Monday, April 14, 2014

When You Reach the End

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I didn’t resent the pastor’s parking space close to the church door. Goodness knows, pastors work hard enough. They deserve a lot more than a parking spot.


Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Is Following My Heart the Right Decision?

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I’ve been busy lately; two of my teens were involved with a production of The Sound of Music. It was fabulous! If you want your kids involved in a wholesome, character-developing, confidence-building theater company, look for a Christian Youth Theater chapter in your area.

If you want to write blog posts consistently, run far away!

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In my 20’s, I cleaned houses for a year. I once cleaned an enormous mansion in an exclusive California neighborhood.

When I arrived, a petite, attractive English woman in her 40’s was draining water from a king-sized water bed. Her teenage daughter stuffed piles of belongings into one of many boxes.

As I grabbed a broom to help, a man of about 23 entered the room and began moving boxes.

He was, the woman explained, her boyfriend.


Monday, March 10, 2014

Book Review: The Miracle of Us

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When I heard Laura Bennet describe her self-published book at a writers’ lunch, I had to ask for a copy. Who doesn’t want to read about a Heaven-made romance with a happy ending?


Wednesday, March 5, 2014

How to Trust God with Single Parent Fears

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Trusting God is the tipping point between hope and despair.

On Sunday, I attended a single parents’ group at my church. It was refreshing to remember I’m not the only one dealing with single parent stress. Collectively, we had a lot to pray about.


Saturday, March 1, 2014

Resilient Faith

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I read a devotional this morning bya woman who planted seeds in a shaded, dry corner. To everyone’s surprise, the seeds took root and grew into robust plants. The writer made the beautiful point that God can use our faith to produce good fruit in the harshest situations.
I used to hear a popular line delivered to anxious moms or dads who were facing divorce:
Kids are resilient.
In other words, relax. Your kid can handle divorce. He’s resilient, ya know?
Turns out that’s an oversimplification. In The UnexpectedLegacy of Divorce, Judith Wallerstein discusses her discovery that some children are more resilient than others. Personality, health issues, and other factors all play a role in a child’s adaptation to divorce. “For every Little Engine That Could there is a Little Engine That Couldn’t,” states Wallerstein (p.266).
Divorce territory is a harsh environment for the seed of faith. But faith was made for impossibilities. “Faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see,” asserts Hebrews 11:1 (NIV). Through faith, divorced or otherwise single moms can press on, confident that God will honor our efforts to raise healed and confident kids who “glorify him and enjoy him forever” (Westminster Catechism). Consistent prayer and perseverance, by faith, will produce a harvest in our children’s lives.
My faith is bolstered each week at church. The spiritual “meal” of hope from God’s word supplies the strength I need to raise my kids alone.

Tomorrow’s Sunday. See you at church!




Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Believe in Me, Mom

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Standing in line at a store once, I watched a mom grab her pre-teen son by the collar. “You are constantly driving me nuts!” she seethed. The boy shrugged and studied his feet, obviously humiliated.

I hadn’t noticed what he’d done. Maybe he was deliberately provoking her. Maybe he wasn’t paying attention. Maybe he was a criminal in the making.

That seemed to be his mom’s opinion.


Friday, February 14, 2014

Love and the Inner Single Mom

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

A while back, I heard a single mom say, “If you feel loved, you can face anything.”