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.
One of the most important things that we can do for one another is serve. And the best serve projects come from those who have been through what you've been through and know the pain. That can be true of cancer ministry or prison ministry or a myriad of other niche ministries. Single moms' ministry is no different. It is so important that the 15 million single mothers in the United States who are raising 25 million children know that they are loved and cared for and that they have time, talent, and treasures that can impact the Kingdom as well.
Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching. Hebrews 10:25 (NIV)
One of the best parts of being in community with other believers is that we are there to encourage one another in our faith. For that single mom friend who feels as though nobody is there, you may be the only source of encouragement for her. She may be so consumed with the circumstances of life that perhaps she’s lost sight of the promises of God concerning her. God will trust you to remind His precious daughter of who they are in the Lord, how wonderful they are and how loved they are by God.
Discouragement will cause us to do one of three things isolate or congregate. Your sister in Christ may avoid church or any similar gathering, such as a single moms group, Bible study, etc. Maybe she didn’t feel like she was good enough or that her life is too different to fit in. On the other hand, another single mom may only show up when she feels like her life is so heavily burdened that she can barely function. For her, fellowship with others is just what she feels she needs at that time. In either of those situations, you can be an encouragement. For some of us, encouragement comes more naturally and others of us have to be more intentional. Ask God to give you a heart for encouraging others, creative ways to do it and the discipline to make it a daily practice.
What are some ways single moms can be an encouragement to other single moms?
Remember that God created us as relational beings. He places us in a body of believers where we can receive and give encouragement. So as you live in close relationship with other single moms, be ever ready to encourage them and show God’s love through your good deeds.
Who can you encourage today? Who has encouraged you recently that you can thank? What promise from God’s Word can you share with a mom right now? How might God use it?
Jennifer Maggio is a national author and speaker, mom to three, wife of Jeff, and CEO/Founder of The Life of a Single Mom Ministries. She is chauffeur, chief dishwasher, carpool queen, and duct tape aficionado. But more importantly, she is passionate about teaching women how to find complete freedom in Christ. For more information, visit www.jennifermaggio.com.
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