Faith and The Successful Single Mom
By Golda Smith
I decided that it is time for a mini-makeover. A little nip tuck. Not me, but my blog. Over the next few months, you’ll see more articles on finances and parenting, especially as it relates to single moms because I am a single mom. With that being said, I spent some time making my rounds of on the various mommy blogs some of which I love and then there are some where I scratch my head and feel sympathy for these whinny chicks who complain about baby daddies and dating and their jobs and lack of money, truly poverty focused.
Where are the single moms who are running profitable businesses? Who don’t give lip service about having faith but actually live faithfully knowing that they can do all things as long as they have a relationship with the best business partner a gal can have, GOD. To be honest, I was a little nervous about writing this but what the hell. There’s too much at stake.
I spent the morning thinking about what I wanted to share with you today and my mind kept coming back to these single moms. Their anger, resentment, and total lack of faith that they could design and live the life they were meant to live. I also thought about the story of the widow and the oil…you know, from the bible (2 Kings chapter 4). Before anyone freaks out and wonders if I’m getting all religious, the answer is no, but I am spiritual and live by spiritual principals. As a side note, one of my goals this year is to read the bible from Genesis to Revelation.
To get back to the story of the widow and the oil, picture this…back in those days, if you owed a debt and couldn’t pay up, the powers that be would take your children as payment. Pretty damn heartless, if you ask me but that was the custom. Well, here was this widow whose husband recently died. Her husband was a faithful servant to his master and his widow thought that should count for something. So before the debt collector came knocking on her door she spoke to the master and he asked her what she had, all she had was a jar of oil. He then told her to go to her neighbors and gather as many vessels as she could and she did.
Notice, she didn’t stop to ask questions. She didn’t complain about having to maybe inconvenience her neighbors. She didn’t worry about what her neighbors would say about her borrowing their vessels. She didn’t even ask what the vessels were for. She asked for help, was given instructions, and she took action. The next thing is totally wild, she took all the vessels she gathered (which were many) and she filled them each with the oil from her ONE vessel. She then sold the vessels of oil, paid her debt and had a surplus.
Some of you are probably thinking “Whoopee do, what does this have to do with me?” Glad that you asked. This woman is no different than you or I. Her back was against the wall and she had every right to be frightened and to complain BUT she didn’t. She needed some money right now to pay her debt or her children would be taken away and her response was to start a business! How many of you are in a position where you NEED to earn some extra income right now? You may have even prayed for a solution and been presented with an answer but because of your fears, you took no action or you took action but because of your lack of faith, you worked half heartedly.
What I know for sure is that obedience activates faith. Without faith you are guaranteed to fail.
I can hear the excuses “but I’m a single mother”, so what, I am too. “But I can’t afford to start a business”. It’s amazing how many single moms give that objection, but they’re wearing $400 Uggs and carrying coach hand bags. “I don’t have the time”. Strange thing about people, they find the time to do what they want…happens every time. “I don’t know how to run a business”, get some training. “I don’t have any support”, create your own support! Stop making excuses and settling for whatever life throws at you. Take whatever you have and start where you are. Your children are watching; what lessons are they learning?
What are you prepared to do?
Golda Smith is a single mom who is building her "Business From The Kitchen Table" and enjoys working with other moms to get them into the happy zone and living the lives they were meant to live! She has a FREE report entitled “5 Ways To Talk To People Without Picking Up The Phone”. Don’t listen to another dial tone, get this NOW!