Working on long-range plans is a beneficial business model. And as a coach, I often encourage my clients to reflect on annual planning.
But we live one day at a time. And depending on the circumstances, we may not be able to generate a long-range plan. We may have only one day.
The Old Testament gives us the perfect story. In Exodus 16, God provided manna for the wandering Israelites. Just enough food for one day. If they tried to keep leftovers for the next day, it turned putrid and was filled with maggots.
They were learning to trust for just enough provision — one day at a time.
When we go through those “wilderness” journeys in life, we often don’t have the energy or the brain power to think ahead. We only have enough juice for today.
And as we ask God to help us through each day, to give us those daily mercies that are fresh each 24-hour segment — he does exactly what he did for the Israelites. He gives us what we need for one day, sometimes for one moment.
Perhaps you are dealing with one or more of these issues:
- A cancer journey that requires painful injections. Trusting God for endurance that day.
- A loved one with COVID-19 in the ICU. Believing for breath for one more day.
- A grieving mom trying to get used to the empty nest. A whispered prayer each morning.
- A pastor trying to figure out how to weave her congregation through post-pandemic stress. Wisdom for one more day.
- A writer struggling to finish the manuscript God breathed in her. Another paragraph today.
- A parent waiting for a breakthrough from that prodigal child. Begging for today’s grace.
- The bride of Christ looking heavenward for his return. Hoping it might be today.
When I started writing Just for Today: Hope for Single Moms, I remembered those days when I only had a few minutes for morning reflection. How I wanted to spend hours on my knees with my Lord, but my son needed to be at school and I had to be at work. All I had were a few moments — for just that day.
So I wanted to write this book for my target audience — to give value to single moms who needed some hope for just one day. No long studies that are wonderful but require hours of work. No opportunity for a long list of prayer requests.
Just a brief verse or a practical tip to hang on to all day — for just one day.
We continue to learn about trust throughout life, with each bump in the road and each answered prayer. We know how to pray and who to believe in. God has given us manna in the past. We know he will do it again.
But all we have is today. Right now. This moment. And just for today, we inhale hope.
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If you’re a single mom or you know a single mom, Just for Today: Hope for Single Moms offers brief nuggets of hope — one day at a time.