Pearls of Encouragement for CWMs January 2014
Happy New Year
Article – Potpourri
Final Thoughts


 

The Voices of Christian Working Moms

Newly Released Book
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Author Kimberly Chastain

Happy New Year

I know it is a little late, but Happy New Year. By this time you have either done fairly well at keeping your New Year’s resolutions or beginning to have a hard time. One New Year resolution I would like to encourage you to consider is the CWM Coaching tips. You can find them at http://www.kimberlychastain.com/cwmtips.htm. For $5.00/month you can receive a small devotion delivered to your email box daily. The devotions are designed to encourage you, lift you up, and to dig deeper in God’s Word. As Moms we are often the last ones on our to do list. Take time to do something for yourself, the cost is less than a latte.

Please visit the CWM blog, http://christianworkingmoms.blogspot.com and share your favorite Bible verse. God has started giving me a Bible verse each year to help me focus on a certain area of my life. I would love to hear what God is teaching you right now.

Do you love the CWM Interviews that come out each month? If so, I need more CWMs who are willing to be interviewed. If you are interested send an email to Kimberly@kimberlychastain.com with Interview in the subject heading and I will email you the questions.

Article – Potpourri

I think one of the reasons the newsletter has been so late in coming out this month is I had several different things I wanted to share with you and really couldn’t pick just one. So, I decided to entitle the article potpourri. A little of this and a little of that.

One thing that is becoming very evident to me as a Mom of a 19 and 16 year old is that God not only grows our children up, but He grows us as parents as well. I’m now wiser as a parent, but believe me I have so much more to learn. I also having to learn to depend on God even more for His guidance, support, and wisdom. Don’t you remember when your child was a baby saying something like, “I wish they had come with an owner’s manual?” That doesn’t really change as they get older, yet my God never changes. He has planned out their lives and mine as well. I will trust in Him for all things. So, ask yourself today how have I grown as a parent over the years? Take delight in how God is working in and through you. He gets all the praise and glory.

Now to switch gears in Luke 10:38-42 we are told the better choice is to spend time with Jesus. This is the story of Mary and Martha. I think we all have Martha tendencies, running around trying to get things done and then having time with the Lord is the last thing on our list if it even makes it on the list. Yet, time spent with the Lord is never wasted and lasts through eternity. Dirty dishes in the sink or laundry piled up will one day vanish, but time spent with God is a true treasure of the highest order. I have noticed I’m much more productive once I have spent time with God. My priorities are in order and God gives me the wisdom on how to arrange my day. Use your time in the car to pray or talk to the Lord. We are told to pray without ceasing. Our day should be an endless conversation with our Heavenly Father who knows what is coming and how to handle the situation.

As a CWM I have often ran my spiritual gas tank on empty or fumes. I notice when I do that I can be easily irritated. Time spent with the Lord is precious and a full spiritual tank allows me to give with a full heart to those around me instead of grudgingly.

Final Thoughts

As a child/teen/young adult I often felt “guilted” into having a quiet time with God. That was the wrong attitude. Now, I crave time alone with God. He speaks to us through His Word and the Holy Spirit. I love to be able to worship Him in all His glory.

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.