Over the past few days, I’ve heard things that encouraged me. They also moved me to tears. I still hate that!
When my sister in law called to see what was going on with Lee, she said, “You’ve been strong for so long.”
Funny how a simple little sentence caused tears to gather in my eyes. I blinked them away and continued the conversation. She probably didn’t know the emotions her comment stirred in me.
I don’t know why but for some reason it’s easier for me to be “strong” when no one talks about it. As soon as someone mentions something about it, I melt into a bowl of jelly!
Yet I am glad she said it. It felt good to hear that she knew it is hard.
In church on Sunday, Pastor said something about parenting. I’m not even sure what he said exactly. Then he said, “Let me stop for a minute. I’m not talking about single parents here. If you know someone who is single parenting, I want you to know they have the hardest job in the world. They have to fill a role they weren’t created to fill. It’s incredibly hard and you need to encourage them.”
My parenting is far less single than it’s been for the past several years. But it’s still fresh and I’m still adjusting to having a partner. I was blessed to hear Pastor say that it’s hard. It IS hard. I pray that I never forget how hard it was.
I want to be an encouragement to single moms for as long as I’m able to minister.
If you know someone going through any type of struggle please take time to encourage them. Sometimes it’s encouraging just to hear that others know that it’s hard.