The bossman has been gone for 42 days at the moment.
We are doing well, but admittedly some days just seem so much longer than others.
Dw has traveled lots throughout our marriage –
usually doing missions around the world,
speaking at Pastor’s Conferences
or serving on the Executive Board for the denomination we pastored in.
I’m very used to him being gone and while I miss him,
we are able to look at the big picture
and manage each day usually well.
The thing about when he is gone I do know that there is an end in sight.
Not so with the single mom
and I know that many of you, my sweet bloggy friends,
are single moms.
So many names instantly pop into my head, but I won’t start naming any
because I don’t ever want to offend anyone for leaving them out.
One is a friend who adopted two brothers out of foster care and it has been
an extremely difficult road. She is a prayer warrior as well as
a woman of deep perseverance
and no doubt, has many rewards stored up in heaven for the journey
she has chosen!!
Others of you ended up by no doing of yours raising children alone.
Still others have chosen to adopt in your singleness.
One bloggy friend who was widowed. She lives in Texas. In her widowhood she
has chosen to adopt two – both with severe needs!
Another precious-bloggy-turned-real-friend lives in the southeast
and is in the process of adopting yet another in her singleness.
She recklessly abandoned the world’s theory of
“common sense” and decided to run for the prize set before her.
Her commitment to the orphan is a testimony to her
Another is my old friend whose wife passed from cancer and
he raised their little girl for years alone!
Another single mom struggles with her own health issues
yet works long hours in the fitness field to raise the treasures God has gifted her with.
And as far as up close, three of my very dearest with-skin-on-friends,
who I’ve known for a ‘billion’ years
each had/have to journey
through being a single mom
while their husbands were not making wise choices.
So today, I just have to pause and tell you all,
from the bottom of my heart:
I stand cheering you each on!
What you do – day in and day out – wow!
This single mom thing for me is just temporary….a few weeks here and a couple months
there as Dw serves far from home…but I gotta’ say, you all are my personal heroes!!
I am so proud of each of you.
No doubt, some days are beyond imaginable and difficult for you. Yet, by God’s grace, you put one foot in front of the other and keep going. Your strength and determination is noteworthy. There has got to be a calm assurance that the Lord will see you through.
If I could, I would work my way through each of you and bring you and your treasures
dinner to show you my deep admiration for you…
then I would take your treasures and give you a much needed rest
while you go get a pedicure!!
Since I am unable, I do pray that those around you minister to your soul,
bringing you blessings and encouragement while ministering
to the treasures gifted to you.
May the Lord bless each of you with the grace needed
for the tasks you face, may He give you courage, determination
and refreshment needed as you love
your precious treasures day in and day out.