4 Ways to Help a Friend in Need

Posted on 12 September 2017

If you have a friend who is facing a trial in her life, you’ll naturally want to help as much as you can to encourage her and let her know that you are there for her and care about her. There are many ways to show you care, such as by delivering a meal, giving a small gift, volunteering your time, and simply being a good friend.

Deliver a Meal

Whether it’s a new baby, moving houses, or a death in the family, food is often the go to source of comfort for many people. Delivering a fresh, home cooked meal is the ultimate way to show someone that you care and that you’re rooting for them. The care and time it takes to cook a meal will signify just how much your friend means to you and a home cooked meal is often a luxury for many. If you are delivering a meal, it’s best to read the situation or ask your friend her delivery preferences. In some cases, it may be better to simply leave the meal on your friend’s porch after arranging a time. In other cases, your friend may enjoy having your company and chatting as you deliver it. Whatever the case, delivering a meal is a wonderful way to make your friend feel loved and cared for.


Buy a Thoughtful Gift

It doesn’t have to be big, it just has to show that you care. If you’re a good friend, you’ll know exactly what little thing you can purchase to brighten your friend’s day—and chances are, if you’re reading this article on helping a friend, you are a good friend! It could be as simple as dropping off a freshly brewed latte for the coffee drinker in your life, sending her favorite flowers to brighten her desk at work, or even a small piece of jewelry just to show that you care. If your friend is religious, a cross bracelet would be a great gift as it’s another small reminder that God does care about her and her troubles every time she wears it, which can be especially encouraging and uplifting. A simple pray stamped necklace on it is a gentle and reassuring gift that can help someone persevere.   

Give Your Time

If you are feeling financially strapped and can’t afford to purchase a gift, there are many other ways to show your friend that you care. The best gift you can give is 100% free—it’s simply giving your time. If you have a friend who is a mother that desperately needs a break, volunteering your time to babysit her children is a priceless a gift. This will give her time to decompress, catch up on housework, catch up on sleep, or even go out on a date night and let loose. Offer to run errands, mow the lawn, help with housework, grocery shop, or anything else that can alleviate the little everyday stresses we all share.

Don’t Do Anything

It may seem counterintuitive but sometimes the best thing for you to do is nothing. Oftentimes when there is problem, we as humans try to fix it when really all we need to do is be. Be a listening ear, be a prayer warrior, and be a friend.

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