January 2012 Pearls of Encouragement for CWMs

Welcome
Prayer Partner Needed
Coaching
Article – God is the Conductor of our Lives
Final Thoughts

 

The Voices of Christian Working Moms

Newly Released Book
written by
Author Kimberly Chastain

Welcome

2012 is here and is already busy at my home. I don’t know about at your house. My daughter reminded me on New Year’s what a momentous year this will be. In this year she will turn 18, graduate from high school, and start college. Yes, I’m old enough now to be of those mothers that says, “wasn’t she a baby yesterday?” It is so true. Welcome to CWMs with children of all ages. My wish for 2012 for you is you will grow in your relationship with God and trust Him in all things.

Prayer Partner Needed

We have a CWM who would like a prayer partner. Prayer partners meet each other virtually. They agree to pray for one another’s needs. For many CWMs they feel like they are the only CWM in their church. So, it is important to have support from other CWMs. If you would like a prayer partner, send an email to Kimberly@kimberlychastain.com with prayer partner in the subject heading.

Coaching

The New Year is here and with that comes all kinds of resolutions. It is often hard to stay accountable to the resolutions you set. That is where coaching comes in. A coach can guide and help you stay accountable with the goals you have set or goals you may want to set. If you are interested in a coaching session, send an email to Kimberly@kimberlychastain.com and put coaching in the subject heading.

Article – God is the Conductor in our Lives

We often laugh in our house that we are rich in instruments and books. At last count we have over 20+ instruments in my house and I don’t even want to count how many books we own. Everyone in my family plays a musical instrument (Mom is definitely the least proficient!). Music is a part of the fabric of our home. Recently, I began to think about the music of our lives and God as the Conductor in our lives.

Over the years I have been too many band concerts for my children. I always enjoy when the conductor shares the story behind a piece and how you can hear the story through music. A great piece of music will have lots of variation. Often, you will hear a strong bass line that goes throughout the piece. Sometimes, with the flutes and clarinets you will hear light, playful music. With trumpets and other instruments there will be a flourish or strong loud crescendo for emphasis. Hearing each of the parts individually does not sound spectacular in and of itself, but together it sounds beautiful.

Are you wondering where I’m going with all of this? I realize in our lives there are moments of great fun and excitement. There are flourishes and life is playful. Sometimes, there is the monotonous note that keeps playing over and over, think laundry, dishes, cleaning the house, etc. That note is always there. Life can often be played in the minor key where we are bogged down and depressed. We don’t think we can take another step or handle another disappointment. We can have staccato notes in our lives, a short repetitive note that seems to beat continually. Often, we can see our lives on hold for what seems like forever waiting for the next note.

Yet, in all the notes in our life there is a conductor, God, who is orchestrating the playful notes and the sorrowful notes in our lives. Sometimes his conducting seems clearly obvious and sometimes we don’t know if we can see His direction. One thing I have noticed in all the band concerts I have attended is the various styles of conducting. Some conductors have very large movements, some have small movements with their hands, and some you can’t follow at all. Still they are all conductors.

What I want you to hear from my music analogy is that God is conducting your life and there may be times that you don’t like how He is conducting. You may want more direction or you don’t like the direction He is leading. Maybe this is a slow, quiet thoughtful passage of music in your life right now and you want something louder. Maybe your life is being played in a minor key and you want to get back to a major key where everything seems okay. Your loving God is working all the pieces of your past, present, and future for the great symphony He has created for you and your life. Can you trust Him to be the Conductor and take you where He leads? When a band takes their eyes off of the conductor and doesn’t follow the band quickly falls apart. The same thing is true of our lives. Often, we want to take the baton out of God’s hands and be in charge. When we do we see the music hitting a sour note in our lives. We come back with a sorrowful, repentant heart and give the baton back to God.

In God’s eyes there is no sense of time, there isn’t a past, present, or future. He seems our entire lives at one time. So, whatever you are going through right now God sees where you end up. His conducting of your life right now is often for something you can’t even see or know that is coming in the future.

Are you going to allow God to be the conductor in your life and let Him keep the baton or will you struggle with Him to get control? God is the author of music and makes beautiful music. Allow Him to make beautiful music in your life including all the joyful and sorrowful notes.

Can I add one more thought? God is also the conductor in our children’s lives as well, not us. We need to allow God to work in their lives and not get in the way.

Final Thoughts

A good conductor can also help you recover from those clunker notes we all hit from time to time. God can make beautiful music even out of our terrible missed notes.

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.