Taking the Hard Road

The strength and depth of a person’s faith are often revealed not on a good or average day but in the worst moments. While there is nothing wrong with being driven to act or make decisions based on notions of self-preservation, avoiding difficulties in life is not only impossible. It is also a limiting way to live. And when it comes to faith, nothing tests it more than dealing with life’s toughest challenges including the ones that put the strongest personal beliefs in question head-on.

It is easy to have unwavering faith in the love, compassion, and power of the God you believe in when you do not see the suffering and struggles of other people. The real test of faith comes when you experience the harshest conditions that will make you think about your beliefs. This is why doing charity or volunteer work in causes that deal with some of the world’s biggest problems can be a life-changing experience. It takes you beyond your comfort zone and provides you with invaluable insights into other people’s struggles in life.

Some of the things people do like volunteering in Thailand orphanage or with international humanitarian and aid organizations make some of the world’s biggest problems more personal. It builds connections to diverse culture and the people that may not have access to the privileges other people take for granted.

To test one’s faith is to seek and walk the harder path regardless of the myriad of personal challenges it may present. By choosing to see the uglier and harsher conditions that may escape a lot of people’s notice, beliefs can be put in question and the answers may just be what’s needed to further strengthen them.

Benefits Of Having A Religion

This is a sensitive topic, so I will try to do my best not to offend anyone.

To me, there are pro’s and con’s in having a religious belief. I am here to discuss the pro’s. So, let’s keep the ball rolling, shall we?

Benefits of Religion To People

Moral Standards

I am not saying that Atheists have no morals. Quite the opposite.

I’m just saying that religious people are more inclined to their moral beliefs. This is case to case basis. So, it doesn’t mean that if you have a religion, you’re automatically a good person.

You’re Not A Completely Free Person

Even McDonalds Launched A Kosher Certified Branch.

It maybe weird to you, but having too much freedom can really mess the world up. You still need to limit everything.

Like the Hindi, they don’t eat cows. That’s good for us! Because if everybody in the world eats beef, there will be a shortage. India is the 2nd most populous country in the world. Muslims too. They don’t eat pork. Maybe they can eat gluten free vegan doughnuts if its Halal.

Halal is Kosher is to the Jews. Same thing applies.

It Can Unite Us.

Yes it can. But it can also divide us. So, basically it’s a 50/50.

Prayer vigils and other religious movements can unite people with the same beliefs. By going to your church, synagogue or church, you’re being united under one roof.

Do you agree with this? Share your thoughts below if I missed out something. I can’t really narrow the things down. Thanks for reading!

Counting Blessings Every Day – Practicing Gratitude

Gratitude is essentially about counting all the good things. When we practice it we are simply recognizing our material and spiritual riches. It is often when we take time to reflect on whatever it is that we have that we learn to appreciate our life. From both a spiritual and scientific perspective, counting blessings has a lot of beneficial effects. Studies suggest that it can boost mood, promote wellness, and improve wellbeing. As such, we all stand to benefit if we learn to count our blessings every single day. If there is one song about gratitude that resonate with me, it would be this:

Count your blessings
By Johnson Oatman, Jr.

When upon life’s billows you are tempest tossed,
When you are discouraged, thinking all is lost,
Count your many blessings, name them one by one,
And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done.

Count your blessings, name them one by one;
Count your blessings, see what God hath done;
Count your blessings, name them one by one;
Count your many blessings, see what God hath done.

Are you ever burdened with a load of care?
Does the cross seem heavy you are called to bear?
Count your many blessings, ev’ry doubt will fly,
And you will be singing as the days go by.

Count your blessings, name them one by one;
Count your blessings, see what God hath done;
Count your blessings, name them one by one;
Count your many blessings, see what God hath done.

When you look at others with their lands and gold,
Think that Christ has promised you His wealth untold;
Count your many blessings, money cannot buy
Your reward in heaven, nor your home on high.

Count your blessings, name them one by one;
Count your blessings, see what God hath done;
Count your blessings, name them one by one;
Count your many blessings, see what God hath done.

