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It's A Single Mom Thing
11 minutes | Aug 9, 2022
School Is Starting Soon. Are You Ready?
Even though you have spent most of your summer trying to keep what remains of your sanity, you may be dreading the thought that the back-to-school season is just around the corner. As a single mom, it's hard to shift schedules, meet the upcoming school year demands, and get everything done. Especially, if you yourself are going back to school too!!!Uncover and discover the Top 5 back-to-school that really stress a solo momma; along with, pointers to help struggling mommas out. Show Resources:SUBSCRIBE to this podcast on your favorite podcast platform.https://shepherdsvillage.com/podcastNEED PRAYER: Call 855-822-PRAY or click here.Information and Inspiration: Shepherds Village University
13 minutes | Aug 1, 2022
Purposeful and Powerful Parenting - Faith Over Fear.
It's apparent that being a parent is hard work!Whether you are flying solo or have the support of a spouse, parenting is the most blessed and stressed job you will ever have. Every day presents new obstacles and opportunities that you didn't prepare for, and the answers you won't find in a book. But if you look, they may just be inside you!How many times of you said or heard someone say, "Oh, I am not going to do what my mom did! I am going to raise my kids differently!!!!"So let's pick up our purse and pursue 12 Ways to Purposeful and Powerful Parenting using faith as your parenting tool instead of fear.Show Resources:Bible Verse:Matthew 6:34John 8:7John 2:14-15SUBSCRIBE to this podcast on your favorite podcast platform.https://shepherdsvillage.com/podcastNEED PRAYER: Call 855-822-PRAY or click here.Information and Inspiration: Shepherds Village University
17 minutes | Jul 25, 2022
6 Steps To Avoid Decision Making Traps
Whether you are a solo momma by choice, circumstance, divorce, or the death of a partner, you certainly have a double dose of decisions to make daily. Some may even come out of nowhere like an unwelcomed houseguest, especially in today's inflationary climate and housing crisis. As solo mommas, we are all being tested to the limits of our resiliency, strength, and sanity - trying to make sense of what definitely doesn't make sense. So do you have a BIG decision to make alone? As a solo momma, making decisions for both yourself and your kiddos can be scary. Learn 6 steps to better decisions avoiding the 4 common decision-making traps - getting you stuck in a pothole. Show Resources:Bible Verse:Jeremiah 29:11Book:J.D. Greear, author of Not God Enough: Why Your Small God Leads to Big ProblemsSUBSCRIBE to this podcast on your favorite podcast platform.https://shepherdsvillage.com/podcastNEED PRAYER: Call 855-822-PRAY or click here.Information and Inspiration: Shepherds Village University
10 minutes | Jul 18, 2022
Woman of Worth - Who Are You?
Woman of worth, who are you?Some of you may be thinking to yourself, as I did, well what is a woman of worth exactly? I don't know her and given my past, I am far from anything worthy!!!!What value could I possibly have?Have you seen my life?Today, discover your WOW moment taking captive the thoughts in the truth that speaks louder than the lies that want you to lie down!When a woman knows her worth, she doesn't settle, she doesn't bow down, she doesn't compromise...she is wise!When a saved solo momma knows who she is and whose she is, she leaves a footprint of change for her family to follow changing two generations at a time. Woman of worth, who are you?Show Resources:Bible Verse:Proverbs 3:15Psalm 139:14Proverbs 31:25Proverbs 31:26SUBSCRIBE to this podcast on your favorite podcast platform.https://shepherdsvillage.com/podcastNEED PRAYER: Call 855-822-PRAY or click here.Information and Inspiration: Shepherds Village University
10 minutes | Jul 11, 2022
I Love You, But Please Stop Talking!
