The Virtuous Mom: Having the Courage to Believe

Faith means different things to different people I think.

But faith is the substance of things hoped for the evidence of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1 Because if you already see it then what’s the point of hoping for it? (paraphrase).

When you have no one to depend on, your only recourse is to have faith that things will work out.

However it is true that “…faith without works is dead,” James 2:17

Meaning if you need a job but you never look for one it is highly unlikely you will get one no matter how much you believe you will.

When you are mothering solo it may seem like you are all alone. Yet, I find that having faith in God brings me peace. And usually that faith is “rewarded” by an answer I didn’t quite expect.

For example, when my youngest became a teenager, he was quite lippy. I was tired, overworked and overwhelmed. I realize I couldn’t handle him and I wasn’t interested in getting into a shouting match with him every day. I tried that once and I almost had a stroke — literally.

So I just said to God. “He’s yours. Handle it.”

Trust me Olivia Pope has nothing on God. When he handles it. IT’S HANDLED.

My youngest is now a hardworking college student. Charting his own path. I have heard him encouraging and advising guys four years his senior. I marvel at his wisdom.

Faith Takes Courage
On faith alone, I gave away all my possessions. I then moved with my kids to New York City (900 miles away), to accept a two-week temporary job. That was eight and a half years ago and I still work for the same company.

I didn’t have all the answers. Truth be told, I had none. I just trusted that God knew more than I did.

I was scared out of my mind. But when your back is against the wall. When your children’s survival depends on the decision you make — you move — on faith. Because you have nothing else.

Acting on faith (works) take courage. If you are a single mom, you are no doubt intimately familiar with courage.

So have faith. Believe that He can and He will. I know some of you don’t believe in God. What can I tell you? I can only share what I’ve experienced.

You have to ask yourself the question: Why have faith in someone who is just as weak and faulty as you are?

One thought on “The Virtuous Mom: Having the Courage to Believe

  1. Pingback: The Virtuous Mom: Having the Courage to Believe « JRosemarie, Make it Yours

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