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“First seek the counsel of the Lord.”
(1 Kings 22:5)
She denied that her husband had shut himself off from her. Maybe he was just angry about something. Surely he would get over it. In truth, he had never been open with his feelings. Then, a week before their oldest child’s tenth birthday, he announced, “I’m just not happy.… I need to get away and find myself.” Within days, he had packed his clothes and left. This wife and mother felt devastated, yet she still held out hope that he would return and no one would ever know. She told no one although she tried to explain his absence to the older two children. The baby wouldn’t understand. Fear gripped her heart as she gradually faced the possibility that he would never come back home … then she cried out, “Oh, God, I can’t do this alone!” In this true scenario, the crisis led her to accept Christ as her Savior. That is when she experienced the Lord saying to her, “Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10
Who Is a Single Parent?
A single parent is an adult who has custody of at least one child and manages the family without a marriage partner.
—understandably the most difficult role on earth! What single parent has not brooded over these thoughts:
The Bible says help is near. The Lord will be your constant help when you need to be upheld. God desires to give you hope as you face life challenges, problems and difficult trials. The good news for us, God specializes in redemption and transformation. He takes that which was lost and restores it. He takes that which was dead and gives it life. He takes that which had no hope and rewrites its story. This is our God! As you pray today, ask God boldly to transform the thing inside you that you want to see changed forever!
Although you may think you have taken on more trouble than you can bear, Jesus said,
“In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
“Did you receive the Spirit by observing the law, or by believing what you heard? Are you so foolish? After beginning with the Spirit, are you now trying to attain your goal by human effort?”
For the Single Mother
“You, God, see the trouble of the afflicted; you consider their grief and take it in hand. The victims commit themselves to you; you are the helper of the fatherless.”
For the Single Father
“Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you! See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are ever before me.”
“Because you are my help, I sing in the shadow of your wings. My soul clings to you; your right hand upholds me.”
Psalm 145:8–9, 13–20