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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  • bellagrazi

    I can’t imagine there is anything better than being a Palin. You belong to such a close-knit family, Bristol. I admire your family so much. But being a child of God is the ultimate. We all feel His love. I know one day very soon you will no longer be a single parent, Bristol. You seem to have found the right man for you and your son, Tripp. Gino seems like a good man. A family man. And, best of all, a man of faith. But you’ve been a heck of a single mom, Bristol. A role model for all women. But, first and foremost, a child of God.

  • Jack

    “What is better than being a Palin”?? Anything.

    • section9

      Missed the whole point of the post, didn’t you?
      Go back and read it again.

  • Georgia

    You’ve offered another very inspiring post, Bristol. Well done and thank you.

  • Maleena

    “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.” ~~ Bristol Palin

    I love this ending :)

  • Nicolle Leska

    I figure that I am a mother now, and will always be a mother. Its not just “my situation”, but it is who I am, it is what I identify with, it is my purpose in life. Its not a “club” that I joined just to wear a name badge around for 18 years. Describing it as a “situation” makes it seem like its temporary. Being a parent is not temporary. IT IS what defines you, IT IS your identity, IT IS who you are permanently. Sounds like if you had to choose to drink the Kool-Aid and wear the “I heart Jesus” shirt versus the “I am a mother” shirt, you would rather choose the former. If you don’t like your “situation” then jump the bible bus and let someone who identifies as being a mother raise your child. Children deserve to have parents who see them as lifelong identities, not as “situations”.

    • Susan

      “And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.”

      Nicolle, as Christians, no matter where we are in life, God is #1. You sound like someone who has a lot of pain. Instead of bashing someone like Bristol, who has the joy of Christ in her heart, why don’t you pray tonight and open your heart to God.

    • Dean

      Nicolle has an outstanding point Susan. It really is really hard to find the congruency here. Because someone states that they are the child of God, do we just take it at face value even when she behaves in ways completely opposed to teachings of Christ? This is damaging to faith and the church. How do you justify the behavior here. Bristol had promoted abstinence after clearly failing to adhere to those standards herself. Before suggesting that she was a child, made a mistake, and has found a greater path- didn’t she just announce that she plans to live with her boyfriend in a trial marriage after saying she would not consent unless she were married? Bristol’s book was an attack on her child’s father and a number of other individuals. How is this OK with you? It was written, laced with anger to create false drama and increase sales. Nicholle was correctly identifying the forever and all important identification as a parent. It’s real and essential, while Palin’s claims as a child of God are superficial, an attempt to ingratiate herself to her market base. I find it completely hypocritical for those of you who post here to overlook the behavior of this person. But for you, Susan, to suggest Nicholle has a lot of pain because she disagrees with you says something about what is in your heart. Does opening your heart to God mean you closing your mind to the obvious?

      • Frederick lang

        Dean. She has not, nor did she ever live with her fiance. Apparently you didn’t read her explanation and denial and that it was never true. People like yourself only wish to continue that vicious rumor. That was all it was, a rumor from the very get go. Hypocracy is doing the one thing you are against. Have you done that too, I bet you have and then regretted it…or maybe not. She has and she has also explained her position on that too, if you would only read her previous blogs.

        You have a hateful demeanor in your statement and obviously refuse to investigate the truth for yourself and listen only to those who are hatemongers. Just open your eyes to the judgmental attitude you now are portraying, unless you simply wish to be judge and jury on something you have no idea what your talking about. Wake up and smell the truth!

      • otlset

        I can see you believe in forgiveness and learning from one’s mistakes Dean. One day hopefully you’ll realize that spreading negativity and sowing discord based only on your spiteful limited judgement reflects back on you in kind, now and later. All is ‘recorded’ in this school of life and grading is strict, but true. This once again leads us back to forgiveness…

      • Susan

        1. We are all children of God
        2. Bristol did not “preach” abstinence until after she experienced her own pregnancy. She wants other teens to learn from her own experiences.
        3. Living with her boyfriend…tabloid rumor; untrue.
        4. Haven’t read Bristol’s book…why do you automatically assume that Levi Johnston is the “truth-teller?”
        5. Again, we are Children of God first. Parents second. This is what the Bible teaches.
        6. ALL Christians are going to fall short of Jesus…every single one of us will sin and disappoint and falter on our journey…but Nothing can separate any of us from the Love of God…
        7. Nicole needs God. Everyone does. Dean, you cannot fight the battles of this earthly life without God. Sure, you might be able to power through with your own personal strength through some of life’s trials…but when the world falls all around you…when the world is spitting at you…mocking you…God is the only source of true Joy, true Light. He will heal, renew and restore you. Without God you do not have that eternal source of Life within you. I will pray for both you and Nicole…I will pray that you will open your hearts to God so that both of you are “connected” the Water of Life. And remember, like me, like Bristol, like all the other Christians of the world…you do NOT HAVE TO BE PERFECT to be a Child of God….please give your life over to Jesus Christ and find TRUE JOY.
        Praying the Blood of the Lamb over you right now Dean!

  • Gary Ernsthausen

    I too believe that the day of Christ’s coming is very soon. When I first saw Sarah in the newspaper Aug. 29th 2008 I knew she had a special purpose for all in this world. Christ is looking for a Bride, not one but everyone that will chose to please him. For this reason I am most positive that Sarah will be President next, I am very excited to see the news develope every week. I think that in August America will be overcome with excitement and watch BO go down this is just an opportunity for God’s power to be shown.

  • Joseph

    You are an awesome woman of the Lord, Bristol! I have a few friends whom I’ve known for a long time; I met them at my church youth group. Anyway, they’re single moms now and I think the mini-book you’re suggesting might help them. Thanks for sharing as always! :)

  • Karen

    AHH Bristol……your such an inspiration & a role model for this generation & futures to come. Thank your parents for teaching you & give thanks to God for giving you the wisdom to know the diff! I would love my daughter in law to receive your pkg of love & hope. My son is not the picture perfect son, left Tanya with a beautiful little girl and he wont even contact her. Its heart breaking to see Abby get so excited to go to court with mom in hopes to see daddy… He never shows up. She cries herself to sleep. I love my daufhter in law. Thank you Bristol

  • http://darcsfalcon.wordpress.com Vanessa

    Well said, Bristol!

    Our children are gifts from the Lord too, and ultimately belong to Him as much as we ourselves do. :)

  • http://wizardofcakes.com Sharon Austin

    Hi, I’m so proud of you for staying true to God! Sometimes I feel like a single parent. It’s a huge challenge but I’m keeping my eyes on the Lord!