Happy New Year/Verse for the year?
Happy 2013 New Year to you. I know I’m a little late in the
greeting. I’m really sounding old now, but it seems the years
are just flying by. It really seems like yesterday everyone was
worried about Y2K and then last year it was the Mayan calendar.
One thing we can learn from those “scares” is that God
is still in control and on His throne no matter what the world may
dream up. Praise God!
Has God given you a verse to focus on for 2013 or a passage of
Scripture? I would love for you to share what God is beginning to
teach you this New Year. Please share at our CWM blog, http://christianworkingmoms.blogspot.com.
Speaking of staying focused on God’s Word you can have a
CWM Coaching tip emailed to you daily. You will have one Bible verse
that you focus on a week and go in depth in the study of the verse.
They are short and quick. To find out more go to: http://www.kimberlychastain.com/cwmtips.htm.
Need Your Help
I have a CWM who has just returned to work and would really like
a prayer partner. Prayer partners “meet” virtually and
agree to pray for one another’s prayer concerns. Some prayer
partners actually talk on the phone. Your prayer partner could be
from anywhere in the world. So, if you are willing to be a prayer
partner, please send an email to Kimberly@kimberlychastain.com
and put prayer partner in the subject heading.
I need some feedback from you about CWM. The best guess I have
is I have been doing these newsletters and CWM interviews since
at least 2002 (I had no idea God would keep it going this long).
Some things have changed during that time. I think CWMs are a little
more supported and recognized they have different needs than stay
at home Moms, but there is still a long way to go. So, I need your
feedback. Do you like the Pearls of Encouragement Monthly newsletters,
the CWM interview, the blogs, etc.? Are there things you would like
to see more of or less of? So, please send me your feedback to Kimberly@kimberlychastain.com.
Right now we do not have a CWM interview scheduled for January.
Based on the response of our subscribers I will decide whether to
continue with the CWM interview. Thanks in advance for your help.
Article – Are you a Listener or Talker?
When a New Year begins we are all encouraged to make New Year’s
resolutions. Often, those resolutions don’t last. It is hard
to make lasting changes and it requires discipline. Keeping resolutions
also requires dependence on God to give us the strength.
So, here is my question for you. When you spend time alone with
God do you spend more time listening to Him or talking to Him? Do
you come to Him urgently with prayer requests and then forget to
take time to listen to Him. Do you wait for His reply? Do you look
to the Bible for answers?
Can I admit to you that I would have to say I often spend more
time talking than listening to God? I want to learn to “Be
still and know that I am God.” Psalm 46:10. I want to be able
to quiet my mind and listen to the Holy Spirit speak. I want to
learn how to rest in God and trust Him for everything and everyone
in my life. I want to allow God’s Word to speak to me and
change me. Too often we have a head knowledge of God’s Word,
but it doesn’t filter down to the heart. When God’s
Word changes our heart our lives will be changed for the better.
Can I encourage you to take an assessment of your quiet times to
see if you doing more listening or talking? The greatest example
we have of quiet times is Jesus himself. He often would go away
to spend time communicating with His Father, God. If Jesus needed
quiet time alone, while on earth, we definitely need time alone
to listen to the Father.
In honor of all of us CWMs here is a funny joke from Reader’s
Digest. Hope you enjoy it. Surprise Greeting: As a working mother
with an office in my home, I pride myself on maintaining a professional
image. One key to that image is my answering-machine greeting, which
is often the first contact clients have with me. I worked on making
it sound upbeat and enthusiastic, and thought I had succeeded until
a friend left this message: “Judy, this is Pam. I love your
greeting, but do you know that you can hear your little boy in the
background saying, ‘Mommy, I gotta go potty’?”
– Contributed by Judy Gaskill
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 email@example.com.