Celebrate Mothers on Fathers Day

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Did You Really Say, “Celebrate Mothers on Father’s Day”?

By Connie Kee

A Different Kind of Celebration

Warning! This title may seem a little strange, but please read on! Father’s Day is right around the corner, and I would assume that most everyone thinks about their father during this time of the year. I know that I do, but this post is not about my father or other men in my life who are fathers (although I honor and respect each of them). No, this post is in honor of those women who are fulfilling the roles of both mother and father. These women are caring, loving, nurturing, protecting, providing, defending, and raising children without a husband around.   They are selfless, fearless, confident, and determined. Their strength is demonstrated as they willingly lay down their lives for their children (or in some cases, grandchildren, nieces, nephews or friends), no matter the cost. One thing stands out: they don’t have the luxury of focusing on just being a mother, since they must also take on the responsibilities that a father would normally carry.

Fathers are called by God to train, provide, and protect their children spiritually, morally, and physically. They are also called to lead their families and provide accountability for the children (among other responsibilities). In a single mother home, these responsibilities are placed on the mother alone; yet she was never meant to carry them by herself.  But because she must carry them, she does.

My Journey

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There’s a special place in my heart for single moms because I was one for ten years. At age 25, I lost my dad to a heart attack. A year later I became a single mother to my four year old daughter and two year old son. Our world was turned upside down, and for all practical purposes, I was both mother and father to my children. There were challenges for sure, but I wouldn’t trade anything for those years I had with my kids. All three of us went to school, moved multiple times, and experienced the good and bad that always come with life. And of course, I had to work outside the home.   It was a busy time, but since I was in my 20’s and 30’s, I had the energy to do what I don’t think I could do at my current age. My children were wonderful kids, so that helped make things go more smoothly. In my eighth year as a single mom, I met Jesus Christ and was born again. My children were also saved during those years, and our lives were changed forever. Then I met Scott, a wonderful man who married all three of us. That was almost 28 years ago.

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Celebrating Abba Father

As I reflect back on that time in my life as a single mom, I remember some lonely Father’s Days. I know that they were hard days for my children, too. But I also realize that I know more today about God, my Heavenly Father, than I knew in those days. I know without a doubt that He was always watching out for us, and He was protecting and providing for us every step of the way. I also learned that:

  • God is always faithful no matter what our circumstances are, and He will never leave us or forsake us. (2 Timothy 4:17)
  • Even though we may feel alone, He is always with us. Isaiah 54:5 says, “Your Maker is your husband.” Rely on Him and trust Him, for He loves you. He loves the children that you are raising even more than you do!
  • God is our Abba Father, or more literally, our Abba Daddy, and we can go to Him with childlike faith. (Mark 14: 36, Romans 8:15, and Galatians 4:6)
  • Father’s Day is an excellent day to celebrate and honor God, our Abba Daddy, thanking Him for His love, faithfulness, protection, provision and blessings. This day can bring much joy and happiness as the focus is turned to all the blessings associated with having Him as Father.
  • Finding things that will encourage and uplift you and the children, such as a special activity or outing, will turn Father’s Day into a fun and happy day.
  • Also, blessing others on Father’s Day will, in turn, bless you and your children.

Honoring Single Mothers on Father’s Day

This June, as I honor and celebrate the fathers in my life, I also honor and celebrate every woman who is serving as both mother and father to her children. May you know that a crown with many jewels is awaiting you for your sacrificial service. Your hard work is bringing much glory to God as you are truly advancing His Kingdom on Earth. Finally, take encouragement from the words of our Lord: “Well done, good and faithful servant!”

 

 

Connie Kee
Connie Kee
Connie Kee is a woman who lives life thankful for the redemption and saving grace of Jesus Christ and His love and power to heal and restore broken lives. She has a passion for sharing this good news through her writing and speaking. Along with her husband, Scott, they minister with Restoring the Foundations, a healing and deliverance ministry. As a Certified Life Coach, Connie specializes in health coaching and is committed to helping women succeed in living healthy and fruitful lives. Known as wife to Scott, Mom to her daughter and two sons, and “Grandma” to her four grandchildren, she enjoys time with her family, laughing and playing games as well as knitting, biking, reading and long walks with her husband and dog, Henry.

4 Comments

  1. Tonya S. Swindell says:

    Beautiful Connie. I hadn’t thought of acknowledging single mother’s in that way on Father’s Day. Your blog was very inspiring.

  2. Connie Kee says:

    Thank you Tonya!

  3. Deb Seats says:

    This really blessed my heart! I had settled for a relationship that was destroying me. I left many times, but kept returning to promises of change. When I learned I was pregnant, everything changed. My son changed my life. I did eventually leave my husband once and for all. My son was 18 months when we left. It has been one of my greatest pleasure raising my son. Many comment on how I did it! It’s funny to me when they say it. I don’t know anything else. I did what I had to do, what I finally had the courage to do. Your blog honors that! Thank you.

  4. Conne Kee says:

    Thank you so much Deb! I am so thankful that it blessed you! You have just blessed my heart! You are a strong, courageous woman and I pray that you experience our Heavenly Father’s love and joy for you! He smiles down on you and I know that He is so proud of you and the wonderful job you are doing – loving and raising your son! Blessings to you!
    Connie

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