to really believe in yourself is truly inspiring. I enjoyed how you pointed out that trusting in yourself is important to learn how to ice skate, or to do something as complex as a heart transplant. In a world full of opportunities waiting to be taken, a little confidence goes a long way!

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      • I love this story Meagan, mainly because I have been in many situations where I pushed my body. Being a gymnast a young age was tougher on my mind rather than my body. I remember the first time I did a cartwheel! Its crazy to think something so simple and easy can make you question yourself. On the outside, people think things are easy but never really know how hard mentally it is to push yourself and believe you can do something. The mind is more powerful than we think and we could do so many things if we just believed we could.

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  9. Sickle Cell Anemia. The three words that I’ve carried on my back since elementary school and will probably be with me until I am on my deathbed. I was six years old when I was diagnosed. I still remember some details, like how I thought it was just a regular check up, or how I was swinging my feet back and forth on the exam table trying to understand why my mother was sobbing. That was the day that would forever leave a label on me. It took me quite some time to understand that I’d always be considered the “sick kid”. Nonetheless, I have always been an optimistic person. I believe that is because of the way I was raised. I was brought up in a Christian household. For the longest time I can remember my Sunday mornings have been dedicated to going to church, it has become part of my lifestyle. I have seen my mother face so many hardships in my lifetime, such as cancer, divorce, and financial struggles. I have always believed that my mother is a strong person. It took me a while, but I finally realized that her faith has made her strong all these years. I believe that my faith that has kept me optimistic throughout all of the struggles that I have faced. I have to believe in something greater than me to stay sane. I believe my faith has kept me going in this chaotic world that we live in today.

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  10. People say one should always have faith but what is faith? Faith is “complete trust in someone.” Does this mean when someone or something breaks I would automatically break too? Or do I continue to have confidence in “faith”. Throughout my life’s experiences my “faith” has been questionable. I grew up in a very religious household; being Catholic, going to church every Sunday and also going to a Catholic school. I never had a doubt in my mind about God being real until my great grandmother Barbara died. When she passed, it was the worst time in my life because she had major influences on my life. Whenever I had a decision to make she was always there to help. As time went by and she wasn’t around things started falling apart, I started to lose “faith”. She taught me to always have faith in God and the fact that she died with no prior illness left questions in my brain. Shouldn’t he always protect the ones who have “faith” in him? God gave me no warnings that he was ready to take her which made me upset. After my vulnerable stage, I started to remember lessons she taught me about God. She told me that God does everything for a reason so I should always have faith. I thought about her words of wisdom and I started to regain my “faith” in God. I remained positive and did things that I knew Barbara would be proud of me doing.

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  11. I believe that people, as a whole, don’t know anything about anyone or anything; everyone has a different story, and people (including me), we shouldn’t assume we have read them all. I believe that actions speak louder than words. For most parts of my childhood, its been amazing. But there always these little things you feel sad about. I always found it hard to cope with divorces or separations of parents. At the age of ten, I came to live to the U.S. with my father and stepmom, leaving my mom behind was one of the hardest things I’ve had to overcome. But the reason why she let me go was because she wanted me to learn English and wanted a better future for me, educationally. I have pass through rough times, having devorced parents is more difficult than I’ve ever thought. There was a time where I lost myself and didn’t know how to make things work. But I couldn’t let myself down, so I worked on myself and things I needed to do. With the parents I have, it’s hard to not want to do things for my future. Because of them, I want to become better and better. I am this person today because of them. That’s why I believe that actions speak louder than words. They telling me things and me showing them I can. I want my mom to know that I didn’t take the time she gave me, for granted, the time to be better. I appreciate all the things my parents have done for me. I have faith om myself that I will accomplish my goals.

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  12. Deedra Osafo

    In every person’s life there is a moment of transformation between what they are taught to believe and what they truly believe in. I experienced this when I went from serving the God that my parents believed in, into making God my heavenly father. This God Im talking about is known by most people as the alpha and omega , Emmanuel , Omnipotent , Omnipresent. I believe that this God is always there no matter what the circumstances are in my life. I was taught as a child He was the one that created us and breathe in air into our body he gave us humans life, he also made the earth we live and everything in it. He gave us the Holy Bible which I also believe in so we may learn the truth about the world and ways to make our life’s holy. Reading the Bible and praying to Him every morning and evening makes me feel better about myself. It makes me have the feeling of dependability when I feel like I have no one to depend on. Even though He is known as a spirit I can feel his presence around me , he never left my side and would be there when I need him.He works in mysterious ways which nobody understands, He is the reason why I can say I am who I am today. My faith in God made me the stronger person I am and I would continue to trust in Him.

