Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Family on Purpose {the single parent}

I’ve been talking a lot about this family thing from the perspective of a two parent household; dad, mom, and kids. But I know that there are many single parent homes out there. It's not just not being married that makes one a single, sometimes there's a spiritual singleness. Sometimes God loving moms and dads are their children’s sole spiritual support, even when there’s another parent around.

I’ve never parented from that place, but I know that many have and are. And we’d be remiss to leave the single parents out of the discussion. So I asked a friend to share her perspective. Here’s what she has to say, in her own words:

"I suppose for me it all comes down to having Jesus as my backup as a parent.  When I am not available for my son I have asked him to rely on Jesus for comfort and counsel.  I believe raising a child to love God and love people is a choice.  I chose to bring my son to church every Sunday because I wanted him to be surrounded by an environment that taught morals, values, and spirituality.  When my son was dedicated to God I realized that maybe I wasn't a single mother after all; the church prayed and pledged to help me raise him.  I think at that point I realized God is not just working from some big office above the earth called Heaven; I realized that heaven is indeed alive on earth and working through people with the help of the Holy Spirit and an army of Angels.  I could go on and on about how God has provided as my husband and a father to my son.  I was a raised by a single mother; she brought me to church too.  It was my mother's prayers and my son that led me back to Christ.  I want my son to have a foundation in Christ; because as Proverbs 22:6 states "even when he is old he will not depart from it."   

This is day 29, catch up here.

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