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You already possess everything you need to live a brave life, and truly be great.  You just might not be tapping into correctly!

Watch this video and be inspired to be brave, be great, and serve! It’s my latest Instagram episode.  Love how we can use technology to encourage each other!

One Secret to Being More Brave - YouTube

Would you be brave enough today to sign up to transform a family’s life out of extreme poverty with World Concern?  It’s just $39/month for 3 years!  Then they can stand on their own two feet! Go to www.amandasvillage.com

Love,

ac

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You can make sure she get’s it.

It’s been said, “If you educate a man, you educate an individual. But if you educate a woman, you educate a nation. When girls are educated, their countries become stronger and more prosperous.” 

I was overjoyed this week to see school supplies in the store!  I began getting excited at a fresh new opportunity for my kids to start school, and let’s face it, get out of the house! Then, I remembered the girls waiting for that chance in Amanda’s Village in Bangladesh.

I thought about how much I will spend buying new jeans, school sand binders for my girls, and realized for a third of that I can make sure a girl in Bangladesh is able to go to school.

Education for women is the key to eliminating extreme poverty. When a girl in Bangladesh is sent to school she is protected from child marriage, she has a way to provide for herself, she will read and make sure her children learn to read too.

In Bangladesh, IF families have enough money for school they send the sons, not the girls.  Yes, this is still happening in 2018.  I know. Insane.  Did your jaw just strop and your brain screamed NOT FAIR too?

World Concern is fixing this atrocity and you can help!  They gave us a village! We are working to transform the lives of every family in Parulia Para, Bangladesh.  It’s so unique because in three years, we exit.  The goal is to make sure they have enough food, clean water, proper sanitation, and education, then we leave and they stand on their own two feet!  They are not dependent on western money forever.  It’s just they need a little leg up right now and you and I can be a part of it!

I met this group of young women while I was there that live in other villages World Concern has helped. I saw the hope!  They went from little girls fearful of child marriage to strong young women wanting to be doctors, journalists, lawyers, and educators!  You have the chance to give that gift to the children of Parulia Para!  It’s $39/month for 3 years and together we bring them out of extreme poverty and give the the gift that every child deserves, hope! You can stop the cycle!  This is what you make possible when you give to Amanda’s Village!

You save young girls from child marriage and give them hope by sending them to school!  Listen to their dreams! When I was in Bangladesh, they graciously allowed me to film them sharing their aspirations after they graduate.  It was a jaw dropping moment listening to them.  These are world changers right here!  You make it possible for them to change their country  when you give $39/month for 3 years to transform their village out of extreme poverty!  Give now at www.amandasvillage.com

What Ever Girl Deserves: Hope! - YouTube

Concerned about the $39/month?  Remember this one word.  It’s one of the most overlooked words in the Bible…

“For have I not commanded you, declares the Lord, to be strong and courageous for I go WITH you wherever you go.” -Joshua 1:9

I love this promise. God never commands you do something alone. His promise is to hold your hand and be with you. As you are walking along side the children in Paurlia Para with your $39/month gift, God is walking WITH you to provide for you.  If you have just an inkling right now thinking wow, someone should do something…that someone is you!  Please go to www.amandasvillage.com and be a part of true transformation!

Practice the gospel of with today my friend… Be with our village, while you allow God to be with you!

Love,

ac

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Am I ruined?  Can someone love me again?  Will someone accept me and my children?  Will I make it.  Oh I hate doubt.  It rears it’s ugly head I’m convinced as soon as you get close to accomplishing something amazing.

You must kick it out my friend.  Fire it from your life.  Do not allow it to have access to your thoughts.  Your life is too precious to be plagued with doubt.

You know that kid who you have to remind over and over again to turn in their homework, bring their lunch box home, and to stay after school for music lessons, and they still forget?

Well, that kid was me. Plus, now I’m raising one just like me.

That type of personality also so easily forgets the love and possibility that is available to us IF we allow God in. We beat ourselves up when we forget, and make mistakes. Others are hard on us, and we are even harder on ourselves.

That must be why I love the Amplified version of the Bible. It uses the full translation of every greek word in the verse. It’s perfect if you’re like me and need the reminder of God’s love drilled into your head over and over and over again!

“His power that is at work within us, is able to carry out His purpose and do SUPERABUNDANTLY far over and above all that we dare ask or think infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, hopes, or dreams” -Ephesians 3:20 (Amplified Bible)

You mean it really can be that good? Oh I want that SUPERABUNDANT life God! OH god, I let your POWER work within me…

To my dear fellow super hero single mom:  No you are not ruined.  Yes, you will be accepted again.  You already are.  Your father in heaven is poised to protect you, restore you, and place a new and brighter purpose in your life.  So, let Him…

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How do you transform a village out of extreme poverty in 3 years? Is this really possible? Yes!

