Prayer for someone going through a difficult time

As I watched my friend approach, tears welled up in my eyes and I got a lump in my throat. As we ended our embrace, I put my hands on her shoulders and looked her in the eyes. I told her I was so thankful for her friendship during this difficult time. A close friend of mine had died in a car accident—a sudden and unexpected loss. It was all I could think about, day in and day out. It was the first time someone close to me had passed away. I didn’t have a chance to say goodbye.

Those few months after my friend’s death would have been a lot more challenging if it hadn’t been for supportive friends like Courtney. Through the ups and downs of life, it is relationships with others that bring us through tough times and help us face life again.

It’s important as people of faith to stand with our friends through difficult times. We can show them the love of Jesus, whether or not our friends are believers themselves. In the Bible there are examples of friends journeying through life together, such as Ruth and Naomi or David and Jonathan. We can follow these biblical examples of friendships and journey through life together, through the good times and the bad.

Here are five ways to journey with a friend through a tough time:


Be there for your friend, in whatever capacity they need.
When I have gone through difficult times, I really appreciated it when friends just asked how they could help. Whether that be sitting with me, talking things through, praying with me or just trying to get me to do an activity I usually enjoyed. I always felt cared for when friends tried to help. Genuine friendship where friends journey with people through difficult times is always needed. Ask your friend how you can help; don’t assume you know what their needs are. An honest conversation, saying you want to help and asking them what they need help with is always a good way to start. Have a non-judgmental attitude.
Everyone deals with difficult circumstances and grief differently. Some people avoid negative circumstances and don’t want to confront problems. Others may focus on their problems more than their blessings and their outlook on life may be affected by this. It is important to be a consistent support in your friend’s life, whether or not your style of dealing with problems matches theirs. A non-judgmental attitude is much more helpful than criticizing someone’s actions. Being a friend through thick and thin means being a friend even when you would have done something differently. Give your honest opinion.
When someone is going through a rough time, sometimes it can be hard to make important decisions. It’s helpful if you as a friend are honest about your opinion of the situation. Whether it has to do with making medical decisions for a dying parent or repairing a broken relationship, honest and genuine advice is always helpful. It can be hard to give a friend advice if you feel it may not be taken well. Sometimes giving a friend advice is just what they need to help them through a situation. However, sometimes it’s not the right thing, so be open to that feedback when giving advice. Offer practical help.
Asking a friend what they need in practical terms can often be quite helpful. People sometimes don’t think about this element when a friend is going through tough times. Making dinner can seem like a huge task when dealing with grief or loss. Making food for someone who is in a crisis may seem insignificant at the time, but people do appreciate you caring for their physical needs. Giving someone a ride to the hospital or visiting them there is another good example of practically being there for your friend. Give emotional and prayer support.
Emotional support is also important for people going through difficult times. Showing empathy and letting your friend know you’re there for them is important. Sharing stories of similar things you’ve gone through can be helpful to a friend to show that life does go on after a crisis. Praying for them and their situation is also important, you can pray with them or on your own on their behalf. Prayer is powerful and always needed in difficult life circumstances. Prayer can bring a calm and peace to people and circumstances that nothing else can.

The main theme is that you need to meet people where they are. That may be sitting with them in silence, listening to them or accompanying them to an appointment. The point is that you are there for your friend through a tough time. Being able to say that my friends were with me when I was grieving as well as when I’m doing well is a powerful thing and something that I’m thankful for.

It’s important to stick by your friends during hardships. The storms of life are hard to weather alone, but together we can have the strength to get through them. If my friends hadn’t been there for me when my friend passed away, I don’t know what shape I’d be in. Since they showed their concern and helped me through the situation on a practical, emotional and spiritual level; I came out of the situation sad, but not broken. My friendship with Courtney and other friends were strengthened through this ordeal. Be the hands and feet of Jesus to your friends who are struggling, and your friendship will the better for it.

prayer for someone going through a difficult time

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Our most popular item….White Wicker Basket Plant ‘N Prayers


*NEW*  Large Card Basket with 30 days of prayers.


Hope Candle & Bundle

“Hope” is printed in gold on candle container.

Cup with Silk Ivy Arrangement and 30 Personalized Scripture Prayers $20 (Cup design will vary.)

                     Cup with Gold Ribbon, Personalized $20—-Great for 50th Anniversary Gift.

No extra charge to personalized with two names such as “We pray that John and Kay will continue to cast all their cares on You, for You care for them.  Based on 1 Peter 5:7”

Colorful Tin Planters in various sizes and colors.

We also have a a polka dot design on a white background.


