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4 Tips to Help You Cope When You’re Feeling Distant from God

In a society where social media and communication is at your fingertips, you are instantly able to see and hear stories of how God has blessed your friends and family. You can see how God has provided an answer to your friend’s dating life or how your brother got into the college he wanted. All around you God is moving, but when you think about your own life, you realize that God feels distant or altogether absent.

You feel disheartened; you haven’t heard God’s voice and you feel stuck. You cry out, “Where are You, God?” At this point, you don’t feel you have much to praise Him about. How can you? You feel that He hasn’t answered your prayers!

PI Girls, does this sound familiar? Has this ever happened to you?

Well ladies, we can tell you that God IS there. God is ALWAYS there. Throughout scripture we read that God never leaves those who trust in Him. Romans 8:28 states that “God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.” Read that again: God works for the good of those who love Him!

If you’re feeling distant from God, try these 4 tips to help remember His blessings and focus on Him:

  1. Keep a prayer journal. Christi, our wonderful blogger, has told us about this in her weekly chat. Keeping a prayer journal is a GREAT way to see how God DOES answer prayers. Sometimes we forget, but keeping a journal helps you remember God’s blessings in your life.
  2. Meditate. Ladies, this is so important! In our busy lives, we sometimes can’t hear or see God answer our prayers because there is just too much noise. Take some time each day to disconnect from everything and be silent to focus on and listen to God.
  3. Fellowship. This is a big one. As Christians, we are called to be in community with one another and encourage one another. Ask for prayer from your friends and family.
  4. Worship. When we feel distant from God, we must try harder and harder to praise Him. Listen to your favorite worship music, post Bible verses in a place where you will see them every day, or write down three things you are thankful for each day and spend time in prayer thanking God for them.

What are some things you do when you feel distant from God? Share with us in the comments below!

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  1. freedomlights

    Posted by freedomlights on January 26, 2014 at 21:43

    Listening to worship music is one of the biggest things that helps me. I love singing, so I feel connected to God when I can sing the lyrics and think about their meaning.

    I love the idea of prayer journals, but they don’t “work” for me. I don’t like handwriting things, so it feels more like a chore, and I forget or put it off. Instead, I created a “letters to God” email where I type up letters to him like I’m talking to a friend. It’s my “prayer journal” of sorts. I don’t have to worry about thinking how to phrase something, because I can easily change it. I know God knows what I mean, but it bothers me if it doesn’t sound right. That just works better for me, and I like going back and reading what I wrote. (:

  2. 19ChildOfGod96

    Posted by 19ChildOfGod96 on January 22, 2014 at 03:42

    I believe prayer, bible scriptures & worship music helps me the most 🙂

  3. Project Inspired

    Posted by kc2016 on September 21, 2013 at 09:39

    If I ever feel like I’ve been drifting from God I go and listen to a christian radio staton or read my Bible.

  4. Karis43

    Posted by Karis43 on September 20, 2013 at 22:33

    I started a prayer journal almost two years ago that I rarely write in :/ sometimes writing helps and sometimes it doesn’t haha. But the prayer itself is what counts! I’ve found it can be harder to commune with God when I’m focused on writing and organizing my words, but I totally love the idea of a prayer journal!

  5. justine1237

    Posted by justine1237 on September 16, 2013 at 18:01

    I’ve been keeping a prayer journal for awhile now! It’s nice to see how God guides me through my problems. I feel close to Him when doing something I love- writing! Better yet, to Him!

  6. soccersk8r14

    Posted by soccersk8r14 on September 16, 2013 at 14:18

    Thank you so much really needed this! cant wait to get started on a prayer journal.:) been wanting to do one for a while just never saw why it was important now I see why how it can be!:)

  7. goatwrangler

    Posted by goatwrangler on September 15, 2013 at 13:18

    Wish these tips had come a few weeks ago!

  8. Publicpassion

    Posted by Publicpassion on September 15, 2013 at 13:14

    Thank you so much for this! When I feel distant from God, it isn’t so much he isn’t answering my prayers and is more i just don’t feel that pit-of-the-stomach happiness while deep in worship. I feel all four of these help tremendously. Thank you!

  9. Maryon

    Posted by Maryon on September 15, 2013 at 10:45

    I completely agree with all those tips written above, and I thank you so much for it… I kind of learned most of the things written above by myself, and it wasn’t easy… But anyway what helps me the most when I get those kind of feelings is to worship and now, also to pray but I think what works faster for me is to help someone else spiritually it always boosts me to go on.