Okay, so I guess I've had assumptions that everyone around me knew how hard it was to be a single-parent. I thought that they could 'see' our struggles, heartache, exhaustion, poverty, lonliness etc. But, I have been very wrong. I've come to realize that most of them have absolutely NO idea of how difficult it is nor the issues that are faced day after day, year after year.
A recent visit with both a sister-in-law and church leader confirmed this. The sister-in-law said after a short visit "I had NO idea of what you have gone through" and the church leader (a higher-upper) kindly said about the people around me "they really have NO idea!"
Maybe they are not being unkind or unthoughtful on purpose afterall. They are just too busy or just aren't aware or thinking of about it (as perhaps I don't with their struggles.)
I have often felt disappointed and alone; no one noticing or caring or wanting to help lighten the load which, at times, has seemed like an almost unbearable burden.
Yet, my job is to forgive those who hurt or neglect (intentionally or not), to serve others' in their time of need, and to strengthen my own home and family. This, I sincerely strive to do despite my challenges, weakness and inabilities.
I know that my experiences have helped me to be more aware of others in their time of need and pray that I may continue to do so. We all need to love, encourage and strengthen each other. The Lord is the perfect example of how this is done. For Him, I am eternally grateful!