January 2013 Pearls of Encouragement for CWMs
Happy New Year/Verse for the year?
Need Your Help
Article – Are you a Listener or Talker?
Final Thoughts

 

The Voices of Christian Working Moms

Newly Released Book
written by
Author Kimberly Chastain

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.

Final Thoughts

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 free@kimberlychastain.com.