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
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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
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
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
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).
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.
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