April 2014 Pearls of Encouragement for CWMs
Welcome
Article – The Pain and Joy of Easter
Final Thoughts


 

The Voices of Christian Working Moms

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Author Kimberly Chastain

Welcome

Isn’t God the most wonderful artist and Creator? I have been admiring his handiwork this spring. All of God’s creation cries out His glory. In my church this past Sunday we had a guest pastor, John Blanchard. You can find out more about him at www.johnblanchard.org. His sermon was entitled, “The Five Most Amazing Words in the Bible”. His text 1 John 3:1-3. The amazing five words he spoke on were We shall be like him. One day we shall be like Jesus. What a glorious day that will be! I have been chewing on those words all week and it has been an encouragement. When we one day become like Jesus there will be: no more physical pain, no more sin, no more imperfections, no more falsehoods, no more emotional pain, and the list could go on and on. Take great encouragement my dear sisters in Christ, because one day we shall be like Him our precious Savior.

Article – The Pain and Joy of Easter

Several years ago the Passion of the Christ was shown at movie theatres around the world. Watching a movie of our dear Savior being brutally beaten was horrific to watch. Throughout my adult life I have always been focused on the physical pain of the cross of our Savior, yet in recent years I have discovered there was a pain that was even worse than the physical pain.

Our Savior bore the full wrath of God on Him, the perfect son of God. Our judgment and punishment was placed fully on Christ. He bore and saw the multitude of sins of all people who would come to know him as Savior. He also was separated from His Father for the first time ever in thousands of years. Can you imagine (I truly can’t) the perfect Son of God bearing all the sins of His spiritual children? What agony that had to be in addition to the physical pain.

Yet, because of Jesus being our sacrifice and paying the penalty of our sin we can rejoice on Easter. We can have true joy. Our debt has been paid in full. We have been declared not guilty! “For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” 1 Corinthians 5:21. We are declared righteous in the eyes of God due to Christ righteousness. Praise God!

To me Easter is the most important Christian holiday on the calendar. Yes, Christmas is very important, but at Easter our Savior paid our debt and soon one day, We will be like Him. Easter week is a time to reflect on the supreme sacrifice of Christ and to rejoice that He is Risen just as he said.

Final Thoughts

In teaching our children about Easter we have to emphasize our sin and what cost it was to Jesus for us to live. Children early on need to know their need of a Savior. My prayer for your children and my own is that there will not be a day in their lives that they did not know of Jesus. May Jesus and the things of God always be on our lips.

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.