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There are so many reasons to lose faith in this world. Everything seems to be going out of whack. World conditions seem to be getting worse from climate change to corruption in government.
Personal trials can also throw you off balance: a family member is diagnosed with a debilitating disease or meets an accident; you get laid off or your colleague gets promoted even if you believe you worked harder and longer; your lover cheats on you; the doctor says your baby will be born with a defect; or, someone breaks in your house or you get swindled.
The unfairness of life can make us cynical or depressed. It can shake one’s faith. You might think if there is a God and if He is loving, why are bad things happening to the innocent? On a personal level, you may ask yourself, “What have I done to deserve this?”
Faith Has an Object
Faith isn’t blind. It always has an object—people have faith in something or someone.
You choose to believe in God, yourself, and others regardless of the negative chatter in your head and others’ opinions. Faith encompasses your beliefs about the wisdom, power, and love of your Creator.
It also includes beliefs about who you are and what you are meant to be based on God’s unique plan for you. And finally, it includes your beliefs about others, always believing in the best of them and giving them the benefit of the doubt before judging them.
Faith-Building is an Ongoing Process
Everyone exercises faith in different ways for various objects. It is like a muscle that gets stronger every time you decide to set your mind on faith-filled beliefs instead of your worries or despite what people say or do to you. The resistance coming from difficult circumstances and doubts are what exercises your faith.
Your faith will grow as you develop these habits and attitudes:
1. Spend regular time on the object of your faith.
If you want to strengthen your faith in your religious belief, start in the morning: pray and meditate. If your faith is inspired by a role model, feed your mind with their words or written works of people who share your beliefs.
2. Have a thankful heart.
Dissatisfaction and negativity can’t reside in a mind that’s full of gratitude. It can make your faith waver. Offer thanks to God for another day of life, the ability to breathe, eat, and move.
3. Identify your fears and shift your focus.
Copy scriptures and positive declarations on sticky notes or store them on your phone then memorize and recite them. Uttering declarations out loud will help put faith-filled beliefs at the forefront of your mind.
Remember the times when your prayers were answered and when you were able to overcome difficulties instead of dwelling on regrets, failures, and shameful experiences.
4. Hang around people who spark faith and hope.
Faith and hope are contagious so find friends who are encouraging in speech and action.
Igniting Hope in 40 Days author Steve Backland recommends seven types of people to surround yourself with: encouragers who inspire you to overcome; challengers, or those who may disagree with you but help you rise above our mediocrity or complacency; listeners or those who help you process your thoughts without judgment and find solutions to problems within yourself; historians or long-time trusted friends who will remind you of how much we have overcome when the going gets tough; visionaries or people who will aid you in thinking outside the box and making strategies; students or people who you can build up; and mentors or those who are already successful in what you want to do or what you’re doing.
5. Reach out to others.
As mentioned in the third point, you need other people who can encourage and mentor you. There is strength when you open up yourself to helping others.
Faith is described as “belief with legs.” We have to act on our beliefs and move forward while what we hope for isn’t a reality yet. But be patient with yourself and keep that faith burning inside you and guiding you toward your goal in life. Building and strengthening your faith will take time because it is a life-long journey.
