Encouragement for Single Parents

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Single parents have the toughest job on earth. With the overwhelming amount to be done, many feel like they cannot juggle it all and do it well. Rob Rienow, is the Founder of Visionary Family Ministries and has written a number of books on parenting including Visionary Parenting and When They Turn Away. In this post, he suggests how single parents can find encouragement as they focus priorities on their #1 mission. 


Rob's encouragement was "success is impossible. You are not going to get an A+ on everything." Was that encouraging to you? Do you feel like you have to get an A+ on everything in your life? How do you measure up? How does that make you feel?
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Rob suggested parents "choose what is going to get your best and what is going to get less than your best." What are you trying to accomplish on a weekly basis? What are your obligations and responsibilities? Where do you feel like you get an A+? Where do you feel like you cannot keep up? What should you let go?
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Deuteronomy 6:5-9 (CEV)

5 So love the LORD your God with all your heart, soul, and strength.6 Memorize his laws7and tell them to your children over and over again. Talk about them all the time, whether you're at home or walking along the road or going to bed at night, or getting up in the morning.8Write down copies and tie them to your wrists and foreheads to help you obey them.9Write these laws on the door frames of your homes and on your town gates.

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Rob reminded us that the #1 mission in any parent's life is passing our faith to our children. What do you think of that statement? How are you impressing faith on the hearts of your children?
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Rob also reminded us that it's the parent's responsibility to talk about faith and Scripture with our children. What do you do in your home (devotions, prayer, worship, conversations, Scripture memorization) that is pointing your children to Christ?
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Your house may be messy and the meals not gourmet. You may never rise to the top of the corporate ladder or get much sleep. But as you impress the hearts of your children with a love for God, and equip them in the faith, may you see them make a difference in this world for Christ and his kingdom. And as Rob said "at the end of the day, by God's grace, be in heaven together."