Pearls of Encouragement for Christian Working Moms
April 2008 Edition
Welcome
Prayer Partners
Blog/Online Bible Study
CWM Coaching Tips
Article – Who is your Boss?
Welcome

Hello dear sisters in Christ. There are 1300 women in our community. Thanks to all of you who have filled out the CWM Survey at www.christianworkingmom.com. Almost 1800 CWMs have filled out the survey. Just a note to you about the survey, sometimes women will ask me to respond to them on the survey. The surveys are designed to be anonymous, so I cannot respond to an individual survey, because I don’t have an email address in which to respond. Feel free to send me an email to Kimberly@kimberlychastain.com if you have questions or comments that you want a response. I thank God for all of you and may God continue to draw you closer to Him.

Prayer Partners

I hope you are enjoying your prayer partner if you have one. I had another CWM email me recently wanting a prayer partner and I did not have a CWM to match her with. So, if you would like a prayer partner, please send me an email to Kimberly@kimberlychastain.com and put Prayer Partner in the subject heading. I will match you as soon as I can.

Blog/Online Bible Study

Thanks for all your comments about how you handle school vacations with your children. I love how we can learn from one another. I just posted a question asking, “What God is teaching you right now?” Let’s share how God is growing us. Check the open comment section from time to time; CWMs often post a question they would like other Moms to answer. You can find the CWM Blog at http://christianworkingmoms.blogspot.com. You can find the Online Bible Study at http://cwmbiblestudy.blogspot.com.

CWM Coaching Tips

Do you find it hard to have a quiet time? Would like you like to dig a little deeper in the Bible and see how it can change your every day life? Then, CWM Coaching Tips is for you. You will receive an email daily with a coaching tip that will point you back to God. To find out more go to http://www.kimberlychastain.com/cwmtips.htm.

Article – Who is your Boss?

Part of being a CWM is the working part. Ultimately, who is your boss and who do you work for? Of course, you may say I work for my boss. I agree on one level. Yet, your boss is Christ. He is who lives in us as Christians and who we follow. Closely, related to who our boss is, is who do you seek approval from?

In my Sunday School class we are doing the Patriarch Study by Beth Moore. She shared a comment she had heard from someone that stuck in her memory and I wanted to share it with you. The comment is this: “God baptized me in the criticisms of man so he would inoculate me from the approval of man.”

Do you desperately need your boss’ approval and praise for how you do your job? Sometimes we crave the approval of others more than God. Please hear me very clearly the best witness we can have at work is to do our best and not be seen as someone who only does just enough to get by. Yet, if we have to have praise from our boss or others we are serving man not God.

I think as women we are often more susceptible to what others think of us. We want to be liked. Yet, if we truly follow Christ there will be times that we take stands that are true and faithful to scripture and people will hate us for believing in absolute truth.

Let me go back to our original question. We are to be workers who follow God’s law first and then what our boss says. So, ultimately God is our boss and must be glorified in all we do. How would your life be different if you realized that the project you are working on today or whatever task you have at work was done for God not your boss? How would your work quality change or would it change?
Remember who your boss is and please Him first. We can never lose by pleasing God first. May you be inoculated from the approval of man.

Final Thoughts

When was the last time you had fun? Make sure you have fun with your children. Laughing is good for the soul.

Till next time,

Kimberly M. Chastain

Kimberly M. Chastain, MS, LMFT is the Christian Working Mom Coach and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She is the author of 2 ebooks and an online Bible study. To find out how to receive coaching tips by email daily, go to http://www.kimberlychastain.com/cwmtips.htm. You can find more information about Christian Working Moms at www.christianworkingmom.com For a free, initial coaching session send an email to free@kimberlychastain.com.