3 Things to Do When God Feels Far Away

Sometimes, because of unrest in the world or unrest in our souls or unrest in our personal lives, it can feel like God is far away. Where is God when we suffer a global pandemic, racial injustice, political violence, and war?

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Wherever you are in your life, if you are feeling like God isn’t there for you, God isn’t with you, I invite you to read the passage of Jesus in the garden. He speaks these words when he felt alone: “Not my will, but your will be done.”


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We all sometimes feel that God is distant, or it is hard to see his presence in our lives. This week, I am sharing three things we can do when we feel God is far away.

  1. Pray.
    I know! This is a no-brainer, but sometimes we neglect our daily prayer times when we don’t have the consolation of good feelings associated with it. Make sure you are showing up, in good faith, for your daily time with God. You do not need to have anything fancy to say. Simply place yourself in his presence and open your heart to hear him.
  1. Read.
    Is there a spiritual work that greatly inspired you in the past? Pick it up again. Is there a new book that someone else recommends? Check it out. Or pick up your Bible and read from the Gospel stories or the Psalms. Instead of scrolling through social media or watching TV, fill your mind and heart with God’s word and inspiring thoughts.
  1. Reach out.
    God made us for connection. If we are feeling a lack of connection with God we are likely pulling away from others as well. In your time of “dryness,” God may be calling you to grow closer to your husband in your marriage, to your kids though your otherhood, or to connect with your friends, neighbors, co-workers or extended family in new and meaningful ways.

This week, I also answer reader Andrea’s question about making a plan for the summertime with few scheduled activities for kids and families. I also share about a new book I have written with Dan. The Manual for Marriage is a beautiful resource for every couple. In it, Dan and I share reflective essays on marriage and family life, but it also features a large collection of prayers, Scripture passages, hymns, and stories from the saints that will encourage and support you in your married relationship.  

Megan Madden

Megan Madden is a homeschooling mother with a passion for writing and speaking on authentic femininity and virtuous womanhood. In 2017, she began graduate studies in marriage and family at the International Theological Institute in Austria. After moving to Kraków, Poland to work with university students, Megan more personally continued her research on the complementarity of man and woman, particularly on the question of what it means to be a woman. She delved into the study of renowned Catholic writers on women such as St. Edith Stein, Gertrude von le Fort, Alice von Hildebrand, St. John Paul II, and St. Teresa of Avila.

The results were the development of Megan’s online ministry A Mother’s Lace, as well as speaking opportunities and her book with Ascension: Mary, Teach Me to Be Your Daughter.

Megan lives outside of Oxford, England with her husband, who is a lecturer in theology, and their five children.



Megan Madden

Megan Madden is a homeschooling mother with a passion for writing and speaking on authentic femininity and virtuous womanhood. In 2017, she began graduate studies in marriage and family at the International Theological Institute in Austria. After moving to Kraków, Poland to work with university students, Megan more personally continued her research on the complementarity of man and woman, particularly on the question of what it means to be a woman. She delved into the study of renowned Catholic writers on women such as St. Edith Stein, Gertrude von le Fort, Alice von Hildebrand, St. John Paul II, and St. Teresa of Avila.

The results were the development of Megan’s online ministry A Mother’s Lace, as well as speaking opportunities and her book with Ascension: Mary, Teach Me to Be Your Daughter.

Megan lives outside of Oxford, England with her husband, who is a lecturer in theology, and their five children.



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