Is this for real? I had the same questions when I first heard about World Concern’s “One Village Transformed” program.  They say they are “working themselves out of a job.”  They are ending extreme poverty one village at a time.

It’s like no other outreach you’ve heard of because their goal is that the village won’t need them anymore. That’s why I decided to not just tell their story, but become a part of it.  

Watch this video to find out how this approach is SO effective!

Amanda's Village: How do you end extreme poverty? - YouTube

It’s been said don’t ask God to bless what you are doing, but look for where He is working and join in the effort.  I see God working through World Concern to serve the poorest of the poor and show them the love of Jesus.

Everything you see on TV  makes our world seem so bleak, but I saw something different.  I went to see Amanda’s Village in Bangladesh in person.  I sat in the homes of mothers that don’t have food for their children.  I was offered cold water by a family I knew I couldn’t drink because it was poisoned with Arsenic. I saw great need and suffering.

I also saw hope. I met with women in other villages that were able to start their own business thanks to World Concern. They were not just able to feed their family, they employed others, they improved their homes to be safer to live.  They were standing on their own two feet and very proud of it.  That’s the point I want to get the families in our village, Parulia Para, Bangladesh. 

You…this tribe of readers that look for inspiration to be brave despite all circumstances it’s time for us to give that same courage away to others that are suffering in unimaginable ways.  We have a village.  Let’s take care of them!

Amanda’s Village is in the “keep them alive” stage going on right now in Parulia Para, Bangladesh. Your donation right now immediately goes to provide food, clean water, and will begin the process of educating families and helping them learn about health, sanitation, and eventually how to be economically independent.

Jesus said, “when you serve the least of these you serve me.” When you feed a child in Bangladesh who hasn’t eaten in three days, you feed Jesus.  When you help dig a well deeper so the water isn’t poisoned with arsenic anymore you are serving Jesus a clean glass of water. When you save a girl from child marriage at 12 because her family sees her as one last mouth to feed, you save Jesus.

Could you be 1 of 5 readers right now to say yes and transform 136 families lives out of extreme poverty for just $39/month? You will get emails with pictures, stories and encouragement about how they are doing, and you will also get the satisfaction of knowing YOU saved lives. YOU fed their children.  YOU protected girls from child marriage, YOU introduced families to Jesus.  Just go to www.amandasvillage.com.

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The one thing you can do to have the best summer ever is shockingly simple.  It’s not a project, it’s not on Pinterest, it’s not a chore chart, or even a summer reading plan.
It’s a decision you can make every single day.  Instead of obsessing about signing up your kids for the right summer camps and trying to figure out how to pay for it, what if you made this decision every day that could completely change our culture?  You could wake up every morning thinking about it, excited to do it, and excited about the difference you can make.
The one thing you can do this summer to make it the best summer ever is….
Decide every single day to go do something nice for someone!!
Last night I sat down with my calendar and added up expenses for summer camps for all 3 kids.  There has to be a better way! I realized I was spending at least $600/week just to get my kids out of the house.  What if we did something different?  What if we scratched the summer camp tradition and decided as a family to SERVE together! We could volunteer, we could do projects around our neighborhood, we could be more generous.
I immediately thought about Sharin.  A young mother I had the pleasure of meeting when I visited her home in Parulia Para Bangladesh last month.  She is married with three children.  She doesn’t worry about what summer camps she is sending her kids too.  She worries about how to feed them.  She doesn’t worry about paying for summer camps, she can’t even pay for school. She worries about her oldest, Liza, who has special needs and NO medical care.  She can’t walk, so she crawls around on the soiled ground in their village.  Her husband drives a rickshaw and makes about $3/day.  To try to put food on the table Sharin has to beg on the crowded unsafe streets of Bangladesh.
Here’s on idea on who you could serve this summer, Sharin.  I’ve partnered with World Concern to help her.  Together we’re coming alongside this one village in a partnership that will transform
this village over 3 years. The first thing we have to tackle is hunger. Children in this village are
hungry and we start the transformation by making sure they have enough to eat. You start it! It’s simple…but it’s the start.  After we address hunger we can move on to efforts that will educate kids and then work on the economics.
It’s so exciting to know that in 3 years Sharin and all her other mom friends in Paurlia Para will be able to support themselves instead of begging on the streets thanks to you!  She then, might get to worry about what do with her kids when they are home for the summer.  What a gift.
“The principle characteristic of people who believe in Jesus is to serve other people.” -Johnnie Moore (National Association of Evangelicals)
Let’s do this.  If you would like to serve the poor this summer, I would love for you to join me in transforming Parulia Para, Bangladesh with World Concern.  It’s $39/month at www.amandasvillage.com
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Father, thank you for the gift of motherhood; the ultimate opportunity to create life, build a legacy, and learn what complete and utter sacrifice is all about.