When it’s difficult or painful to hope, apply the five steps and fill your mind with these faith quotes:
1. “I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.” – C.S. Lewis
2. “Some people don’t understand the promises they’re making when they make them, I said. Right, of course. But you keep the promise anyway. That’s what love is. Love is keeping the promise anyway.” –
4. “I believe in everything until it’s disproved. So I believe in fairies, the myths, dragons. It all exists, even if it’s in your mind. Who’s to say that dreams and nightmares aren’t as real as the here and now?” – John Lennon
5. “Faithless is he that says farewell when the road darkens.” –
6. “I think if I’ve learned anything about friendship, it’s to hang in, stay connected, fight for them, and let them fight for you. Don’t walk away, don’t be distracted, don’t be too busy or tired, don’t take them for granted. Friends are part of the glue that holds life and faith together. Powerful stuff.” –
7. “I have great faith in fools – self-confidence my friends will call it.” –
8. “If he’s not calling you, it’s because you are not on his mind. If he creates expectations for you, and then doesn’t follow through on little things, he will do same for big things. Be aware of this and realize that he’s okay with disappointing you. Don’t be with someone who doesn’t do what they say they’re going to do. If he’s choosing not to make a simple effort that would put you at ease and bring harmony to a recurring fight, then he doesn’t respect your feelings and needs. “Busy” is another word for “asshole.” “Asshole” is another word for the guy you’re dating. You deserve a fcking phone call.” – Greg Behrendt
9. “And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” – Anonymous
10. “God will not look you over for medals, degrees or diplomas but for scars.” –
11. “And still, after all this time,
The sun never says to the earth,
“You owe Me.”Look what happens with
A love like that,
It lights the Whole Sky.” – Hafiz
12. “Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.” – Corrie ten Boom
13. “The function of prayer is not to influence God, but rather to change the nature of the one who prays.” – Soren Kierkegaard
14. “I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: I’m ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don’t accept his claim to be God. That is the one thing we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic — on the level with the man who says he is a poached egg — or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God, or else a madman or something worse. You can shut him up for a fool, you can spit at him and kill him as a demon or you can fall at his feet and call him Lord and God, but let us not come with any patronizing nonsense about his being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to.” –
15. “I have come to accept the feeling of not knowing where I am going. And I have trained myself to love it. Because it is only when we are suspended in mid-air with no landing in sight, that we force our wings to unravel and alas begin our flight. And as we fly, we still may not know where we are going to. But the miracle is in the unfolding of the wings. You may not know where you’re going, but you know that so long as you spread your wings, the winds will carry you.” – C. JoyBell C.
16. “Keep Going
Your hardest times often lead to the greatest moments of your life. Keep going. Tough situations build strong people in the end.” –
17. “Sometimes beautiful things come into our lives out of nowhere. We can’t always understand them, but we have to trust in them. I know you want to question everything, but sometimes it pays to just have a little faith.” – Lauren Kate
18. “Faith is not the belief that God will do what you want. It is the belief that God will do what is right.” –
19. “You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is like an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.” – Mahatma Gandhi
20. “Do not be afraid; our fate
Cannot be taken from us; it is a gift.” –
21. “All I have seen teaches me to trust the Creator for all I have not seen.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
22. “Therefore, dear Sir, love your solitude and try to sing out with the pain it causes you. For those who are near you are far away… and this shows that the space around you is beginning to grow vast…. be happy about your growth, in which of course you can’t take anyone with you, and be gentle with those who stay behind; be confident and calm in front of them and don’t torment them with your doubts and don’t frighten them with your faith or joy, which they wouldn’t be able to comprehend. Seek out some simple and true feeling of what you have in common with them, which doesn’t necessarily have to alter when you yourself change again and again; when you see them, love life in a form that is not your own and be indulgent toward those who are growing old, who are afraid of the aloneness that you trust…. and don’t expect any understanding; but believe in a love that is being stored up for you like an inheritance, and have faith that in this love there is a strength and a blessing so large that you can travel as far as you wish without having to step outside it.” –
23. “None of us knows what might happen even the next minute, yet still we go forward. Because we trust. Because we have Faith.” –
24. “I’m about to make a wild, extreme and severe relationship rule: the word busy is a load of crap and is most often used by assholes. The word “busy” is the relationship Weapon of Mass Destruction. It seems like a good excuse, but in fact in every silo you uncover, all you’re going to find is a man who didn’t care enough to call. Remember men are never to busy to get what they want.” – Greg Behrendt
25. “I talk to God but the sky is empty.” – Sylvia Plath
26. “A star falls from the sky and into your hands. Then it seeps through your veins and swims inside your blood and becomes every part of you. And then you have to put it back into the sky. And it’s the most painful thing you’ll ever have to do and that you’ve ever done. But what’s yours is yours. Whether it’s up in the sky or here in your hands. And one day, it’ll fall from the sky and hit you in the head real hard and that time, you won’t have to put it back in the sky again.” – C. JoyBell C.
