To Single-Parent Moms

I teach a lot about families, parenting and, perhaps most of all, fathering.

I believe deeply in the powerful and pivotal role of a husband and dad in relation to wives, moms and children. Maybe because involved and engaged dads are a dying breed.

So where does that leave single-parent moms? Those women who have been divorced by their husbands, abandoned, betrayed, abused or tragically widowed... and, as a result, are left to raise children on their own?

They are the heroes.

And they are in very good company.

After Jesus was born his parents took him to Jerusalem at about the age of 6-weeks to be dedicated. While they were there, the Holy Spirit came upon a man named Simeon, who then offered some very disquieting words to Mary, the mother of Jesus:

This child is destined to cause many in Israel to fall, but he will be a joy to many others. He has been sent as a sign from God, but many will oppose him. As a result, the deepest thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. And a sword will pierce your very soul. (Luke 2:34-35, NLT)

And the first sword through her soul would come quickly. Click here to continue reading this post and to view the blog archive.

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Deciding

You're talking to your son and realize you just said that annoying thing your mom always said to you as a child.

When thinking about getting married, fear paralyzes you because you see how your parents ended up.

The words spoken to you as a child continue to echo through your spirit, affecting your self-esteem and relationships with others.

The dark, unspoken abuse, the pain of abandonment, the substance abuse...

The Bible speaks about the "sins of the fathers" being visited upon their children. What has our family of origin done to us? Are we doomed to repeat those same "sins?" How can we break generational patterns of dysfunction? James Emery White will help us process this pivotal dynamic so decisive to healthy, whole lives.

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