5 things to say to encourage a friend over the phone

The most amazing thing happened to me today. A friend called me to tell me she prayed for me.

Sounds simple, right?

No way. In that moment, it was a profound gift from the Divine. Literally.

She told me God placed me on her heart and she felt compelled to pray for me. Specifically, she said, that I might not be overwhelmed and overcome by life.

Seriously? Because today was exactly THAT kind of overwhelming day.

  • The kind where you realized you missed three work deadlines and had exactly zero hours to complete them.
  • The kind where you have four-year-old twin boys climbing your back at the same time while you’re hunched over your laptop at the kitchen table.
  • The kind where you kiss goodbye the title ‘employee of the month’ and decide to dig for acorns in the backyard with your monkeys instead.

Do you suspect a friend is overwhelmed by life? Call her – right now – and encourage her!

Here are five things you can say to encourage your friend:

  1. I’m praying for you.
  2. I was thinking about you today.
  3. God must really care about you because he put you on my heart today.
  4. You aren’t alone.
  5. You don’t have to be perfect.

I’d say thank you to Cathy (which I did, profusely), but she’d know that the person I really should be saying thank you to is the One who orchestrated that precious gift of encouragement in the first place.

So, thanks God. Thanks for caring about your kid enough to go out of your way to make her day.

I think I’m gonna ask God if I can do that for someone else tomorrow.

And don’t forget – I’m re-launching Hive Resources as a weekly blog on Monday, Sept. 17th! Psst. I’m already giving away some free Scripture printables on the Hive Resources Facebook page for fans! So, get to click’in!

“Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.”

James 5:16

About melissa deming

Melissa Deming is a freelance writer transplanted from Texas to Pennsylvania with her husband of ten years, Jonathan, and two-year-old identical twins, Zacharias and Jonah. The family serves at a Southern Baptist church plant in Pittsburgh - Living Faith Community Church. Melissa is a regular correspondent for The Southern Baptist TEXAN newspaper and Crossroads magazine of the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention. She is also the creator and author of HiveResources.com - a site designed to sweeten a woman's walk with Christ through devotional articles, book reviews, and giveaways. Melissa holds a Masters of Divinity in Women’s Studies from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Wake Forest, NC, and a B.A. in Journalism from Texas A&M University.