Tag Archives: Father’s Day

Shining Moments

I never expected to be a single parent.

No, my dream had always been to be married,

living in a small home

with lots of smiling, rosy cheeked children looking out the windows.

But life for me upfolded in a different way

and I became a single parent.

Now I knew in advance that I would be challenged.

Parenting is always a challenge

because kids are kids

adorably wonderful but sometimes messy kids

going through their own stages and issues.

Single parenting is all that and more.

It’s super challenging, demanding one’s very best,

without another parent to play tag team

or just give you a breather at times.

But the essential factor for me

has been that request I made to the Lord

many years ago.

“If you give me a child to raise for You,

please, Father, help me.”

He heard my prayer and continues to answer it.

From the beginning He was their Father.

We speak of Him all the time.

When I am tired

I go to Him for strength.

When I need wisdom

I seek it from Him.

When I need patience

I turn to Him again.

Again and again He supports me as I parent.

There is a chair at our table where He sits.

Only a limited picture, I know,

but a constant reminder

that my daughters do have

a mother

and a wonderful, 24/7 loving, all-knowing Father.

And while Father’s Day might be a time

to think about  what we do not have

we celebrate Him.

Hearts overflowing,

hang the streamers time,

wave the banners

lift our voices in song.

His Banner over us is Love

and we must never, never forget it.

Humbly we bow before Him

seeking His Help and constant Presence.

So if you know another single parent family

or someone without a father in their life

remind them of the  Unseen One.

The One Who calls us to Himself

and whispers

“I know you by name

and you are Mine.”

Celebrate your fathers

and put your hand in the One Who will always be there for you.

Shining Moments

Happy Father’s Day.

     My girls giggle and smile as they remind me of all those fatherly things I do.

Happy Father’s Day, Mom.

     I smile with a grateful heart

         as I look out at a world with so many mothers carrying the heavy load

              of both father and mother to their children.

While it was a choice for me to single parent

    many, many women were left

    to love, care and somehow raise their precious children.

It is difficult to be a single parent. So very difficult.

You name it….it’s up to you.

Providing, protecting,

   preparing your children for life as it is

       not as you wish it was

  day after day

      nurturing

      challenging

      teaching

 all the while

     keeping up with the chores, your job,

     the breakdowns

     the problems

wondering sometimes how you will manage

    knowing not to look too far ahead.

Yes, the single mother is often overlooked

     misjudged

     and misunderstood.

Running low on time, energy and money

   She is a master at cutting corners,

          creatively planning

           and putting a smile on difficult things.

While browsing the rows of cards for Father’s Day

    my heart raced to send all you single mothers a

     special card

       an encouraging note

       a giant well done.

If that is you, today,

   Remember always that your labors are not in vain.

   No, the One Who cares when even a sparrow falls

       knows all you do and all you’d long to do

   and He is the One Who lovingly places His Hand on yours

      giving you strength for the journey

           and joy in the midst of pain.

Yes, Happy Father’s Day, to all you who serve in a fatherly role.

God bless you and keep you

    And make His Face shine brightly upon you.

He sees. He knows. He cares.