Pearls of Encouragement for CWMs – February 2009
Welcome
CWM Coaching Tips
Blog/Online Bible Study
Article – The Best Valentine of All
Final Thoughts
Welcome

I don’t know where you live, but here in South Carolina we are cold. It was 13 degrees this morning with a wind chill of 1 degree. So, many people in the United States are recovering from ice storms and don’t have electricity. I do hope are readers who are experiencing summer are enjoying it. We are all praying for spring here. We have had lots of new CWMs join our community. Welcome and you will find wonderful supportive CWMs here. Thanks so much for all of those who were willing to be interviewed. I have enough interviews for several months now. I really appreciate all your help. You all never let me down.


CWM Coaching Tips

As a CWM sometimes quiet times with God seem optional or they just don’t get done. Yet, we desperately need time with God. You can receive a CWM Coaching Tip emailed to you daily to encourage you in your walk with the Lord. For more information go to: http://www.kimberlychastain.com/cwmtips.htm.

Blog/Online Bible Study

One of the best ways we can encourage one another is by participating in the CWM Blog. I have posted a question about Valentine’s Day. To visit the CWM Blog go to: http://christianworkingmoms.blogspot.com. The Online Bible Study can be found at http://cwmbiblestudy.blogspot.com.

Article – The Best Valentine of All

Probably one of the first lessons you shared with your children is God loves you. We as children learn John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him will not perish, but have everlasting life.” God is love. We share that often with people who don’t believe in God.

Do you feel loved today? As a busy, CWM it can often feel like we are doing for others all day and rarely get much in return. I wonder if God ever feels that way. He sent his only Son to die for us so that we might be declared righteous and be in God’s presence. God requires absolute perfection and holiness to be in his presence. As humans we could never be perfect even on our best day. So, God provided Jesus the perfect sacrifice and put our sins on Jesus. Jesus paid the price so we could actually be in the presence of a Holy God. Now, we are counted as righteous and holy due to Christ work, certainly by nothing we have done.

Yet, how do we respond to the greatest love ever shown to us? Do we thank and praise Him for what He has done for us? You see as humans we are often selfish and when we tell people or think about God loving us; too often the focus becomes on the “us” part instead of the God part. While Christ death on the cross was for our salvation, ultimately Christ death was for God’s glory. I love the verses in Philippians 2:10-11, “That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” One day even the staunchest atheist will bow down to Jesus and confess He is Lord.

So, God loving us is really all about God and very little about us. The best Valentine we will ever receive is the love of God. When we receive that Valentine our hearts should burst forth with praise and gratitude that God showered his love on us. We truly serve an awesome God. Can I encourage you today to thank God for his love for you and the gift of his Son on the cross paying the penalty for your sins? Valentine’s Day may have been created by humans, but God gave the ultimate Valentine’s gift over 2,000 years ago and He keeps giving. May we praise Him for his unconditional and unfailing love.


Final Thoughts

Do your children think Valentine’s Day is for them as well? Certainly, at my house that is the case. Chocolate for everyone. You can never go wrong with chocolate!!

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. To find out how to receive coaching tips by email daily, go to http://www.kimberlychastain.com/cwmtips.htm. You can find more information about Christian Working Moms at www.christianworkingmom.com For a free, initial coaching session send an email to free@kimberlychastain.com.