Let me tell you. Thre are few things more disheartening to a child than having one awesome story to tell and no one to listen to. If you've been married, you know what I am talking about as I am sure you had stories to share with your hubby and he was checked out like an overdue library book.As a mom, you're physically there, but mentally you are zoned out! I mean I don't know why, it's not like you are trying to hold the whole household together by YOURSELF! It's hard for a solo momma to put that aside and listen to things that appear trivial or uninteresting. I Love You, But Please Stop Talking! Today, we will discuss 3-ways you can stay present... connecting with your kiddos scheduling time for yourself to process and rest so you can enjoy being present managing expectations while life unfolds like your laundry.Show Resources:Bible Verse:Isaiah 55:12SUBSCRIBE to this podcast on your favorite podcast platform.https://shepherdsvillage.com/podcastNEED PRAYER: Call 855-822-PRAY or click here.Information and Inspiration: Shepherds Village University
5 minutes | Jul 4, 2022
Find Your Freedom in Christ!
As families get together on this day to celebrate our freedom as an independent country many single moms may find themselves in bondage to the freedom they have seemed to have lost. As Christian single moms, we know we find our freedom in Christ on this day and every day - as He desires to bless us physically, financially, and spiritually. That's something to celebrate! Today's devotional thought will focus on 3 Biblical truths as a reminder that His truth has set us free as we celebrate our dependence on Christ.Bible Resources:James 1:5 Proverbs 11:11 Kings 17:7-24
10 minutes | Jun 27, 2022
Help! I Am In A Crisis. What Do I Do Next?
Have you seen the cost of a bag of shredded cheddar cheese lately? I don't know about you mommas, but Taco Tuesday used to be my cheapest meal of the week, now it is no different than anything else I put on the table. With soaring gas, grocery, and housing costs coupled with supply chain shortages many single moms in crisis are now being presented with yet another crisis - homelessness. Working, motivated mommas whose rent is being raised beyond the reasonable now have to move and move out quickly!Help! I am in crisis. What do I do next?Show Resources:Bible Verse:Philippians 4:19Isaiah 55:8Proverbs 3:5SUBSCRIBE to this podcast on your favorite podcast platform.https://shepherdsvillage.com/podcastNEED PRAYER: Call 855-822-PRAY or click here.Information and Inspiration: Shepherds Village University
9 minutes | Jun 20, 2022
Summer Self-Care for Solo Mommas
So we are three weeks into summer and how many of you mommas are already looking forward to the beginning of the next school year?Am I right?I mean you love your kids and you love the extra time you have with them, like those late night movies and "sandsational" days at the beach, but when it's just you and you doing all the heavy lifting; summer can wear a single mother out like an old pair of running shoes - as you run from here to there.Today, we are going to discuss 5 tips you can use to fill up your tank so you can continue to pour into others this summer.SUBSCRIBE to this podcast on your favorite podcast platform.https://shepherdsvillage.com/podcastENROLL FOR FREE - Self-paced, Focused Learning Classes: https://www.sv-university.org
15 minutes | Jun 13, 2022
5 Ways to Alleviate Your Summertime Stress
School is out for the summer!!! No having to scurry the kids in a hurry, no extra-curricular activities, no parent-teacher conferences, science fairs, and homework. It's going to be a "sandsational" summer. You are going to kick it by the pool, soak up some sunshine, and bask with your babies at the beach. Oh yeah, but you are a solo momma. You don't have the time or the dime for vacation, staycation, or even a few days off. Your clock says 24/7 and you can't even break for a break. It's summer and it's on you to be both the bus driver, lunch lady, PE & math teacher. In addition to, a logistical landmine and financial fiasco. For you, summer can be a real bummer.Learn how to undress the summertime stress with 5 tips to keep your head above water.Show Resource Links:2016 TODAY show. Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, & Children (WIC)Single Mother GrantsShepherd's Village UniversityDave Ramsey Financial PeaceFamily-Friendly Tampa BayIt's a Single Mom Thing Facebook Group
13 minutes | Jun 6, 2022
Giving Your Kids a Hand Up in the Hand Off: Protecting Their Emotional Experience
