Single Mom Story | Jessica in Pennsylvania

Hello!  My name is Jessica; I am from north central Pennsylvania.  I am raising 2 young boys, ages 10 and 6, on my own in the country.  I have been a single mom for over 4 years.   I could not do this but for the strength of God. (Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Him who strengthens me;” ESV)  God has, and continues to, provide for my boys and I in extraordinary ways; much like a father!  
My parents were divorced not long after I was born and my father has been distant most of my life; I was raised by a single mom.  I am divorced from my oldest son’s father and my youngest son’s father, while we were separated for a time, tragically lost his life almost 4 years ago.  It has been a very difficult and bumpy road, yet God has brought us through it!  
Prior to walking with the Lord, I was drowning in my sin.  After finding salvation in Christ, I became a new person and began a whole new life!  I believe God called me to Biblical counseling in 2013.  Since then, I have taken about 3 years of college classes in counseling.  I am about a year away from my Bachelor’s degree and I am also pursuing a counseling certification under the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors.  I am a member and a full-time employee of my church, which is a Bible church.  God has provided numerous men from our church, very strong Christian leaders, who spend time with my boys and encourage them. While God has not given us an easy life, he has given my boys and I a very blessed and fulfilled life in the community where I live!
My oldest son has special needs, and there are daily challenges that I face.  I have financial challenges, health challenges, challenges with my job, among others.  However, I always know that I can rely firmly on the Lord to carry me through!  I hope my story is encouraging to someone!  I pray that single moms everywhere continue to seek their strength from the Lord and have hope that He is with them and loves them more than they can imagine!  Thank you for reading!  God bless!
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