Archive for December, 2015

jesus and samaritan womanTo the woman who calls herself “broken:”

We are all broken because we live in a broken world. We are all broken because “in sin did my mother conceive me.” It is Jesus Christ, however, who covers hurting and repentant sinners in His robe of righteousness so that God sees not our wretchedness, but the glory of our Savior.

You can be sorry for mistakes and failures of the past. You can ask for forgiveness from God and those you hurt. But then you pick up your cross and follow Christ. You live with past mistakes, but they do not define you. You do not need to wallow in brokenness because what Jesus did for you makes you a new person.

You are the treasure for whom Jesus sacrificed all He had.

He has set you free to live as a daughter of God and heir of salvation.


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mother and child holding handsMother’s everywhere are preparing to celebrate the birthday of Jesus Christ.  It is a time of joyful expectancy.  A single mom, however, might experience both joy and sadness.   May this prayer of the single mom to the Lord of her life bring comfort and peace.

Dear Heavenly Father,

I know it is Your good plan that children have a mommy and a daddy.  But for now, I am solely responsible for parenting this precious child.

When I am uncertain about choices in life, show me Your faith and fill me with Your presence (Psalm 16).

When I am anxious, guard my heard and mind (Philippians 4:4-9).

When I am afraid, wipe my fears away (Romans 8:31-39).

When I grow tired and discouraged as a mother, fill me with the fruits of  Your Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23a) and help me not to give up (6:9).

When I am tempted as a woman, remind me that my body is a temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:18-20).

When I am confused about love, help me to know Your perfect love (1 Corinthians 13:4-7).

When my child needs a father’s example, show Yourself (Psalm 10:14; 2 Corinthians 6:18).

When I am worried for my child and myself, be the Father we both need (Matthew 6:25-34).

When I fail, forgive me (1 John 2:12) and help me start over.

When I wonder if You really care, take away all my doubts (Psalm 103).

Strengthen my life as a Christian woman so that I might be a good example to my child (Colossians 3:12-17).

In Jesus’ name.  Amen.

This prayer is taken from Not Alone,
A collection of devotions for single moms by Linda Bartlett
Lutherans For Life/Concordia Publishing House #LFL901B
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