"God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble." (Psalm 46:1, NIV) Now that it is back to school time I see moms running around the stores preparing their kids with supplies and clothes. Moms are awesome people! They are always willing to go above and beyond for those they love. I know my mom did, and still does.
Often I wonder how I can help my mom-friends tackle all the things that they have on their plates. I want them to know that just because the dynamics of our friendship has changed, it doesn't mean the friendship has changed.
As a married woman without children I sense the pulling and tugging that my mom-friends experience. But of course I don't truly know their joys and struggles.
I asked my mom- friends what it is that they would cherish most from their single and non-mom friends. Sometimes it is the simplest things.
- Provide a listening and praying ear.
- Sponsor just one house cleaning through a home cleaning service.
- Offer to babysit so that your mom-friends can run errands.
- Cook a casserole meal that she can put in the freezer then pop in the oven when necessary.
- Order something to go and offer to pick it up for the family.
- Pick up the dry cleaning or run small errands for her.
- Again, pray for your friend.
Of course this list is not an exhaustive list and you may have thought of several unique ideas specific to your friendship. That is great!
It is not necessary to do all of these things everyday. But once in a while when you see your mom-friend frazzled by life's child challenges, it will help her to know that she has a helping, listening Christ-centered friend willing to offer help in her time of need.