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Today – Now

Become a Super Single Parent

Surviving Tough Times

Today is the most important day in your life because it is the only day you are assured of.

Tomorrow may not come.

Live in the NOW.  Enjoy each “now” moment.

Yesterday is in the past.  Never to be again!

Make today count for something worthwhile.

Do something for someone today.  Someone who can’t return your kindness…

Live is an “action” verb.

Help make someone a better day.

Love someone today.

Someone is: You, your children, others.

Today is tomorrow’s yesterday.

“Don’t let yesterday use up too much of today.” Will Rogers

Stop acting as if life is a rehearsal. Live this day as if it were your last. The past is over and gone. The future is not guaranteed.”   Dr. Wayne Dyer


You are a Star

Become a Super Single Parent

Surviving Tough Times

In the Bible it says that you are made in the image of God and that He even knows the number of hairs on your head. No matter what event or events have happened to you in life you are still special, very special. You are not defined by the events in your life but by who you are. It doesn’t get any better than that!

Surviving Tough Times

Become a Super Single Parent

Just to let you know where you stand in the world of stress…

Most Stressful Changes

  1. Death of spouse
  2. Divorce
  3. Marriage separation
  4. Jail term
  5. Death of a loved one
  6. Injury or illness
  7. Marriage
  8. Job loss
  9. Pregnancy
  10. Retirement / Change of financial status

Bad Day – Good Life

Become a Super Single Parent

So you’re having a bad day – it will be over soon.

Everybody has bad days – even single parents.

Your children may be having a bad day, too.

A good life is made up of both good days and bad days – usually more good than bad.

Having a bad day – it too shall pass!

“Try again.  Fail again.  Fail better.”     Samuel Beckett

“I think in terms of the day’s resolutions, not the years’.”   Henry Moore

“I had the blues because I had no shoes until upon the street, I met a man who had no feet.”  Denis Waitely

“This too, shall pass.”    William Shakespeare

I Need Thee!

INeedTheeEveryHourVideo“I need thee, Lord. I need thee now. I know I can do without many things I once thought were a necessity. But without thee I cannot live and dare not die. I needed thee when sorrow came, when shadows were thrown across the threshold of my life and you did not fail me then. I needed thee when sickness laid a clammy hand upon my family and I cried to thee and thou didst hear. I needed thee when perplexity brought me to the parting of a way and I knew not how to turn. Thou did not fail me then but in many ways, big and little, it indicates the better way. And though the sun is shining around me today, I know I need thee in the sunshine and I shall need thee still tomorrow. I give thee my gratitude for that constant sense of need that keeps me close to your side. Help me keep my hand in yours and my ears open to the window of your voice. Speak to me that I may hear thee giving me courage for hard times and strength for difficult places, giving me determination for challenging tasks. I ask of thee no easy way, but just your grace, that is sufficient for every need, so that no matter how hard the way, how challenging the hour, how dark the sky, I may be able to overcome in thy strength, who has overcome the world.”

These words were found, after the death of a certain unnamed woman, as family members were going through her belongings. They are believed to be her own. They tell of her life and her relationship with her Lord God Almighty. These words struck a place in my heart. May these words also find a place in your heart also.

A Helpful Quick Read for Surviving the Holidays

“Unwrapping the Gift of Stepfamily Peace: A StepParent’s Guide to Success” by Heather Hetchler & Gayla Grace

Holidays are best celebrated with family and friends. No matter what your family and friends now look like. This book, by Heather Hetchler & Gayla Grace is just what the doctor ordered for you if you are a single parent or living in a step-family these holidays. Give it a read, I did and it gave me a wonderful and insightful perspective as how to work my way through the holidays. Available as a Kindle E-Book for just $2.99 from Amazon.


Praise Yourself

You are wonderful!

Always remember it!

Don’t take yourself for granted.

You need to be praised, also.

Praising yourself is good for you.

Everyone needs to be praised.

We all want to feel good.

You want to feel good.

You can’t praise yourself enough!


“Praise is like sunlight to the human spirit:

we cannot flower and grow without it.”

                                                                        Jess Lair


Surviving the Holidays: A GriefShare Program

FirstBaptistChurch, Jackson, Mississippi

Monday November 18th, 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

In past years, the Christmas holiday season may have been a time of great anticipation and excitement… but this year, the prospect of facing the holidays without your loved one may cause anxiety and dread.

You are not alone.

Join us for a special holiday program by GriefShare that will help you to find strength and healing, plus, it provides tools for you to move forward in your daily walk through the deep pain and loss.

Facilated by First Baptist Jackson’s Congregational Care Minister, Dennis Daniels.

To  register, call our Congregational Care office at 601-949-1907


It’s OK to Say “Yes”

Say yes to going forward with your new life.

Say yes to spending meaningful time with your children.

Say yes to making your new life better than your old life.

Say yes to being the best parent you can.

Say yes to loving others as never before.

Say yes to being the best person you can.

Say yes to new dreams.

You bet, “YES” is a good word to have in your life…

 “The big question is whether you are going to be able to say a hearty yes to your adventure.”  Joseph Campbell

“Yes and No are very short words to say, but we should think for some length of time before saying them.”   Unknown 


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