Every Single Day: Devotional Moments for the Solo Mom (Motherhood Club)

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Imagine taking a refreshing two-minute time-out that will bring godly encouragement to the maddening pace of any day. That's just what Donna Huisjen has created with her fast-paced daily readings that combine a brief story, a scriptural reflection, a prayer, and an inspirational thought to take you through the day. As a single adoptive mom who raised three special-needs daughters, her struggles and joys will strike a familiar chord with any mother. Her thoughts on topics such as character development, compassion, appreciating each child's uniqueness, and savoring simple pleasures are sure to brighten every single day with positive perspective-builders.

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If you've picked up this book, the chances are that you and I share two characteristics. First, we're both moms. This common identity suffuses our lives with much of their color and vibrancy. Despite the inevitable stresses, it's a primary source of our zest, our buoyancy, our resilience. Second, we both happen to be, for one reason or another, going it alone as parents. This is not a commentary on our parenting ability or potential for success, or even an implied negative. Based solely on your own private, highly personal experiences with this aspect of your parenting, though, the chances are that you can testify to an added dimension of pressure and complication moms working in tandem with supportive husbands might never suspect.
Our children, circumstances, temperaments, backgrounds, and outlooks vary as much as those of any moms. We struggle along on ADC or enjoy the advantages of a PHD, tread water to maintain a precarious living standard or float along with relative ease.
And the explanations for our singleness are fully as diverse. We range from divorcees (with varying custody arrangements); to widows; to never-married women who have entered motherhood through pregnancy, adoption, guardianship, or foster-parenting; to single grandmothers, aunts, or sisters bearing shared or sole responsibility for children. And the list goes on.
My number-one goal in this book is to relate to you as mom to mom. In so doing I've chosen to use observations and personal stories, both from my own childhood and from my experiences as mother and grandmother. Since I make no attempt to provide in these meditations a composite picture of me, I feel it only fair to explain myself briefly. I'm the single adoptive mother of three grown daughters: Amanda (husband Doug), Angela (ex-husband Walter), and Khristina. Walter maintains custody of his and Angie's three children: Walter Jr., Rebecca, and Tavis.
My experiences with parenting three "special needs" daughters have been interesting. I've made no attempt to be comprehensive in relating the details, inserting them only in snippets as they connect to the topic at hand. If the particulars of my anecdotes and examples don't apply to you personally, it's still my hope that our shared mom factor will provide the commonality we need for my thoughts to reach and touch you at a meaningful level.
I've provided a brief summary statement ("takeaway") at the end of each weekday's meditation--something to carry with you throughout your day, possibly during those otherwise idle moments while you're sitting in traffic or waiting to pick up a child. The Saturday material offers you an opportunity to "wrap up" the points you've internally packaged and pondered during the week: an invitation to review the five "takeaways," a chance to "tuck away" an additional encouraging verse related to each of them, and a "give away" for each day--a suggestion for how you might pass along insights from the week to other single mothers with whom you might cross paths.
God bless you, Mom!
Donna Huisjen (2006)

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Every single solo mom longs for moments like these.
      And that's just what this twelve-week devotional book supplies. Designed with the busy single mom in mind, each devotional takes just five minutes. In those five refreshing minutes, you'll experience an inspirational scripture, a devotional message, an uplifting prayer, and a short "take away" statement that will last all day long.
      Start or end your day with just a moment--a moment that will bring you closer to God and ready to face the challenges of every single day.

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