Jennifer Maggio is considered a leading authority on single parents and womens issues. She is an award-winning author and speaker who draws from her own experiences through abuse, homelessness, and teen pregnancy to inspire audiences everywhere. She is founder of The Life of a Single Mom Ministries and writes for dozens of publications. She has been featured with hundreds of media outlets, including The 700 Club, Daystar Television, Moody Radio, Focus on the Family, and many more. For more information, visit thelifeofasinglemom.com.
Holidays of any kind can be tough for a mother who is parenting alone, especially if you are new to your role as a single mom. But Mother’s Day is perhaps one of the most difficult for single mothers. It can serve as a reminder of all the things that once were, but are no longer. It can hint at all of a single mom’s insecurities and provoke such thoughts, as I’m not the mother I want to be. I failed my children. I shouldn’t have to be alone today or others.
Single moms, I want to encourage you that today is a day a celebration. It is a day that is all about celebrating the gift that your children are in your life. Don’t put a ton of pressure on yourself (or others) to make today perfect. When we expect for any holiday to be perfect, it isn’t. We become disappointed that we don’t fit into the storybook lives that others seem to have.
Here’s a thought:
None of us fit into the perfect storybook life! It’s all imagined. That’s why it’s a storybook.
Here are some quick tips on how to survive and enjoy Mother’s Day.
Your day can be as special as you want it to be, but your choice today must be clear. You must draw the proverbial line in the sand and say, “Today is the day that the Lord has given me. I will choose to rejoice today and be glad in it.” Your Mother’s Day may not look like you ever pictured it to look, but God is with you and has blessed you. You are highly favored, chosen, complete and whole. You are not less than, you are more than.
Jennifer Maggio is a mother of three, wife of Jeff, author, speaker, and CEO of The Life of a Single Mom Ministries. She has a passion to see God's people living in complete freedom and celebrating the joy of every season. For more information, visit www.thelifeofasinglemom.com.