For the mother who is in the middle of the motherhood battle and is exhausted today, give her rest and a renewed purpose.  May her children come home and magically clean up their rooms and allow her to nap.

For the mother whose children are grown and misses those messy handprints on her windows, I pray for you to renew her purpose too, help her feel that her legacy is important and may You nudge her children to blow up her phone this weekend with appreciate for her sacrifices.

For the woman who wants to become a mother I pray you comfort her during the waiting, bring her a renewed purpose during this time, and may You hurry and send the child that she’s dreamed of it and have it be the easiest pregnancy ever.

For the single mom, that fears no one will recognize her on Mother’s Day, may you erase envy of her married mom friends and may one of them adopt her and her kids for the day so she can sit by the pool feeling like Wonder Woman.

For the single dad who has to be both mother and father, may you be overcome with gratitude that God sees you as so incredibly talented at parenting that You get both roles, and may you learn to braid hair like the best of us.

For the step mom who walks a delicate balance to love a child whose not even hers, and be careful to not overstep her boundaries may she feel appreciated for every effort, and maybe even get a little appreciation from the biological mother.

Father, if I left anyone out forgive me, just help every single person who is charged with loving and caring for one of your children feel valued for Mother’s Day, and may You give us a nap.

Most of all, help us to all get along, respect each others choices for working or not working, vaccinating or not vaccinating, full custody or shared custody.  Please remove judgment and help us become each other’s cheerleaders!  -In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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Your relationship status may say “single”, but your spiritual status says “in a relationship with one might warrior”

The daily battle of single parenting is a righteous one, but it’s not meant for you to fight alone. It’s definitely not one to give up on either. This is NOT your fight. Live your life knowing what David believed when he went into the battle.

“Contend, O Lord, with those who contend with me; fight against those who fight against me.  Take hold of shield and buckler, and stand up for my help!” -Psalm 35:1-2 AMP

This is NOT your fight.  Whatever power struggle is going with your teenager, whatever budget battle is going on with your bank account, You are not in this battle alone.  Believe in god’s power to fight your battle WITH you. (Notice I didn’t say for you.  You have a role to play).

When you Choose Dignity in an undignified sitution (check out my previous blog about that single mom lifestyle tip), ask God to join you in the fight, You make Him look good…and you.  GOD WILL STAND UP FOR YOU!

He will defend your honor when others criticize.  He stands up for you when their is a lack of a husband or father figure and takes that place for you!  Could you ask for any better leader?

Sidenote: What is a Buckler? (see above verse).  I LOVED it when I looked it up.  It’s a small round shield on your arm.  Like WONDER WOMAN!  Yes.  Except God is armed with it for you.

Let’s learn more from our warrior example David. This is the last verse that he wrote in Psalm 35 when  he was up against a mortal enemy. what our warrior example David wrote when he was up against a mighty enemy:

“Let those who favor my righteous cause and have pleasure in my uprightness shout for joy and be glad and say continually let the Lord be magnified who takes pleasure in the prosperity of his servant.” -Psalm 35 (AMP)

Don’t magnify your problems by complaining.  As my best friend warrior Patty puts it, “don’t let that negative thought rent any space in your head.”

That’s the way you get others to embrace your cause.  It’s not by throwing a pity party and complaining about how hard single parenting is on Facebook.  Trust me, I’ve done that and it repelled friends away.

You get people to embrace your cause and fight with you when you hold your head up high and do the right thing anyway.  When you live your life with this attitude You should be, and you WILL be prosperous, no matter what battle you face.

Choose Dignity. God will STAND UP for you.  I am hear to cheer you on.

You got this!  We got this!

Love, AC

Daily Prayer:  Father, I believe and declare that you will fight against those who fight with me.  You will stand up for me and be my help.  Whatever battle I am facing today I trust that your shield will protect me.  I do not fight this battle alone. I will not shy away from it either. I will stand up for the right thing because I know you stand up for me. -In Jesus’ name, Amen

5 ways you can have help fighting your battles with God and a tribe of Single Moms that have your back with DAILY encouragement!

1. Start your day with encouragement designed for YOUR Single Mom Life when you Subscribe to my FREE daily inspirational email!
2. Save time by listening to “Single Mom Life”  podcast while you are on the go! Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes
3. No time to read?  I here ya!  I also put it all on video for you! Subscribe to my YouTube Channel!
4. Join the private Single Mom Life Facebook Community where we can encourage each other!
5. Make it Personal!  I am now offering one-on-one coaching to a limited number to help you love your Single Mom Life.  You will get access to me through Skype calls on a weekly basis!  Apply for the NEW program here. 

All I ask in exchange is that you please SHARE!  Don’t keep this place to yourself. Share the blogs on your Facebook page, tell your friends about the podcasts, and invite a single mom you know to check out www.singlemomlife.com.  Much love!  AC

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