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click for more The Single Mom’s Workplace Survival Guide
Balancing work, parenting, and running a household while finding time for family, friends, or spiritual growth may seem impossible. Having raised her children as a single mom, author Brenda Armstrong understands and lived to write about it.

Daily CareerTIP® Advice
Monday - Two are better than one single mom
God designed the family with two parents for good reason. Two heads are better than one; so are two hands, eyes, ears, hearts…your survival is easier when there are two. Smart people take a buddy with them when they hike in the woods or swim because they realize that a buddy may save their lives in case of an emergency. In single parenting, you don’t have that built-in partner, but you can make it. God understands and has made provision for you. He has promised you a buddy who will never leave you, who has the power to help you, and who loves you and always has your best interest in mind. "The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged." (Deut. 31:8 NIV)

Tuesday - Finding contentment as a single mom
Most people don’t grow up thinking I want to be a single parent and certainly do not ask for the financial struggles that come with it. Many single moms live in the realm of “what if”…if they could just change the past, find that new Mr. Right, or get a higher paying job, their problems would be solved. The solution is not money or a man, it is focus. Pursuing provision instead of the Provider won’t find you contentment. Finding a better job or another person will not save you. It is God alone who can provide what you really need. Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, "Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you." (Hebrews 13:5 NIV)

Wednesday - God's provision for single moms
Why do you worry about things you can’t control? God knows you have needs, and he has already made provision. He has given you intelligence, skills, values, and personality to earn a living and provide for your family. He believes in you. Take a few moments today to write down the things that God has given you. Is your confidence in him and his provision? This is a delicate balance—trusting God and what he has given you and using your gifts to provide. Then Jesus said: "Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?" (Luke 12:22, 25-26 NIV)

Thursday - A single mom's survival attitude
Your attitude may be hindering you from seeing life from the right perspective. You need to get to the place where you can accept the fact that if things were supposed to be different, they would be. This requires a trust in God’s sovereignty. Do you believe that he loves you and has a plan for your life? If you do, then you have to believe that he is working that plan for you even when you don’t see evidence of it. God isn’t trying to hide his will from you. The bottom line is — God knows how to get you where you need to be if you are willing to go there. Hanging on to the past or what “should be” will only keep you stuck. "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." (Jeremiah 29:11 NIV)

Friday - Work conditioning for single moms
Getting in shape for sports takes persistence, practice, and the right equipment. If you are not properly trained and equipped, you may face serious injury. Most single moms enter the job arena with little preparation, often taking the first paying job that comes along. It may never have occurred to you that God made you the way you are for a reason. What were you like as a child? What do people say about you, good or bad? A negative characteristic may be the flip side of a positive strength. Your God-given skills and abilities are your tools for survival. Now is the time to stop and rediscover what God has given you and begin to develop and strengthen those tools. "I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well." (Psalms 139:14 NIV)

Saturday - Overcoming single mom pride
You may work very hard doing all you can to provide and find that sometimes the money just isn’t there. This doesn’t mean that you’re failing. God wants us totally dependent on Him, which means our self sufficiency will fail at times. He also wants us interdependent upon each other; he supplies others to help you when you have needs and will supply you to help others at times. We see it as a blessing to give but don’t see it as a blessing to receive. Yet, part of God’s immeasurable gift includes provision that he sometimes delivers through other people. Are you open to asking God how he would provide in your time of need? "Our desire is not that others might be relieved while you are hard pressed, but that there might be equality. At this time your abundance may be a supply for their want, that their abundance also may be a supply for your want: that there may be equality." (2 Cor. 8:13-14 NIV)

Sunday - Single moms - "This too shall pass!"
“How long, O Lord?” is the lament of many single parents. Some struggle with work and finances for many years. No matter how long and hard the journey seems single parenting is a season. It will end; your children grow up. But there is one thing you can count on through it all: God is faithful. During this journey you will discover more about trusting God and in His provision than many believers ever learn. Your faith will grow tremendously. Many single moms have been where you are and survived. They succeeded, and so can you. "Praise be to the Lord, to God our Savior, who daily bears our burdens." (Psalms 68:19 NIV)


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