Pearls of Encouragement for Christian
January 2008 Edition
Happy New Year
CWM Coaching Tips
Article – Are you FINE for 2008 or do you want
Happy New Year
Wow! I can’t believe it is 2008.
May I say Happy New Year to the CWMs from all over
the world. I recently looked at the CWM website stats
and found women visiting from the United States, Netherlands,
Canada, South Africa, Latvia, Southeast Asia, and
Australia just to name a few. I often think we as
a CWM community are a little taste of what heaven
will be like. Do you make New Year’s resolutions
or have you given up? Post your response on the CWM
blog at http://christianworkingmoms.blogspot.com.
You can also post questions you may have. The Online
CWM Bible Study can be found at http://cwmbiblestudy.blogspot.com.
If you have not filled out the CWM Survey, go to www.christianworkingmom.com
and click on Survey on the home page. We have over
1500 women who have filled out the survey to date.
CWM Coaching Tips
CWM Coaching Tips is coming soon, no
later than the end of January and hopefully within
the next two weeks. Stay tuned to your email box for
a special announcement.
Several months ago we started virtual
prayer partners. Women have told me what a blessing
their prayer partner has been. If you are comfortable,
please share your experience with your prayer partner
on the CWM Blog. We still have women wanting a prayer
partner. So, if you would like a fellow CWM as a prayer
partner, send an email to Kimberly@kimberlychastain.com
with Prayer Partner in the subject heading and I will
try to connect you with a Prayer partner as soon as
Article – Are you FINE for 2008
or do you want rest?
How many times have you gone to church
and had a blow up with your family right before you
got there? Or your baby blew out their diaper as you
were heading out the door? Then, as you walk into
church someone ask how you are doing and what do you
say? “I’m fine, how are you?” Aren’t
we great pretenders?
Over Christmas I was reading a great
book entitled, Girl
on a Swing by Nancy Kennedy. The subtitle is finding
rest in the warmth of God’s smile. I love how
she defines FINE, Fouled-up, Insecure, Neurotic, and
Exhausted. Do you resemble that at all? I know depending
on the day I can pick them all. Today, I’m just
exhausted. Yet, the main point of her book is God’s
grace and love for us. We all “know” God
loves and showers his grace on us, but do we really
know it. Do we act any differently, due to his grace?
Do you truly believe that there is nothing you can
do so well to make God love you more and there is
nothing you can do so bad to make God love you less?
Oh, my sisters in Christ if we truly lived every day
free and secure in God’s love how much different
we would be and those around us. We would show grace
and patience to others, because of what God has shown
us. We would stop worrying what others think about
us, because the creator of the Universe loves us,
warts and all. We would thank God for his love and
care for us. We would trust he is in control of our
lives even when there seems to be no evidence God
is at work. God loves you period.
In order to truly understand God’s
grace we need to know the reason for the grace, God’s
wrath. Often, when you ask someone why they became
a Christian they will say to go to heaven. Yet, we
miss the bigger picture. God is a Holy God and he
demands perfection in order to be in his presence.
God is also a just God and he requires punishment
for sin. The penalty has to be paid. Yet, God in his
infinite grace provided the sacrifice. When Christ
died on the cross for us he paid the penalty. Now,
when God looks at us he sees Christ work on the cross
and says the penalty has been paid. Christ righteousness
is placed on us. We are declared righteous because
of Christ work.
So, that is why we sing Amazing Grace.
We did absolutely nothing to deserve it. God did the
work. His wrath had to be satisfied and he satisfied
it with his only Son’s death on a cross. Then,
God looks at us and says I see Christ work. I love
you. Some people will then say because I have grace
I can do whatever I want and God doesn’t care.
That is a perversion of grace. When we truly realize
the gift we have been given we want to obey God and
follow him. Knowing we won’t do it perfectly.
But, when you have a heavenly Father who gave his
only Son to die for you how can you not want to please
When someone truly loves you unconditionally you want
to please and love them back.
My prayer for you in 2008 as a CWM is
to truly drink in God’s grace and love for you.
Realize no matter how much you mess up this year God
will never leave you nor forsake you. He will still
smile on you and love you. Learn to rest in the love
of your Almighty God. May you learn to rest in Him
and not be FINE. May you live out Psalm 84:1-2, “How
lovely is your dwelling place, O Lord Almighty! My
soul yearns, even faints, for the courts of the Lord;
my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God.”
Cry out and rest in your Savior.
I have now realized another consequence
of when Adam and Eve sinned, LAUNDRY. Before the fall
there was no laundry to do, because they were naked.
Now, please don’t hear me say I want to walk
around naked, no way, no how. I do think laundry is
my middle name. May all your socks match for 2008.
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 2 ebooks
and an online Bible study. You can find more information
For a free, initial coaching session send an email