I know from experience how daunting a job parenting can be, even though the rewards far outweigh the challenges. I believe that’s why the Lord has special blessings of wisdom, power, and provision for those of us who have been brave enough to tread the pathway of parenthood. Years ago, God showed me a Scripture that gave me great comfort and peace in a difficult time: “He tends His flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in His arms and carries them close to His heart; He gently leads those that have young.” (Isaiah 40:11 NIV) This is the Lord assurance that in good times and in bad, He will tenderly care for us and our children, and He will supply everything we need, as we look to Him for His protection and provision.
This scriptural promise from God should especially encourage single parents, who may often feel painfully alone in trying to raise their children in a godly way. I know a lady who had to change jobs and take a cut in pay in order to properly care for her children. She told the Lord that she was going to lean heavily on His help, and He blessed her with bonuses and rewards from her employer that enabled her to make more money than she ever had before. If you are facing challenging circumstances today as a parent, seek the Lord’s wisdom, and do your best to follow His lead. When you do, you and your family will experience the power and provision that can only come from a mighty and loving Shepherd!