What to do when you lose faith in God

Have you ever had a time in your life when you struggled to have faith?? I have. Today, I want to share what to do when you lose faith in God.

The Story

A few weeks ago, my daughter got sick. She woke up feeling fine so we went to the library and were looking at books. When we were there, she suddenly got very pale and had very low energy. Her head was hurting and she had some stomach pains. Later that day, the symptoms were not as strong but she had not returned back from normal.

She then spent the next couple of weeks with decreased energy and a decreased appetite.

So, we did what we thought best, we took her to a doctor, got blood work done, and are cutting back sugar.

But, even with all that, we still don’t know what is going on.

The doctors tell me it’s migraines with residual headaches but nothing seems to be helping her pain. So we wait and we see and we continue down this road.

These types of things are hard because the road is unknown. It’s easy to lose faith in God.

We don’t know if this is a new normal or if it is temporary. We don’t know if it’s anything more serious and If we should be more concerned or if it is just headaches.

During these times, it’s hard to understand what God is doing and even if He hears me. My husband and I pray for wisdom and peace daily but have not gotten many answers.

For many of you, there are daily things that go on that don’t make sense so you struggle with having faith in God. You may ask yourself what to do when you lose faith in God.

7 things to do when you lose faith in God

1. Pray

Because one of my children is in pain and not acting her usual self, I get easily overwhelmed and sometimes my mind goes to the worst-case scenario.

When I lose faith in God- the first thing that I do is pray.

It’s easy to just let my mind stay on that path, but instead, I choose to pray.

I can’t control the outcome and I can’t control a hundred different things, but going to God in prayer is the one thing I can control.

Prayer makes me stop and focus on what I feel. It helps me express my feelings fears and hopes to God.

Even if we don’t hear God or see an answer, we know that God hears our prayers

“Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.”
‭‭I John‬ ‭5:14-15‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

By going to Him, we are handing over our burdens and fears. He loves to hear from us and just the act of prayer makes our load lighter.

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2. Trust

When we lose faith in God or are not sure what God is doing, it’s hard to trust in His plan.

But, in those times we need to remember that:

“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.”
‭‭Romans‬ ‭8:28‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

God loves us and we can trust Him that His plan is good. His plan might mean pain and loss and disappointment but we can trust His plan.

One thing I do to help me remember this truth is to sing this song:

3. Get Godly council

When you lose faith in God and have times of uncertainty in your life, one of the things to do is seek Godly counsel. This may be a friend or a pastor.

Either way, they are people you can trust to pray with you and for you. They might even have insight into your situation and may be able to steer you to a decision or give you peace about a decision you have already made.

God wants us in community with other Christians so that we can encourage one another and carry one another burdens.

Right now, there are many people praying for my daughter. Just knowing that so many people are interceding on her behalf gives me joy and peace.

We are not alone in this journey and should not try to carry our struggles on our own.

4. Trust the system

Right now we are waiting to hear back from the clinic about the blood work. The waiting is hard because I know it probably won’t show anything and that more tests may have to be done. But, we can’t just jump to an MRI or another test, we have to follow protocol and go through the proper channels.

It’s easy to get uneasy or to have droughts that the doctors don’t know what they are doing, but they do. It’s still our responsibility to follow up and ask questions. We can ask for a second opinion, but at the end of the day, we have to have some trust that these people know what they are doing and are doing their best.

5. Lean in

A few nights ago, as I was praying for my daughter and the situation, I felt The Lord say: lean into me.

I had this picture of a father asking a child for a snuggle.

We are not always going to understand why we are going through a particular struggle, but we can lean into God and get comfort from Him

“Now may the God of patience and comfort grant you to be like-minded toward one another, according to Christ Jesus,”
‭‭Romans‬ ‭15:5‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

6. Ask for help

Right now I am not sure what life will look like for the rest of the day, let alone the week. There are many unknowns. But, one thing I do know is that our family is not alone and we are surrounded by people who love us and would be willing to help us.

Asking for help is one area that I struggle with. I don’t know why, but I have this idea that asking for help is a sign of weakness. But, that is a lie. Asking for help is a way we can open ourselves up to God’s blessing through other people.

So, instead of dragging all 3 children to doctor’s appointments, I ask others if they are able to look after my other children. It’s not a lot, but it’s enough to share my burden.

7. Wait

Sometimes when we pray, God tells us to wait. We don’t get an answer, or a resolution or even a timeline.

“Wait on the LORD; Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the LORD!”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭27:14‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

This is not a guarantee that things will work out or that we will be happy with the outcome. But, as we wait for life to happen, we also wait on The Lord. As we wait, He will strengthen our hearts and make our faith deeper and stronger.

