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John 3:30

He must become greater; I must become less.

God has been dealing with me on this issue. I have been reading You Are The Girl For The Job, By: Jess Connolly. In this book, Jess says,

“You may not care a thing about beauty, and motherhood may not be on your radar. I realize that these are easy examples for some of us to relate to and easy for others of us to dismiss. But it doesn’t change the undeniable truth that somewhere in your life, there is temptation to measure up, to compete, to stand out, to rank. Where in your life do you feel a constant or frequent desire to look to the left or the right and compare yourself to others? Maybe you’d never admit that your trying to be the best, but quietly you’re spinning your wheels. You might never dream of saying it out loud to another human, but you’re silently exploring where you rank at ______________________________.” 

The question is: Why do we push ourselves to compete? Why do we push ourselves to stand out? Is it for ourselves or is it to give God the glory?

This is a question I ask myself daily as I start this ministry for single moms. I ask myself because I am a people pleaser. I have a tendency to do things for the approval of people and not to glorify God. Not that I don’t want to glorify God, I do more than anything. I guess it is more of fearing rejection and the disapproval of people and so I strive to be perfect, to be the best so that no one can find fault with what I do. I fear criticism. I have found however, that you can’t please everyone no matter how hard you try. There are those people who will find fault no matter what you do. They aren’t the ones that matter anyway.

ONLY GOD MATTERS!!! I am not perfect. God does not care that I am not perfect. He does not expect me to be perfect, as long as I am obedient to His will. He loves me, imperfections and all!

So, why do I want to serve single moms? Is it so I can get the accolades of being a ministry leader? Is it so that people see ME? I can honestly answer NO! to both questions. I don’t like the spotlight. I don’t like being the center of attention. I have a burden to see single moms and their kids build a relationship with Jesus. I have felt this burden since 2006. I have a burden to love single moms to Jesus.

“We cannot seek God’s glory and our own at the same time.” Jess Connolly

Ask yourself:

Are you serving to glorify God or yourself? Are you seeking to please God or people? Are you running your own race or are you running God’s race? Be honest with yourself.

JESUS MUST COME FIRST! WE MUST COME LAST!

 

 

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I am reminded daily that God cares about the small things in our lives. He cares about those situations that stress us out. It is my personal opinion that He delights in helping us out in stressful situations. I know that I delight in being able to help my kids out when they are facing struggles in life. God is no different, in fact, He loves us so much more.

I was at our local BMV yesterday with my paperwork to register a car that my 17 year old son, Talon had just bought. A female worker calls my number and I go up to her desk. She looks over my paperwork and asks about my proof of insurance. I had driven a different vehicle and had forgotten it. She was starting to tell me that I would have to step aside and call the insurance company when a worker down the line called another number. I was starting to get stressed, when my worker waved me down to the other worker, for no apparent reason and took the customer with the other number. My new worker took my insurance policy number off of my other vehicle information in the computer system and never blinked an eye. I got everything done and it ended up okay. This may seem like a coincidence. It may seem like a positive alignment of fate or something of that sort, but I know better. It was my God. Why would He help me out in such a simple matter? Because He loves me. Why do I help out my kids in simple matters? Because I love them.

Another incident happened a couple of days ago, with my son Talon. He was driving his dad’s 1990 Chevy truck around, doing whatever 17 year old guys do, when he decided that he would swing by his house (he lives with his dad and co-mom). He suddenly felt like stopping by the house and when he pulled into the alley beside the house the A-frame on the truck broke in two. He had no plans on stopping by the house. He just felt the urge to stop by. So, they just had to move it a few feet into the yard instead of having to deal with it miles from the house. I am also, reminded that Talon may have escaped injury because he paid attention to that little nudge to go home. This is not coincidence. This is not some cosmic favor. This is God. I pray over my kids and God hears my prayers.

My 15 year old son, Ty was thrown from a 4-wheeler in March. Had the 4-wheeler landed on him, he could have been killed. Coincidence? Nope! God sent His Guardian Angels to protect Ty and all he ended up with was a scrapped up leg. The Angels made sure that Ty was clear of the 4-wheeler.

Psalm 91:11-12

11 For he will command his angels concerning you
    to guard you in all your ways;
12 they will lift you up in their hands,
    so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.

There are little things that God does on a daily basis to help me out. He works out little details to let me know that He is with me and I am not carrying this load alone. When I feel like the weight of the world is on my shoulders, God shows up and performs little miracles to let me know that I am loved by the Creator of the Universe. Life is not perfect and sometimes I struggle on a daily basis, but I am blessed to be loved by my Abba Father. I don’t deserve His intervention, but I am so grateful for it.

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god-sees

 

Psalm 17:8

Keep me as the apple of your eye;
    hide me in the shadow of your wings

Deuteronomy 32:10

In a desert land he found him,
    in a barren and howling waste.
He shielded him and cared for him;
    he guarded him as the apple of his eye,

Zechariah 2:8

For this is what the Lord Almighty says: “After the Glorious One has sent me against the nations that have plundered you—for whoever touches you touches the apple of his eye—”

I was devastated after my divorce. My husband had left me for another woman and I felt alone, angry and heart broken. For a few years, I agonized over the fact that no one seemed to “want” me. I saw other single women who had no problem finding men and I wondered what was wrong with me. I was at a single moms weekend in June of 2006 and Lori Little (21 Principles of a Healthy Single Mom) was there. I ordered her DVD set and went through each lesson many times over the next several months. In Principle #2 Identity, Lori tells us how God really feels about us. In this lesson, I learned that I am the apple of God’s eye. I am cherished by the Almighty God. WOW! These verses really started to make an impact on me and my heart started to heal from feeling like no one could ever love someone like me (a divorced, single mom with 5 kids). I came to realize that it didn’t matter what men thought about me, God loves me and you know what? Nothing else matters. Knowing that God loves me became enough for me. I am the apple of God’s eye, I don’t need a man to tell me that I am worthy of love. I know I am worthy of love!

Genesis 16:13-14

13 She gave this name to the Lord who spoke to her: “You are the God who sees me,” for she said, “I have now seen the One who sees me.”14 That is why the well was called Beer Lahai Roi[b]; it is still there, between Kadesh and Bered.

Hagar was a single mom. She had given Abram a son and now her mistress, Sarai despised her. Hagar got a raw deal. It was Sarai’s idea for Abram to sleep with Hagar and Hagar was simply doing what her mistress told her to do. Sarai thought she could build a family through Hagar, instead of trusting God, she made things worse and poor Hagar dealt with the fall-out. When Sarai started to mistreat her, Hagar left and God met her in the wilderness. God saw how Sarai treated her and had compassion on her. Hagar was the apple of God’s eye. Because of this incident with Hagar, God is called “El Roi- the One who sees me.”

The same El Roi who met Hagar in the wilderness is waiting to meet you in your heartache. El Roi (the God who sees me) is waiting to show you that you are the apple of His eye. He sees you in your pain. He sees how you try to fill the void with relationship after meaningless relationship. Our God is a compassionate God and He wants so much for you to know that YOU are the apple of His eye. If you are single right now, I want to challenge you to seek God first, before you jump into another relationship. Do your own research and find out what God says about YOU in the Bible. El Roi sees YOU and YOU are the apple of His eye!

I still struggle as a single mom, but I will be forever grateful to Lori Little for giving me the kick in the rear-end I needed to put God first in my life as a single mom. I highly recommend every single mom to read her book or buy the DVD series, 21 Principles of a Healthy Single Mom. I have both! To visit Lori’s website, click here and to buy the book from Amazon, click here.

God Bless you, single mom!

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