Raising your family on your own can be heartbreaking, lonely and hard to navigate. Suddenly, you are the one who has to have the answers. Remembering that God is always with you and that His love is faithful can give you the confidence to face whatever this new life brings. With a foundation of helpful Scripture verses, each message shares a story, a survival tip and a prayer. Readers will find a faithful companion in this book as they encounter each new experience and learn to embrace their new role. Jeanette Hanscome shares 52 encouraging insights gleaned from her first year as a single mom to two boys. She shares very real struggles and triumphs, from learning to stand on her own to knowing when to ask for or accept help, and deals with both the emotional and the practical challenges of raising her children on her own.
Four hundred years in slavery, the Hebrew people await deliverance. . . . And while it is still dark, God is at work. Jochebed’s entire life has been a faith journey as she seeks her mother’s God. The daughter of a Hebrew slave and master basket weaver, Jochebed knows the stories of her ancestors but wonders if the Lord cares how they suffer under the hand of Pharaoh Ramses. . .and if the promised deliverance will ever really come. Ramses, warned of Egypt’s destruction, vows to do whatever is necessary to protect his two great loves, Egypt and Nefertari, unaware that satisfying one will sacrifice the other. Shiphrah, the half-Egyptian midwife tasked to kill Hebrew male infants, yearns for a place to belong and remembers childhood stories of a merciful God. Doubts are a constant companion to Jochebed, but her foundation of faith leads her to defy the most powerful man in the world in a deadly race to save her son and, ultimately, God’s chosen people. Two women, each following the dangerous path God has set before them—this is their story.
When a parent hears that their child has a disability, hearts and hopes are often broken. But faith doesn’t have to be. In Unbroken Faith, Dianne Dokko Kim comes alongside you as a fellow special needs parent to help you reconcile the premise of a good God with the devastating realities of raising a disabled child. Kim courageously articulates deep-seated, unspoken doubts and fears you may have but are afraid to voice: Will my child still have a full life? Can I do this? Where is God in all this? As you are adjusting to your new normal, Kim’s biblical-based encouragement will help you understand that you are not alone, that God gets it, and that God’s Word is entirely relevant to the raw and messy yet hallowed spaces of special needs parenting.
Author: Rebecca L. Mitchell
Publisher: Kregel Publications
Release Date: 2018-05-29
Genre: Family & Relationships
Divorce can be a sensitive topic for Christians. After all, a husband and wife are supposed to be "one flesh." Yet even in the church, divorce rates continue to be substantial. And women are desperate for biblically based guidance, encouragement, and hope--not to sweep their pain under the rug and pretend broken vows don't exist but to know that complete healing is possible. Rebecca Mitchell knows this because she has experienced divorce firsthand. Her marriage crumbled after twenty-five years, and she went through every stage of grief. But one day she realized she needed to stop being trapped by the past and move forward. She refused to accept the role of victim. Her journey to healing and her experience leading a support group in her home church led to a conviction that others could be helped in the same way: through engaged community, biblical self-care, and compassionate reflective practices. This unique book covers topics such as depression, loneliness, forgiveness, hope, and even joy. Each of the twelve chapters includes five days of devotionals and journaling questions. From Broken Vows to Healed Hearts leads readers through the process of realizing that brokenness is a stage, not an identity. Mitchell encourages women to maintain hope for healing, to be patient with the time recovery takes, to be committed to community, and, above all, to seek God.
When Carol Floch realized that her marriage was about to end and that she was about to join the ranks of moms left to raise their children on their own, she could not stop crying. She mourned her shattered hopes and grieved the loss of the family she had always dreamed of. But mostly, she cried for her children. Into Carol's grief, regret, and fear, God's Spirit came with a message from Psalm 84: Build your nest near my altar, and I will be your children's source of security, protection, provision, and blessing. In The Single Mom's Devotional, Carol tells her story and shares with the sisterhood of single moms how they can build their family's nest in the protective shadow of God's presence. Single mothers, whether on their own after a divorce or a husband's death, will discover how to find true life in Christ and allow the strength of that inner life to be the compass by which they navigate an unpredictable future. Near God's altar, the cross of Christ is where single moms will discover life through relinquishment, power through dependence, and hope through surrender. Anchored at the foot of the cross, readers will find daily security and hope as they nourish their souls and nurture their children at a place near God's altar.
Written by a psychologist who's successfully navigated single motherhood herself, this book helps single moms believe they and their families deserve the best life has to offer. Packed with practical tips, smart strategies, and ways to improve the well-being of single moms and their children, this book shows single moms how to improve their leadership and parenting skills. It tackles pressing issues such as self-care, a support network, organizing, finances, discipline, and more. Teresa Whitehurst reminds single moms that they don't need to be overwhelmed and that God loves them, is on their side, and wants to guide and support them every step of the way. While they may get weary, they need never feel alone.
Single moms, you are not alone. You may feel lonely, abandoned, overwhelmed, and ill-equipped in your life as a single mother, but you are not alone on this journey. God is WITH you, and if you are willing, He will help you build a strong home and legacy for your family. As a former single mother, Michelle Lynn Senters understands you could use a little soul nourishment. In the Unseen Companion, she explores the ten needs every single mother has and asks, “God, where are you in this?” Avoiding clichés and hurtful platitudes, Michelle offers true hope from God’s Word. Her reflections, seasoned with personal experience, will help you: Trust that God sees your needs and can satisfy them Develop a vibrant relationship with God’s Word Avoid temptation and counterfeit solutions Strengthen your resolve and confidence to raise children of faith Read The Unseen Companion and receive the encouragement your heart longs to hear: “You can do this, God is with you, and He will lead your family in strength and love.” Includes questions at the end of each chapter for reflection, journaling, or group discussion.