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    • Hey Deedra, I’m glad that you were able to identify God as your heavenly father and savior. I have also been blessed by His presence all throughout my whole life and I hope that you continue to be with God from now until forever.

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  13. One’s belief is based on culture, environment, social aspects,experiences, surroundings, etc… These aspects allows an individual to see what is true and believable to them. As a Haitian-American I consider my family and culture extremely important. They have instilled in me the belief of God and the idea of a more spiritual connection between myself and the unknown. As a family we may not attend church every Sunday, however I have been able to build a spiritual and emotional connection with the concept of a higher power. Believing in God was never automatic. As I grew up, questioning the existence of God becoming a recurring thought. These thoughts is what makes my connection and my belief even stronger.

    Tragedies has also played a pivotal role in my belief system. On June 19, I was apart of a horrific car accident. As I began to gain awareness of my surroundings and what was going on; I realized that I could have died or had life threatening injuries. By the grace of God I left the scene with only a brain injury. This one experience, that to others may seem life changing, strengthened my belief in God. It allowed me to see that there is someone looking over me and ensuring my safety. Yes, there are challenges that I will face with this injury, however there is more to life than dwelling on these difficulties. I must use this opportunity that God gave me and live my life to the fullest. Everyone needs to understand that life is too short to focus on aspects of life that do not matter. Anything can happen and leaving this life happy is better than leaving dwelling on what you should have done.

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  14. I believe in faith. I grew up in a Christian household where my parents taught me and my three brothers about who God was. Every night, we would sing, say a verse, and pray before we went to bed. The most important thing to learn from my parents was to have a relationship with God and to never lose faith in Him. I have had some bad times when I was younger, but I still kept my faith for a few reasons. When I was four years old, I accidentally swallowed a screw and was rushed to the emergency room. I was okay after but I had to get x-rays week after week. The same year, I got electrocuted by sticking a hair pin inside an outlet; I passed out for about 15 seconds, started crying, and ran to my dad. He had me put my hand in some cold water since I burned my hand. When I was five years, my older brother got sick and had to go to the hospital. A few days after, I got sick; and a few days after that my other brother got sick. The sickness eventually went away, but it felt like we were going to be sick for the rest of our lives. I’m not still living today because of luck, I’m still living today because of faith. People these days ask themselves why God has punished the when they do good deeds, but there is something that they always fail to realize. God doesn’t reward people because of their actions, God rewards people because of the relationship and faith people have in Him. I am able to live today and pray for a tomorrow because of the faith that I have in God and regardless of what anyone says, I will never lose my faith.

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  15. Probably the strongest beliefs that I have in my life is a strong faith in God. Ever since I was born, I always went to church with my family. I was raised in a Haitian/Christian household with 3 of my brothers. My family is loving and strict family who has always taught me how to worship the Lord and how to put God first in everything that I do whether it is going to school or going to bed etc. There would be some nights where we would meet in a certain place in my house and worship and praise God for everything that he has for us. I believe that with God’s assistance, no obstacle would be impossible for you to accomplish. As a kid, I was reluctant of volunteering or participating in activities at my church, but then as I was growing and going to church more and more, I realized that the things I do for the community of my church was all for the glory of God. Now I even read Bible verses, I’m part of our youth group, and even usher at my church. Some people at my church are even asking me if I will become a pastor. In fact, this summer, I was able to get baptized and repent for my sins. I’m thankful to God because he has blessed through all of my 18 years of living on this Earth and I hope that he continues to bless me as I grow up now until forever.

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  16. I believe in many things in the world, almost equal in amount to those in which I do not believe in. Each ideology taking up its own stance within my mind, holding different positions as I place more importance on some versus others. Among the countless beliefs, I hold there is one that I believe should be spread out among countless others, despite the sheer backlash it shall receive from it. I believe that our planet, Earth, would be a far more united and peaceful planet if we were to be rid of religion. I do not mean that people should not believe in their god or the many traditions they follow, but religion as an idea should be removed. Far too often in our past has unnecessary bloodshed and grief been stuck across the land simply for what a person believes in. Whether it is to the horrific crusades or even the acid attacks that happen this very day, violence is brewed from the differences between people solely from a religious standpoint. Will the absence of religion bring world peace, unfortunately, no, but this does not mean that the gaps we have created ourselves cannot begin to forge bridges between us. I do believe that our world will be a far better place for future generations if religion no longer remained.

