Reflecting the Love of Christ

Daily Dose of Scripture: How Will He Not Provide?

Romans 8-32

Do you stay awake at night wondering how on earth you’re going to pay the mortgage, put gas in the car, buy groceries? I won’t tell  you your concerns aren’t valid, because I’m a mom and not being able to provide for my daughter is one of my biggest fears. But, time and time again God has proven to be faithful.  Friends, when I think of how God has provided for myself and my daughter I am brought to my knees in praise.

I know single moms who are struggling to provide for their kids, that are frustrated that the responsibility is unfairly put squarely on their shoulders, and are exhausted from the struggle. Romans 8:32 is a  reminder that there is not a thing that God would not do for you!  God spared his son for us, how many of us could spare our children for anyone? I couldn’t! His love was magnified for us when he sent Jesus, an innocent lamb into the hands of the world to be tormented, humiliated and crucified to save us from our sins because God loved you and I so much. When God’s hand is in it, nothing can get in his way of his will for your life. Let me just give you a couple of personal examples:

  • I had two outstanding bills (a loan and tuition) that were costing me over $800 a month that was financially bleeding me dry. Out of nowhere, my mother decided to pay them off for me because she happened to have some extra money. This was total of over $2,000!
  • A few years ago I was laid off from a job. I got in my car, the phone rang and it was for an interview. I got the job and it was a telecommuting position that allowed me to stay at home, something that had been on my heart for over 5 years.
  • My daughter was accepted to a new private school and I wasn’t sure how I would pay for the tuition. I was given an extremely generous financial aid package.

These are only three of the numerous examples of God stepping in and taking care of me. I could go on and on about God’s awesome provision in my life. If you’re struggling through a barren season be assured that God’s grace is sufficient. You don’t have to be overcome by fear. God is in control and he loves you more than you can imagine. Rewind back the tape of your life and take an inventory of how God’s provision has shown up. You will be humbled and in awe of his goodness. Maybe he showed up in the form of another person’s generosity, in an unexplained gift, however God’s provision showed up know that’s what God does for us. Sweet sister when you place your faith in God instead of fear you will never be disappointed.

Find Your Tribe

4 Ways to Connect With Fellow Single Moms

CONNECT

We are not an island unto ourselves, although it may feel that way at times. One of the best things I ever did as a single mom was to connect with other single moms. Now, I’m not trying to exclude anyone, but there is something familiar and comforting when you can connect with another woman who is in the same boat as you, or at least floating down the same river. Fellow single moms understand the complexities of single parenting, co-parenting, and bearing it all on our own which we’re pretty awesome at handling, but wouldn’t it be nice to have some support, a friend to call in a pinch, someone who gets what it takes to make it all the wheels spin?

Why should you seek out other single moms? Because community is everything! When you belong to a tribe life seems a little brighter, a whole lot safer and there is absolutely nothing like amazing girlfriends. So how do you find your tribe?

Check Out These 4 Ways to Connect With Other Single Moms!

  1. Join a Single Mom Ministry: What better way to connect than a cup of coffee and a good dose of faith and friendship? Join a single parent ministry at church. If your church doesn’t have a single parent ministry, find out how you can start one. I bet you’ll be surprised how many women may be interested.
  2. Start a Meetup Group: It’s almost like online dating! Just joking. If you go to Meetup you can simply look for a group or start one in your community. Meet up in a public space like a coffee shop until you are comfortable enough to meet in more personal quarters.
  3. Start a Book Club for Single Moms: Who doesn’t love a good book? Book clubs are a fun and easy way to connect. Post a flyer at church, in your library, or ask your kid’s school if you can place an announcement in their newsletter.
  4. Create a Facebook Group: Cyberspace is a fun way to meet people. Create a private Facebook group for your city or town and plan some fun activities for moms and kids. You’ll meet new people in no time and so will your  kiddos which is an added bonus!

Being a single mom is so much easier when you have a tribe to call your own. So get out there and start your community, you won’t regret it!

Never Cease in Doing Good

Who’s Down for a Quick Healthy Lunch

A Quick & Delish Lunch!

Quick & Delish

 

Working from home, I try to eat healthy lunches. Often time I’ll forget to eat lunch and then I’m starving and grabbing for the nearest thing I can get my hands on (at this point it’s usually unhealthy). But, I’m busy! So simple, healthy quick meals are a must for me. This is one of my favorites! It’s not much, but oh so flavorful! This is all it takes:

  • Preheat the oven to about 400.
  • Grab a baking pan & cover it in foil (spray it with some non-stick cooking spray).
  • Add a dab of olive oil on the salmon and sprinkle salt, pepper, and a mixed seasoning ( I use an herb mixture without salt.)
  • Cut up some red potatoes, green beans, & red pepper mix it well with the same seasoning and olive oil. Scatter them on the same pan next to the salmon. I cut the potatoes in smaller slices so it cooked faster.
  • Cook for about 15-20 minutes and eat!