20 text messages for struggling friends

  1. Would it help to talk? I can’t pretend I can fix it, but I’d love to listen.
  2. Here’s what I love about you…
  3. You are not a burden.
  4. Can I pray for you; now or later, or read to you from the Bible or get some music that might be encouraging? Here’s a Bible verse that has helped me when I was feeling X..and this is why it helped me.
  5. Whatever you’re facing, God’s first and last words to you are of compassion and love.
  6. Can I give you a lift somewhere or come with you to an appointment?  Are there forms you’d like me to help you fill in or medicines I can collect?
  7. You’re not mad or weak or weird.
  8. Cup of tea?
  9. I’m really sorry you’re going through this.
  10. You’re not alone.
  11. What do you need?
  12. It’s ok not to be ok.
  13. I’m not going anywhere.
  14. Let’s take a step back.  Is there another way of seeing the situation?
  15. Keep going –  a step at a time.
  16. You’re doing it even though it’s hard – and I’m so proud of you
  17. What’s off-limits to talk about?
  18. I’m thinking of you
  19. Your struggles don’t define you.
  20. Don’t give up. I have hope for you, even though you might not.


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