Today: Saturday, December 07, 2019

The faith of a 30-something single mum    (6/8/2008 1)

From a young age we're all told to tell the truth. Even if we don't like what we hear or the consequences we have to face, honesty is the best policy, and I speak this from the heart.

Without even realising it, Christian values have been a part of my life since I was born. My parents met at their church youth club and took us to services until we were confirmed and allowed to make our own choices regarding our faith. So I let mine lapse.

It wasn't until I had a daughter of my own that I made my own decision to join a church. Until then, my job and a busy lifestyle had been my priority. Even so, those Christian morals of honesty, integrity and kindness stayed with me—but it was a desire for my daughter to hear the teachings and messages that brought me back to the fold, so to speak. It's as well God doesn't hold any grudges. I suppose you could say I have been a fairweather Christian, and still am to a certain extent.

The strength of my faith really came to the test when, a few months after returning to church, my marriage broke down and couldn't be salvaged, leaving me a single mum to a one-year-old girl. I felt angry I had been put in that position, a failure, and that I had been let down—not only by my husband, but by God as well.

Several years on, I still find it hard to forgive my ex-husband, but I see it happened for a reason and that I am now a stronger, better person who is more compassionate towards others. In many ways it feels that God drew me back in to a safe place which has provided comfort and support through the many difficult times, the impact such that I now help out at Sunday School, passing on his word to the young.

It isn't always easy being patient, kind and forgiving—but I've kept my faith in God, and it seems he guides me back onto his chosen path when I stray.

Pray: Father, I have plans for my life, too. What if, like Nicola, my life doesn't turn out the way I imagine? Help me to understand that your plan for my life is the perfect plan, and to put my trust in you rather than trying to do things in my own strength. Amen.

Think about: Has anything terrible ever happened in your life, which you would have done almost anything to prevent at the time - and yet from which good has, surprisingly, come? Can you imagine that God may have played a part in that, without your realising it?

Challenge: The Bible is full of stories of people whose lives don't turn out like they expected, but whom God blesses through their adversity. Read the remarkable book of Ruth - it's very short - and see how trusting in God can lead to new life. (Follow the link, and use the buttons at the bottom of the page to read the next chapter/s.)

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