"Faith is the art of holding on to things your reason has once accepted."
~~ C.S. Lewis
The most valuable things I've learned in times of doubt are these:
1. Doubt comes and goes. It is not a permanent state of being. Don't treat it as such.
2. Don't make lasting decisions about anything important -- a friendship, a career, a marriage, the Catholic Church, God -- in times of doubt. (You may make decisions about dinner, or what book to read next, or which top to wear with those shorts. You may make decisions about what to move up in your Netflix queue, or about gift purchases, though you may regret them later. You may make decisions about whether you like Firefox or Chrome the best. But not much else.)
3. Doubt leads us to believe that nothing will ever be the same again. Nothing will be blissful, or shiny or lasting or meaningful. This is a lie. Go rearrange the furniture. Reconsider your position from a new angle.
4. Doubt might be coming only from one of these things: hunger, thirst, a rotten mood, a bad week, a bad month, a bad year, an illness, a disappointment, a misunderstanding, boredom, fatigue, burnout, allergy season, a dark night of the soul, or, as C.S. Lewis and Charles Dickens pointed out, indigestion.
5. Sleep is an objective good. So is Ray Bradbury's Dandelion Wine: "I wouldn't change one bit of it ... And besides, I like to cry. After I cry hard it's like it's morning again and I'm starting the day over .... A good night's sleep, or a ten-minute bawl, or a pint of chocolate ice cream, or all three together, is good medicine."
n.1. Confident belief in the truth, value, or trustworthiness of a person, idea, or thing. 2. Belief that does not rest on logical proof or material evidence. See Synonyms at belief, trust. 3. Loyalty to a person or thing; allegiance: keeping faith with one's supporters. 4. often Faith Christianity The theological virtue defined as secure belief in God and a trusting acceptance of God's will. 5. The body of dogma of a religion: the Muslim faith. 6. A set of principles or beliefs.
in faith Indeed; truly.
Times of doubt are inevitable. For all of us, in so many things. The best response I've found is to hang on tight. I think God designed seasons for a reasons -- they're the best metaphor for life that I've run into.