A Mother’s Influence

December 2, 2016

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I get so excited when someone sends me a devotional and says, “Hey, Pam. I read this today and thought of all the single moms who might find these words encouraging. Hope you enjoy.” (And, by the way, this lady is a single mom, herself…and a GREAT one at that!) She sent these words from Dr. Billy Graham on the significance of a mother’s role. I love it! Continue Reading…

How to Give Thanks When You Don’t Feel Like It

November 10, 2016
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Thanksgiving is upon us. It’s that time of year where we as women want our nests called “home” in order. You know what that looks like, a relatively trouble-free household without fears looming in our future. After all, that makes giving thanks much more comfortable and satisfying, right?   Continue Reading…

The 11¢ that Became a Million Dollars

October 18, 2016
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Some acts of humanity just blow me away. It still warms my heart to know there are appreciative and kind-hearted people in this world. Amen? Some acts of kindness are never forgotten.

I remember the time when I was a brand new single mom in Texas with a two and four year old.  Continue Reading…

Lesson I Learned in Filming EMERGE 2

October 14, 2016

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One of the greatest blessings I have in life is doing ministry with so many wonderful women. Just last night Arise Ministries finished filming the second DVD series called EMERGE – Life Lessons for Single Moms. And something dawned on me after I got home from the taping. Continue Reading…

A Very Special Blessing to Me

September 14, 2016

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Divorce is yucky!  For any of you that have been through one, you know that it’s terribly painful and its consequences seem to outnumber the stars. Yet, through mine, God blessed me with a most precious relationship…my stepdaughter –AMBER MORGAN. Now, I won’t tell you her age (I want her to still like me after this post)… but trust me, she’s still a young chicken in my books – yet a very WISE young chicken at that.

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Are You an Emotional Pack Rat?

September 12, 2016
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When you first look at this little fella, you might think, “He’s a cute tiny thing.” But I bet not one of us would want to open our garage door and see him dash under our car! Anyone that knows me, knows I hate mice. My husband knows it, too. I remember the time he trapped a pack rat and hung it on a string and let the grandkids surprise me, dangling it in front of my face as a joke for Grammy. They got a kick out of it, but I still have emotional problems because of it. Continue Reading…

My Bookcase Surprise

August 8, 2016
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When I was a mother raising children alone, I possessed one certain Bible. I wrote notes in the margins beside verses that pertained to my circumstances asking God to apply that truth to my need. My Bible was my diary (much like the little pink one with a lock on it that I hid under my pillow when I was eight-years-old.)  Then when I married Rich (25 years ago), I purchased another Bible, one accompanied with fresh-smelling neon pens. Continue Reading…

Carrying a Heavy Load?

July 11, 2016
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I’m not a bug person, but my granddaughter adores them! She loves to get down on all fours and hunt for them with her spiffy magnifying glass. So for fun, I joined her the other day as we looked for those annoying crawlers. Just when I thought we were done (thank goodness), we turned the corner only to find a 4th of July parade of ants. One little guy was carrying a stick TEN times its size. AMAZING! How does he do that? My inquisitive mind led me on a search myself.

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The Little Brown Couch

June 30, 2016

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Statistics usually tell the truth, but if you add personal experience into the equation, you’ve got yourself a pretty accurate picture. Stats show that 69% of second marriages don’t make it. Rich and I just celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary yesterday, and we’re living proof that 31% can move beyond the “danger zone”…. but not without LOTS of early on struggles and a little brown couch. Continue Reading…

One Precious Little Girl at Survive ‘N’ Thrive

June 27, 2016

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Every year after the conference my mind swims for DAYS of the stories of all our moms. Year after year I’ve witnessed hundreds of moms come to the conference, much like a caterpillar, who are now emerging into full-fledged butterflies: taking on their own beauty, soaring in the possibilities of raising children alone,  and loving the glorious opportunities of being a single mother. But my favorite part is getting to see their children and the joy on their faces for getting to come to Survive ‘N’ Thrive once again. Continue Reading…