Psalms 71:15 – “I will tell everyone about your righteousness. All day long I will proclaim your saving power, though I am not skilled with words.” NLT
I have reached a point in my life where being a single parent never felt any better! Of course to the natural eye my life looks insignificant, “messed up”, because I do not have a husband or a “contributing” co-parent…or DO I?!?!?!
For so long I have allowed embarrassment, doubt, and fear hold me back. I gave in to the enemy’s lies of my life being pointless because I did not meet the standards of the world, or even “the church”. I really attempted to convince myself that since I am a single MOTHER no one can or ever will be uplifted by the Spirit, GOD placed on the inside of me. I believed the script of my story disqualified me. Disqualified me from sharing God’s glory in this world, created by MY Creator!
Psalm 37:23 – “The steps of a good [wo]man are ordered by the lord.” KJV
My Creator, Who I have learned to be the Giver of grace. Who is the One that, I believe, sent His only begotten Son to die on a cross for my (our) sin and rise from the grave in order for me to be saved. As well as, see how much He loves me in-spite of my circumstance(s). And since I believe everything that He did for me; I had to ask myself: What are you afraid of? Why are you embarrassed? As a matter of fact, in the words of my First Lady, who told you to be afraid or embarrassed?
I John 4:4 – “…the Spirit who lives in you is greater than the spirit who lives in the world.” NLT
God clearly says in His Word, “…Be strong and courageous! Don’t be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord God is with you wherever you go.” [Joshua 1:9 NLT] Paul also says that, “God…has given us a Spirit of power, love, and self-discipline”. [2 Timothy 1:7 NLT] In other words, the lies I WAS accepting were not coming form MY Creator.
Therefore, I asked God to give me something to believe. Something that I could hold on to as it pertains to my life’s journey. I wanted to know from Him: How does He see me, my life? He directed me to Isaiah 54:5-6:
“For your Creator will be your husband; the Lord of Heaven’s Armies is His name! He is your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel, the God of all the earth. For the Lord has called you back from your grief – as though you were a young wife abandoned by her husband,” SAYS (emphasis added) your God.
He told me He would be my husband, He is my Redeemer and that He did not want me to grieve anymore! I am His, and He is mine. No more doubting and fear because of the criticism I have received. God REASSURED me that He has us, and I refuse to turn back now.
Has it been a challenge to move forward? Absolutely. But with God on our side every tear has been worth it. God has been everything we need and MUCH MUCH MORE!
In closing, I am super excited to share my journey with you. I believe God has called me to be transparent about the turning points, or events, I have encountered on this journey. Prepare yourself! LOL. My prayer is that you will be encouraged, inspired, strengthened, and even motivated to stay focused as you too, parent alone. ❤
Galatians 6:9 – “Don’t get tired of doing what is good. For at just the right time you will reap a harvest of blessing if you don’t give up.” NLT
Philippians 4:19 – ” And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from His glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.” NLT