December 2009 CWM Pearls of Encouragement
Welcome
CWM Coaching Tips
Blog/Online Bible Study
Article – Sharing Your Faith at Christmas
Final Thoughts

Welcome

May I be one of the first people to wish you a Merry Christmas. May you and your family strive to keep the focus on Christ and the celebration of his birth. I have written several articles in the past about how to survive Christmas especially if you have a difficult family situation. To look at past articles you can go to: http://www.kimberlychastain.com/newsletters/archives.htm. Treat yourself to a gift this Christmas. You can buy The Voices of Christian Working Moms and be encouraged in your role as a CWM. You also may want to buy one for a friend as well. To find out more click on the banner below:

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CWM Coaching Tips

Are you even thinking about New Year’s resolutions, yet? Maybe one of those will be spending more time in God’s Word and memorizing scripture. If that is true for you then check out CWM Coaching Tips. You will have a devotion emailed to you daily and you will have one verse of scripture to memorize a week. To find out more go to: http://www.kimberlychastain.com/cwmtips.htm.

Blog/Online Bible Study

You can find the CWM Blog at http://christianworkingmoms.blogspot.com. Come join the discussion about Christmas. The CWM Bible Study can be found at http://www.cwmbiblestudy.blogspot.com. I will definitely try to post more Bible studies in the New Year.

Article – Sharing your Faith at Christmas

Christmas is a wonderful time to introduce friends and family to Christ if they are not believers. Most people have a general idea of what Christmas is about and it is not Santa Claus. For the most part people are in a festive mood if they are not fighting in the malls for the last special toy of the year.

Many of you have shared with me that your work place is a mission field and I totally agree with you. So, Christmas is a great time to talk with co-workers about your faith. Here are some non-threatening ways to begin the conversation with co-workers, friends, family, and neighbors:

1. If you are having a Christmas musical at your church invite your co-workers to come. People who would never step in a church any other time of the year are open to coming to hear some Christmas music.
2. Along those same lines have your children invite their friends if your church is having a Christmas musical. Children will like having their friends see them dressed up as Mary, Joseph, etc. Sometimes cookies and candy are given out at the event. It is very hard for a child to turn down free cookies and candy.
3. Ask co-workers what Christmas traditions they have now and as a child. Then, you can share how going to a Christmas Eve service at church is an important tradition for your family or the religious tradition you have.
4. You may want to purchase the Case for Christmas by Lee Strobel and give to friends and family. Lee Strobel is a journalist who use to be an atheist. He set out to prove there is no Christ and ended up becoming a believer.
5. Take time to pray for people around you that are not believers and that God would give you the opportunity to talk with them and what to say.
6. As a family you may want to bake cookies for a neighbor who lives alone or doesn’t have family nearby. You can give them the cookies and share with them about Christ.
7. Do you have any people who sing well at your place of work? How about being in charge of caroling at the office? Wouldn’t that be a surprise for everyone.
8. Be a good witness to the tired, stressed out sales clerks at department stores. Look them in the eye and wish them Merry Christmas. Be gracious to them. So, many people are less than gracious.
9. If your children are in school or daycare do something special for the teachers. You may even give them a book about Christ or a book for the classroom.
10. Jesus always met people where they were. He listened to them and ministered to them. Look for ways to minister to people this Christmas season.

Let me end by saying Christmas and Easter are holidays that are truly Christian. Both have been secularized to where it is even against the law at times to have a nativity scene. Yet, people still want to hear the story of the babe in the manager that was born over 2,000 years ago and is alive today. Ask God to open your eyes and your families’ eyes this Christmas to share your faith with those around you. What better gift could there be than the gift of salvation. An eternal gift that never stops giving.

Final Thoughts

I know the Christmas season can get very harried with school programs, church programs, shopping, and the list never ends. Take time to meditate on the best Christmas gift you have ever received. Thank God for his precious son and for your salvation.

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.