Being a mother is hard work at times. But when you find yourself being mother and father to your children, it sometimes seems impossible. Let me assure you, with you, it probably is, but not with God. Single women with sons may feel very burdened, especially coming out of abusive marriages, custody issues. So how do you teach a boy to be a man as a woman? Teach Him about the perfect man, and how He treated women.
You may find yourself in the predicament of raising girls and wanting them to have a father, then dating becomes a problem. As a Christian, you should not be one of those women who has sleepovers or allows their children lots of ” Uncles “, that being said, there is a real need for girls to have a protective and stable, firm and loving man in their life, possibly, a relative. Girls with absentee, alcoholic or drug addicted fathers and step fathers often wind up marrying the same kind of man she would love to escape.
But make no mistake ladies, God gave women inner strength and if you have to step in and fill the role He will help you do it. There are so many snares of the enemy to fall into. So having a dialogue is essential with children. Be honest, get on the level of smaller ones, try to remember being a teen, and strike up the conversation with them. You don’t have to get into your personal life. That’s is still your decision, but be aware of making a good choice for all of you. God can help with that and the discipline.
Many men may tell you that women can not raise boys to be good men, it takes a man. I beg to differ, knowing of women that have done it. And very successfully I might add. That’s another lie from the enemy. Not necessarily told intentionally by men but a deception, is a deception nonetheless. Jesus was gentle and had more power than any man. Being macho is overrated and being gentle is often confused, it is not being a sissy or a wimp, is not going to make you change your gender.
I think a real man can put on a hat and have a tea party or kick a football. He can bake cookies or cook on the grill. He could be at home at the ballet or the baseball game. Real men who follow Jesus know that while he is the head of the house, that he has someone he is accountable to as well. While I believe hands are not for hurting, in the south, a smack on the bottom never hurt anyone. Abuse is another thing entirely, and men should never lay hands on a woman expect to love or pray for them.
Boys will copy the behavior they say and even girls, years ago it was smoking and language that was the problem. Women endured whatever came along, believing divorce was wrong, even some accepting it was alright to be hit, it must be their fault. Verbal abuse wears you down, you must believe what God says about you. And should it come to the necessity of you being both mother and father, He will a make a way.
It may take a firm hand. You might have to ask the Lord to toughen you a little, but if you have the willing heart to take over both roles, and wait for Him to send you the right spouse, He will help you. I see girls all the time with two or three children, different fathers, never married. I know there are struggling single mothers. I had one ask for prayer once for two jobs to help her girls, I prayed for her one, the best one, pay, benefits. I have to admit, sometimes I struggled with my own worries so that I didn’t think about how hard other women worked or what they suffered in silence, God shines light into the dark, and the devil fears the fact that depression and abuse are topic of discussion, if not in churches, through bloggers.
God will let the Holy Spirit discipline hard to handle boys, you may not see Him at work but He will, if you allow Him to. So don’t be afraid. God is on your side. He will fight for you and defend you if you just be still. Rest is important for any mother.
I know women suffer many things and many trials but God will see you through every one of them. Give God your best and He’s already given you His. In my own prayer time seeking the Lord I was reminded that a loving Father instructs children in love and sows God’s Word into them, they are never too young to start learning about Jesus, or knowing He loves them, I pray mothers know that and teach their children, even if they are both mother and father. Rebecca Jones / public domain