How to Have Faith in Tough Times

Cynthia James by Cynthia James | March 5th, 2009 | 1 Comment
topic: Personal Growth

This an extraordinary time in history! Personally, professionally, economically, politically and culturally, transition and challenge are the order of the day. We are being bombarded with information about the struggles before us. Yet we’re also seeing people like Oprah Winfrey, Tony Robbins, Marianne Williamson, Michael Bernard Beckwith and President Obama telling us that WE ARE THE ONES WE HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR.

People want to believe in possibility, but it is difficult to get beyond the circumstances and events of life. It is challenging to have faith when the details of our lives tell us that life is hard. I suggest we begin to learn to see things differently; that we clean the lenses of perception that see pain and powerlessness. What if we put on invisible glasses that showed us how to see through the eyes of faith — unwavering faith?

“Always the man who has faith in his own ability accomplishes far more than the one who has no confidence in himself. Those who have great faith have great power.”

– Ernest Holmes in his book The Science of Mind

“Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”

– The Bible

Both of these statements show us that where we put our attention is essential. Just because we do not see it does not mean it is not available. Mystics and sages of all kinds have declared that we must focus on the good available — and scientists tell us there is a field of pure potential that awaits our recognition of possibility. Our job is to activate a faith in the unseen.

Try this exercise to help you make this a real part of your days:

Take a moment to write down your challenges on one side of a piece of paper. On the other side write, “I stand as a space of unwavering faith declaring that I AM … (prosperous, healthy, creative, employed). Fill in that blank with the word that is the opposite of each challenge you listed on the other side. Read your list of “opposites” before you go to bed each night, and once you’ve gone through the list say, “It is done! I accept It! I stand in an expectancy of good!”

Take a moment to remember this:

There has never been a time in history, no matter how challenging, when there were no people who prospered. So in this time of great change, remember that you are being called to stand in an unwavering position in our thoughts, words, deeds and actions that life is for us and not against us. We must declare “I shall not be moved” from the knowing that the universe is conspiring for our greatness ALWAYS.


  1. Wow! Thank you Rev Cynthia for leading me to this Blog. This is my first visit and not only have I been inspired by your article, I have explored the entire site to find many posts that are inspiring! Thanks Again….

    Theresa | March 25th, 2009 | Comment Permalink

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