SINGLE(mom)HOPE Daily Devotional

Day Sixteen
The Importance of Following

One of the best ways to lead your family is to follow. It is easy to get caught up in all the ways we are succeeding or failing in leading our family. As a single mom, you know all those in your household are looking to you and needing you to get it right. Let’s be honest, with all the responsibility and pressure to lead. It’s easy to lose your joy.

When you follow someone else, there’s less pressure. The leader is the one making the decisions. When you follow someone else, there’s more enjoyment. The leader is the one who is the most focused. When you follow someone else, there’s a simple trust. The leader is the one taking all the “first steps”.

Joyful are people of integrity, who follow the instructions of the LORD.
Psalms 119:1

One of my greatest desires, when I lived the single mom life, was to live a life of integrity. This verse in Psalms gives one of the greatest benefits of the life lived with integrity and what those do to live that life. The single mom who chooses Psalms 119:1 as her motto is wise. You will lead your family well because you are following the instructions of the One who will never lead your heart astray. Ultimately, you will be joyful. There will be tired days full of disappointment and trials. There will be hard days filled with heartaches and questions. For the single mom who follows the instructions of her LORD, He will show you the next step on your most difficult days and give joy that cannot be explained. He will mark your life with integrity and give you strength to lead your family.

Are there areas where you are not following His instructions? When you follow Him, what joys do you discover? How do you lead your family better when you are following?