August Pearls of Encouragement for
Christian Working Moms
Pearls of Encouragement for
Christian Working Moms
Article – Praying for Your Children
I hope you are enjoying the last days
of summer. We are melting where we live and trying
to stay inside to be cool. Sorry, this edition is
a little later than usual. My children are starting
school and we have been busy getting school supplies
and all those last minute details done. Thanks again
to all of you for filling out the Christian Working
Mom Survey, I really have no idea what number we will
end up with, but it is exciting to see what God will
do. If you have not filled out the Christian Working
Mom Survey, go to www.christianworkingmom.com
and click on survey. Also, a doctoral student
is doing research on Christian Working Moms. If you
are a Christian Working Mom with a professional degree
and would like to fill out the online survey, send
an email to
firstname.lastname@example.org and she will send you
the information. She needs about 40 more participants.
Thanks for your help.
We have had some good discussions on
the blog. Thanks for participating so, I didn’t
talk to myself. Several of the most recent discussions
are about materialism in children, birth control methods,
and loneliness. Please come and participate or start
a new conversation. You can visit the blog at http://kimberlychastain.com/my-journal.
Article – Praying for
Power of a Praying Parent, Updated and Expanded
As a new school year starts I am reminded
of the importance of praying for our children and
every area of their lives. Sometimes you may wonder
what different things I should be praying for in my
children’s lives. Stormie Omartian has written
a book entitled the Power of a Praying Parent. In
her book, she has 30 chapters and each chapter focuses
on a different area to pray for your child. You can
use her prayers daily to pray for different areas.
Some areas you may not have thought of is: praying
for a future spouse, career decision, choices of friends,
etc. Sometimes we are exhausted and we just pray God,
please protect and take care of my children. God knows
and see our hearts.
Another way of praying for your children,
I would encourage you to think about is having a prayer
journal for each child. I have a spiral bound notebook
for each of my children with prayer requests and answers.
Sometimes these are my children’s prayer requests,
but most of the time it is a need I see in their life
that I pray for. When I look back over those prayer
requests I see God’s answers to my prayers and
his working in their lives. I also enjoy looking at
some of the prayer requests that seem kind of funny
now (nothing is too trivial for God or us to pray
about), for example, please don’t let the teacher
sit my son by any girls in the classroom. Girls are
still very icky at his age. That prayer has been answered.
That request was very important to my son, very important
to me, and important to God as well. Sometimes I see
a pattern over years in my journal and that tells
me God is working on an individual character trait
in my children in His perfect timing.
I will admit I am not always faithful
to pray for my children every day. I do know that
my Heavenly Father is watching over them every moment.
I have found when I do pray for my children, I am
more patient with them and I see them more as God
sees them. Also, of course, I praying that I grow
as a parent as well.
So, however you decide to pray for your
children I encourage you to be faithful in praying
for your children. Ask God for guidance in how you
should lead them as a parent as well. Also, rest assured
if you aren’t or don’t pray for your children
today that God is still on the job.
Do you think God has a sense of humor?
I do!! I think he delights and loves to hear our children’s
prayers and see our children be in awe of his creation.
Try to see the humor in life today. Have you noticed
children often laugh much more than adults? We could
learn a lot from our children.
Till next time,
Kimberly Chastain, MS, LMFT is the Christian Working
Mom Coach and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.
She is the founder of CWMU and author of 2 ebooks
that can be found at www.christianworkingmom.com.
For a free, initial coaching session send an email
with free coaching in the subject heading.