Seen: Hope & Healing for Single Moms {A Powerful New Bible Study- Just for Single Moms}

Seen: Hope & Healing for Single Moms {A Powerful New Bible Study- Just for Single Moms}

I don’t know about you but I have had a hard time finding Bible study materials for Christian single moms.

Sure, there are lots of inspirational books and devotionals for moms. And for women in general. But I have wanted to know more about God’s heart for me, in this particular season of my life – as a single mom.

So I dug into the Word – and girl, did He show me something amazing!

I know from talking with other single moms that many of us aren’t super comfortable with going straight to the Bible for answers. Maybe you don’t know what to look for or feel confused by what you’re reading. Wouldn’t it be great if someone could just point you in the right direction?

Sister, you’ve come to the right place.

I’d like to tell you about our new Bible study resource, just for single moms, called Seen: Hope & Healing for Single Moms.

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Co-Parenting with God: Family Matters Feature

Co-Parenting with God: Family Matters Feature

I’m a planner. I think by the time I was sixteen, I’d had the whole trajectory of my life planned out. Go to school, get a job, get married, have kids– anyone else like that?

Yeah, I see you…

But let’s just say life didn’t exactly go according to plan. I didn’t plan to end up getting divorced. And I definitely didn’t plan to end up a single parent.

Whether you’re a planner or not, most of us don’t have these things in mind when we get married and have children. But they happen. And if they do, it can be really difficult to wrap your mind around how you are going to do the job of two parents, when you are just one person.

Enter seemingly endless amounts of single parent guilt (like regular parent guilt, just on less sleep and more caffeine).

Sound familiar? We’re talking co-parenting on our latest guest post over on the Family Matters Blog. Check it out, and be encouraged that parenting on your own does not mean parenting alone.

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When Dad Disappoints: 5 Ways Single Moms Should Respond

When Dad Disappoints: 5 Ways Single Moms Should Respond

Kerry* is a working single mom of two kids, who often struggles with absenteeism when it comes to her ex-husband’s visitation with their children.

“He doesn’t stick to our regular schedule and changes plans a lot. Like last weekend he promised to be at my son’s karate tournament, but then canceled at the last minute without an explanation. To ‘make up for it’ he let them go nuts buying candy at the gas station, like it never happened. It crushes me to watch this happen over and over, but what can I do?”

Kerry’s not alone– more than 1 in 4 kids live in a home without their father. But an additional challenge exists for single mothers when a child’s father is “in the picture,” but provides inconsistent emotional and spiritual support.

Research shows that a father’s emotional unavailability is just as damaging as his physical unavailability, with a variety of longterm emotional and mental health consequences. Knowing this, what’s a single mother to do?

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Mother's Day for the Single Mom

Mother's Day for the Single Mom

I recently overheard a single mom talking to a friend of hers about Mother’s Day.

“I just hate that I have to make my own breakfast and buy my own gifts. It’s not supposed to be like this.”

I know it’s easy to be frustrated about Mother’s Day, especially if you focus on what you get or don’t get. Truth be told, there are a bunch of married mothers out there who will also be upset today about what they get or don’t get.

But the honor that comes from being a mom isn’t found in brunches. Your value isn’t declared in whether or not you get breakfast in bed or monogrammed gifts. Sure, I like cards and flowers as much as the next girl, but I’m overwhelmed with joy when I consider Mother’s Day as an opportunity to reflect on the beautiful ministry that motherhood is, and the honor God has bestowed upon me in it.

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Parenting Tips for Single Moms: 5 Easy Ways You Can Be More Effective

Parenting Tips for Single Moms: 5 Easy Ways You Can Be More Effective

Single mommin'. When it comes to parenting alone, it's hard to figure out what battles to pick, and even harder to determine just how to go about disciplining when you need to.

(Especially because the whole good cop/bad cop thing might not really be an option anymore.)

Disciplining solo might not be ideal, but when you realize that God Himself has called you to raise His kids, you can trust He will strengthen and equip you to do it when you seek His ways. After all, in 2 Corinthians 12:9, the Lord says, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness” (NLT).

Even your weak areas can’t stop God- in fact, that’s where He says He works best!

That being said, seeking to understand weaknesses in our parenting strategies can help reorient us to God’s way of doing things. In this post, we’ve got a list of 5 practical strategies you can easily implement (like today) to up your parenting game and grow great relationships with your kids in the process.

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Teaching Your Kids The Ten Commandments (In A Way They Won't See In Sunday School)

Teaching Your Kids The Ten Commandments (In A Way They Won't See In Sunday School)

Lately my son has been, shall we say "coloring outside the lines," when it comes to obedience (naturally) and I've struggled to figure out how to connect with him in a meaningful way on the subject. It's one thing as a parent to toot your own shofar and tell your kids that God says they have to obey you. Doesn't always work though (I mean in their minds, consider the source). But to teach your kid to actually open up the Word of God to learn the truth about something, that's the best way I've found to get the back up I need. Check out our notes on teaching your kid to really understand The Ten Commandments.

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Three Christian Parenting Books Every Mom Should Read

Three Christian Parenting Books Every Mom Should Read

Something about a marker wielding toddler makes you realize how truly unequipped you are for parenthood. Our oldest was two before I even thought of picking up a parenting book. Three parenting books totally changed the way I looked at my role as a mom and gave me some solid strategies to implement when it came to discipline and shepherding my kids' hearts. Read on to see our top picks!

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Avoiding the Mid-Summer Meltdown: ENJOY Having Your Kids Home This Summer

Avoiding the Mid-Summer Meltdown: ENJOY Having Your Kids Home This Summer

The relaxed nature of the summer can be a blessing, and a curse. On the one hand, there's a good chance you aren't running the mom taxi nearly as often (yay, sanity). On the other, the lack of routine can leave everyone feeling a little over-indulged and under stimulated. But you CAN enjoy being at home with your kids this summer, and make memories in the process.

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