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The Truest Heart! | Single Mom Survival SUCCESS – Single Mum, Parents Article

Red hearts, red tissue paper, red-covered boxes of chocolates, and store lined with red valentine cards. Yep, its that time of year when men are stressed what to get their sweetheart, singles feel left out, and the merchants are laughing all the way to the bank. I am not a fan of Valentines. It can be a sad day, an extremely pressured time for what could have been or longing for any kind of love.  (now don’t get me wrong,…

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WHEN YOU FEEL YOU JUST CAN’T – Single Mum, Parents Article

There are times in people’s lives, and I am sure yours, when you just can’t. You feel you just can’t: -believe you have the ability to move ahead -believe that good will come out of what you are going through -believe that God is on your side -believe that you will have strength for another day -believe that things will get better I don’t think I’m the only one that feels they just can’t.  That is why there are hotlines…

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When a Momma Encourages Her Kids – Single Mum, Parents Article

Do these situations sound familiar?  You have stood, in the pouring rain, at your kid’s school field day cheering them on.  Proudly took pictures of the ballerina performances and music recitals.  Do you remember watching in horror as your child got flattened on the soccer field and you reach for your phone ready to call 911?  It’s was the time when you wiped the tears from your face as they head off to prom, or you found yourself on your…

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A Timeless Story of Truth – Single Mum, Parents Article

And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people.  Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.  This will be a sign to you: You…

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Thankful Despite… | Single Mom Survival SUCCESS – Single Mum, Parents Article

Have you taken a few minutes lately to breathe and reflect on being thankful? It is good from time to time to make a mental list of things in our lives we can be grateful for. I know sometimes it is a challenge. There are been times I have had to really think hard. Here are a few: Money for the rent or mortgage Food to fill the tummy Good friends Good health An adoptive or maternal family Hobbies that…

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Life on a Trampoline | Single Mom Survival SUCCESS – Single Mum, Parents Article

Our neighbours have a trampoline with a tall net surrounding the edges where their kids spend endless hours. (they gave me permission to take this picture). Many times, as I drive by, I see them jumping and doing flips. Thank goodness for that safety net! I think if I tried what they did, a 911 call would have to be made! Oh, to be young! That trampoline reminds me of emotions.  Some days we are up, other days we are…

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The Littlest of Trees | Single Mom Survival SUCCESS – Single Mum, Parents Article

The trees on our property have taught me some great lessons this past Autumn.  We have had some brilliant colours splashed on our trees this year. The Fall winds are beginning to make some of our trees bare but along our driveway I found the littlest of a Maple tree. Surrounded by all the dead leaves and stuck on rocky ground stands such a bright and colourful little tree made up of 4 leaves. I see it every time I…

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Fallen Leaves | Single Mom Survival SUCCESS – Single Mum, Parents Article

The winds of Autumn took the beautifully colored leaves and made them dance to the ground. That is the time when I love to walk through the crunchy leaves and smell the familiar scent knowing that Autumn is here. It has made me think about the ‘pretty’ things we have gathered in our lives that we cling to which keep us from moving ahead in victory. Its time to release them like those leaves and let them fall away.  …

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JUST LIKE MY TREE! | Single Mom Survival SUCCESS – Single Mum, Parents Article

Along our river stands a tree that changes colour early every season. It’s beauty stands out in stark contrast to those beside it. I thought about us who are Christ-followers and how we are  to reflect Jesus in a world of chaos and hurt. Make your light shine, so that others will see the good that you do and will praise your Father in heaven. Matthew 5:16 (CEV) A challenge for me would be to ask that when people look…

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MERCY,  MERCY ME! – Single Mum, Parents Article

Have you been feeling overwhelmed or defeated?  Does it feel that life has handed you enough stress for the rest of your life?  I can honestly say, I have felt that.  Just when I think the knot at the end of the rope is about to give way, God’s mercy is the one constant in my life.  His mercies are new every morning. The Lord can always be trusted to show mercy each morning.  Lamentations 3:23 (CEV) During times of…

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