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  17. It was February 10th 2013. An immense snow storm fell upon my town and took out the power lines on our street leaving my family with no power for several days. We used our fireplace all throughout the blackout to keep us warm. Due to the constant heating and cooling of the brickwork in the fireplace, fire seeped through cracks that formed leaving the wood frames beside it to burn. In less than five minutes, the fire and smoke spread all throughout the house making it impossible to breathe and to stand. Thankfully my family managed to get out of the house safely, but within an hour, nothing could have been salvaged. We lost everything, all except the clothes on our backs.

    I had been brought up in a Christian household and have always had a strong foundation in my faith in Christ. Up till this point in my life, my faith had never been this immensely challenged. I understood that tragic situations would befall me, yet I never placed this understanding into reality. It was difficult to get up the next morning without getting down when realizing that the life I’d lived is gone. Though instead of looking at my loss and asking God, “why did you do this?”, I asked Him, “what can I do through this to bring glory to you?” In all my life, whether it be in prayer, work, school, or anything, it all rests in God alone. We may not understand His motives, but His actions and thoughts are greater than our own. As I looked upon my house, I felt a calming spirit wash over me with the words appearing, “I cannot bless you the way I want to without taking everything away.” As time went on, Gods grace began to show through the support of the surrounding communities. God blessed us with financial miracles, allowing us to go from having nothing but pajamas to standing inside a fully refurbished and reconstructed house in 2 years time. Without living through losing everything, I never would’ve been blessed with the self-sustaining house and all of my family’s new belongings. I had to stay true to my faith and trust that God was in control and working for our good. I work and live by the grace of God and seek to devote everything for His glory. Be still and know God is God and I am not.

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  18. Throughout my whole life there has always been a strong religious presence, but unlike most people it did not come from my family. From the ages of three to fourteen I went to a private Catholic school, however it was not because of religious purposes but because my parents believed the school would give me a great education. This school really shaped me into who I am today. The school was great, and I followed the beliefs very religiously. However, as I got older I began to question things, as my mind developed and changed, so did my views on the Catholic religion. Once eighth grade came along I had actually completely changed my views, and to this day I remain agnostic. The reason I feel the school is actually the reason I changed my beliefs is because it gave me something to compare too. Once I started question things, I had 11 years of religious teachings to look back onto. I believe this school really helped me become who I am today, they taught me how to be a good person through their religion. Although I no longer follow the religion, I do not for a second regret going to this school. Today I use some of the teaching they taught me, such as loving everyone or having great love and respect for your parents. Personally I feel that I am a good person and that I have this school to thank for shaping me into who I am today

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  19. Faith is something that gets thrown around by a lot of different people for a lot of different reasons. I feel a fair amount of the time the word is used, the meaning is construed negatively. By this I mean that in our modern setting the general populace automatically thinks “religion” or “Christianity” and with either of those follows a sort of misguided resentment by that general populace. To clarify with a personal example, my freshman year of high school I was very open with any and all about my Christian upbringing and my subsequent relationship with God and of course from the start I was labeled homophobic and strangers would tell me I’m a racist and so is every member of my family. This anger so many harbored for me and what I stand for, more importantly, what I stand against was guided by the demonetization of faith by the media, by prominent LGBTQ organizations, and of course by ignorant people who simply hated anybody that disagreed with them. I know so many of my brothers and sisters in Christ have suffered the same wrongs and the same hate. The whole issue is just so depressing because Christianity teaches love and forgiveness, to even have faith in God is to love Him unconditionally and to understand the He loves you just the same. So when I am told what i believe is hateful and horrible all I can say is that is not one bit close to the truth. Over the years I have told people, yes I am a Baptist, yes I believe homosexuality is a sin, but so is lying! For my whole life I’ve been taught “sin is sin” this means no sin is greater than another and without repentance that liar will go to hell the same as that homosexual. To back track a bit, faith just means love to have faith is to love, so I just take life one day at a time trying to educate the angry and the ignorant that I do not hate them and neither does God and I have faith I am making a difference.

