February 2012 Pearls of Encouragement for CWMs
Welcome/Thanks
Article – Jesus Loves Me This I Know
Final Thoughts

 

The Voices of Christian Working Moms

Newly Released Book
written by
Author Kimberly Chastain

Welcome/Thanks

A big welcome to all the new CWMs who have joined our community. After all of these years of writing Pearls of Encouragement I still get emails from CWMs that still feel guilt and isolation. I would like to say the problem is getting better, but I’m afraid it is not. May you know that you are not alone.

Thanks to all the women who volunteered to be interviewed for CWM. We will be learning from them in the next few months.

Many of you generously fill out the CWM survey and often make comments on the survey. I just wanted to let you know the surveys are anonymous and I have no way of responding to them. So, if you would like to send me comments please email me at Kimberly@kimberlychastain.com. If you would like to read results of the survey, you can purchase the book Voices of Christian Working Moms. You can find it at: http://kimberlychastain.com/book.htm.

Article – Jesus Loves Me This I Know

I still remember vividly when my children were toddlers and preschoolers. A dear friend asked me what I was learning in my personal quiet time. I stopped for a minute and said, “Jesus Loves Me This I Know.” You see when my children were little my reading material consisted of: Picture Storybook Bible, Goodnight Moon, Brown Bear Brown Bear, and at least 50 or more other books with lots of pictures and few words. It really seemed I had not read an adult book in years.

The bedtime routine at my house when we had little ones was we said our prayers. Our prayers started with, “Thank you God for __________.” My children would fill in the blank. I loved some of the wonderful things they would thank God for. I really wanted them to know from an early age that God creates everything and deserves our thanks and praise. Then, each of my children had a song I would sing to them at night. For one child it was Jesus, Loves me this I Know and the other was Trust and Obey.

The other day I began reflecting back on those days and the song choice for each child. You don’t think about them being teenagers when they are 2, but I now realize that each child needed the particular song they had chosen for their own spiritual development even at a young age. The Jesus Loves me child is very in tuned with spiritual facts and knowledge and needs to know the emotion side of Jesus and how much He truly loves us deeply. The Trust and Obey child is very independent and has learned how to trust God when things don’t always go as expected. There was no way I could have known at that age what those songs would mean for my children. Isn’t God great? His sovereignty even in song choice as toddlers paid big dividends.

A few things I want you to know from my story. I remember those days when my kids were young and how I longed to read a book that didn’t have big pictures. Let’s be honest here, sometimes reading the same book I know at least a 100 times can be a little taxing. Yet, God was already working in my children’s lives at that very young age to plant seeds that I’m beginning to see bear fruit now. Mom of little ones what you are doing right now is so important. The constant repetition and teaching God’s ways will bear fruit. God’s Word says so. Read Deuteronomy 6:6-9 about how we are to teach our children about God. When we talk to our children about God it should just be a part of our normal daily conversation.

Let me share an even more personal side to this story. I have been in the church since I was in my mother’s belly. So, for a very long time. Who knows how many times I have sung Jesus Loves Me, Trust and Obey or many other hymns of faith. Yet, as I grow older those songs have a much richer and deeper meaning. The Love of God is so amazing and awesome, that it is almost too much for words. God’s plan for my life and His call for me to trust Him even when I can’t see where I’m going are profound. I’m learning deep down in my bones that God is faithful and true. He is worthy of worship and glory. So, Jesus Loves Me may be a children’s song, but this Mom appreciates every word of that song. Trust and Obey may be an old hymn, but the words to that song are never truer than in my life right now.

Be encouraged you are learning deep spiritual truths even if you feel you are talking on a preschool or elementary age child’s level. What I’m discovering is verses I have read all my life and “know” I now know on a much deeper level. Words cannot express who God is and what He has done. He is Holy. He is God and I am not. (Whether we say it out loud or not we like to be in control and that means we want to be God).

Final Thoughts

Remember there is no Valentine greater than the one we received when we accepted Jesus as our Lord and Savior. We were chosen before the world began. You are truly loved, my dear sister in Christ.

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.