Sunday, May 13, 2012

Mother’s Day Encouragement for Single Moms

With all this going for us, my dear, dear friends, stand your ground. And don’t hold back. Throw yourselves into the work of the Master, confident that nothing you do for him is a waste of time or effort. (1 Corinthians 15:58. The Message.)

Happy Mother’s Day!

I don’t think a parent will ever have a more impactful job than raising children to know God and enjoy him forever. Kids like that grow up and change the world.

If you’re alone this Mother’s Day, remember that God sees you. He notices the unseen sacrifices you make each day. He covers your mistakes and applauds your successes. He understands your situation, with all its impossibilities and unique factors, both positive and negative. Everything you do for your children will be rewarded.

The Bible tells about a widow with two young sons (see 2 Kings 4:1-7). Her husband had died with unpaid debts, and now the creditors planned to take her children as payment. With only a little oil in the house, she was at the end of her resources.

Elisha the prophet instructed her to send her boys to the neighbors’ homes, asking for many empty jars. Next, they were go into their home and shut their door. Here, away from watching eyes, the widow poured her remaining oil into these jars, filling them all! By selling the oil, she was able to pay off the debts.

As we quietly pour ourselves into the ministry of motherhood, unobserved, we can trust God to meet our needs. Best of all, our children develop a real relationship with God as they experience his faithfulness up close and personal.

Do you have a story showing God’s faithfulness? Feel free to comment!


  1. Beautiful post! I shared it on Twitter.

  2. Thank you! This is the perfect companion for my blog post today. I had never heard that particular Bible story before and I love it.

  3. How very encouraging! Lovely post. Your children are truly blessed.

  4. wonderful words and things to live by. It was lovely and definitely made me feel at ease and comforted. I have a wonderful family but I too thought a lot about those who were lonely yesterday. take care.

  5. How beautiful! In our home we celebrate Mother's Day even for those women who strive to be mother's but have not yet had the opportunity to have children. Motherhood is such a divine calling and I cherish each moment! Thank you for your beautiful words!

  6. What a lovely post...and very encouraging! Thank you so much for sharing!

  7. thank you for this post. it is so true, and exactly what i needed to hear.

  8. Lovely post. I was just visiting my friend today--a mother of 4, who is absolutely exhausted, and feels guilty admitting it. It truly is a challenging job and just so important!