27. “Sometimes God allows what he hates to accomplish what he loves.” –
28. “No matter how old you are now. You are never too young or too old for success or going after what you want. Here’s a short list of people who accomplished great things at different ages
Helen Keller, at the age of 19 months, became deaf and blind. But that didn’t stop her. She was the first deaf and blind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree.
Mozart was already competent on keyboard and violin; he composed from the age of 5.
Shirley Temple was 6 when she became a movie star on “Bright Eyes.”
Anne Frank was 12 when she wrote the diary of Anne Frank.
Magnus Carlsen became a chess Grandmaster at the age of 13.
Nadia Comaneci was a gymnast from Romania that scored seven perfect 10.0 and won three gold medals at the Olympics at age 14.
Tenzin Gyatso was formally recognized as the 14th Dalai Lama in November 1950, at the age of 15.
Pele, a soccer superstar, was 17 years old when he won the world cup in 1958 with Brazil.
Elvis was a superstar by age 19.
John Lennon was 20 years and Paul Mcartney was 18 when the Beatles had their first concert in 1961.
Jesse Owens was 22 when he won 4 gold medals in Berlin 1936.
Beethoven was a piano virtuoso by age 23
Issac Newton wrote Philosophiæ Naturalis Principia Mathematica at age 24
Roger Bannister was 25 when he broke the 4 minute mile record
Albert Einstein was 26 when he wrote the theory of relativity
Lance E. Armstrong was 27 when he won the tour de France
Michelangelo created two of the greatest sculptures “David” and “Pieta” by age 28
Alexander the Great, by age 29, had created one of the largest empires of the ancient world
J.K. Rowling was 30 years old when she finished the first manuscript of Harry Potter
Amelia Earhart was 31 years old when she became the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean
Oprah was 32 when she started her talk show, which has become the highest-rated program of its kind
Edmund Hillary was 33 when he became the first man to reach Mount Everest
Martin Luther King Jr. was 34 when he wrote the speech “I Have a Dream.”
Marie Curie was 35 years old when she got nominated for a Nobel Prize in Physics
The Wright brothers, Orville (32) and Wilbur (36) invented and built the world’s first successful airplane and making the first controlled, powered and sustained heavier-than-air human flight
Vincent Van Gogh was 37 when he died virtually unknown, yet his paintings today are worth millions.
Neil Armstrong was 38 when he became the first man to set foot on the moon.
Mark Twain was 40 when he wrote “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer”, and 49 years old when he wrote “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn”
Christopher Columbus was 41 when he discovered the Americas
Rosa Parks was 42 when she refused to obey the bus driver’s order to give up her seat to make room for a white passenger
John F. Kennedy was 43 years old when he became President of the United States
Henry Ford Was 45 when the Ford T came out.
Suzanne Collins was 46 when she wrote “The Hunger Games”
Charles Darwin was 50 years old when his book On the Origin of Species came out.
Leonardo Da Vinci was 51 years old when he painted the Mona Lisa.
Abraham Lincoln was 52 when he became president.
Ray Kroc Was 53 when he bought the McDonalds Franchise and took it to unprecedented levels.
Dr. Seuss was 54 when he wrote “The Cat in the Hat”.
Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger III was 57 years old when he successfully ditched US Airways Flight 1549 in the Hudson River in 2009. All of the 155 passengers aboard the aircraft survived
Colonel Harland Sanders was 61 when he started the KFC Franchise
J.R.R Tolkien was 62 when the Lord of the Ring books came out
Ronald Reagan was 69 when he became President of the US
Jack Lalane at age 70 handcuffed, shackled, towed 70 rowboats
Nelson Mandela was 76 when he became President” – Pablo
29. “Death is no more than passing from one room into another. But there’s a difference for me, you know. Because in that other room I shall be able to see.” – Helen Keller
30. “The reason birds can fly and we can’t is simply because they have perfect faith, for to have faith is to have wings.” –
31. “Be Brave and Take Risks: You need to have faith in yourself. Be brave and take risks. You don’t have to have it all figured out to move forward.” –
32. “I know now, Lord, why you utter no answer. You are yourself the answer. Before your face questions die away. What other answer would suffice?” – C.S. Lewis
33 . “I am fundamentally an optimist. Whether that comes from nature or nurture, I cannot say. Part of being optimistic is keeping one’s head pointed toward the sun, one’s feet moving forward. There were many dark moments when my faith in humanity was sorely tested, but I would not and could not give myself up to despair. That way lays defeat and death.” –
34. “A casual stroll through the lunatic asylum shows that faith does not prove anything.” – Friedrich Nietzsche
35. “To have Faith in Christ means, of course, trying to do all that He says. There would be no sense in saying you trusted a person if you would not take his advice. Thus if you have really handed yourself over to Him, it must follow that you are trying to obey Him. But trying in a new way, a less worried way. Not doing these things in order to be saved, but because He has begun to save you already. Not hoping to get to Heaven as a reward for your actions, but inevitably wanting to act in a certain way because a first faint gleam of Heaven is already inside you.” –
36. “Believe in a love that is being stored up for you like an inheritance, and have faith that in this love there is a strength and a blessing so large that you can travel as far as you wish without having to step outside it.” –
37. “Believe something and the Universe is on its way to being changed. Because you’ve changed, by believing. Once you’ve changed, other things start to follow. Isn’t that the way it works?” –
38. “There’s so much to be grateful for, words are poor things.” –
39. “Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence.” – Carl Sagan
40. “Patience Is Not the Ability to Wait:
Patience is not the ability to wait. Patience is to be calm no matter what happens, constantly take action to turn it to positive growth opportunities, and have faith to believe that it will all work out in the end while you are waiting.” –
41. “What was love, really? Flowers, chocolate, and poetry? Or was it something else? Was it being able to finish someone’s jokes? Was it having absolute faith that someone was there at your back? Was it knowing someone so well that they instantly understood why you did the things you did—and shared those same beliefs?” –
42. “Doubt everything. Find your own light.” – Buddha Siddhartha Guatama Shakyamuni
43. “In this hour, I do not believe that any darkness will endure.” –
44. “Now very much against her will, she thought of the way Jace had looked at her then, the blaze of faith in his eyes, his belief in her. He had always thought she was strong. He had showed it in everything he did, in every look and every touch. Simon had faith in her too, yet when he’d held her, it had been as if she were something fragile, something made of delicate glass. But Jace had held her with all the strength he had, never wondering if she could take it–he’d known she was as strong has he was.” –
45. “I dont think that we’re meant to understand it all the time. I think that sometimes we just have to have faith.” –
46. “You can never really know someone completely. That’s why it’s the most terrifying thing in the world, really—taking someone on faith, hoping they’ll take you on faith too. It’s such a precarious balance, It’s a wonder we do it at all. And yet..” – Libba Bray
47. “This is what the past is for! Every experience God gives us, every person He puts in our lives is the perfect preparation for the future that only He can see.” –
48. “Over the years, I have come to realize that the greatest trap in our life is not success, popularity, or power, but self-rejection. Success, popularity, and power can indeed present a great temptation, but their seductive quality often comes from the way they are part of the much larger temptation to self-rejection. When we have come to believe in the voices that call us worthless and unlovable, then success, popularity, and power are easily perceived as attractive solutions. The real trap, however, is self-rejection. As soon as someone accuses me or criticizes me, as soon as I am rejected, left alone, or abandoned, I find myself thinking, “Well, that proves once again that I am a nobody.” … [My dark side says,] I am no good… I deserve to be pushed aside, forgotten, rejected, and abandoned. Self-rejection is the greatest enemy of the spiritual life because it contradicts the sacred voice that calls us the “Beloved.” Being the Beloved constitutes the core truth of our existence.” – Henri J.M. Nouwen