I am not sure what you are struggling with right now. Maybe you are facing a difficult time or the future is uncertain. I hope that you are encouraged and that you have God’s peace as you wait.

You are not alone


Since I first sat down and wrote this blog, my daughter’s health has gotten better. She is still complaining of headaches but her energy is back to what it was and so is her appetite.

It was a very scary couple of weeks and it made me so much more aware that this is how people live on a regular basis. So many people have health problems that are never resolved or that don’t have a simple answer.

I just got a short glimpse of what chronic illness may look like for a family. My heart breaks for families with illness and an unknown future.

My hope is that this post has helped you ask you ask: what to do when you lose faith in God.

26 responses to “What to do when you lose faith in God”

  1. Emily Susanne Avatar

    These are great strategies for holding​ on to faith! I know that it’s especially hard when a loved one is sick. Praise God for helping your daughter. I am praying for continued healing in Jesus’ name!

  2. Kelly Reci Avatar
    Kelly Reci

    i also had struggles which i hadn’t thought will not end. i haven’t stopped praying ,crying and surrendering all my worries to god. i now know that god answers our prayers in his time. we have to wait and trust god’s will..such an inspiring story..

    1. Anne Markey Avatar

      Our time is not God’s time which can be frustrating in the waiting but so amazing in the end

  3. Misty Avatar

    Great post!! I especially loved, “Prayer makes me stop and focus on what I feel. It helps me express my feelings fears and hopes to God.” I am so thankful that we can take our lack of faith to God and that He is big enough to handle it, and loves me just the same!! Blessings, Misty

  4. Katie Avatar

    When things are the hardest, is when you need God the most. Through prayer and faith you can get through anything.

    1. Anne Markey Avatar

      It’s so true yet for some reason hard to remember when we do struggle

  5. Quinn Caudill Avatar

    Glad your daughter is doing better. We do not know Gods plan and you have posted great guidelines to keep the faith!

  6. Christa Stull Avatar
    Christa Stull

    This is a beautiful post…God is good all the time, even when our path is dim, we know the light will lead us in the right direction. I’ll keep your daughter and you and your husband in my prayers.

  7. Beth Avatar

    Waiting is the hardest. Although, there is such beauty and growth in the wait He allows us to go through. Thanks for your word today. Great encouragement for those in any season!

  8. Andrea Avatar

    Stay close to God in those times – He never leaves us nor forsakes us!

  9. nylse Avatar

    Lean in….
    Our trials allow us to see the greatness of God and truly empathize and comfort others when they are going through. We learn its really not a reason to give up on God.

    1. Anne Markey Avatar

      They certainly do, I think that one of the main reasons why we go through trials

  10. Amy Avatar

    I enjoyed this post very much….thank you for all the reminders of what we are to do when we want to lose faith.

    1. Anne Markey Avatar

      I am glad you liked it

  11. Berklee Avatar

    I LOVE all your suggestions! This is so applicable to many seasons of my life, and though logically we know how to navigate, when we are in the midst of the situation it is much tougher! And PS – I love that song by Lauren Daigle!

    1. Anne Markey Avatar

      I love the song as well and sign it regularly

  12. Mel Avatar

    Thank your for the ever so timely post!

    1. Anne Markey Avatar

      Your welcome! Thanks for reading and commenting

  13. Kim Avatar

    As a person with a chronic illness, I can understand the anxiety that comes from undiagnosed symptoms and I’m sure that’s magnified for you as the parent, not the patient. I’m glad her energy has increased and pray that God directs the doctors to the source of the headaches. Your steps for handling this situation are exactly what you need to be doing! Lean on Him!

    1. Anne Markey Avatar

      Thanks for the encouragement

  14. Rachael Avatar

    I love this image of “leaning in” to God. It makes me want to curl up right at this moment. Practicing faith is like working a muscle, and sometime that muscle get fatigued. Just like we need to rest our muscles after exercising to get stronger, we also need to rest our spiritual muscles. And snuggled up to the Lord is the perfect place to rest.

    1. Anne Markey Avatar

      Curling up is exactly the picture I get as well.

  15. Edie Avatar

    It is so hard when the future is uncertain, especially where our children are concerned. I’m so glad that your daughter is doing better! Thank you for sharing your heart.

    1. Anne Markey Avatar

      Thank you for reading

  16. Mihaela Echols Avatar

    AMEN! God is bigger then our medical stuff. He is the all knowing God. He knows whats going on and we can always find rest in that.

    1. Anne Markey Avatar

      Yes, we can rest in God

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