Finding the light of Christmas can be such a challenge for single moms. We work hard to make beautiful Christmas memories for our children. We pour ourselves into making that happen, which can often make us feel exhausted and weary.
However, I know that you are seen, dear one.
Those nights working late to get a little extra Christmas cash…you are seen.
That day when you struggle to put up the tree and the Christmas lights and your heart feels lonely, but you still have that smile on your face…you are seen.
The nights after you put the kids to bed when you sit quietly by yourself thinking of how will the gifts be purchased and if you are creating enough Christmas memories…you are seen.
The days when you are shopping by yourself and watching couples shop together and that deep longing hits you. You so desperately wish you had someone to shop with as well…you are seen.
The Christmas day the children have to be at their dad’s and you feel so sad and wish that things were different…you are seen.
I know these moments can be filled with worry. But dear sweet friend, take a deep breath and know that you are doing an amazing job! Everything you do is making a heart memory for your children and making moments your children will cherish for years to come.
It’s easy to fall into a comparison game and somehow always feel like you fall short. The truth, though, is that on a night long ago, the King of kings was born into this world to bring HOPE.
Hope to the heart of a weary single mom.
Hope to the heart of children being raised by single moms.
Hope to broken relationships and broken hearts.
Let his Hope flood over you and know that this is what Christmas is all about…HOPE.
So tonight when the kids have gone to bed and the worries start to come, lean back in the arms of Jesus. Know that this Christmas is not about a lot of gifts, money, or things. Let your mind think on a night long ago when the King of kings was born to bring LIGHT to a dark world. Let that light penetrate through the very darkness of loneliness, depression, and sadness. Let it burst through your heart and bring HOPE. Turn on that beloved Christmas song “Joy to the World” and let it flow over your weary heart!
I promise God fiercely loves you and is so proud of you. He sees you and hears your whispered prayers late at night. His eyes light up when he sees you working so hard for your family. So let his love bring hope to your heart! This is my prayer for each of us as we move into this Christmas season.
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” —Romans 15:13