As solo mommas, we've all been there, you know the dreaded moment you have to hand off your kiddos to their dad. For some, this happens every other weekend and seems to strap you in on a roller coaster ride you wish you could get off!Doesn't it seem that the angst of that moment begins at the beginning of the week as the anticipation climbs as the end of the week draws near? It can be a real gut buster, weekend wrecker, and white knuckle moment. One that friends without kids can't understand. Can you imagine what it must feel like for our kiddos to go on a ride like that they didn't ask to go on and one that usually has a height requirement? So how can you give them the hand up over the hand-off - protecting their emotional experience?Stay tuned as we unpack 8 reminders for setting your kiddos up for success as you pack them for time with their dad. Body Language. Emotions. The Tone of Voice. Don't Rush. Plan a Play Date. Encourage. Send a Comfort Item. Prayer. SUBSCRIBE to this podcast on your favorite podcast platform.https://shepherdsvillage.com/podcastENROLL FOR FREE - Self-paced, Focused Learning Classes: https://www.sv-university.org
15 minutes | May 23, 2022
Prayer Matters Prayer Shatters
It takes courage to participate in life!As solo mommas, we aren't just heads of our households for income tax purposes, we are spiritual heads of households for all purposeful incoming attacks on our household.Of all the things we do as a solo momma, whatever it is that we do, that is probably the easing most important thing a single momma has to do in a day. PRAY!Just as our babies look to us as the one with all the answers, we must look to the one who is the answer and has all the answers! As a solo momma, you know how quickly the intended direction of your day can change based on unforeseen circumstances and your kiddo's schedules. It's hard work being the so-called "alpha and omega" of your household and how do we hold it all together? Especially, when there is one who wants us to fall apart?Prayer matters. Prayer shatters.Show Resources:Ann Voskamp - "Be a prayer warrior. not a panicked worrier."Paul E. Miller - A Praying Life: Connecting with God in a Distracting WorldBible Verse:Philippians 4:6SUBSCRIBE to this podcast on your favorite podcast platform.https://shepherdsvillage.com/podcastNEED PRAYER: Call 855-822-PRAY or click here.
11 minutes | May 16, 2022
Hey, Downward Spiral: It's Time To Change Directions
Do you ever have those days where you feel like your mind just packed up everything in your house and just moved you....yeah, just moved you out of town finding yourself in another "state of mind"?You know what I am talking about?When out of nowhere you ended up in the middle of nowhere and ow you don't know how to find you way back to now here? Like all of the sudden you went from in one moment being totally fine and then in a "hot-flash" your mind has you headed in a whole another direction, oftentimes, leaving you stranded and with a flat tire!Today, we are going to change the direction of those thoughts making a YOUturn - identifying your thoughts and taking them captive. Show Resources:Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor FranklGet Out of Your Head - Stopping Toxic Thoughts by Jennie Allen2 Corinthians 10:5 SHEPHERD'S VILLAGE: For single moms by single moms.SUBSCRIBE to this podcast on your favorite podcast platform.https://shepherdsvillage.com/podcastNEED PRAYER: Call 855-822-PRAY or click here.
14 minutes | May 6, 2022
Mother's Day Your Way
On Mother's Day, you may soon realize, kids don't realize it's Mother's Day unless someone tells them. Sure they may make you a card in school, but come Sunday, they forget to get it out of their backpack. If I'm honest, I hadn't thought about it either when I woke up that first Single-Mother's Day morning, until I woke up. As I wiped the sleep from my eyes, I soon had to wipe away the tears as I thought about how no-one was going to make me breakfast or have cards and a gift waiting for me on the kitchen table.No-one remembered to honor me that day!!! That Mother's Day was a huge disappointment and epic failure to launch.Whether it is your first Mother's Day as a solo momma or your 14th, Mother's Day like holidays, can be painful.Join me as I share four things I learned from one big pity party. Check Yourself Before You Wreck Yourself - Have NO Expectations. Teach to Reach Your Children. Make a Plan to the Plan. Feel Your Own Feeling Together, we will learn how to embrace this new normal as a solo momma on Mother's Day and not just see it as cycle on your washing machine.SHEPHERD'S VILLAGE: For single moms by single moms.SUBSCRIBE to this podcast on your favorite podcast platform.https://shepherdsvillage.com/podcastNEED PRAYER: Call 855-822-PRAY or click here.