49. “To love means loving the unlovable. To forgive means pardoning the unpardonable. Faith means believing the unbelievable. Hope means hoping when everything seems hopeless.” – G.K. Chesterton
50. “Your children are the greatest gift God will give to you, and their souls the heaviest responsibility He will place in your hands. Take time with them, teach them to have faith in God. Be a person in whom they can have faith. When you are old, nothing else you’ve done will have mattered as much.” – Lisa Wingate
51. “Are you upset little friend? Have you been lying awake worrying? Well, don’t worry…I’m here. The flood waters will recede, the famine will end, the sun will shine tomorrow, and I will always be here to take care of you.” – Charles M. Schulz
52. “You do not need to know precisely what is happening, or exactly where it is all going. What you need is to recognize the possibilities and challenges offered by the present moment, and to embrace them with courage, faith and hope.” – Thomas Merton
53. “Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors for you where there were only walls.” – Joseph Campbell
54. “I have been driven many times upon my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had no where else to go. My own wisdom and that of all about me seemed insufficient for that day.” – Abraham Lincoln
55. “According to Vedanta, there are only two symptoms of enlightenment, just two indications that a transformation is taking place within you toward a higher consciousness. The first symptom is that you stop worrying. Things don’t bother you anymore. You become light-hearted and full of joy. The second symptom is that you encounter more and more meaningful coincidences in your life, more and more synchronicities. And this accelerates to the point where you actually experience the miraculous. (quoted by Carol Lynn Pearson in Consider the Butterfly)” –
56. “Well, it’s true that I have been hurt in my life. Quite a bit. But it’s also true that I have loved, and been loved. and that carries a weight of its own. A greater weight, in my opinion. It’s like that pie chart we talked about earlier. in the end, I’ll look back on my life and see that the greatest piece of it was love. The problems, the divorces, the sadness… those will be there too, but just smaller slivers, tiny pieces.” –
57. “Faith is about doing. You are how you act, not just how you believe.” –
58. “Whether or not you believe in God, you must believe this: when we as a species abandon our trust in a power greater than us, we abandon our sense of accountability. Faiths… all faiths… are admonitions that there is something we cannot understand, something to which we are accountable. With faith we are accountable to each other, to ourselves, and to a higher truth. Religion is flawed, but only because man is flawed. The church consists of a brotherhood of imperfect, simple souls wanting only to be a voice of compassion in a world spinning out of control.” –
59. “You picked a lemon, throw it away lemonade is overrated. Freaks should remain at the circus, not in your apartment. You already have one asshole. You don’t need another. Make a space in your life for the glorious things you deserve. Have faith.” –
60. “There comes a time in your life when you have to choose to turn the page, write another book or simply close it.” – Shannon L. Alder
61. “To have faith is to trust yourself to the water. When you swim you don’t grab hold of the water, because if you do you will sink and drown. Instead you relax, and float.” – Alan Wilson Watts
62. “Some things have to be believed to be seen.” – Madeleine L’Engle
63. “To be rejected by someone doesn’t mean you should also reject yourself or that you should think of yourself as a lesser person. It doesn’t mean that nobody will ever love you anymore. Remember that only ONE person has rejected you at the moment, and it only hurt so much because to you, that person’s opinion symbolized the opinion of the whole world, of God.” –
64. “Love meant jumping off a cliff and trusting that a certain person would be there to catch you at the bottom.” –
65. “The Simple Path
Silence is Prayer
Prayer is Faith
Faith is Love
Love is Service
The Fruit of Service is Peace” – Mother Teresa
66. “Why must people kneel down to pray? If I really wanted to pray I’ll tell you what I’d do. I’d go out into a great big field all alone or in the deep, deep woods and I’d look up into the sky—up—up—up—into that lovely blue sky that looks as if there was no end to its blueness. And then I’d just feel a prayer.” –