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    • Hi Evan,
      As a Christian, I have likewise struggled with a lot of the same issues, especially with how Christianity is about love and forgiveness yet to many it doesn’t appear like that. I too have conceded and agreed to take life one day at a time. I believe that God has a plan for each and every one of us so our responsibility is to do our best to live by that plan and trust in Him

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  20. My faith has shaped me into the person I am today. Growing up, faith has always been an important part of my life. As I grow older, I am thankful that my parents have instilled this in me. Life has a way of throwing the unexpected at you. We may be faced with hardships and tough realities, but with faith, all of our problems can have a positive outcome. I believe that having faith allows us to look at life with a different perspective. Sometimes we may feel that it would be easier to give up or that there will never be a happy ending. Although this may feel imminent at the time, I believe that faith can lead us to where we need to be. It may not always be easy, but having faith can make all things possible. Through prayer I have become a stronger individual and even in the most difficult moments of life, despite feeling defeated, faith has given me the hope that everything will turn out alright. My faith has kept me strong-willed and determined to keep moving forward. Reflecting on events in my own life, my faith in God has always gotten me through the toughest times. I believe that with faith, we can rise up and overcome any obstacle and we will never be alone. Faith can bring us all together and help us to see what we should be grateful for. Faith has made an impact on my life and is something that will be cherished forever.

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  21. Growing up in a catholic household, faith has always been a huge part of my life, and has had a tremendous impact. Since I can remember I have always gone to church on Sundays and have prayed every night before I go to bed. Some may see this as a chore but for me it is a routine. My faith was strong until I was ten years old. Unfortunately when I was ten my father passed away unexpectedly. This event turned my life upside down. My father was my hero and best friend and suddenly he was just gone. I remember not knowing what to feel, I was empty. I felt sad, angry, and guilty like in some way this was all my fault. I started to question God. I wanted to know why he would let something so horrible happen if he is said to be nothing but greatness. This was a very hard time in life. I stopped going to church, stopped believing in God, and nothing seemed to be going right for me. This lasted quite a while until one day I decided I needed to change, I needed to stop feeling empty. I decided to go back to church and to start praying again. At first I thought it was pointless but soon enough I found that it wasn’t. Finally I felt like something clicked. I felt as if God had answered my prayers. I believe that it is extremely important to have faith. Faith is what saved me. It has taught me that although things in life get tough, you will always overcome. There is always light at the end of the tunnel. Everyone has their own ways of coping through difficult times and faith is my way. No matter how difficult life gets, I know that I will always have my faith to fall back on.

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    • When my parents got divorced, similarly I blamed God for this and stopped going to church. But I too felt empty and sad and turned to God for guidance and in turn this helped strengthen my faith.

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  22. I believe in the power of believing. Without it I feel as though people would be aimlessly traveling through space and time for no rhyme or reason. The power of believing motivates people to do the things they want to do. Just think about it. If you believed in absolutely nothing where do you think you would be in life? What kind of life would that be? What things would you not have done, and what would that mean for your future? Life is precious and can be taken from you in the blink of an eye. Why not live each day to the fullest and make it your best life possible. So much cand ride on the simplest of beliefs. For example, if I personally didn’t believe in education and its importance I wouldn’t be going off to college in order to pursue my dreams. If it wasn’t for this belief I have no clue what I would be doing at this very moment in my life as i’m getting ready to embark in the college experienc. So much resides on that one belief in itself that it would completely alter my world if I didn’t believe in it at all. With believing comes purpose and with that comes execution. Without one the other ceases to exist. Believing can create a sense of hope and an overall feeling of positivity for people. The possibilities in this world are endless and are worth striving for. So why not believe?

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    • Hi Maya, I agree that believing can help us reach our purpose and work towards our goals. Time goes by fast and we should appreciate the time that we are given. Having the power of belief can help us all have aspiration.

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  23. For as long as I can remember my strongest belief has been my faith. I have grown up believing that things happen for a reason no matter how good or bad the situation is because something positive will come out of it eventually. As an infant my sister and I were taken away from our parents because they chose to abuse drugs and not care for their children. We were both put into foster care and that was where we met our new mom, she immediately fell in love with us and changed our lives forever. As we got older our mother wanted to make sure we had the world, even though she was a single parent she made it happen. Instead of sending us to public school she sent us to private school to make sure we got the best education. She also paid thousands of dollars for us to dance for fourteen years until we moved on to something different. The list goes on and on with all the sacrifices she has made to make sure we didn’t go without. If it wasn’t for me being adopted I wouldn’t have gotten the chance to go to graduate high school, move on to college at UMD and make a life for myself. I will always be grateful for my second chance at life and I will forever believe that things happen for a reason.