So, amid the conflict, whether great or small,
Do not be discouraged, God is over all;
Count your many blessings, angels will attend,
Help and comfort give you to your journey’s end.

Count your blessings, name them one by one;
Count your blessings, see what God hath done;
Count your blessings, name them one by one;
Count your many blessings, see what God hath done.

Baptist Hymnal, 1991

Daily Habits for Spiritual Growth


Faith is not something I pull out of the proverbial hat only when convenient or needed. I have to constantly work on it. And that means taking care of my spiritual growth. Nurturing the soul is not easy when I am confronted with all the responsibilities I have to juggle at any given day. It often feels like there is never enough time for it when I have a lot on my plate I need to do or fix. But creating habits out of the things that have helped me

Start the day with a prayer

Prayer is a form of meditation for me. I find that doing this before I start my day leaves me feeling more positive about my day. It also focuses me on the important things in my life. This can be quite helpful on days when it seems harder to accomplish the things I set out to do. It also helps put my faith in the forefront of my mind before everything else unfolds.

Make a gratitude list

The bad days make me feel like I have nothing to be thankful for. And it is a depressing thought to have. I counter the negativity by building on this habit of listing down my blessings every single day. Right after or before I do my prayer, I write down on all the things I think I should be grateful for. Sometimes I am surprised with what I can come up with. If we just really take the time to do this every day, we might be a lot happier.

Read something inspirational

I read something that inspires me. It could be a passage from a bible or a chapter or two of a book I am currently reading. For me, the best time to do this is in the morning soon after I am done with my prayer and the gratitude list. I consider this as fuel or food for my soul. I prefer to start my day with something that uplifts me. It is like I am gearing up for whatever it is that lie ahead in my day.

Focus on one thing at a time. Multitasking tends to stress me out. And the more stressful I get, the more tempting it gets to ignore the things I have built around my faith. Focusing on one thing makes me more efficient. It also leaves me clearheaded and spiritually calm.

Reflections on Every Day Living in Faith


Keeping true to my faith every single day is easier said than done. Merriam-Webster defines faith as 1) strong belief or trust in someone or something or 2) belief in the existence of God; strong religious feelings or beliefs. It would be a life if I say that I could do this without fail. There are days when it is tough to walk what I preach to myself. I think that it is during the most difficult days when we are sorely tested that faith comes out stronger. And often, it is the simple every day things that we do that strengthens it.

Trust in how things unfold. Faith begins with full acceptance of God’s will. It is following his teachings regardless of the uncertainty I feel. It is about trusting in the process. It is a deep sense of knowing that whatever ends the path will lead me, my belief in God’s goodness and mercy will take me there unscathed.

Connect with God. Prayer is powerful and transformative. Taking the time to connect with God is a form of meditation that offers relief from stress. It also anchors and balances me when I am feeling overwhelmed. Despite knowing this, I still tend to forget to give a few minutes of my time each day for prayer. I think putting a more conscious effort on saying a simple prayer at any time can be a therapeutic and helpful habit to have.

Follow His word. Living by faith is about staying true to God’s word. It is working on keeping my thoughts and actions in line. It is being mindful of my thoughts and how it influences my perceptions and interactions with the people around me. It is about paying attention to my behaviors that may contradict my beliefs.

Believe that something good will happen. For true faith to take root there should be an unshakeable belief that something good will eventually happen. This conviction will be sorely tested during the most difficult times. But trust in God to believe that struggles will pass and that something positive is bound to come out of any tough situation.

Be kind. Faith reflects on the little acts of kindness we do every day. It is walking the path God wants us to follow. There is something soothing about doing little acts of kindness to anyone without expecting anything in return. The more I can do this, the more I feel grounded and connected with my faith.

Be grateful. Counting my blessings can be an uplifting experience. It also helps me take stock of the things I have that I may have ignored. When life becomes tough, I list down all the things I am thankful for. It is then that I realize that I have more than I thought I had.