What does verse 8 say that the enemy does? He prowls around like a roaring lion seeking someone to devour. What kind of food do you think a hungry, roaring lion looks for in the jungle? If you have ever watched any of those nature shows on TV, you will remember the scenes of lions chasing after prey -- they chase weak, young or straggling animals. They choose prey that is alone and not on the alert.

As a new single mom, I very much resembled the prey we see on TV. I was weak spiritually, emotionally, mentally and physically -- and I was all alone. That state, my dear single mom, is exactly where Satan wants you and where he does his best work!

Look what Peter says to do in the beginning of verse 8. He says be sober, be alert. This is a warning to watch out for Satan, especially during times of suffering.

A healthy single mom keeps her mind and body alert at all times. You cannot fill your mind with trashy TV shows and romance novels or wallow in your own troubles and circumstances. These behaviors will never lead to victory – and that is exactly Satan’s goal.

"Resist Satan, and be firm in your faith." Fill your head with the things of God, not trash. Trust God with your future; trust Him to lead you to better days. I look back on those early days, and I think God wanted to lock me up with a stack of books because I was dangerous to myself and my son. I was young in my faith and weak as a single mom. I was an open target for the enemy. I shudder to think of what our fragile little family life could have become if I had continued on that path.

But it’s not just new believers that need to be on the alert. Whether you have just found Christ or have known Him for years, seek Him with all your mind now because this is a critical point in your life. Don’t allow the suffering you are experiencing to lead you down the wrong path.

Proverbs 15:4 says; "The heart of him who has understanding seeks knowledge, but the mouth of fools feeds on foolishness.

Thank Goodness God cared enough about me and my son to send me to the Christian bookstore. He cares about you and your children so much too that He wants you to do the same. Guard your mind and fill it with the things of God.


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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