There have been many times in my life, along with the lives of my loved ones and my clients, where you just seem to lose faith.

What is faith anyway? Faith is described as complete faith or confidence in someone or something.

It’s fairly easy to trust and have faith when things are going good for your family and you are happy. When your friends and you are laughing your tushes off over brunch, when you come home and your beloved partner just surprised you with flowers or when your business is booming.

Bring it on universe you scream with enthusiasm!

You are practically hopping through the streets with a peppy theme song playing in your head.

It seems, we as humans tend to see things for face value. @CosmicChristine (Click to Tweet!)

If we’re happy we assume this is good. It’s easy to trust and have faith when things are going good. The challenge comes when things are difficult. The challenge comes when you are asked from the universe to remain faithful and trusting when the surface is not so shiny and not so seemingly “good.” It requires more willpower, more energy, and more determination.

You must stand with your feet firmly rooted in the ground. Like roots firmly in the soil. For as the wind blows the leaves left and right in a storm, challenges are not a way to punish us but are just simply the nature of life.

Learning to be strong and have faith in these difficult times is one of our tasks as spiritual beings in human bodies.

Sometimes underneath the shiny red surface of an apple is bitter fruit. And sometimes the scuffed up and bruised apple has the sweetest fruit and is ripe and juicy on the inside. Stay open to surprises and stay faithful when life brings you to an unexpected road, perhaps the road that you don’t seem to like or want to be on.

What are you currently facing in your life that seems difficult? How do you stay faithful during hard times? Share share share! I want to know.

love, love, love,


Christine Gutierrez is a psychotherapist, advice columnist, speaker, author, poet, and founder of, an online hub that features psychologically-savvy and soulful advice, articles, videos, private consultations, workshops, retreats (both live and virtual), radio appearances, and television projects. “Ancient wisdom with a modern twist” is the motto. She has been featured in TimeOut NY Magazine, Latina Magazine as “The Future 15: The Healer,” Yahoo Health, Ebony Magazine, Cosmopolitan for Latinas, The Conversation, Cosmopolitan Magazine, Ricki Lake, Lifetime TV, and more. You can also follow Christine on Twitter and Facebook.

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