Discover Personal Strength in Solitude

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Are you Lonely?

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There is a difference between being alone and being lonely.

Single mothers often experience acute loneliness.

  • Lonely when they wake up in the morning.
  • Lonely when they see other couples so happy together.
  • Lonely when making decisions for the household.
  • Lonely when climbing into bed at night.

Solitude-being alone- is entirely different.

  • Time alone allows for refection and prayer.
  • Time alone allows for rest.
  • Time alone gives a single mom a chance to catch her breath.
  • Time alone is necessary for spiritual growth.

Single moms are the strongest women I know.

My prayer for you is that you spend some time alone and discover your personal strength.

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I am a Certified Professional Coach and I hold a degree from Lamar University in Speech and a Master’s from the University of Texas. I married Sam after raising three children as a single mother. I was an educator in regular and special education for twenty years, finishing my professional career as a Braille teacher. In 2007 I founded SMORE for Women. SMORE is a nonprofit association whose goal is Single Moms, Overjoyed, Rejuvenated, and Empowered. My stories have been published in several Christian books and magazines. My Website.




  1. What a great post! On nights when my daughter is with her dad and I have nothing planned, I get a little nervous about being alone because I am afraid I will get lonely, but God is reminding me to take the time to enjoy solitude just like you pointed out here as you distinguished the difference between loneliness and enjoying time alone to recharge. Thanks for the positive reminder!

    1. Nicole,
      I so believe that solitude is highly UNDER-rated. Blessings!

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