    Truckload of Personalized Prayers – $15 (truck designs may vary)

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“We do not need to know what the future holds, as long as we know Who holds the future”

Approximately 4″ Mini frame with easel & bundle.  Only 1 in stock.  $17.50

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You’ll Get Through This. Encouragement based on the story of Joseph. With a bundle of personalized scripture prayers.   $22.50

Story written by Billy Graham’s daughter when she was going though a difficult time.  Based on the story of Lazarus’ death and his sister asking why Jesus did not show up sooner.  Readers can relate to Mrs. Lotz pouring out her heart as she asks “Why?”   Paperback book and personalized bundle of 30 scripture prayers.   $17.50

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 Book & Bundle $21

 $25 Book, Personalized Bundle and Port Pillow

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Jesus Loves Me Bear with a Bundle of Prayers – $17

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When Someone You Love Has Cancer

Beautiful encouraging book for a lady who has a relative or close friend struggling with cancer.  Book with bundle $17.00

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Pink “It’s a Girl Bear” or Blue “It’s a Boy’ Bear”.  We also have many new baby board books with a spiritual emphasis.  We can assemble a gift for you in the price range you desire choosing from the various books.  Just give us a call and we can give you some suggestions.  The scripture prayers can include baby’s name, mother’s name, father’s name and even older siblings.  After reading them, one mother taped the scripture prayers in her son’s baby book with a special note, “Aunt Jane prayed these prayers for you when you were a newborn”.


Plush Little Lamb Bible Board Book with Bundle of Personalized Prayers $22.50

Ladies devotional and personalized bundle. $22.50

Devotional for children and personalized bundle. $22.50


 Praying God’s Promises by Katherine Degenhardt is  a 90 day devotional journal.  Each day has a scripture,  prayer based on the scripture and a page for the person to journal personal insights from the passage.  Devotions are brief which makes it nice for people finding it hard to concentrate while going through a difficult time.   We receive many positive comments about this special prayer journal.  Makes an excellent gift!

Devotional plus bundle of personalized scripture prayers, $17

“Impressions” Journal

A practical spiral-bound journal designed to provide hope and encouragement to individuals as they begin the practice of writing down their thoughts, feelings, and ideas from the heart.  Journaling helps clarify thoughts, feelings and impressions and gain insight into personal issues.  Each journal page includes a practical spiritual truth on which to meditate.     Journal plus bundle of personalized scripture prayers, $17.95

Jesus Calling Devotional  with Bundle of Prayers $24.00

Jesus Lives Devotional with Bundle of Personalized Prayers $24.00

366 daily devotionals drawn from the lives of Jesus, David, John, and Paul. This has a leather like cover and makes an extremely nice gift.        With personalized bundle. $32


 Wonderful book of encouragement for someone going through a difficult time. Book & Personalized Bundle $20.00

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Updated on February 11, 2017

Oyewole Folarin loves writing greeting card messages and helping others find the words they need for life’s special moments.

Want to write encouraging and comforting birthday messages for a cancer patient? Thinking about something nice to say to someone with terminal cancer or going through a tough time? Sometimes it can be difficult to figure out what to write in a birthday card for someone battling cancer.

Sending prayers for healing, for a speedy recovery, and for a continuing good health on their special day can give them hope and help them feel better.

Keep in touch with them with some of these comforting wishes and make them feel loved and cared for.

General Birthday Wishes

For someone diagnosed with cancer

  • I wish you more birthdays to come and good health always.
  • Here’s wishing you the happiest of birthdays and strength to endure the pain.
  • Here’s wishing you good health on your birthday.
  • Sending prayers for a miraculous healing as we remember your special day.
  • Thinking about you and your special day. Happy birthday!
  • As we mark your birthday, may you be healed from the illness and recover fast!
  • Happy birthday, may you get better soon!
  • May God take away your pain and make you feel better soon!
  • On your birthday, I’m sending prayers for a quick healing.
  • I’m praying for a fast recovery and for continuing good health. Happy birthday!
  • Today as we remember your day, may you start enjoying good health again!
  • I’m sending get better soon wishes to brighten your day.
  • I hope this birthday wish make you feel better quickly.
  • I pray each day brings healing as you add another year.
  • As you grow older, I wish you a bearable treatment and a speedy recovery.

Do you think prayers for healing are good birthday gift ideas for someone diagnosed with cancer?

Sample Birthday Wishes for a Cancer Patient

Below you will find some ideas on what to write in a birthday card for someone diagnosed with cancer. They are meant to inspire your card or note’s wording:

  • I wanted you to know how much I love and care about you. Please don’t get discouraged, you’re always in our thoughts and prayers. You’ll overcome this horrible time and feel better soon. Happy birthday to someone I love so dearly!
  • On your birthday, I wish you a speedy healing that does not leave behind any illness whatsoever. Never give up, you’ll win the battle.
  • Today, I wish you fast healing, many more birthdays, happiness, and good health to enjoy the rest of your life.
  • I wish I could help you regain your full strength back. However, my prayers for fast healing are with you. I love you. Happy birthday!
  • The result of your cancer diagnosis does not mean you are hopeless, have hope and courage that you will soon get better. My thoughts and prayers are with you always. As you add yet another year today, I wish you many more blissful birthdays and a robust good health.
  • Happy birthday to my best friend, may you have many more years of good health to spend with us on earth and I pray God give you the strength and courage to continue with the treatment and feel better soon.
  • Despite your health challenges, you are still steadfast in faith. I’m so happy that you’re responding positively to the cancer therapy. May you be healed completely and get better soon. Happy birthday!
  • You are my pride, and you’re always in my thoughts and prayers for a speedy recovery. Happy birthday to someone I’m missing so much!

