Category Archives: single mothers

The Warmest Gift

As a veteran widow, I thought weepy moments during church services were behind me. But during the recent Christmas program, I wiped my eyes often. It was time to draw upon the lesson I learned years ago. The first Christmas … Continue reading

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“You Good Mama”

“You Good Mama” This morning, Hebrews 3:13 reminded me of a stranger’s encouragement years ago: “But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today.” My then-young children and I were on a church tour with a group … Continue reading

Posted in appreciation, encouragement, self-esteem, single mothers | 8 Comments

“Don’t Quit Now!”

Ever have days when your to-do list is too long? Or feel as though personal creativity is a memory? That’s where I was a while ago with my latest deadline. But this time before I gave up—-or reached for the … Continue reading

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Time for Action

Have you ever needed to make a change? If so, I understand. Years ago, I waited for God to give me a new job. I wanted my two-minute prayer to be followed by a phone call with a wonderful offer. … Continue reading

Posted in lepers, Matthew 7:7, perseverance, prayer, single mothers, single parenting, unemployment | 2 Comments

On Tough Days, Focus on the Blessings

Does February 5 hold special meaning for you? For me, it marks the day decades ago when I stepped into marriage. My husband, Don, and I were filled with youthful energy and bright dreams. Additionally, we had deep faith, college … Continue reading

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The Single-Parent Family: Still a Family

My daughter, Holly, was in third grade when she came home one day in tears. The class room mother had handed out directions to an event and said, “Take these home to your families.” Then undoubtedly remembering that Holly’s dad … Continue reading

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Would You Really Want to Be 30 Again?

Recently, over coffee, friends and I discussed our being of a certain age in this youth-oriented society. Soon the invariable question came: Would we really want to be 30 again? Amazingly, none of us wanted to go back in time. … Continue reading

Posted in aging, regrets, single mothers, single parenting | 5 Comments