I can’t imagine what it would be like to be a single mother. I often think about a few single moms that I know, and I’m amazed at the things they get done. They work, they go to school, they provide for their family, they take their kids to church and baseball games, they do all the housework and they give everyone baths. Plus all the million other things that I didn’t list. I have so much respect for the women that take great care of their children all alone.
When I try to put myself in their place and think about all the things they deal with everyday I feel overwhelmed. It seems like a never ending job. I don’t want this whole thing to be depressing. I’ve also had the great pleasure to watch the Lord take special care of them. They get unexpected financial blessings, homes provided for them and EVENTUALLY great husbands. My sister in law was a single mom for a long time. She juggled work and school for a long time. She was able to finish her Master’s degree at HSU. I was so proud of her for continuing her education to support her daughters. She did end up getting married to a man that had enough money to take great care of her kids. They actually were very surprised when they found out that she was pregnant at the age of 39! When she was single I saw cars given to her, money was given to her at just the right time, and people would pay for her daughter’s Christmas gifts or school clothes. She was taken care of by the Lord.
I believe the Lord’s heart is tender towards single Mom’s. Of course I’m sure his heart is tender to single Dad’s as well. I just don’t know any. When I’m reading the bible and it’s talking about taking care of the widows and orphans I always substitute single moms and their children into the verse. I don’t know many orphans or widows, but I think the principle is the same.
I just wanted to say to the single moms that I know I’m proud of you. I see your hard work, your long days, your often thankless position and I admire your commitment to take care of your children and to love your God the way you do. I know the Lord is going to be close to you and meet all your needs. His plans for you are good and not evil. His plans are to prosper you and not harm you. May each of you be refreshed daily as you pour yourself out on your children. I watch you and I’m amazed!