A Special Place in Heaven for the Single Mom

I have could not have more respect for single parents. Unless you have walked in those shoes, I believe there is no way to know the level of sacrifice required. I believe God-fearing single moms are going to have the largest percentage of mansions in heaven since women head 88% of single-parent households. The numbers are staggering. Approximately 30% of children are being raised in single-parent households, which represent over 24 million kids.

This is nothing short of a national epidemic. If you are a single mom, or you know someone who is (and that is all of us), please take a few minutes to consider the following:

  1. You are not alone. As lonely and difficult as it may feel at times, there are people who care and can be found in abundance, from a local body of believers to the family next door.
  2. You are fundamentally a child of God, not a single parent. Galatians 3:26-29 makes this abundantly clear. Cling to it.
  3. Our flesh and heart may fail, but God’s strength does not. Everyone has obstacles and hurdles to overcome. The single parent is no different. But Psalm 73: 25-26 makes it clear that the Lord is the strength of our heart and our portion forever.
  4. God has a special promise for the single parent. God’s Word is full of encouragement for the widows, orphans, fatherless, and those left alone with monumental tasks. My favorite is Isaiah 54:5.
  5. Remember, our children are on loan from God, and He loves them more than we ever could. I use this a lot when I fret over the circumstances my kids have to endure.
  6. Continue to model and teach the gospel to your children, reflecting Christ-likeness that will contrast and counteract whatever circumstances there may be.

I had the privilege recently of speaking to a group of moms about overcoming difficult circumstances in life. It is titled “You Are the Perfect Mom for Your Kid!” If you are a single mom, I hope this title will provide the encouragement you need for today. God has got you, your children, and your circumstances in the palm of His hand. I hope you will rest in that today.

 Until next time …

Jeff

About Jeffrey D. Potts, Ed.D.

Raised on a ranch in the Texas Hill Country, Jeff Potts, Ed.D., grew up learning the importance of hard work and family values. A graduate of Baylor University, he has master’s degrees from two universities and earned his Ed.D. in teaching and learning from a fourth institution. Potts launched his pedagogical career in the 1990s, working full-time with students and parents. READ MORE→