Here are reminders for opportunities to consider when you need to help your buddy:
You wouldn't even think of letting someone get isolated on a patrol. That is just an invitation for the enemy to pick them off or capture them. The same is true of life. We are in a spiritual battle, and Peter admonishes us to, "Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour." (1 Peter 5:8) The Devil looks for isolated people to attack, so you want to guard your friends, your "battle buddies" just as much as yourself! So get them "plugged-in -- into a community of believers who will care about them and disciple them. God created us for community. We need others to thrive and grow. Review the tips for connecting with others in Self Aid -- Faith.
Read recommendations for helping them yourself, with guidance on helpful studies you can share with them.
FamilyLife has a rich eMentoring program that offers online help to walk you through those difficult seasons with others. Note the "+Conversations" category under each topic area. These conversation starters are a great help, as sometimes the most powerful assistance you can offer your friend is simply to be able to ask good questions that allows them to understand the issues at hand.
Interested in doing more? Then train to become an eMentor—encourage someone far away without leaving your home.
Weekend to Remember
“My friend invited us to this marriage conference. In the end, it saved our marriage.”
The FamilyLife Weekend to Remember marriage getaway has helped more than one million couples improve—or save—their marriage. Get the information you need—and GO! Or help someone else to get there!
The Art of Marriage is a DVD marriage event—that you can do right in your own home or church! Learn the principles of marriage, and help others to learn, in a friendly setting. Check it out!
Experience the dynamics of a HomeBuilders small group with your friends—the best place to learn and share about God’s blueprints for marriage. These Bible studies are time-tested, and three of them are written just for military marriages!
If your friend has given up hope for their marriage, pray for them relentlessly! This book reminds us that with God nothing is impossible. . . through prayer. The appendix of the book includes a special section called “Help Me Help My Friend.”