5. Help her kids love on her.
Holidays are hard on single moms for obvious reasons. But sometimes, also for practical ones. She very likely doesn’t have someone to take her kids shopping for her on Christmas, her birthday, or Mother’s Day. Even if she has local support from her family, take the initiative to help her kids surprise her randomly.
If it’s not a holiday, create your own “Celebrate Mama” day and get them the supplies to make thank-you cards for her, or simply new art for the fridge. Remember, her kids are going through their own battles and aren’t necessarily equipped with the ideas or means to give her gifts or make her smile right now. Help them out by offering to take them to the store and pick out a small gift, or picking up some (age-appropriate) craft supplies and making a surprise project.
Remember, not only is a single mom working through her own pain, she's also trying to help her children navigate theirs. She is forced to do the work of two parents, all while coping with her own emotions and keeping a brave front for her kids. Receiving a gift from her children blesses her in a unique way and soothes some of those achy spots. It reminds her that her hard work is worth it, and that she’s not alone.
If these methods of help don’t resonate or aren’t something you can afford right now, remember you can always pray. Prayer isn’t a last resort for a single mom, it’s the only resort. She is physically, spiritually, and emotionally incapable of making it through this incredibly hard season in life without prayer.
Pray for her family’s protection. Pray for her heart. Pray for her children’s emotional healing. Pray for the Lord to bless them financially. Pray for her potential future spouse. Pray for wisdom and discernment and for truth to be heard over lies. Prayer is a precious gift that’s free—and yet, at the same time, priceless.
“Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing praise.” (James 5:13)
Betsy St. Amant Haddox is the author of fourteen inspirational romance novels and novellas. She resides in north Louisiana with her newlywed hubby, two story-telling young daughters, a collection of Austen novels, and an impressive stash of Pickle Pringles. Betsy has a B.A. in Communications and a deep-rooted passion for seeing women restored in Christ. When she's not composing her next book or trying to prove unicorns are real, Betsy can usually be found somewhere in the vicinity of a white-chocolate mocha. Look for her latest novel with HarperCollins, LOVE ARRIVES IN PIECES, and POCKET PRAYERS FOR FRIENDS with Max Lucado. Visit her at http://www.betsystamant.com./
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