Make God the Ultimate Parent – Part I Tips for Single Moms

Prior to my single parenthood, I, like many Christians, had a casual relationship with God. I faithfully attended church on Sundays and prayed when I needed something from Him. My most intimate moments with Him were those when I needed a miracle. I considered myself fairly independent and self-sufficient economically, psychologically, emotionally, and physically. Most of the time, I depended on my own intellectual abilities and feelings to achieve goals and resolve problems.

However, finding myself alone in an unfamiliar city with two young sons, no car, job, or family, I desperately turned back to the God who (I had realized as a child growing up) had been the source of guidance for my mother and grandmother. Knowing that He had been faithful to them, I made a decision to depend on Him. I committed myself to trusting Him to lead, guide, and direct me – to help me make godly decisions for my sons and myself. Proverbs 28:25 (NIV) says,

 “…but those who trusts in the Lord will prosper.”

Today, I am a single parent who successfully raised two children that now call me blessed, because I dared to have faith in God. I had to realize that He is the ultimate parent, and I had to make Him my Supreme Lord and Savior. As a result of this decision and because of the blessings and successes I experienced while raising my sons, I will share with you (over the next couple weeks) the following guidelines for making God the Ultimate Parent in your home.

#1 – “Cast your cares on the Lord and He will sustain you; He will never let the righteous be

shaken” (Psalm 55:22 NIV).

Begin by allowing God to walk with you in your season of adjustment to the challenges of single parenthood. He is our Abba Father, or Daddy Father. Lean on Him. He has broad shoulders. Allow him to love you and to heal your brokenness, rejection, shame, guilt, self-condemnation, self-pity, or grief that might be hindering you. Being broken before Him is a privilege; it rids you of excessive weight that shackles or restrains you. God desires to restore those things that you have lost. He desires that you are whole in your spirit, soul, and body. “The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; He delivers them from all their troubles. The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit” (Psalm 34:17-18 NIV).

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Comments

  1. This was such a refreshing and reassuring article to me at the end of an extremely busy week. As a single mom, I am learning how to depend on God for everything, and he has been faithful to me. I have found him to be my protector, my provider, my companion, and the ultimate parent both to me and to my son. I love him so much!

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