In all the many challenges I have encountered in my life, I have come to realize that single parenting has been the most difficult. I thank God everyday I had very easy going respectful children. They were never my challenge, and frankly speaking grew to become pretty encouraging during some of my most difficult struggles. I guess I can thank my parent’s for it was their parenting skills I applied when raising my own children, as well as my spiritual family, and a lot of prayer.
After all, if you are forced to single parent, you had better have a team of people on your side, I can tell you….. It really does take a village to raise a child, so finding a good church home should be at the top of your list. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not suggesting you go anywhere crying poor pitiful me, but rather you go where there is a support in place for you and your children.
If you think about it, most churches have childcare facilities where you should be able to get a discount if you should become a member. They offer aftercare, sports, dance, and other curriculums. These are the types of support a single parent need in a place of worship. I know it’s hard to think of these things when you are trying to establish a good foundation for a church. However, these are the essentials that will assist you in connecting to your community, as it is a very vital part of community outreach
There is more to it than bread and water, and I’m sorry folks, but it is our responsibility to help those who are hurting. The requirements are steep. They can involve starting a soup kitchen or program to feed the homeless, as well as assisting a single parent with rent, or a simple bill. I know this can be a bit taxing, but who are we if we are not our brother’s keeper.
We are not called to ourselves, for ourselves, or by ourselves. We are called to spread the good news, to an office of service, sacrifice, and love. How can we do any of these things if we can’t love our brother enough to help when we see he’s in need. Therefore, if you have any single parent’s in your church…..see to it that they are not forgotten. (Matthew 25: 40)
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