Friday, January 9, 2015

Single But Never Alone

"Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the Lord thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee."  Deuteronomy 31:6

Do you ever have one of those "Aha!" moments?  You know, when you learn something that in theory of mind you have known all along, but in that one split second, you really know it?

I had one of those this morning.  I was reading a blog post by Brooke McGlothlin posted at The MOB Society.  She wrote about fighting for her Hard to Handle (H2H) boys.  I can relate to that sometimes. She talked about reading the book Little Pilgrim's Progress to her boys and referenced a paragraph about fighting a dragon.  And then she wrote...

"Everything changed for little Christian and his friends when they know Greatheart was there to help them.  For the first time, they realized they weren't alone, and that maybe they had the strength to fight the dragon after all."

That was my "Aha!" moment.  As a single mom, sometimes it's really hard raising young boys on my own.  This past weekend was especially difficult as one of my boys was having a really difficult evening, to the point where we had to retreat to our separate corners and calm down.  At that moment, I felt very alone.

All along, I've always known that God was with me.  But this morning when I read Brooke's post, I felt in that very moment, the presence of the Lord and His help and companionship in this thing called parenting.  I really needed that reminder and fresh look.

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