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  24. My early life was a turbulent time in my life. I didn’t know what was going on very well, I just knew that it was making me upset. But oddly enough, it was one of the happiest times in my life. I knew that I was loved and had a peace that everything would be okay. My family faced many issues and more that a time or two were close to losing what we held dear. Being told that your child will be a stillborn or have serious mental and physical disabilities, to end up cradling a beautiful daughter who fights like hell to get where she is today. When a husband becomes absent, leaving a woman alone to raise two small girls and ending up on the brink of bankruptcy to turn it around within a decade and own a home with a loving new husband and his children, weaving a beautiful new family from one that was torn. Within the span of two days being stuck with a sudden mysterious illness, lying in a hospital bed as the doctor tells your mother that your body is shutting down and you have one day left to live, to walking out of the hospital the next day totally fine and craving Wendy’s. To be blessed every day with family and friends that I love and love me too. Being able to walk along the beach or pick a bouquet of dandelions or having the chance to grow up and define myself. These are all things that I have been so very lucky to experience and with the trials that I’ve gone through I’m left with a stronger faith. Because I will always believe in God and his miracles.

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  25. I have always been a relatively religious person. From youth to present, I’ve been at least a typical Christian. I’ve believed that God is real, Jesus did all that was said he did in the Bible, and all the other things that most to all Catholic Christians believe in. But, I never was devout like other people. I never understood why, because I never questioned my faith or religion. I figured that I was fine but I was always nervous that I never believed enough or that I never did enough to ever feel fully spiritually satisfied. I always thought I’d have to have one of those spiritually enlightening moments that turns someone to either become or be more spiritual and religious, but I was nervous that that moment would never happen. But recently, it did occur, and not that long ago either. Ever since I was, I have been very happy with the trajectory in most of the areas in my life (family, friends, academics etc.) but there was always one area I was always disappointed in, and this was my love life. So, about a year ago, I began asking God to bless me with a girlfriend. I didn’t think he’d listen because it was a petty little request compared to things other people prayed for, and also I didn’t expect to get anything more than maybe like a small short-lived typical teenage relationship. But, God listened and, after a few months and a brief misinterpretation in who he intended for me, he delivered and exceeded my expectations by far. Late last year, I started talking to this girl named H***** from California and immediately we clicked and became really good friends. After a story that would take over 250 words alone, we became a couple and I can now proudly say that we’re a week away from our 7 month anniversary, and I truly believe it was because of my faith, and also because of this my faith has grown tremendously, and I’ve never been happier with my life

    PS To answer the question you might have, yes we still are currently a long distance couple, but we are still very happy and there is a plan in place for her to move out here. Also, yes, we have spent a lot of time together in person

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  26. From when I was born to this present day, I have always been a catholic. Being a catholic, I always had this sense of a greater being protecting and guiding me in my everyday life. I consider myself lucky, because I never really had a reason to doubt the presence God since both my parents were already practicing Catholics. This also makes me wonder whether I would have put all this trust and faith into a being that can’t be seen if my parents weren’t Christians. I like to tell myself that I would have still believed in God no matter what, but to be honest I am not sure. So this is why I consider myself to be lucky. I never saw going to church on Sundays as a burden, rather I saw it as a necessity in the life of Christian. In my home country Nigeria, everyone professes to a religion. Whether it’s a Muslim belief, a Christian or the African Traditional religion (the one the West call Juju or black magic) we always had a religious moral compass to live by. Even if you do not believe in religion (because nobody is forcing you to jump onto one like a trend) you should at least have a sense on what is good and bad in the world.

    Believing in something greater than you, it gives you a sense of purpose in the world, gives you hope, and it helps you make decisions better and clearer. For example, if I didn’t believe in getting a higher education or studying at all, I wouldn’t be getting ready to enter university. So you see, having faith in something for a better tomorrow helps you out greatly in the long run. I will always have faith in my religion and this makes me happier in life.

