CLEARLY, God is still on the move! It’s amazing what can happen when you step out in faith. About this time last year our board decided to negotiate for the purchase of a much needed new building, not knowing where the money would come from. As we’ve stretched our faith, we have seen so many …Read More
In the early centuries of church history, the Hebrew foundations of Christianity were removed due to anti-Jewish biases and the cost to both Jews and Christians was huge. Context and culture are incredibly important for understanding the Bible correctly. Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper was painted in 1498 and over half a millennia later …Read More
Dear friend, If you’ve recently started reading our devotional, The Word for Today… you’ve made a really good choice. Now I’d like to encourage you to now go the extra step of forming the good habit of setting aside a little time for each daily devotion and Bible readings. This very simple routine will help …Read More
Dear friends, The gap has never been wider. Recently the church has been in the headlines for all the wrong reasons. The distance between the average Australian and God’s Word has perhaps never been as great as today. Add in busy lifestyles, a persuasive entertainment culture, and ‘always on’ media and you have a population …Read More
Dear friends, SEEDS are amazing, aren’t they? So tiny, yet one seed can produce a massive tree that gives us air to breathe, food to eat, shade on a hot day, and materials for tools and shelter. They stabilise the soil and provide a home for the birds and other wildlife. In the 231 years …Read More
‘He gives the childless woman a family, making her a happy mother.’ Psalm 113:9 NLT
Imagine the agony a single parent goes through when they are required by a court order to send their child for an extended visit with the other parent. Yes, it’s necessary and it’s fair, but it can be painful.
One single mum described her feelings this way: ‘I feel an incredible sense of loss. The loneliness immediately starts to set in, I worry constantly about their safety, but I resist the urge to call every hour to see how they’re doing. And when they do call me to tell me how much fun they’re having, I grieve over the fact that they’re having a life completely separate from my own. My only consolation is knowing that they’re coming home soon. But I’m haunted by the fear that they won’t want to come home to me.’
For the single parent who identifies with this hurting mother, there’s a way to get through the painful period of waiting. Instead of seeing this time alone as a period of isolation and deprivation, view it as an opportunity to recharge your batteries and reinvigorate your spirit. Spend time with friends. Read your Bible and pray. Return to a hobby you’ve set aside. Fill your hours with things that are impossible amid the responsibility of childcare, recognising that your children will benefit when you do. They’ll return to a re-energised you, instead of one coming off a time of depression. God says, ‘My grace is all you need.’ (2 Corinthians 12:9 NLT) Today draw on His grace.
SoulFood: Lev 1–4, Matt 27:11–26, Ps 25:1–7, Pro 9:17
The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright © 2020