Many of you have been as touched as I have by the life and legacy of Kara Tippetts and today I wanted to share a few practical tips for helping others in crisis, inspired by her story. Most of these tips shared below have come straight from a podcast I listened to in which Kara talked about the ways others loved her family well in their time of need. I added a few ideas of my own and brought them all to you today, because really – who won’t this apply to, at some time or another?
– Keep a notebook of needs written for ideas to help that can be shared when asked. We oftentimes find it hard to accept help – but if needs are already pre-written, many will find it easier to simply share the notebook with someone wondering what they can do!
– Give the gift of your silent presence. Job’s friends sat with him for one week before saying a word!
– In times of disaster, sudden death, or medical hardship, many people have found relief through crowdfunding sites like You Caring to help with miscellaneous medical and other expenses.
– Many people have found that signing up for sites like Caring Bridge are helpful to stay in touch and keep family & friends informed of any medical issues. This prevents emotional taxing that inevitably occurs when people are short on time and sleep but long on needed updates to report.
– Organize a meal train to lighten the load of someone in an extended season of hard. This simple luxury will mean the world to someone who doesn’t have to worry about dinner on top of the burden they are carrying!
– Enlist the help of your children in caring for others who need you. Many hands really do make light work AND the lessons of love and service kids will learn along the way will not soon be forgotten. Is is the perfect opportunity to model selflessness while helping kids squash natural selfish tendencies that we all have.
– Remember it’s okay to cry in front of kids, and encourage others to do the same. Give them a framework and lead by example!
– Gift a good book that will love on hurting hearts in their time of need.
“Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.” – Galatians 6:2
For more on coming alongside those who are struggling, you may want to read how to help someone who is grieving next. What suggestions to bring good in hard times would you have to share? How has God’s grace met you when crisis has hit close to home in your life?
Friends, how do you struggle with the suffering God has brought into your story? Perhaps it’s a hard child being used to soften and grow you, or a difficult relationship that hurts your heart deeply. How are you trying to fake happiness today because that is the standard the world tries to sell you? Hard is grace too, and its purpose is redemption and to bring you into a deeper understanding of grace.
— Kara Tippetts
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GREAT tips! I was just thinking about this recently as several friends walk in crisis. What a thoughtful post! Awesome! Thank you!
You are so welcome! So glad you’ve been encouraged in simple ways you can help your friends xoxo
How have I missed you in this community? What a great post. I love all the ideas and love the heart behind your whole blog. I want to grab a cup of coffee and know the heart of this space more. I would love to connect with you sometime. God bless you girl! <3 amy
Awe Amy! I feel JUST the same! Thank you so much for spreading sunshine in my day today 🙂
Such solid, practical steps to help someone in need. Many times people want to help but just don’t know what to do. Thanks for sharing these good ideas.
Oh I agree – sometimes we all just need someone to point us in the right direction to find what will speak truth into us when we need it most!
Great practical points and information…. and just “being there” showing up for a friend in crisis is so important!!!! Don’t worry about what you are going to say and do… just sit and be still! Thanks for sharing!
Agreed! Thanks Clare 🙂
In my church we just started a meal train like you described to help people when they are sick, grieving over a loss or even in joyous occasions like a new birth, It’s such a simple thing that anyone can do to help comfort people and give them one less thing to worry about when their attention is focused elsewhere.
That is awesome Michelle! Thanks for taking the time to share with us 🙂
Sometimes, Sybil, it is just the encouraging word, the promise to pray, the availability to cry with one another. Kara’s life and her legacy have made such an impact…such a heartfelt connection to so many, and the lives that her testimony of faith have touched, the ideas, like yours which have sparked hope and grace in others, I can see His handprint on it all.
Thanks for sharing ways to bless in a time it is easy not to know what to do.
You are just the sweetest Dawn and I always so enjoy hearing what’s on your heart. Thank you for spreading your sunshine here today xxoxo
These are awesome awesome tips. Thank you. Needed to see this today for a friend of my own!