“Where a problem presents itself, God has already provided a solution” – Pastor Henry Tolbert
In my Christian walk, I like to believe that my faith has played a vital part in my daughter and I making it these past three years. Honestly, as Christian, single mothers, I think it is well needed in helping us raise our child(ren). Without faith and prayer, we tend to conform to parent the way the world says or even make irrational decisions.
I dare not sugar coat the many issues I encounter as a single parent. Stating the obvious, I have no man. LOL. Which means it seems as if I don’t have any “earthly” protection. That also implies that I only have one source of income! I can’t afford to miss work. Food: I will boldly state that I use Food Stamps. (Praise God that I am reaching a point in my life where I won’t NEED it any more!) Childcare: I used Childcare Assistance and WIC until I could afford it on my own. Basically saying, don’t be afraid to apply for assistance! That is what it is there for! To assist. On the other hand, I am constantly reminded of how careless my actions were at one point in my life. My carelessness though, allowed FAITH to take stand. And thank God that He is faithful to His Word.
I have often worried about how my bills would be paid month-after-month. Being in school, I’ve taken out loans to help with my major bills such as rent, car note, etc. But I have to pay those back eventually. I could only work so much, at one point, because my daughter was younger and we all know children are prone to sickness those first two years. The list could go on about the things I had to take into consideration. I’m grateful that God doesn’t care about that. He cares about my faith. My faith allows Him to take care of “my cares” (1 Peter 5:7). He knows I have to live and provide a nest for Abrielle. He wants to know how my FAITH in Him is set up.
My most current situation with God making a way out of no way was Him providing a way for me to pay Abrielle’s daycare tuition. From the beginning, I wanted to place my daughter in a good school. I found one. Like I stated earlier I went from childcare assistance to paying it out of pocket. Seeing as she’s in a Christian private school, it is very pricy. Especially as she gets older. A few months (Mar./Apr. 2014) ago I sat down with my boyfriend, at the time, to discuss the situation. He was one that “desired” to help. So we made a deal that he would help me pay half of the price that I had to pay by this August 2014. All the while, I still prayed for God to have His way. After telling her school’s director about my concerns, I continued to pray. Two months passed (May 2014) and her school director called me. She told me she had come up with a solution and it was exactly what I needed to make sure Abrielle would be in that school this coming up August. Let’s just say, the price dropped and we were able to spend more time together as a result! Then a few weeks after I had received that phone call, my boyfriend broke up with me [due to some issues we were having]. Needless to say, God had already made a way! (That’ll be our secret!)
God has been really good to us, so it makes it hard to put ALL my trust in people. Time after time, I have been let down by people who said they could or would help us out. After-while, I realized circumstances happen to people just like they happen to me. Therefore, I had to put my trust in a higher power. A power that is faithful. A power that gladly gives wanting to be known as my Provider. God has shown up for Abrielle and I in miraculous ways. Nowadays, I can’t just surrender His role to provide for us to someone else.
My prayer for us, single mothers, is that we will experience God in miraculous ways for ourselves. Not saying that we can’t allow people to help us. We just have to declare by faith that if they help us it is because God made a way. God is more than capable to turn our situation around if we trust Him to do what His Word says!
Put Him to the test and watch what He does (Malachi 3:10)!!! ❤
Matthew 17:20 – “…Jesus told them. “I tell you the truth, if you had faith even as small as a mustard seed, you could say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it would move. Nothing would be impossible.”
2 Corinthians 5:7 – “For we live by believing and not by seeing.” NLT
Hebrews 11:16 – “And it is impossible to please God without faith…” NLT