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Marilynn Dawson - Christian Single Mother's Stress CoachHi, I’m Marilynn Dawson,  certified Solo-Mom Agape Resource Tactician!

I aid the struggling Christian 35-50yr old single mom of elementary school-aged kids in reducing her overwhelm managing time and finances.

My Lived Experience began back when my kids where ages 3 and 5. I’d fled an abusive marriage and would find myself divorced almost 2 years later. Overwhelm coupled with an intense desire to be obtaining a career to raise my kids on my own were two driving forces back then. I am a doer, so figuring out how to do things in the best way and time possible was constantly top of mind even when all I wanted to do was cry. Financial constraints became a very real thing after graduating the training program, and that began various lessons teaching our household how to live on less than a shoestring budget (based on what most budget bloggers think people have to work with).

Life around the home was never static for more than several months at a time as a result, with when and how we did things regularly being tweaked for better efficiency as the kids grew, and as finances fluctuated.

I now offering my lived experiential knowledge to other Sisters in Christ who could use a certified life coach to come alongside them while they figure out schedules or money concerns while raising their children. It has been my experience that coupled with moments of quiet before the Lord, these two areas contribute the most to a mother’s sense of rest and ability to handle the world.

This blog began in 2020 to capture some of those lived experiences, perspective shifts, expectation shifts, etc, to show how we did it. When it came to raising my children, the Bible was our guide and for day-to-day practical behaviour, the book of Proverbs in particular. You will find a fair bit of Scripture scattered around my writings as a result. Sometimes a blog article won’t have anything related to Scripture, other times, half the blog article will be Scripture quotes.

As you read my stories and thoughts, if you want to reach out for assistance in your own situation, please use this form.

About My Coaching

Life coaching in the modern world is now the paid concept of mentorship from earlier historical times. Individualistic lifestyles in the modern world often mean family is not there for each other, perhaps even non-existent. This can leave a single mother not having a clue who to go to with their home stuff, how to do things, etc. Life coaches fill that void that used to be filled by other members of more close-knit communities. In the Body of Christ, older women are encouraged to mentor younger women in the ways of the household.

Titus 2:3-5 The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things; 4 That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, 5 To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.

Naomi coaching Ruth regarding Boaz, and Elizabeth coaching Mary in pregnancy are just two examples from Scripture. Herod’s wife mentoring her daughter is an unfortunate case of dangerously poor mentoring. Good or bad, younger women instinctively look up to older women for guidance.

As you seek to raise your children alone, ask yourself if you have positive mentors around you, older women of God you can look up to and reach out to for prayer, guidance and a stabilizing hand. If you need help figuring out a more workable schedule for yourself and your kids, I am here. If you need help making sense of your finances or reorganizing them to spend and save better and provide for your family, I am here. I’ve been there. It can be relieving sometimes just knowing someone is an email or DM away.

In a paid capacity as your certified Christian Single Mother’s Stress Coach, I cannot legally advise you on legal or political matters between you and the child(ren)’s father, nor do I wish to step into the dating space. I am here for YOU, to help you manage daily life in a way that leaves more money in the bank, more food in the fridge, and more time for moments of rest.

If you’ve never worked with a certified life coach before, be sure to check out my offerings and perhaps even take the self-assessment quiz on the SPA Appointment page. I look forward to working with you.

Sincerely,
Marilynn


Marilynn is also an A+ Certified PC Repair Technician by trade, as well as a self-published author with 18 books and counting available via Amazon and other online locations. 

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