67. “There are times when solitude is better than society, and silence is wiser than speech. We should be better Christians if we were more alone, waiting upon God, and gathering through meditation on His Word spiritual strength for labour in his service. We ought to muse upon the things of God, because we thus get the real nutriment out of them. . . . Why is it that some Christians, although they hear many sermons, make but slow advances in the divine life? Because they neglect their closets, and do not thoughtfully meditate on God’s Word. They love the wheat, but they do not grind it; they would have the corn, but they will not go forth into the fields to gather it; the fruit hangs upon the tree, but they will not pluck it; the water flows at their feet, but they will not stoop to drink it. From such folly deliver us, O Lord. . . .” – Charles Spurgeon
68. “We are saved by faith alone, but the faith that saves is never alone.” – Martin Luther
69. “Faith is walking face-first and full-speed into the dark. If we truly knew all the answers in advance as to the meaning of life and the nature of God and the destiny of our souls, our belief would not be a leap of faith and it would not be a courageous act of humanity; it would just be… a prudent insurance policy.” – Elizabeth Gilbert
70. “If you have a dream, don’t just sit there. Gather courage to believe that you can succeed and leave no stone unturned to make it a reality.” – Dr Roopleen
71. “No, I would not want to live in a world without dragons, as I would not want to live in a world without magic, for that is a world without mystery, and that is a world without faith.” –
72. “No pain that we suffer, no trial that we experience is wasted. It ministers to our education, to the development of such qualities as patience, faith, fortitude and humility. All that we suffer and all that we endure, especially when we endure it patiently, builds up our characters, purifies our hearts, expands our souls, and makes us more tender and charitable, more worthy to be called the children of God . . . and it is through sorrow and suffering, toil and tribulation, that we gain the education that we come here to acquire and which will make us more like our Father and Mother in heaven.” –
73. “The moment God is figured out with nice neat lines and definitions, we are no longer dealing with God.” –
74. “When you get to the end of all the light you know and it’s time to step into the darkness of the unknown, faith is knowing that one of two things shall happen: either you will be given something solid to stand on, or you will be taught how to fly.” – Edward Teller
75. “Work without love is slavery.” – Mother Teresa
76. “If we can just let go and trust that things will work out they way they’re supposed to, without trying to control the outcome, then we can begin to enjoy the moment more fully. The joy of the freedom it brings becomes more pleasurable than the experience itself.” – Goldie Hawn
77. “I believe in intuitions and inspirations…I sometimes FEEL that I am right. I do not KNOW that I am.” – Albert Einstein
78. “You were made by God and for God and until you understand that, life will never make sense.” – Rick Warren
79. “Faith is the bird that feels the light and sings when the dawn is still dark.” – Rabindranath Tagore
80. “Believe there is a great power silently working all things for good, behave yourself and never mind the rest.” – Beatrix Potter
81. “Faith consists in believing what reason cannot.” –
82. “Faith is universal. Our specific methods for understanding it are arbitrary. Some of us pray to Jesus, some of us go to Mecca, some of us study subatomic particles. In the end we are all just searching for truth, that which is greater than ourselves.” –
83. “Faith ? acceptance of which we imagine to be true, that which we cannot prove.” –
84. “Rejection is an opportunity for your selection.” – Bernard Branson
85. “My soul is in the sky.” –
86. “Yes, I understand why things had to happen this way. I understand his reason for causing me pain. But mere understanding does not chase away the hurt. It does not call upon the sun when dark clouds have loomed over me. Let the rain come then if it must come! And let it wash away the dust that hurt my eyes!” –
87. “You can’t know, you can only believe – or not.” – C.S. Lewis
88. “Prejudice, a dirty word, and faith, a clean one, have something in common: they both begin where reason ends.” –
89. “There will always be someone willing to hurt you, put you down, gossip about you, belittle your accomplishments and judge your soul. It is a fact that we all must face. However, if you realize that God is a best friend that stands beside you when others cast stones you will never be afraid, never feel worthless and never feel alone.” – Shannon Alder
90. “As a well spent day brings happy sleep, so life well used brings happy death.” – Leonardo da Vinci
91. “The most confused you will ever get is when you try to convince your heart and spirit of something your mind knows is a lie.” – Shannon L. Alder
92. “To be grateful is to recognize the Love of God in everything He has given us – and He has given us everything. Every breath we draw is a gift of His love, every moment of existence is a grace, for it brings with it immense graces from Him.
