Family is family, no matter what you are going through. We all need family no matter how much we believe that not to be the case. Family is about blood and blood is as they say, thicker than water. Family is about loving even in times of disagreement and discontent. It’s about caring even when it’s last on your want to do list. Family is not just about birth relations, it’s about much, much more. Family is a feeling, a comfort level, a wanting to be a part of and wanting to be with. Family is more than just about money, grades, stuff, feelings, jealousies and missed trusts. Family is never perfect, none ever are. It’s about forgiveness, helping, needing, growing up, learning, sharing, making mistakes and saying “I’m sorry” and “I love you”. Family is about life. Life has its ups and downs; family has its ups and downs. Family is about accepting, no matter what. It’s about reunions and shared experiences and stories that last through generations. Nothing perfect, that’s what family is. US and WE!
“Families are like fudge – mostly sweet with a few nuts.” Unknown
“The family. We were a strange little band of characters trudging through life sharing diseases and toothpaste, coveting one another’s desserts, hiding shampoo, borrowing money, locking each other out of our rooms, inflicting pain and kissing to heal it in the same instant, loving, laughing, defending, and trying to figure out the common thread that bound us all together.”
“To us, family means putting your arms around each other and being there.” Barbara Bush
“In time of test, family is best.”
Become a Super Single Parent
Just to let you know where you stand in the world of stress…
Most Stressful Changes
The Bible – The Word of God
How to Survive the Loss of a Love by Melba Colgrove, Harold H. Bloomfield & Peter McWilliams
When Bad Things Happen to Good People by Harold S. Kushner
Shattered Dreams by Larry Crabb
90 Minutes in Heaven by Don Piper
Who Moved My Cheese by Spencer Johnson, M.D.
The Best Question Ever by Andy Stanley
The Principle of the Path by Andy Stanley
Rebuilding—When Your Relationship Ends by Dr. Bruce Fisher & Dr. Robert Alberti
The Grace of God by Andy Stanley
Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey
What To Do On the Worst Day of Your Life by Brian Zahnd
Hope For The Separated—Wounded Marriages Can Be Healed by Gary Chapman
Melissa—A Father’s Lessons from a Daughter’s Suicide by Frank Page with Lawrence Kimbrough
Read God’s word daily and with your children, if possible.
Do all you can to take your children “by thee hands and lead them in the ways of the Master” Ephesians 6:4
Does the way you treat your children glorify God?
As you first go through your new life as a single parent you will probably find that your faith is not what you thought it was. You will question God, yourself, your children and others in your life. You will question them ALL. Eventually everyone does.
But as you work through your new found single parent life your faith in God, in yourself, in your children and in others will grow and become stronger.
Communication with God is a good first step. You will certainly find the guidance you need.
Try to keep your eyes on God whatever happens.
God sees the whole picture, He knows everything.
You must intentionally create a culture of faith within your home for the sake of your children’s well being.
Without a personal relationship with God, your tough times will be even tougher.
If you will listen to God’s voice and do what is right in His eyes, He will heal you – He will make you whole again.
“A faith untested, is no faith at all.”
No matter what your situation in life is now.
It’s time to move forward again!
When you move forward you make new memories.
But you have to move forward.
Making new memories can be fun! Surprise, surprise…
There is nothing wrong with old memories. It’s just that new memories are needed now.
You need new memories. Your children also need new memories. You both need new memories together.
New memories can be just as precious as your old memories.
Get the focus off of what no longer is and pave the way to building new memories.
Transform a day of painful reminders into a day of pleasant memories.
“A memory is what is left when something happens and
does not completely unhappen.” Edward de Bono
“So live that your memories will be part of your happiness.” Unknown
Focus on a positive outcome.
Plan for it.
It will happen.
You will make it happen.
Positive is always better than negative.
Good comes from thinking positive.
Be Positive – for both you and your children.
If you think you can, you can.
If you think you can’t, you can’t.
“You’ve done it before and you can do it now. See the positive possibilities.
Redirect the substantial energy of your frustration and turn it into positive,