What’s Better Than Being a Palin?

Many times, people try to define me by my parents.  I am Republican Sarah Palin’s daughter.  Or, here in Alaska, I am Iron Dog champion Todd Palin’s kid.  This is true – and I’m so proud of my family and my parents! But, there’s something even better.

What am I talking about?

Well, after I wrote about “How I Got Over My Very Public Mistakes,” the guys at CCEF sent me a nice little bundle of materials.  I’m just now reading one little booklet, called “Single Parent: Daily Grace for the Hardest Job” which has this description:

If you are a single parent, you already know you have one of the hardest jobs in the world. Trying to be both dad and mom–breadwinner, cook, chauffeur, comforter, dishwasher, homework helper, disciplinarian, nurse, and role mode–can wear down the hardiest man or woman. But do you know that God, in the Bible, offers words of grace, power, and hope especially for you?

Well, that got my attention! In the first chapter, Robert D. Jones writes that we should mainly view ourselves as Christians, not as “single parents.”

While our marital or parental positions describe our circumstances, they do not give us our identity.  Whether you are single, a parent, or that challenging hybrid of a single parent, that is not who you ARE.  Who are you? Hear the apostle’s words to all who belong to Christ Jesus.

He then quotes this:

“You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourself with Christ.” (Galatians 3)

Many times, people try to define me by my parents and my family, which is wonderful. I’m so proud of all of them!  But my true spiritual identity is even better than proudly wearing the last name of “Palin.”  How much better is it that I’m a child of God?

In other words, I’m not so much a “Christian SINGLE PARENT,” I am a CHRISTIAN who for the time being is a single parent.  Being a single mom is my situation, not my identity.

Are you a struggling single parent or do you know one?  Leave a comment below before Monday at noon and I’ll randomly select one of you to receive this great little mini-book!

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  • Ralph Hill

    Love those kitchen table discussions.

  • Chris in Ottumwa

    What a wonderful post for anyone who finds themselves in a situation that has become their identity…God has a plan and He alone can take any situation and make it the biggest blessing ever if we will let Him.

  • peavey1109

    Bristol, I was raised by my single Mom after my Father passed away. Many times she would explain she had to be both mother and father, that she did things out of love and dedication to me and my brother and if she didn’t who would? What you have written here is glorious and reminds me of my Mother who through all the hardships and blessings of raising two children alone, relied on God for guidance & protection. My eyes have tears as I remember her and her wisdom in relying on God and instilling in me the Christian values that put God first. You are a credit to your family, to the country and most especially God, who has given you the strength to stand on the principles of faith and love ignoring the naysayers, much like my very own Mother :) . God Bless You dear child of God :)

  • Leona

    Hi Princess, I call you princess because that’s who you are through Christ who died for our sins. We have become God’s children through His grace and His grace alone. Isn’t it wonderful that we are daughters and sons of God The Creator, The King of all kings….yes, you are a daughter of the Almighty King and for that, you are a princess! Thank you Jesus for willingly paid for my sins, and thank You for loving us first!

  • Susan

    I don’t know how people who don’t have God can get through the trials of life without a shadow of hopelessness and nothingness shadowing their days. Keep your Bible with you, Bristol! Read it every day. If you don’t have the time to read much, pick at least ONE PSALM and read that…it will bring you so much comfort (and protection) as you go through your life.

  • Brittany Toliver

    I’m so proud of you Bristol!! You give me courage to be a stronger bolder Christian!! Thanks for standing up for what you believe in!! <3 You're an Awesome Mother, would love to meet you!!

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  • otlset

    For some reason I’m hungry for a nice breakfast now! Looks like the corner chair is empty…”Could you pass me a banana Guv?’

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  • Melissa

    Wow! What a way to open my eyes! I never thought about looking at being a single mom like that before. I always have defined myself as being a single mom, which is true, but that isn’t WHO I am! I am a child of GOD! Thanks Bristol for sharing this great revelation!


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