Monday, December 22, 2008
Merry Christmas to all the Single Moms and Dads out there
As a writer, often I wonder where to start. Should I start at the climax of the story and blast my reader smack dab into the middle of chaos, tragedy, love or whatever God has in store for my story that day? Or should I work my way backwards leaving my readers in suspense?
Today, I want to start at the beginning...in chronological order. I was born and raised in a tiny Texas town where single motherhood was unheard of and "happily" married couples were the norm.
My how times have changed.
It is no surprise to tell you that the national divorce rate was 45% in 2002. Is it growing? It seems like it, but I saw an article today that the nation's divorce rate has steadily decreased since 1979. Praise Jesus! But, as it is based per capita, I wonder if this coincides with an increasing population or the fact that many people are choosing to live together instead of making it official under God. hrmmmmmmmmmmm
What I do know is: God loves the widows and the orphans (James 1:27; Deuteronomy 10:18). He mentions over and over again in His word that Jesus came that we may have life and have it IN FULL (John 10:10), which in other translations is with ABUNDANCE. Abundance in the Lord. Wow. What a blessing. He also said in John 6:63 that His words are life.
In this human-ness we live in divorce happens. Life happens. Husbands and wives go to war in far off lands. Husbands and wives just leave. They even die. But God loves us and lifts us up and holds us in His mighty and comforting hands...even when we don't feel it or believe it. He is there. And He brings life. He brings life whether you are married, divorced, a widow or a single person who has a child. He does not discriminate and is no respecter of persons (Acts 10:33). He placed you here to raise His children on earth. He knew what He was doing all along. Our Father is good like that. ;o)
Allow His abundance and love to wash over you this Christmas season. Allow Him to show you His miracles for you that are bigger and better than you could ever ask or think. He is good. And His promises are true. Believe it. He believes in you. :o)
And always remember, Jesus is the reason for season. Whether you accept Him as your savior or not. He came here for you. He was born and made man, took on all your sins and died on the cross for you so you may have eternal life. Accept Him into your heart. Proclaim His name to the nations. Or to the people next door. God is good, and His mercy endures forever.
Merry Christmas and much love,