Ways You Can Encourage Your Friend

As long as Moses held up his hands, the Israelites were winning, but whenever he lowered his hands, the Amalekites were winning. When Moses’ hands grew tired, they took a stone and put it under him and he sat on it. Aaron and Hur held his hands up–one on one side, one on the other—so that his hands remained steady till sunset.

Exodus 17:11-12

There Is Nothing Like A Good Friend!

In Exodus 17:11-12 we see two companions of Moses, Aaron and Hur, standing alongside Him through a battle. When Moses raised his hand with the rod of God they were winning, but when his arm grew tired, and started to stoop they were losing. So Aaron and Hur stepped in, and helped raised Moses hand. They were all in the battle together. In the end they all won.

These thoughtful friend moments makes me pause with appreciation, knowing that God is intervening on my behalf, letting my friends know, “Hey, Grace could use a pick me up.

Sometimes I feel that my friends symbolically do the same thing. Whether it’s through a random text, a word of encouragement, or a phone call, it can be like a breath of fresh air at just the right moment. These thoughtful friend moments makes me pause with appreciation, knowing that God is intervening on my behalf, letting my friends know, “Hey, Grace could use a pick me up.”

I cherish all the ways my friends outwardly express love to me, but the thing I covet the most is quality time. It goes beyond words and is irreplaceable to me.

I know it’s surprising (sarcasm, sarcasm) but I have moments of being tired, of feeling blah, don’t we all? In this life there will be moments of highs and lows, loneliness and security, joy and sadness. I am glad we don’t have to travel this life alone, and so very thankful for those who I value deeply enough to give the title of friend.

As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend.

Proverbs 27:17

Some Ways To Encourage Your Friends

Hang out with them: Watch a movie together


Go shopping together: even if it’s grocery shopping


Make them something


Send a note


Remember them on their birthday


Go out/invite them over for coffee/dessert


Give them a phone call


Celebrate with them


Laugh with them


Be there for them when their hurting


Write them a letter


Set goals together: Encourage each others strengths


Serve together


To be a friend, is to share life with another, through the good, the hard, and the ugly. It is to stand alongside another and fight with them in this battleground called life, reaffirming another that they are not alone. That their life is worth celebrating and is valuable, so whether it is sharing life with the everyday, grocery shopping trips, or celebrating the big victories and milestones in life join someone else on this journey. Share life events that make the everyday meaningful. Value people, value friendship, and thank God daily for them, because they are AWESOME! :)

Don’t walk behind me; I may not lead. Don’t walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend.

Albert Camus

What are some ways you encourage your friends?