- you KNOW they are going to pray
- you believe that God hears their prayers and responds to them quicker than He does your own. (yet another false-hood)
WHAT CAN I DO?
A “FAITHER’S” CRISIS: YOU CAN HELP
There comes a crisis in each of these people’s lives when they wonder if what they are doing has had any real value or is worth it. Each time they are present for you, they may be absent for their own family or household responsibilities. They don’t mind. It is an honor to walk with others when they are needed. They easily feel this way until they have a personal crisis no one shows up for them. Doubt creeps in.
When these crisis moments happen, the person who has poured into the lives of others may feel isolated an alone. As they look over a broken landscape that is their own life, they may wonder where their support will come from. All to often the support doesn’t show up. Bitterness can take root in the soil of their broken heart. Their mind will flash through all the people they helped and wonder why no one cares enough to help them. This is a moment that can cause them to walk away from the ministry and say “It isn’t worth it.”
As this lie is being told to them, you may be hearing your own lies. “What could I off them?” “I’m not qualified to help them.” “I’m sure they have people surrounding them, I’d just be in the way.” “I’m sure their faith is strong enough, they don’t need anyone or anything other than God.”
THINGS TO REALIZE
- Their heartbreaks are no less painful than yours.
- Their disappointments are no less disappointing than yours.
- Their loneliness is no less lonely.
- Their losses are no less devastating.
IDEAS OF HOW TO BE PRESENT FOR THEM:
- send cards or letters (possibly include gift cards to local eateries)
- send texts to let them know you are praying for them
- mow their yard
- bring a treat and stay and visit
- bring a cooked meal
- offer to drive them to appointments
- offer to baby sit children (at your house)
- offer to clean their house
- be present. Show up not expecting answers to your questions. Give them permission to just be.
- keep anything said to you are that is seen or overheard confidential. Do not share with the prayer team or anyone but God as you lift it in your own private personal prayer time. Be trustworthy and honorable!
- do for them what meant the most to you when someone supported you
- seek God’s guidance on how to support them and have the courage to follow through
SCRIPTURE TO HELP YOU AS YOU LEARN TO WALK WITH OTHERS
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