When in doubt, TAPP it Out.

RING!!!! The alarm goes off and scares you to oblivion. You shove the clock to the other side of the night stand and it falls to the floor. At that moment, you realized it was going to be one of “those” days!

You overslept and are unable to satisfy the morning routine of meditation and prayer; there’s no time to blend the protein, vitamin packed smoothie and make lunches for the day. 

The process of waking up the kids is a task, getting them dressed and searching for the tie to complete the school uniform seems endless. Finally, you manage to get everything done and it’s time to walk out of the door.

But wait! You hear a small voice. That voice says, “mommy, I need to use the bathroom.” As you lean against the wall attempting to hold it together, your heart sinks to the pit of your stomach. You drop everything – cell phone, smoothie cup, purse, laptop bag, and lunch. Nooooooo….

That is when you take a moment and TAPP it out!

Take a deep breath

Acknowledge the issue

Put things into perspective

Pray for strength and guidance

Parenthood is one of the most rewarding roles to have. However, we must be honest and recognize it can be one of the most exhausting. I encourage you to find something you enjoy doing to help maintain balance – read a good book, workout, start a blog, take a vacation or try a new class. Learning something new is a good way to boost one’s self confidence.

Share something new you have tried to help maintain balance in your life. I look forward to hearing your responses.

A Prayer for Tiresome Days

When the work day gets the best of you!

Dear single parents,

After a long, grueling and taxing work day take some time to restore your mind with this simple prayer…

Father, clear my sleepy head and fill my mind with expectation. Awake my slow body and energize my heart with love in action. Ignite my spirit and set this day on fire with promise. Make the ordinary extraordinary. Engage me, show me your kingdom alive. Help me to see that every waking moment is full of promise because of you. Amen.

All the best,

-A Lavender Place

Source: https://www.womansday.com/life/g25635068/morning-prayers/

Be a TESTimony

We survive our troubles to provide for those in need; therefore, single parents are encouraged to build meaningful and positive relationships with people other than their children. These friendships serve as a foundation to build the support system needed in a one parent home. This is by design and not open for discussion or debate. It is a master plan to aid in village growth. The same village that helps protect their children.

“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.” (Psalms 46 1-3 NIV).

Difficult times breed life lessons which result in personal elevation. Once the difficult time, known as a TEST, has passed it becomes a TESTimony. It is our responsibility to share this testimony with someone in need.

Keep giving! Keep living! Keep thriving!

What is your TEST? Share your TESTimony in the comments section and be a blessing to other single parents.

I look forward to reading your comments.

-A Lavender Place

A Single Parent’s Daily Prayer

A parent, especially a single one, needs to be filled and fueled, daily.  It is necessary to take time to speak positive affirmations, meditate and find a center – the place in one”s mind that brings tranquility. Be very intentional when refocusing and birthing good thoughts.  Watch how much calmer, patient and productive you are. Try reading this Single Parent’s Prayer to start the day and then share your personal positive results with me in the comments section of this page.

Be the example of greatness! Namaste!

– A Lavender Place