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
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.
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
“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.