When I heard those words, I knew that I could do this. I knew that with strength from God, I could move on and take care of what I needed to do for my son and myself. All I had to do was look to God; He already knew my future and what He wanted for my life. My life had already been mapped out. All I had to do was ask Him to lead me to the next step of what He wanted, which I was certain now was an amazing, glorious future.

What happened after that night? I am happy to tell you that I can now say with Paul, "I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ" (Philippians 3:14). My life as a single mom has purpose and meaning, focus and order, balance and harmony. Ever since that night five years ago, I have been seeking God’s plan and will for my life instead of focusing on my current situation. This change of focus has transformed my perspective on life. I have learned that there is something more to life than our temporal situation. Oh, I still have the same responsibilities and I’m still a single mom, but I’m no longer burdened by all that I have to do and the situations I have to face. I now know that I have already been equipped to do what needs to be done. "His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness" (2 Peter 1:3)

We Have an Enemy

My dear single mom, if you do not have hope for the future, if you don’t expect wonderful things for you and your children, you are being deceived. You have bought into the lie that you have nothing to live for. You have an enemy—Satan. God’s Word tells us: "For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms" (Ephesians 6:12). Your enemy does not want you or your children to have hope and experience God’s goodness. He does not want you to think you can do all that you have to do; he wants you to live in despair, frustration, and confusion.

As a single mom, you are a prime target for Satan. You are alone, frightened, exhausted, and overwhelmed. You are now the head of your home with children, and that is not a role that comes naturally. It is not part of your make-up as women. You are trying to fight, but you don’t really know what up against. You think you are battling your circumstances, but in reality you are battling the enemy.

Next week - Part II: Meeting Your Champion

Lori Little, A Woman By Design ministry's founder, is the former Director of John C. Maxwell's THRiVE!, Becoming A Woman Of Influence. A major focus of Lori's ministry is the Hope and Help for the Single Mom initiative.

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