August 2007 Pearls of Encouragement for Christian Working Moms
Welcome
Blog/Online Bible Study
Article – Are you a People Pleaser or a God Pleaser?
Final Thoughts
Welcome

How are you doing? Are you enjoying your summer? Yesterday, we topped out at 100 degrees. It is so hot here and I’m staying inside. We just finished school shopping and ended up spending two days trying to find modest clothes for my daughter. How frustrating!!! If you have a daughter you know what I mean.

We continue to have new Christian Working Moms from all over the world. You all are welcomed to the CWM community. If you ever want to read any back issues of Pearls of Encouragement for CWM you can go to http://www.christianworkingmom.com/newsletters/archives.htm.

Below you will see a link for Pocket Power. This is an organization that will give you 30 free gospels of John a month. They have many different designs. You can give the gospels of John to the check-out person at the grocery store; leave them at restaurants, etc. So, check it out for an easy way to share your faith.

PocketPower.org Use sponsor number 245460 when you sign up.

Blog/Online Bible Study

We have had some real good discussions on the CWM Blog. A current question is, “How could your church support you as a CWM?” We also have questions in the open comment section. I know a lot of you read the blog, but don’t post. That is fine, but we would love to hear from you. The CWM Blog is at http://christianworkingmoms.blogspot.com.

There are 6 lessons posted for the Online Bible Study. Hopefully, I will add another one soon. August is always a crazy month for me. The Online Bible Study can be found at http://cwmbiblestudy.blogspot.com. Please share your thoughts and comments there as well.

Article – Are you a People Pleaser or a God Pleaser?

Recently I heard a very good sermon on this topic and wanted to share some thoughts with you. Do you aim to please people or God? I think as women we often are people pleasers, we try to keep everyone happy. Often we keep everyone happy at the expense of ourselves. What does the Bible say about whom we are to please?
In 2 Corinthians 5:9 it says, “So we make it our goal to please him, whether we are at home in the body or away from it.” Colossians 1:10 says, “And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way; bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God.”

So, I would like you ask yourself some questions and I hope they change your perspective like they did mine:

1. Do I seek the praise of others more than God?

2. Do I truly believe that I am God’s child and he loves me no
matter what? There is nothing I can do to lose his love.

3. Do I seek to please God?

4. When people see my life do they see I’m more concerned
about my self or others?

5. Do people see Jesus in me? Do people see Jesus’ love
expressed through me to them?

As children of God we reflect God’s characteristics. Jesus is living in us so we reflect his love to others. In our work place, home life, and church life we need to be sure we don’t stamp the name of Jesus on anything we would be ashamed of or he would be ashamed of. Colossians 3:17 says, “And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” Jesus lives in us and we are his ambassadors to a hurting world. Listen to this statement from the sermon, “All of me belongs to all of Christ, all of Christ belongs to all of me.” Spend some time pondering that statement. There is nothing we can separate from Christ. We are Christ followers and people do see Jesus in us. What characteristics of Jesus are they seeing?

In conclusion, I’m afraid most of us spend more time trying to please others than pleasing God. How different would our lives be and look like if our focus was on pleasing our heavenly Father and not others. When we please our heavenly Father we will give and love others sacrificially. We need to long to hear from God, “Well done my good and faithful servant.” instead of the praise of men or women. Remember who is living in you and through you. You love others not through your own strength and power, but through the power of Jesus Christ.

Final Thoughts

What a comfort to know God loves us period!!! I need to hear that and live that promise. Please take comfort in God’s love for you today.

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. You can find more information at www.christianworkingmom.com. For a free, initial coaching session send an email to free@kimberlychastain.com.