Studying on the names of God recently, I have had some spiritual revelations about Who and What God is in my life. Being a single mom means the weight of responsibility in your household rests solely on you. Sometimes it’s hard to explain your struggles when you talk to couples who have never been divorced and married for years to the same spouse. I remember talking to one of my girlfriends who literally said she didn’t think I had it so bad. She felt single all the time even though she was married and had been to the same man for over twenty years.
Now, I’m not sure if it’s the same for all single moms because some may not have been married or lived long term with their children’s fathers. But if you have ever had a man in your life full time it is extremely difficult to adjust to not having one. Little things you take for granted. Like, knowing there is some peace of mind when you go to sleep at night that you are not alone if something happens; knowing that there IS opportunity for money to come in from somewhere other than your own sources as you juggle the house and the kids.
Out of all the wonderful names of God in the Bible the one that touched me the most during this study was Yahweh-raah, my Shepherd. The role of the shepherd in Biblical times was an important one. The flock was watched over 24/7/365. The responsibility of the flock was great. It required seeing to the feeding of the lambs and the sheep by bringing them to good pasture lands and water, grooming and clipping the flock, delivering new lambs, leading the flock and teaching them to stay together, going off after the wandering lost ones, and protecting the sheep night and day in every way.
My prayer is that you can learn to give over every care in your life
to the Shepherd and let Him see to every care you have.