Do you have a friend who lives with a chronic illness? Is someone you care about going through a daily invisible fight? It is easy to want to help a friend, but it can be hard to know how to help a friend who is facing a battle that you don’t understand. Here are a few ways that you can reach out to your friend and help her in the invisible fight.
- Send text messages. These can be short to let her know that you are thinking of her, or if she is up for it, you could have a conversation through text messages.
- Send an email. Share about your life, and ask her about her life. Email can be an easy way for someone with a chronic illness to get to know a new friend or connect with a long-time friend.
- Connect with her on social media. Interact on Facebook and Instagram so that you can be a part of her life, even if it is only virtually.
- Read her blog, and leave comment or let her know that you are reading it.
- Send a card in the mail. Cards are extra-special because of the time required to handwrite and send a card. They are also special because they can be kept, held, and displayed for continued encouragement.
- Visit your friend. Spending time with a friend is time well spent. An in-person visit allows you to give your friend a hug, see how she is doing, and provide fellowship that she might not otherwise have.
- Call your friend on the phone. If you are unable to visit, it may be very encouraging to your friend to hear your voice over the phone.
Encourage her. Encourage her to persevere. Share a passage of Scripture that has encouraged you. Tell her what you have learned from her example. Tell her about the godly qualities you see being developed in her life. Encourage her through words, visits, gifts, and/or offering practical help. Let her know that you want to be her friend in the good days and the bad days.
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