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Wednesday, June 4, 2008

From Bill Keller @ Live Prayer

I think this devotional topic is one that has great importance is today's society. Pastor Keller does a fantastic job of letting people know that no matter what you've done in your past, today is the day to allow Jesus Christ to into your heart - He said already paid the price for all of our sins! - Cyber Pastor

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(Romans 8:35-37; 1 John 5:4)

The challenges of being a single mother. Being a mom and raising children is
a 24/7 job that never ends. Even in the perfect context of God's plan to
marry a man who loves the Lord, have children, raise those children in the
admonition of the Lord as the Bible teaches, it is a difficult job. That job
gets exponentially more difficult when a woman is raising her children
alone, having to be mom and dad, the provider, the spiritual head of the
home, all rolled into one.

Sadly in today's culture, there is a large percentage of women who are
raising their children alone for a myriad of reasons. Today, I want to give
a word of encouragement to you single moms out there and make today a
special one for you and your children.

I take a firm Biblical stand on issues like marriage, fornication, being
equally yoked as the Bible commands, and what God's plan for the family is.
First, because it is what God says and His way always works best for our
life. His Word cannot be compromised. Secondly, because we see daily here at
Liveprayer the destroyed lives of those who ignored God in these areas of
their life by doing it their way.

That is why, especially for the young adults who read this Devotional each
day, I do my best to warn them from falling into these traps that can
literally destroy their lives. God has given me a responsibility for sharing
the Truth of His Word. Much of the pain and heartache that we deal with in
this life is because we ignored God, or rebelled against God in some way. I
realize there are cases when the actions of others cause us great pain, but
again, a good percentage of our problems come from OUR decision to ignore
God's plan.

While the world at large says "Do it your way," "Whatever you think is right
is okay," "If it feels good, do it" . . . God says there is only ONE WAY
that is right and that is found in the Bible. God gives us His way because
He loves us! He knows that His way works and the other ways do not! His way
brings us peace, joy, happiness, and blessings. Ignoring His way brings
turmoil, pain, unhappiness, and tragic consequences that can last a

For you single moms, God loves you and will help you see victory despite
whatever has happened in the past. It would be great if we all lived life
the way God planned for us to. It is my prayer daily that those young adults
reading these words each day will take that challenge and do just that. But
for those who have already made some mistakes along the way, who got
off-track from doing it God's way, TODAY IS THE DAY that you can get back on

The key however is doing it God's way from here on out. For whatever reason
you may be raising your children alone, know that God will make you adequate
each day and give you all that you need to be the best parent that you can
be. Your greatest ministry will ALWAYS be to your children. The Lord will
guide you, strengthen you, protect you, provide for you, and bless you and
your children each step of the way as you follow Him!!!

I love you and care about you so much. The key today for you single mothers
is to remember that the past is the past. There are no "do overs" in life.
You can't go back and relive your life. So no matter what situation you may
find yourself in today, know that if you make Christ the Lord of your life,
keep Christ first at all times, do it God's way, you can know the peace, the
joy, and the abundance that this life can offer. Our life is today and
forward until God calls us home. Yesterday is over. Live for today and make
it all that God intends it to be. I will be praying for you and your
children as you go forward with God's blessings!!!

In His love and service,
Your friend and brother in Christ,
Bill Keller