What is faith?

Faith is the belief in something one cannot explicitly prove. It’s the belief in a higher power, the belief in an eternal, omniscient and an omnipotent god. Most of us believe in some kind of power whether it’s the mother nature or power beyond our understanding. We know there is something greater than us.

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Suffering

Every one of us sooner or later walks through hell. The hell of hurting someone or the hell of being hurt. The hell of cancer, the hell of divorce, the hell of a loved one in trouble, the hell of addiction or the hell of grief. The point is to make your life worthy of your suffering. I believe there is profound power in the suffering we endure if we transform it into a more meaningful life. I am not glorifying or suggesting that the lessons we learn from pain are somehow worth the cost. But the truth is that most often for most people, real change is the result of real pain.

For me, my suffering is fibromyalgia, depression and as if these two weren’t enough to add pregnancy and hyperemesis brought me to my knees. You see, you can never understand the pain until you live through it yourself. With fibromyalgia and depression, I have good days and I have bad days, but I can manage and function to some extent. Now, my house is like a mini-clinic where nurses visit regularly. It’s a difficult time for my family, especially my kids. They miss their happy, active, funny, chief and mother. My husband is my hero, I don’t know how he’s doing it all. Without my faith, I don’t know who I would be or what I would do.

Faith and suffering
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My belief

I believe that there is one and only God. I believe in angels, in predestination, in the judgment day, in the holy books and the messengers of God. This has always been my belief. My faith is what is helping me manage and appreciate life even in sickness. Now let me tell you that it has not been easy for me, I was angry for a while. “why me”?, why is my God allowing this to happen?, these are the question I often ask myself. I could stay angry at my creator and reject him or I could accept that this is a test of my faith. With the first option, it’s not like I am going to get the answer to my questions by staying angry. Moreover, it will create a list of complex questions that I will have no answer for. However, if I accept it, I not only find humidity in my suffering but I also find peace in getting closer to my creator.

Healing

My experience with pain helps me understand and appreciate life. Life owes us nothing and it’s with his grace that we can breathe and do anything. When in need, he sends people that would be of help your way, people you may know and people you may not know. He has his way of doing things that just when you’re ready to give up, or when you think there is no way out, he shows you the way out or gives you hope. But you have to believe in him and trust that he knows what he’s doing. I am not saying that everything becomes easier because you have faith, or that because you have faith bad things will not happen to you, but he gives you the strength to survive every single one of your suffering. Think about it, how much pain and suffering can a human heart endure before it gives up? Not much.

Are there days I cry? Sure! Are there moments I wish everything was fine and I am not sick? Definitely! But I know just like everything in life, there is a start and an end, I believe in his plan for me even if I cannot foresee it.

To the one going through the hell of anything, know that you’re not forgotten, that your suffering has an ending. Take it one day at a time and practice gratitude every day, stay positive and never lose hope.

 

What do you believe in? How do you cope with pain and suffering? How does your belief shape your life?

 

 

 

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Raina is a psychology student who understands the importance of caring for mental health. She blogs about depression, anxiety, fibromyalgia, men and mental health and parenting kids with ADHD.

16 Comments

  1. Talking about Life and God, about belief and disbelief – these are all very complex and deep, to be honest. However, this is true that there is a superpower that controls everything and is responsible for a balance. Karma is somewhat true too and what we do now, reflects in our future.

  2. I too believe that there’s a higher power looking after us. You are very brave to go through the pain of Fibromyalgia. I love your positive attitude and the mature way of looking at life. Lots of love and hugs to you. Take care

    • Rajlakshmi,

      I appreciate your kind words. It took me a while to look at life from a positive perspective, but I realized it makes things better and less stressful.

  3. Your strength is to be admired! With all the odds stacked against you, you are able to hold onto your faith and keep going. That’s amazing! Thinking of you and sending lots of positive and healthy energy to you during your pregnancy.

  4. Stay in your faith and God will see you through. 2 Corinthians 4: 17-18 “For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever.

  5. I’m sorry you’re suffering like you are! I can only imagine how hard that must be! My faith grew stronger than ever almost 4 years ago when my mom passed away. I know a lot of people start questioning God when they suffer, but losing my mom brought me closer to God and the belief that my faith will get me through anything!

    • Mellissa,

      I am glad your loss got you closer to God. With a positive attitude, faith and patience, yes, we can get through anything.

  6. I believe in a higher being, and am spiritual, but I don’t buy into going to church. I don’t need hymns or groups of people praying. All I need is strength in my belief. I have a child with a physical disability and often ponder the “why did this happen” question. I don’t have an answer, I’m not sure I need one anymore, and I’m starting to feel okay with it. I hope you find peace too.

    • Kari,

      The good thing about praying to the almighty is that a believer can call upon him anywhere anytime. I pray God keep giving you the strenght and the patience you need to keep taking care of your child.

  7. Raina, I thoroughly enjoyed reading your blog. I too relied heavily on my faith to get me through the tough times when suffering thru acute post-partum depression. When we have faith and trust in God/Allah, with patience, we can overcome all things. Thanks for sharing.

  8. What a beautiful post! God has taken me through every dark and painful moment in my lifetime. I could not have made it through most of those moments without the grace and love the Lord gives us. Healing for me comes from that one-on-one time I get to spend with the Lord and I am so thankful for the time He gives me. I sincerely appreciate your share here.

    • Nicole,

      I don’t what I would have done without his grace and love in my life. I am happy to hear that the Lord helped you through your painful and dark moments. And I pray he continues to do so for you and everyone else. Thank you.

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