Everything in my life has been preparing me for this moment. The moment of being a single parent, and relying on God for everything. This isn’t something I asked for, but it’s what I’ve been preparing for since I was a kid. I didn’t even realize it.
When I was seven, my mom was severely ill. She was in the hospital for 7 months. My dad, essentially, was a single parent working a full time job, relying on God for healing for his wife, and relying on the help of others to help raise his kids. Countless times my sister and I were shuffled from house to house, or came home to my Grandparents and no dad or mom. Not once did I think my dad or mom were bad parents. I knew they were doing the best they could with the hand they had been dealt and I was grateful for everything they did for us. I pray every day that my kids know I’m doing the best I can with the hand I’ve been dealt.
When I was married my husband was very adventurous in his career. Many times he would throw caution to the wind and spend thousands of dollars on flipping a property. Going through that with him has pushed me to be more daring in my own career. Every single day we had food on our plates, our bills were paid and things worked out. I needed to be taught that, because now I’m venturing to make my home business my ONLY business. I’m trusting God to provide for me, and I know that He will. It says in Philippians 4:19 “And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.” This venture will be difficult, I know, but just a few verses above this one, the bible says “I can do all this through Him who gives me strength.” (Philippians 4:13) I was specially told by God to do this venture, so to disobey would be more detrimental. But this doesn’t stop me from worrying that I’ll fail. I know that God told me to do this, I know he will provide for me, but I don’t want to fail Him. I want to be diligent in every task He gives me, and I’m nervous.
My ex-husband also taught me to be generous. He, at one time, was the most generous person I knew. He would give, even when it hurt. I used to be so stingy with our money. But he knew that God gave us this money and would give us more. No sense being stingy with it. Because of this I was able to learn to give till it hurts. Which as a single parent that’s what you do, you give and you give and you give till it hurts. Sometimes you give so much to your little ones, there is nothing left for yourself. But that’s what God did for us. Jesus came and gave his life, so that we could spend eternity with Him. He gave until it hurt and He’s teaching me every day what it’s like to do this.
Being a single parent isn’t what I signed up for and it’s not something I want to do forever. I hope and pray I will be married again and my husband will love me and my kids like his own. I hope that someday this dream will come to be. But for now, I was meant to be a single parent. God has been preparing me for this, so He must think I can do it. I will do this task the best I can, until He sees it fit to move me from this role. I just hope I can fulfill it with a worthy grateful, adventurous, giving heart.
God has been preparing you for your moment too. Whether it's a single mom like me, or a single dad fighting for custody of his kids, or a stay-at-home parent, or just being single in a world of married people. God has been preparing you for this moment. Look back and be grateful for where He has brought you, and you will see you were made for this moment! You can do this!