I only have two topics of encouragement that I can give that I am 100% certain are foolproof. I give them to you with every ounce of love that flows from the Lord through me.
Jesus: You need Him and He wants you. This is the only relationship in which you will ever be overwhelmingly the recipient. Everything you need, He has and wants to give to you; companionship, guidance, comfort, provision, protection, wisdom, joy, favor, validation...you name it…He has it!
As a parent, you must understand that there are dark days ahead. You will face material, emotional, and spiritual deficits that you cannot (nor were you ever meant to) face alone.
Whether you are married or unmarried, without Christ, you are essentially functioning alone (as a lone person in their own strength). I have come to know personally that this way of navigating life is catastrophic to both you and your child/children.
If you don’t have a personal relationship with Jesus, I beg of you to get one as soon as possible. This relationship that I speak of does not include: perfect attendance at church, being perfect (no such thing exists for anyone but Jesus at this time), attending every church function held, volunteering at church, never sinning, changing the way you dress or even your friends.
A relationship with Jesus begins with accepting Him as your Lord and Savior and is nurtured by spending time with Him in His Word…the Bible and praying. If this sounds difficult…no worries…it’s not.
1. Romans 10:9-10 9 If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. You pray this right now if you never have: Jesus, I am a sinner and believe that you died on the cross for my sins. I receive the free gift of salvation that you died to give me. I ask that you come into my life and be my Lord and Savior. In your name Jesus I pray. Amen. That’s it! Nothing else to do! You are now and forever forgiven of every sin you ever committed or will ever commit for as long as you live. God now sees you as He sees His perfect Son Jesus.
2. The Bible is hard to understand. God’s very own Holy Spirit lives in everyone who has accepted Christ…that means You! He will help you understand it and bring people into your life to help you as well. Joining a Bible Study is very helpful and it’s about learning who God is and who we are in Him. The Bible is full of instruction on how to live in this world and glorify God (i.e., raising children, dealing with unfair treatment, how to treat others and yourself, how to relate to authority figures, how to be single and how to be married, etc.).
3. Praying is just a term used to describe communicating with God. It is just you communicating with Him. He doesn’t need elaborate words. He wants you to genuinely come to Him with praises for who He is and requests for what you need (Side Note: He already knows, but wants to see you trust Him enough to ask for yourself) WITHOUT LIMITATIONS!
Pride: It is the epitome of self-reliance and the killer of every dream, hope, or aspiration anyone can have. Pride says, “I don’t need anyone. I can do this on my own.” It will keep you from accepting assistance and wisdom when you need it most. Worst of all, it will keep you from accepting Jesus—the one who holds all that you need in His loving hands.
I don’t know much, but I know these things for certain. I’ve had many years to live this and compare my life before and after relying on the Lord Jesus. I’ve also had the displeasure of watching others make opposite choices and the unfortunate consequences that followed. I pray that you will heed these words and follow them so that your life will be blessed beyond measure.
With deepest love and affection,
Mrs. Zuhura A. Gober
Zuhura Gober is a dedicated servant of The Lord, a wife and a mother. I am honored to host such a phenomenal woman of faith and encouragement here in this space. What makes this post so unique and special is that she is my mom. My mom is the epitome of a Proverbs 31 woman. Enjoy a couple throwbacks of me and my mommy!