16 minutes | May 2, 2022
Managing Difficult Emotions With Your Kids
As a solo momma, you know what it's like to create a new normal while grieving the loss of the old at the same time, especially post COVID-19.We were stretched to the limit like Elasta Girl from The Incredibles. We had no support of a second parent and had to find our "bounce-back" as we were forced out of the workplace due to lack of childcare - finding ourselves in a financial pinch, working from home, and now with school in our home. Nevertheless, we somehow made it work, but how is it working for your kiddos?We may have been able to establish some kind of new normal out of what certainly was not normal, but our kids will NEVER know the normal we once had.Our kids are dealing difficult stuff and can easily stuff their emotions if they aren't taught some stuff. So how can we help our kiddos process difficult emotions during these unprecedented and unpredicatable times?SUBSCRIBE to this podcast on your favorite podcast platform.https://shepherdsvillage.com/podcastENROLL FOR FREE - Self-paced, Focused Learning Classes:Healthy Parenting Raising kids is both rewarding and challenging. Receive some practical encouragement for how to keep the bonds between you and your children healthy and strong.https://www.sv-university.org/courses/healthy-parenting
11 minutes | Apr 25, 2022
Defining Beauty and Not How The World Defines You
When you look in the mirror WHAT do you see? Do you take the time to take in all the traits that make up you or do you quickly cover yourself with make-up to conceal you from you and everyone else?When you look in the mirror WHO do you see? What is it that you reflect on when you take in your reflection? Do you see every curve, line, texture, tone as an imperfection or the perfecting pattern of a person called YOU!As solo mommas and women, it is important to know our worth and value. If you don't define beauty, the world will define it for you.Highlighted Bible Verses:1 Peter 3:4Psalm 139:13-14Proverbs 31:30 Share Your Thoughts: Email: email@example.com Tell me about someone you see as beautiful and why? How do you combat society's view of beauty when you are tempted to feel despair over your imperfections? What are some practical things you could do to shift your perspective or view of beauty to align with what God would judge as true beauty? SUBSCRIBE to this podcast on your favorite podcast platform.https://shepherdsvillage.com/podcast
9 minutes | Apr 18, 2022
Unmet Expectations: When Our Reality Doesn't Match Our Dreams
What disappoints us the most in life is the picture in our heads of how life is supposed to be.Now picture that, momma!Do you feel that way when you look at your wedding picture or even a current picture of your family and notice someone is missing in that picture?Do you find, like I do, that your "I do" you said as you stood at the altar would be forever? It's not quite how you pictured it, is it? Today we are going to do a cannonball into that pool of thoughts - when our reality doesn't match our dreams - forming, WHAT, an unmet expectation.Highlighted Bible Verses:John 11Deuteronomy 3:25-26 Show Resources:Accounseling.orgShepherd's Village University - Healthy ParentingHealthy Parenting Video SUBSCRIBE to this podcast on your favorite podcast platform.https://shepherdsvillage.com/podcast
11 minutes | Apr 11, 2022
Can I Interest You In Some Unwanted Advice
Does unwelcomed advice from family remind you of why you might want to "unwelcome" some peeps from holiday parties or events? Doesn't it just seem that everyone has an opinion on your career, parenting, dating, and lifestyle choices? Blah. Blah. Blah.As I like to say, "It's all relative when it comes to your relatives." So with Easter right around the corner, girrrrl, how are you going to handle ALL THAT? Especially as a solo momma, relatives may feel "extra inclined" to offer even more advice because they see you are doing parenting and life alone. Learn, 4 Thoughts on Healthy Boundaries and reasons why people may want to solicit some unsolicited advice. Don't Take It Personally. Think Tall Not Small. Seek and Praise ( this is not a hymn) The Slippery Slope of Apathetic Agreement. So can I interest you in some unwanted advice? If not, I am going to give it to you anyways.SUBSCRIBE to this podcast on your favorite podcast platform.https://shepherdsvillage.com/podcast
