SHEPHERD TO SHEEP
(Isa 54:6) For the Lord has called you like a woman forsaken and grieved in spirit, like a youthful wife when you were refused,” says your God.
There is no job more difficult than being a single mom. You typically have to juggle between parenting and employment and so often without the father’s support. And when extended family and friends are thin then what can you do but feel like your living life on a razor’s edge constantly. You need hope from God’s Word that will encourage you. You also need validation that your task is not only challenging but vital and indispensable.
Single moms need support like no other. Some are more set up than others. They have child support and a great network of family, friends, and church family. Others feel all alone. Their husband is non-supportive and non-involved. At any rate you need to know that the Lord is with you and has your complete interest at heart. He wants to take care of you and provide for you. If you give Him a chance He will show you His tender love and mighty power in such special ways that others will never know. Here are some scriptures to encourage you:
(Heb 13:5)…“I will never leave you nor forsake you.”…(Isa 54:5) For your Maker is your husband…(Isa 40:11) He will feed His flock like a shepherd; He will gather the lambs with His arm, and carry them in His bosom, and gently lead those who are with young.
God wants to be a Father to your children. When they have no dad to lean on the fatherhood of God will be there for them. Just as God comforts your heart and fills your lonely times with His presence, so the Lord will watch over and protect and guide your children. He will provide for their safety, security, and their future. Your family will lean on God and become strong and resilient. You will be no worse for the wear. Your kids will be ready for difficulties ahead because they went through hard times that prepared them for adulthood. Instead of being entitled they will be thankful for the blessings they have. They won’t become bitter because you have shown them how to move on from the past and trust the Lord for a brighter future.
I hope you have a supportive church you attend. It is there that the community of faith will be a source of strength for you. You will have others to build into your life. A woman’s group would be helpful where you can talk and pray with godly and compassionate Christian women. Getting involved in the church will be beneficial. Your kids will enjoy the children’s ministry and your teens will have a positive peer group in the Youth Group.
And if you choose to date and/or be involved in a relationship, then make sure it’s a godly man who knows your present limitations and the challenges that lay ahead if you remarry. No one has to tell you that your kids come first.