When trouble comes, focus on God’s ability to care for you.

— Charles Stanley

  • I’m so sorry to hear about your ill health. I hope that the therapy sessions are giving you relief from the pain and making it easier to get better soon. I miss you. Happy birthday!
  • I just wanted to let you know how much you mean to me and to tell you that you should never give up for the cancer. On your birthday, I pray for your healing, happiness, and for a speedy recovery.
  • Don’t see this tough time you’re experiencing as if it is the end of life. I know people who survived this terrible illness, and they’re now living very healthy. You too can make it, but all you need now is positive attitude towards yourself. Happy birthday. I wish to see you get better soon!
  • On your birthday, I pray you enjoy good health again, happiness in life, and strength to continue with your wonderful role in my life.
  • Missing someone who is hospitalized on birthday. I’m praying you feel better soon and for a continuing good health. Happy birthday to my best friend!
  • I hope the treatment is bearable and you’re getting better. Here’s wishing you good health on your birthday and many more birthdays to come.
  • Being hospitalized is not a barrier for me to express how special you are to me. Happy birthday. May you be cured from all diseases and be healthy again to do what you love to do best!
  • Breast cancer doesn’t really matter if we truly love each other. I’m thinking about you during this tough time, and I will remain by your side till death do us part. On your birthday, I’m sending prayers for miraculous healing your way.
  • I know how painful it is not standing by my side to celebrate your birthday. May you have the strength and courage to bear the treatment! Happy birthday!
  • I wish you well and hope to see you come back hale and hearty.
  • We hope to see you bounce back to your normal healthy lifestyle after going through chemotherapy. On your birthday, we wish you good health and happiness to enjoy your life.
  • Warmest happy birthday greetings to you. May you find the treatment bearable and come back healthy and strong ever than before.
  • I’m sending these birthday message and well wishes to help brighten your day, renew your hope of healing, and to lift your spirit that you can win the battle over this horrible disease. This is how much I care. Happy birthday!

I’m thankful for my struggle because without it I wouldn’t have stumbled across my strength.

— Alex Elle

Religious Birthday Wishes

  • May God the giver of life take care of you, heal you from any sickness, and grant you good health and happiness in life. Happy birthday to my sweetheart!
  • May God the most merciful give your body strength to win the battle over breast cancer, make you feel better soon as you grow older today, and make the path of healing easier for you.
  • As we mark your special day today, may God remove the pains you are feeling, cure you from the illness, and give you a speedy recovery so that you may live the rest of your life glorifying His holy names.
  • The cancer endangering your life will never be victorious. May God give you peace of mind, comfort, happiness, courage, and strength to endure the pains! Here’s wishing you more birthdays to come and good health.
  • We are praying for a speedy recovery and for continuing good health as we mark your birthday. May the light of God shine upon you and heal you without leaving behind any illness.
  • Congratulations as you mark your birthday. Your next birthday will be much fantastic than you’re having today because you would have recovered fully from the illness. Happy birthday!
  • At , life is just beginning. Happy birthday to someone who fought and won the battle over cancer. Here’s wishing you a speedy recovery and continuing good health.
  • Today, there is nothing much better than glorifying God holy names for making it easier for you to survive the illness. Happy birthday!
  • I hope these best wishes meet you well. I look forward to celebrating your next birthday with you. Here’s wishing you many more birthdays to come and a robust sound health.
  • May you be blessed with good health, happiness, and long life as you celebrate your special day!
  • I’m so happy to hear that you’ve been discharged from hospital. I’m sending wishes for a speedy recovery and for continuing sound health. Happy birthday!
  • Thank God for keeping you alive to witness your birthday. Here’s wishing you many more years of good health, lots of love, and happiness.

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© 2017 Oyewole Folarin

prayer for someone going through a difficult time

When someone close to you is going through a difficult time, as we all will at some point in our lives, you want to support them and help them see that things will get better.

We all go through challenging times and experience ups and downs. Most of us can cope with one thing going wrong in our life, but with two or three things go wrong at once, it can be harder to cope.

The difficult periods of our lives is what shapes us and help us to grow, and then move on to bigger and better things. You don’t develop strength and backbone sitting at home watching Netflix.

Below is a top ten list of great things to say to inspire and lift someone up.

Ten kind things to say to someone going through a hard time

  1. Hardships often prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny.
  2. Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over it became a butterfly.
  3. Even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise.
  4. Not to spoil the ending for you but everything is going to be OK.
  5. If God brings you to it, he will bring you through it.
  6. When shit happens, turn it into fertilizer!
  7. Sometimes when things are falling apart they may actually be falling into place.
  8. Life is like a roller coaster, you can either scream every time there is a bump or you can throw your hands up and enjoy the ride.
  9. If we all threw our problem in a pile and we saw everyone else’s, we’d grab ours back.
  10. God only gives you what you can handle. Apparently, he thinks you’re a bad ass.

Via A – Z Quotes

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Got any comments, questions or tips for helping someone going through a challenging time? Share them in the comments below.

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