April 2013 Pearls of Encouragement for CWMs
Thanks
Article – Car Time – Perfect for Spiritual Conversations
Final Thoughts

 

The Voices of Christian Working Moms

Newly Released Book
written by
Author Kimberly Chastain

Thanks

Thanks so much for all the CWMs who volunteered to be interviewed. We will be having the CWM interview for the next few months. So, many of you have shared how the interviews are a real encouragement to you.

Please go to the CWM blog, http://christianworkingmoms.blogspot.com and share if you have started a CWM support group. Several of you have emailed me from time to time about starting a CWM group in your church. Let’s share with one another what worked and didn’t work. Also, my book The Voices of Christian Working Mom (see link on the side) has discussion questions for each chapter. You can use the book in starting a group

Article – Car Time – Perfect for Spiritual Conversations

I don’t know about you, but when my children were little we had a long commute to school (about 30 minutes). Now, the commute is about 15 minutes. Some of the best conversations I have ever had with my children have been in the car. One of the advantages of being in the car is children don’t have to make direct eye contact with you. Children tend to open up a little more. I want to encourage you about being intentional with your conversations in the car and the music you listen to. Here are some tips to consider:

  1. Play music from a Christian radio station or CD. Preschool children learn songs quickly. My son, a teenager, loves listening to Christian CDs on his way to school. He also likes for it to be quiet (meaning Mom don’t talk!). I think it gets him in the proper mindset for school.
  2. As a family memorize a verse of Scripture on the way to daycare or school. You will be surprised how your children can memorize Scripture quicker than you.
  3. When your child brings up a situation at school where they or a friend was treated unfairly, use that opportunity to discuss how Jesus would respond in that situation.
  4. Encourage your children to find the child at school who is being left out and to reach out to that child.
  5. When you ask your children, “How was your day?” and you get “Fine.” Then ask, “What was the best part of your day? What was the hardest part of your day?”
  6. On the way to school get in the habit of praying for teachers and other children in your child’s school.
  7. Try to refrain from making phone calls while your children are in the car. Make them top priority.
  8. Ask your children how you can pray for them? What are they struggling with at this time?
  9. Take time to pray for your pastor, church leaders, and government leaders.
  10. We can worship anywhere. Can you turn your car into a place of worship instead of a place where we are harried?

There are also times when your children want to be silent and you must honor that wish as well. We can worship in the quiet. I love how my children have introduced me to Praise Music that I would not have heard on my own. May we all be more intentional in our spiritual conversations with our children.

Final Thoughts

Let’s be honest sometimes the hardest time to be a Christian is when we are driving and someone cuts us off. Remember people are always watching and the most important people watching are our children.

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 The Voices of Christian Working Moms, 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. To find out more about her books go to www.christianworkingmom.com. For a free, initial coaching session send an email to free@kimberlychastain.com.