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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Trusting God {When Your Marriage Doesn't Work Out}

Trusting God {When Your Marriage Doesn't Work Out}

Every “Pick Up Friday” starts the same. It’s generally uneventful. I give my kids "one more kiss” (about three or four times), and my heart sinks a little watching them rolling their suitcases out the front door.

It sinks because this is not the life I wanted for them. Not by a long shot.

To make the most of it, I immediately jump into my jammies and head to the couch to enjoy a quiet dinner-and-a-movie for one. I rummage through my secret “mama stash” of chocolate (which I do not have to eat in the pantry because there are no kids around). And just when I feel like it’s all going to be okay…

…bedtime comes.

The sadness sets in. The silence becomes overwhelming. What seemed like a weekend of quality alone time turns into a countdown of when the pain of missing my kids will end. And I start asking God, “Why?”

Couldn’t there have been another way?

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