Forget the Former Things
By Linda Ranson Jacobs
Isaiah 43:18-19 “Forget the former things; do not dwell
on the past. See, I am doing a new thing. Now it springs
up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the
desert and streams in the wasteland.”
This scripture is a vision for every single parent.
Let us forget what brought you to this point of being
a single parent and concentrate on what God has in store
for you. God does have a plan for you. It may be hard
to realize that right now. You may be hurt, angry, or
discouraged. You might be so overwhelmed that you can
hardly get through the day. But you will get through
the day because you love your children. I hope you are
a mom who loves the Lord too because God promises in
His word to comfort us. “In the multitudes of my anxieties
within me, your comforts delight my soul.” (Psalm 94:19)
Accept God’s comfort. Let Him delight your soul.
Create order in your life and develop a routine that
everyone in the family can depend upon. Routines help
children feel safe because they know what is going to
happen next. As your children grow, the routines will
change. One of the things I did was to have a short devotion
time when my kids were in elementary school. We kept
it simple by using LifeWay’s “Open Windows. My kids learned
to share prayer request with each other and with me.
When my daughter started middle school, our routine
had to change because she had to be out of the house
early every morning. It took a while to get in the swing
of a new routine but we did it. When my son started middle
school and my daughter entered high school things really
got confusing. We went from the calm quiet devotion time
to every one scurrying through the house every morning,
trying to get out the door on time. No matter how hectic
things got, I still wanted to teach my kids to pray.
Now years later when something big is happening in their
adult lives, they will call me and ask me to pray for
them or pray with them. My children’s lives are full.
Both are married, have children and love the Lord. My
life has moved on and the Lord has never left my side.
I’ve made it through the desert and the Lord continues
to flow as a mighty rushing mountain stream in all I
“See, I am doing a new thing. Now it springs up; do
you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert
and streams in the wasteland.” Isaiah 43:19
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therapist, or lawyer. These suggestions are simply suggestions
and not guaranteed solutions to your particular problems.
Linda offers this information because she was a single
mom for years and ran a child care where the majority
of her children were from single parent families. She
offers support, encouragement, and suggestions to help
you succeed as a single parent.