Author: Laura Polk
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Release Date: 2018-01-18
Most single moms never intended to parent alone. The shock of being thrust into this new lifestyle and the overwhelming responsibility it holds leaves many stunned and unable to move past simply meeting the day-to-day needs of their family. For Christians, the toll on their faith can leave them discouraged and wondering where God is in the midst of it all. In this guide to getting back on your feet and reigniting your faith, Polk challenges other moms to address the wounds, renew their faith, and move forward toward God's plan for their future. Offering pragmatic advice from one single mom of faith to another, and 16 challenges designed to help guide you forward, Laura shares her personal journey while pulling in stories and encouragement from others along the way. An essential for any Christian single mom.
Author: Emma Johnson
Release Date: 2017
Genre: FAMILY & RELATIONSHIPS
When Emma Johnson's husband moved out, leaving her broke, pregnant, and home alone with a toddler, she couldn't find the advice she needed to thrive as a single professional woman and parent. So in 2012, two years after her marriage ended, Johnson launched a blog on her newfound, successful life as a single mom. Now this book will help millions of women confront the naysayers in their lives (and in their own minds) to build a thriving career and achieve financial security, and to reignite their romantic life-all while being a kickass parent to their kids.
Author: Angela Thomas
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Release Date: 2008-05-04
Genre: Family & Relationships
The day Angela Thomas sold the only thing she had, the diamond from her engagement ring, to take care of her kids was the day she began to believe they were going to make it. In that decision, the faith she had always talked about became the faith she was going to learn how to live. In the years since, God has given Angela a passionate desire . . . to live an amazing life, even while raising four kids as a single mom. In this book she shares her hard-earned wisdom on loneliness, dating, finances, and parenting, encouraging every solo mom. "As a gift to our children," she says, "we can become healthy moms who are strong and amazing women in spite of our circumstances."
Author: Dana S. Chisholm
Publisher: Beacon Hill Press
Release Date: 2006-09
Genre: Family & Relationships
How can a single mother provide her son with the strength and wisdom most boys receive from their fathers? How will her son learn to be a good man without a healthy male influence around?In today’s world, many women--single mothers, grandmothers, even military wives--are left with the responsibility of raising children on their own. Being a single parent comes with many challenges, but for women one of the most difficult is to raise sons to be strong men and good fathers without a healthy male role model in the home. In Single Moms Raising Sons, Dana Serrano Chisholm speaks from her own experience as a single mother of two boys and inspires other single moms to partner with God--the Father of the fatherless. She teaches them to find strength and wisdom as they allow Christ to be their partner in very real ways--helping them raise their children.From financial concerns to passing on macho, Single Moms Raising Sons supplies honest insight, unifying encouragement, and practical applications to guide mothers as they raise their boys to be the solid, Christian men they want them to be.
My journey from newlywed, to mother of two, to single mom - trying to heal - and become the mother God made me to be Karen lived an adventurous single life but longed for a family of her own. After years of maintaining her vow of purity and waiting for a man who shared her Christian faith, she fell in love with her best friend and co-worker. They married. She bore two sons. They divorced. With humor, honesty and raw emotion, Valentin tells her story of wrestling between God's will and her own, with visions of happily ever after. In the midst of her weakness and grief, she experiences God's strength and restoration like never before. Through her family and friends, mission workers, the pastor of Graffiti Church, and her two beautiful boys, God turns her ashes to beauty and her sorrow into joy. THE MOTHER GOD MADE ME TO BE contains a discussion guide for book clubs and church groups. karenvalentin.com
Author: Pam Kanaly
Publisher: Pelican Publishing Company, Inc.
Release Date: 2014
Genre: Family & Relationships
Single motherhood brings with it a unique set of emotional trials, and author Pam Kanaly understands these tribulations firsthand: she raised her two young children on her own after her marriage fell apart. Sustained by her faith in Christ, she began chronicling her journey as a single parent into a diary that one day would become the basis for her mission and this book. The message at the heart of her story-a story that she has shared with thousands of women-is that emotionally stable children come from emotionally stable parents. She continues to spread that message through her ministry, filling each chapter with compassionate advice written with touching candor. Kanaly illustrates, step by step, the journey of how any mother can overcome what she identifies as the nine negative emotions by employing nine positive emotions of transformation. She labels those rollercoaster transitions as: i devastation to acceptancei frazzled to unruffledi inadequacy to confidencei bitterness to forgivenessi loneliness to fellowshipi temptation to disciplinei fear to faithi guilt to gracei defeat to expectation of victoryKanaly uses biblical teaching to inspire women and guide them on a path of understanding, management, and healing. She draws from her own experiences, personal testimonies from other women, and Bible stories to provide comfort specifically for single mothers. Her messages provide an escape from even the darkest of traps. Kanaly's book will empower single moms and challenge them to reach new levels of personal growth while illuminating a pathway to successful parenting when it seems the most daunting.
This Bible study for Single Moms explores how our relationship with God affects all of our daily encounters and relationships. You'll discover a love that heals your past, protects your present, and prepares you for your future. This study is about a life of love whether you marry or remain single.