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.

*Disclosure: Post may contain affiliate links. See our full disclosure here.

How to Keep the Faith When Life Sucks? Where is God when life is hard? Tips and advice about being there with friends when we don't have the words to say. How to encourage without words. Examples from the Bible. Finding God in the messes of life.

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.

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.

How to Keep the Faith When Life Sucks? 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. #quotes #notbysight #Christianwomen #verse #Iwill

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

To read the rest follow me to Life Letter Cafe

 

How to Keep the Faith When Life Sucks? 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. #quotes #notbysight #Christianwomen #verse #Iwill

You'll Get Through This: Hope and Help for Your Turbulent TimesYou’ll Get Through This: Hope and Help for Your Turbulent TimesFacing Goliath: How a Man Overcomes His Giants to Follow ChristFacing Goliath: How a Man Overcomes His Giants to Follow ChristGoliath Must Fall: Winning the Battle Against Your GiantsGoliath Must Fall: Winning the Battle Against Your GiantsFacing Goliath Curriculum (Teacher Edition): Dare to Engage in Spiritual BattleFacing Goliath Curriculum (Teacher Edition): Dare to Engage in Spiritual BattleFacing Your Giants: God Still Does the ImpossibleFacing Your Giants: God Still Does the ImpossibleFiercehearted: Live Fully, Love BravelyFiercehearted: Live Fully, Love BravelyYou're Going to Be Okay: Encouraging Truth Your Heart Needs to Hear, Especially on the Hard DaysYou’re Going to Be Okay: Encouraging Truth Your Heart Needs to Hear, Especially on the Hard Days