Single Moms: Meet Your Champion
- Wednesday, March 15, 2006
Editor's Note: This is Part II in a two-part series. Read Part I here.
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 yet to discover the true champion Who resides within you: "In all things we are more than conqueror’s through him who loves us" (Romans 8:37). With Christ, you are now on the road to victory, not victimhood. With hope in God, you can have victory over every situation—yes, even divorce and single parenting.
You are the leader of your home now and as daunting as that role may seem, God has equipped you to fulfill that responsibility. He wants to give you a "can do attitude" and a clear direction of what to do and how to do it.
When you focus on God and what you can do through Him, things really start to happen. You will feel alive, renewed and refreshed, for you know that you can do all things through Christ who strengthens you (Philippians 4:13). Your priorities will be different and you will be able to bring order into the chaos of your life. I know because that’s what happened to me.
God’s Word tells us that he has a plan for us. It also says, "Whatever things are true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things" (Philippians 4:8). I decided to put those words into practice, and to ask God to reveal his plan for me each day. Once I understood what God wanted me to do each day, I was able to discipline myself to accomplish those tasks for my children, my home, and myself. I no longer found find myself staring into space or letting my mind wander about how I was going to do it all. I learned to live in the present. As a result, I worked effectively and produced results.
What God Wants for You
Even beyond accomplishing our daily tasks, God’s Word tells us that he wants us to be healthy in all areas of our lives. It says, "I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well" (John 3:2). Sometimes this doesn't take the form of what we consider to be earthly success, but know that God is with you and desires you to live a life of purpose and blessings. He wants you to be filled with Him and to experience all that He has planned for you, and to know that it is all good. He wants the fruit of the Holy Spirit--love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control-- to overflow from you and your children. "I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. (John 15:5)
He wants you to have time to spend with Him, your children and for yourself. He wants you to be able to get done all that needs to be done. He wants to be your provider and your protector. He wants to spend every minute of the day and night with you and to talk about every single detail of your day. He wants to be your husband and your children’s father. He wants you to be healthy, whole, complete, and fulfilled in Him and Him alone.
Most of all, dear single mom, He wants to love you like you have never been loved before. Even now He is saying to you:, "As the father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love" (John 15:9) He wants you to know the treasure of his death on the cross for you.
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