Thursday, May 9, 2013

Encouragement for the Christian Single Mom

I was really encouraged this morning as I was reading in 2 Timothy.  I came to verse five where Paul wrote to Timothy, "I  have been reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and, I am persuaded, now lives in you also."

The little note on the side of that verse in my Bible referenced Acts 16:1... "He came to Derbe and then to Lystra, where a disciple named Timothy lived, whose mother was a Jewess and a believer, but whose father was a Greek."

I hear a lot of depressing statistics about children raised in single-parent households.  I heard one time that only 2% of these children come into a relationship with Christ.  I don't know what that's based on.  It seems low... and scary at the same time.  Other statistics talk of the emotional and social problems of these children.  I think the goal is to encourage couples to stay married, however hearing these numbers frightens me.  I think couples should stay married.  Divorce is an extreme circumstance and should be reserved only for extreme circumstances, and even then I don't think it should be the first option.  God hates divorce.  It hurts us.  And it hurts Him, especially since marriage is an earthly representation of Christ and His church.  However, we all have free will and sometimes despite best efforts to avoid it... here I am.

Anyway, reading 2 Timothy and Acts really encouraged me this morning because he only had one believing parent, yet he grew up to have a sincere faith because of the faith and teaching of his mother.  I'm trying very hard to train up my children in the way of the Lord, with the knowledge of God and relationship with Him and the Godly character that produces.  My kids are still little and ask cute questions that lead to teachable moments.

                                     Mommy, when I get to heaven
                                              can I help Jesus put the
                                                   rainbow in the sky?

I'm thankful that they think about heaven and ask curious questions about Jesus.  I'm thankful that they look forward to going to Awana and kids choir each week.  My mom told me recently that my eight year old was at their house and he told grandpa, "Grandpa, you should turn off the TV and go read your Bible instead."  Ha ha.

I also think it's cool that although Timothy didn't have a believing father, he had a very Godly role model in his stand-in father, Paul.  That's something that I pray for my boys as well.  Not necessarily for me to be married again, although maybe someday, I don't know.  But just that they would have a Godly male role model in their life to sort of take them under his wing.  They are also blessed to have a grandpa that loves Jesus who likes to spend time with them which I am grateful for.

I'm glad I read those passages this morning.  I'm going to try and remember them when I hear those frightening statistics and remember that although they do not have a dad around, they do still have a believing mother and that makes my job all the more important.  Sometime I don't feel cut out for it.  It's a difficult job and one that can be very exhausting.   But reading about Timothy reminds me of the great rewards it can produce as long as I continue to stay connected to the Source of my strength.

Lord, help me to not grow weary in doing good and studying your Word.  I pray that my boys would be like Timothy and lovers of You more and more as they grow.  Thank you for the encouragement this morning.