Inside: How do you encourage a friend when life sucks? When life is tough, sometimes telling a friend how to walk by faith when life sucks doesn’t work well.
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I have a problem, how do you encourage a friend when life sucks?
She was sitting across the small café table from me, the room was warm and the exposed brick gave the feeling of coziness. The smell of coffee and cinnamon was in the air, the fizzing and spitting from the Expresso machine filled my ears and I could see the steam coming from behind the counter.
I focused on my friend even with the conversations happening in the coffee shop.
The last year had been rough. Anxiety and depression, a miscarriage, a cross-state move and kids who still needed clothes and food every night.
As I listened to her over our caramel lattes, amidst the tears present, I was at a loss for words.
Gaping wounds filled her heart.
This friend was sticking her toe into faith again, though she once went to church, she had left because it hadn’t done anything for her. Now, she was gripping for anything to make sense in her mind about why her life sucks.
Walk by Faith when Life Sucks
As I sat there, full of Bible knowledge and passages, an overwhelming feeling of not knowing what to say hit me. I had gone through a trying season also where I’d question God over and over again for the “whys.”
No significant answers came out of my mouth for my friend. I couldn’t tell her to just believe because that would have fallen on deaf ears.
My heart could grasp hold of my faith during my difficult time, but what words of comfort can we offer to those who have only just considered coming to faith?
I didn’t want to give Christian lip service to her or offer her Bible verses. I somehow wanted to break off my faith and give her a piece to plant into one of the wounds.
Somehow, from my throat, words never came. The tears trickled down from my eyes and my ears listened intently to the pain and brokenness. Support was all I could give that day. But I knew Jesus was there with us both.We get wrapped up in what to say, but many times what matters is what we do. Click To Tweet
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