14 minutes | Apr 4, 2022
Co-Parenting: How You Can Keep Your Cool
Every time you see your EX do you have a holy hot flash moment?I know, sometimes it is hard to look at him and not feel all of the history you two have shared. He may not have done something to hurt you recently or intentionally, but you still remember the feelings of hurt that can get your blood boiling!!!But what about your kiddos?Most likely, your children don't feel the same way you do when they see their father as he is their hero. Just like you are to them.So how can you co-parent and still keep your cool?Today, we are going to discuss 4-ways to Co-Parent with Grace - putting some things on ice. Don't Make Your Kids the Monkey in the Middle - This is Not a Game. Make Transitions Peaceful - Your Kids Hate the Hand-off too. Have a Keeping It Cool Consistency Contract. Communication. Communication. Communication. Helpful ResourcesShepherd’s Village University: A FREE online learning center focused on equipping and strengthening today’s single mothers. Penzu: an online journal that is password protected. It’s easy to use, and you can add photos to your journal entries. It’s a Single Mom Thing: Join our community of moms on our Facebook page! Need Prayer?: We have an online prayer request form, and we’d love to pray for you. You can also call our prayer hotline if you’d like to pray with someone directly 855-822-PRAYCo-Parenting Contract Templates: Download a premade contract template!!SUBSCRIBE to this podcast on your favorite podcast platform.https://shepherdsvillage.com/podcast
12 minutes | Mar 28, 2022
Stress and Anxiety: Two Uninvited Guests You Can Tell To Go Home
Don't you just hate those times when guests show up unannounced to your house? Doesn't it always seem like they come at the worst time?Well, stress and anxiety are very much the same way - showing up out of nowhere like two aggravating, uninvited guests who come to steal your peace and rob you of your joy, and if you make it too comfortable for them, they won't want to leave!It's time to get your house in order mommas learning 4 healthy habits you can start today - telling stress and anxiety to go home! Focus on Self-care and Nobody Else. Start Journaling. Seek Community. Practice an Active Prayer Life. Show Highlights: There's beauty in the journey. Prayer is a time to let go of control and ask the Lord for help. We are meant to do life with friends and community. Instead of focusing on what is wrong, focus on what is right. SUBSCRIBE to this podcast on your favorite podcast platform.https://shepherdsvillage.com/podcastQuoted Bible Verses:Matthew 11: 28 - 30There is unity in our community, will you join us? - https://shepherdsvillage.com/community
9 minutes | Mar 20, 2022
No is Yes to Next Opportunities
Today, we are going to have some fun practicing speaking our mind and speaking a word that often comes to mind, but for some crazy reason, we do mind saying it out loud. It's funny how strange how just two letters that sit next to each other in the alphabet can really sit heavy on our hearts if we fail to express it. So why is saying NO, so hard, and why do we see it as a bad thing as opposed to maybe a YES to a Next Opportunity. Learn more as we boil saying "no" to four next opportunities!4 Next Opportunities: Saying No On Your Own Terms Maybe Next Time Saying a No That Buys You Time Full On Stop. NO! Show Highlight: Learning to say "no" opens new doors to say "yes" to better things and next opportunities!SUBSCRIBE to this podcast on your favorite podcast platform.https://shepherdsvillage.com/podcastBook Resources HighlightedLove Does by Bob Goff Here is the Next Opportunity for you to face your future with confidence - https://www.sv-university.org/
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