Every single parent knows there are good days and bad days.
The good days are great. I watch my 8-year-old son popping wheelies on his bicycle and listen to my 6-year-old daughter singing princess songs. We crack jokes, and I cherish the moments I spend with them. At bedtime, we talk about their hopes and dreams and fears. They read a story, pray for every person they’ve ever known and, after asking for water multiple times, doze off peacefully.
Then there are the not-so-good days. The nights when they cry themselves to sleep because they miss their dad. The times when I’m exhausted, but still have to make dinner, help with homework and break up fights. There are days when the loneliness feels unbearable and countless nights I’ve stayed awake, praying they’ll grow into well-rounded adults.
Single parenting is hard. It’s non-stop, unforgiving and often goes unappreciated. I’m stuck in this weird place between having a single life and having a family. I’m a provider, nurturer and disciplinarian, and carrying out each of these roles—often simultaneously—overwhelms me.
On good days and bad days, I hold on to God’s Word, which gives me the strength I need to keep going. I pray they encourage you as they’ve done for me.
- When You’re Overwhelmed
“But those who trust in the Lord for help will find their strength renewed. They will rise on wings like eagles; they will run and not get weary; they will walk and not grow weak.” Isaiah 40:31 (GNT)
- When You’re Tired
“Come to me, all of you who are tired from carrying heavy loads, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28 (GNT)
- When You Feel Alone
“’The mountains and hills may crumble, but my love for you will never end; I will keep forever my promise of peace.’ So says the Lord who loves you.” Isaiah 54:10 (GNT)
- When You’re Worried about Money
“And with all his abundant wealth through Christ Jesus, my God will supply all your needs.” Philippians 4:19 (GNT)
- When You Need Wisdom
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart. Never rely on what you think you know. Remember the Lord in everything you do, and he will show you the right way. Proverbs 3:5-6 (GNT)
- When You’re Unsure about Your Kids’ Future
“We have not stopped praying for you since the first day we heard about you. In fact, we always pray that God will show you everything he wants you to do and that you may have all the wisdom and understanding that his Spirit gives. Then you will live a life that honors the Lord, and you will always please him by doing good deeds. You will come to know God even better. His glorious power will make you patient and strong enough to endure anything, and you will be truly happy.” Colossians 1:9-11 (CEV)
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