When the going gets tough…

The tough call a friend!

Last week I wrote about sharing burdens and handing them over to God. This week I’m sharing about the blessings of friendship, as well as being a blessing myself.

A little saying I know says: “A burden shared is a burden halved.”

Trials, burdens, and heartaches happen in life. But, with the arm of a friend, a hot cuppa and listening ear they are more manageable.

Friends share the burden…

Ecclesiastes 4:10 (NIV1984)

If one falls down, his friend can help him up.
But pity the man who falls 
and has no one to help him up!

Friends encourage…


Psalm 43:5 (NIV1984)

Put your hope in God,
for I will yet praise him,
my Savior and my God.

Friends remind us of who is in control…


Isaiah 55:8 (NIV1984)

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,”
declares the Lord.

Friends love…

1 John 4:11

Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.

Sometimes the love a friend shows can help remind us of God’s love. That all is well—despite what is going on.

Proverbs 14:20
The poor are shunned even by their neighbors, but the rich have many friends.

I love my friends. I count myself blessed and very rich! They are as exquisite and yet contrasting as blocks of fabric, making up a beautiful quilt that comforts and protects me from the hardest of life’s bumps and bruises.

I pray I may be as encouraging, supportive and loving as others have been to me.

How about you? Do you have a story of how friendship has changed your life, or made some of the bumps of life more bearable?

Any tips on being a good friend?

P.S. I forgot to mention that today I wrote my first book review over on:


the book, “Homegrown Dandelions” by Judith Bronte that I reviewed is free, so feel free to check it out! 🙂

2 thoughts on “When the going gets tough…

  1. Friends are SO important! I don’t know where I’d be without mine! I just wished they lived closer. But this is a great reminder and I love Proverbs 14:20.

    How to be a good friend? I guess listening and paying attention … if you’re a good friend, you’ll know those subtle clues that indicate something is wrong.

    And thanks for reviewing on our blog, Lucy! Your review was very well done, and the book sounds intriguing. I know Jess has already downloaded herself a copy 🙂


    1. dingo4mum

      Hi Helen! I know exactly what you mean about wishing friends lived closer, especially now that I have friends in the US.

      Great tips. Yes, dig below the surface and ask: “No, how are you *really* going??”
      No worries about the review. It’s a lovely book and I don’t mind recommending it. I’d be interested to know how Jess finds it. All the best! Lucy


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