A few nights ago one of our friends was kind enough to come over to the house while my husband would be on watch. While the whole point of the friend coming over was for me, thinking upon it, I think it was more of a benefit for her, but also for me.
Though our journeys in life and where we are now are vastly different we seem to have some of the same problems (Loneliness, Abandonment, Low Self-Confidence in some respects). What made it different was while I have been able to overcome more of my issues, she is trying to find ways of overcoming them.
I have never been great when it came to giving advice or even helping someone (in my opinion), when the conversation became as such I made a tiny prayer. I asked the Holy Spirit to help me speak gently and firmly. Constantly I worried that every time I spoke that I was being rude. (I have been told by my own family that I tend to push my opinions or to them I show too much of my faith in my words, which I could never understand.) But, as I spoke I noticed something of how far I had come and how I needed to thank God more for the path I have been walking towards Him.
I will never know if my words truly helped and will help our friend for the future, but I hope she knows that I pray for her.