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  27. It was a wonderful night in February when it all happened. My sister and I were watching TV while my parents were strengthening their bounds through sincere laughter and joy. That moment seemed perfectly eternal to me. Unfortunately, my sister and I had to go to sleep because it was already 10 PM in the evening. As usual, we always end the day with a family prayer. However, that night was different. We could feel the presence of God. It was so strong and firm and our devotion to our prayers was unimaginable.
    It was a wonderful night until we heard people wandering around outside of our house. The men were flashing lights through our windows and walking in our yard. At that moment, my dad was using the restroom when he noticed we were being invaded by thieves. He took out his phone and dialed 911, but it was useless. He kept on trying, but nobody answered. As a result, he started to scream so that the neighborhood could be aware of what was going on.
    The situation was so intense. It was a complicated situation where we were waiting for a miracle because only God could save us. Keeping our calm was mandatory even though we were downhearted by this horrible situation. The thieves started shouting like it was warfare. As a little child, my sister was horrified and started to cry because she could not understand what was going on. It was all scary and dangerous. Even though we were stressing out, we started to pray because we believed God was our defender and while nobody at 911 responded, we knew that God would hear our prayers.
    Sometimes, in the midst of tribulation, we may feel all alone and lost because nobody is there to help. But, I learned help will always come when we least expect it. The shooting was so loud, and intense that people could hear from blocks away. One of our neighbor who was a cop came to
    confront the burglars. Due to that one cop who came to help, other cops came to cover his back. We could see bullets everywhere in our surroundings. It was indescribable, it was just like in the movies when the killer is determined to slaughter his victim. It was a long terrible night that seemed endless.
    Thankfully, those two men were put in custody. My family and I were all fine even though we were deeply impacted. I give thanks to God with a grateful heart because He protected us from being harmed. To me, the reason that we were saved by that cop is that God has a plan for us.
    In conclusion, I believe that God has a plan for everybody. You only need to believe in His power and be patient in his magic. We didn’t know if the neighbors were listening to us, but we kept praying and believing that God was listening to our prayers. I believe in my God, and He is powerful.

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  28. “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, evidence of things not seen” Hebrews 11:1. Like many people I was raised with a religious background. My parents always brought me to church and taught me in the ways of the Bible. They taught me to have a relationship with God and a dependence on Him. As a young girl I never really thought much of it, I just did what they told me to do. It wasn’t until I was older when I truly began to form relationship with Him. I learned to have faith and believe that whatever happens He is always in control and He only wants the best for us. I learned to pray and leave everything in God’s hands and trust Him 100%. Faith is what I live by and will continue to live by. “Faith is not believing that God can, it’s believing that God will.”

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  29. I believe that Catholic education deepens your faith and your educational values. As someone who went to public school for elementary and middle school and then Catholic school for high school. Going from a public school to a private school enriched my faith and my education. I not only learned in the classroom, but I also learned lessons and values outside of the classroom that I will continue to use throughout my life. For example, my junior year of high school we had to pick one place to volunteer at. I chose this public elementary school’s Saturday School program. The program allowed some students to come to school to extra help in school. Through tutoring the students I learned that volunteering my time by helping others is something I really enjoyed. And in turn helped me realized I wanted to become a nurse. particular, my senior year as a part of our religion requirement, we took a class called Community Service. Three out of five days of the week we would leave school during that period and go to different agencies across the city. The agencies ranged from soup kitchens to elementary schools. My agency was the Catholic elementary school right down the street. Through my agency I deepened my faith by going back to the basics of my religion. Everyday before lunch they said a prayer, “God is good, God is great, let us thank him for our food.” This simple prayer really brought me back to the core of Catholicism.

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  30. I was questioning why God would make us go through that when I had been nothing but patient and God fearing. My cousins never went to church and their lives didn’t seem as hard and I just did not get it. Instead of praying, I would lay awake asking, begging God to show me that he was real just to know that I was not wasting my time believing. Nothing ever happened, and therefore I just stopped trying. I revisited my faith a few years later when my cousin introduced me to her youth group at church. I immediately made friends and decided to continue to explore my faith. As I reached my formative years in high school, my questions turned into doubts. Without proof of his existence, I concluded in fact, God is not real.
    Reflecting on my journey of faith, believing in God taught me many things. Faith alone helped me stay strong and not give up when my family and I were going through a hard time. Even though it was misplaced, I now have faith in the things that have been proven to me like the strength of my mother while she was going through that. Knowing she can be strong through tough times gives me hope for something even brighter ahead. I also have faith in the trust I place in my friends and family. They will be there for me when I fall to pick me back up and to show me that I’m not alone. I’m thankful for the lesson of faith that the church has taught me, but these are the proven things that I can now invest my faith in.

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