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
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.
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