To all of my beautiful single parents out there—you are doing an amazing job; we are doing an amazing job. In preparing this article, there was no better way to start than with words of encouragement because single parenting is never easy. I was once there! Whether this journey was chosen or tossed upon us like a storm in the night, we are here. At first, unsure of how we could survive this storm, then, in our weakness, finding the Lord’s strength to begin thriving through the storm, no longer just surviving.
The reality is that regardless of our environment, our purpose never ceases to exist. You still have a purpose regardless of what actions were taken against you or around you. Though we may be weary, we are purposed. For me, becoming a single mom was unexpected and my thoughts were no longer about how I can succeed in my career as an entrepreneur and community leader but now how I would have to get into a 9-5 and lose precious time with my 3 kids. For a moment, I had given up on my passions, let go of any idea to succeed in my calling and fully clothe myself as a single struggling woman.
As time went on, I drew closer to the Lord. I became vulnerable to Him, re-strengthened by Him, provided for through Him, found grace in Him, received life daily from Him. The scripture given to me was Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
This word is for you, for me, for us. If at one point you allowed yourself to believe your purpose had come to an end because your planned life had taken a detour…stop. According to the Single Mother’s Guide research, “In the United States, in 2014, 83% (9,929,000) of single parenting was headed by mothers whereas 17% (1,945,000) were headed by fathers.” Imagine if all of these single parents gave up on the passions instilled into them from God.
“We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose. “ (Romans 8:28)
Whether you’re a single parent or not, we all hit challenging times. What verses, songs and rituals help you remember to focus on who is walking with you? Share them below and encourage each other!