Encouraging the Encourager
Jennifer Maggio is considered a leading authority on single parents and womens issues. She is an award-winning author and speaker who draws from her own experiences through abuse, homelessness, and teen pregnancy to inspire audiences everywhere. She is founder of The Life of a Single Mom Ministries and writes for dozens of publications. She has been featured with hundreds of media outlets, including The 700 Club, Daystar Television, Moody Radio, Focus on the Family, and many more. For more information, visit thelifeofasinglemom.com.
- 2017 Nov 08
Do you ever feel like you never get any thanks for what you do? Do you feel like you are juggling 18 different balls, and you are doing your very best to keep them afloat, but fear that if just one thing – just one- goes wrong, all the balls are going to tumble down around you? If you are a mom, then the answer is yes. And if you are a mom AND lead in ministry in some capacity, the answer is double yes!
First, thank you. Thank you to all of you for answering the call of God on your life to minister to those around you -- whether it be babies or sisters or single moms or special needs or someone else. I know it isn’t easy to minister. I know there are days when you just want to give up or throw in the towel. There are many days when you likely feel that you don’t know what you are doing, wondering if you are doing it right, and feel like quitting. That is EXACTLY how Satan wants you to feel.
When I first stepped out to minister to single moms, I was so insecure and afraid that I could barely move. I felt that I didn’t know enough of the Bible. I feared they would ask me a question that I wasn’t sure about. Or that they may even judge me for my past! And I was supposed to be LEADING! It was awful. And I also didn’t feel like I had many people to talk to about those feelings since I didn’t know anyone else who was doing a single mom’s ministry.
That’s why it’s important for the encouragers in our body of Christ, our churches, to receive encouragement. The work you are doing is important. It is changing lives every single day. There are those in your life who may not commit suicide because you do what you do! There are some who make new friends because of your faithfulness. There will be some who will come to know the Lord more deeply, because you have carried the burden for them for years. Don’t give up! The list goes on and on and on of the impact you are making in other’s lives. And you may not truly ever know how much of an impact this side of heaven!
And even if you only impact one life for the next 10 years --- how valuable is a life?! To that one person, it saved them. It set them free. It gave them the ability to see God through your hands, your feet, your mouth. So be encouraged today that even if you never get a thank you, even if you never hear the end of the story, you are planting seeds and impacting lives.
Be aware that Satan’s ploy is to kill, steal, and destroy. It means he wants to kill your confidence, steal your joy, and destroy your desire to lead others in ministry. Always be aware. You may have a bitter mom who becomes critical of you. Maybe you have a pastor or accountability partner who says something a little too harsh to you, and you take it the wrong way and become defensive. You may get frustrated because volunteers who said they would help don’t show up. All of those things are tactics used by the enemy to kill, steal, and destroy. He wants you discouraged so that you quit. Why? So that single moms walk alone, and so that their children become a statistic, and so that you become helpless.
But greater is He that is in us than he that is in this world! Praise God! When it gets hard, and it WILL get hard…know that Jesus is near. Know that you are enduring for a reason. Know that a mom needs you to be strong so that she can be strong. You may never know how you’ve changed a life, but it doesn’t matter. Just do it anyway. Because one day, all will be revealed, and someone will surely thank you later!
Jennifer Maggio is an award-winning author and speaker, whose personal journey through homelessness, abuse, and multiple teen pregnancies is leaving audiences around the globe riveted. At 19, Maggio was pregnant for the fourth time, living in government housing on food stamps and welfare. She shares with great openness, her pain, mistakes, and journey to find hope in Christ. She ultimately became an 11-time Circle of Excellence winner in Corporate America. While a vocal advocate for abstinence, and sustaining today’s marriages, Maggio recognizes that single parenthood exists and is passionate about seeing these parents thrive. She left her corporate successes behind to launch a global initiative to see single moms living a life of total freedom from financial failures, parenting woes, and emotional issues. Her passion is contagious, and her story has been used to inspire thousands around the globe. Today, Jennifer works to ensure that no single mom walks alone as the founder of the national profit, The Life of a Single Mom. For more information and resources, visit the website HERE.