Gratitude therefore takes nothing for granted, is never unresponsive, is constantly awakening to new wonder and to praise of the goodness of God. For the grateful person knows that God is good, not by hearsay but by experience. And that is what makes all the difference.” – Thomas Merton
93. “Dance. Smile. Giggle. Marvel. TRUST. HOPE. LOVE. WISH. BELIEVE. Most of all, enjoy every moment of the journey, and appreciate where you are at this moment instead of always focusing on how far you have to go.” –
94. “there is a God, there always has been. I see him here, in the eyes of the people in this [hospital] corridor of desperation. This is the real house of God, this is where those who have lost God will find Him… there is a God, there has to be, and now I will pray, I will pray that He will forgive that I have neglected Him all of these years, forgive that I have betrayed, lied, and sinned with impunity only to turn to Him now in my hour of need. I pray that He is as merciful, benevolent, and gracious as His book says He is.” – Khaled Hosseini
95. “No. Don’t give up hope just yet. It’s the last thing to go. When you have lost hope, you have lost everything. And when you think all is lost, when all is dire and bleak, there is always hope.” –
96. “God turns you from one feeling to another and teaches by means of opposites so that you will have two wings to fly, not one” –
97. “Define yourself radically as one beloved by God. This is the true self. Every other identity is illusion.” –
98. “I know of no society in human history that ever suffered because its people became too desirous of evidence in support of their core beliefs.” –
99.“Sometimes when you lose your way, you find YOURSELF.” –
100. “Dogs have given us their absolute all. We are the center of their universe. We are the focus of their love and faith and trust. They serve us in return for scraps. It is without a doubt the best deal man has ever made. ” – Roger Caras
101. “Someday, after mastering the winds, the waves, the tides and gravity, we shall harness for God the energies of love, and then, for a second time in the history of the world, man will have discovered fire.” – Pierre Teilhard De Chardin
102. “Faith does not eliminate questions. But faith knows where to take them.” –
103. “You are never dedicated to something you have complete confidence in. No one is fanatically shouting that the sun is going to rise tomorrow. They know it’s going to rise tomorrow. When people are fanatically dedicated to political or religious faiths or any other kinds of dogmas or goals, it’s always because these dogmas or goals are in doubt.” –
104. “We have a choice. We have two options as human beings. We have a choice between conversation and war. That’s it. Conversation and violence. And faith is a conversation stopper.” – Sam Harris
105. “Because you believed I was capable of behaving decently, I did.” –
106. “A bridge of silver wings stretches from the dead ashes of an unforgiving nightmare to the jeweled vision of a life started anew.” –
107. “Realize that if a door closed, it’s because what was behind it wasn’t meant for you.” –
108. “Never lose faith in yourself, and never lose hope; remember, even when this world throws its worst and then turns its back, there is still always hope.” –
109. “Having faith in God did not mean sitting back and doing nothing. It meant believing you would find success if you did your best honestly and energetically.” –
110. “It’s OKAY to be scared. Being scared means you’re about to do something really, really brave.” –
111. “Have you ever noticed that when your mind is awakened or drawn to someone new, that person’s name suddenly pops up everywhere you go? My friend Sophie calls it coincidence, and Mr. Simpless, my parson friend, calls it Grace. He thinks that if one cares deeply about someone or something new one throws a kind of energy out into the world, and “fruitfulness” is drawn in. ” –
112. “Faith is not something to grasp, it is a state to grow into.” – Mahatma Gandhi
113. “Faith can be very very dangerous, and deliberately to implant it into the vulnerable mind of an innocent child is a grievous wrong.” –
114. “My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person, he believed in me.” – Jim Valvano
115. “This is one more piece of advice I have for you: don’t get impatient. Even if things are so tangled up you can’t do anything, don’t get desperate or blow a fuse and start yanking on one particular thread before it’s ready to come undone. You have to realize it’s going to be a long process and that you’ll work on things slowly, one at a time.” –
116. “When someone you love says goodbye you can stare long and hard at the door they closed and forget to see all the doors God has open in front of you.” – Shannon Alder