Pearls of Encouragement for Christian Working Moms
July 2008 Issue
Thanks!!
Blog/Online Bible Study
Coaching Tips
Article – Where do you place your loyalty?
Final Thoughts
Thanks

Thanks so much to all of you willing to be interviewed for the CWM Interview every month. I think I will have enough interviews for a while. You all never disappoint and I can always count on you.
On a personal note, my children are both home safely from their week away. They did much better than I did. I do think it was good for all of us. Welcome to all the CWMs who receive this email all over the world. You have sisters in Christ in Malaysia, Australia, New Zealand, the United States, and the list can go on and on. May God truly bless all of you and His presence be a comfort to you.

Blog/Online Bible Study

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Coaching Tips

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Article – Where do you place your loyalty?

In the United States we just celebrated our nation’s birthday and Independence Day. In other countries as well there is national pride. Just wait till the Olympics come around and we will all be rooting for our individual countries. Is there anything wrong with national pride? What about loyalty to the place you work? Can there ever be too much loyalty?

Let’s see what the Bible says about where our loyalties lay. Peter and the apostles in Acts were being told by religious leaders and often civil authorities to stop preaching and teaching the word of God.
In Acts 5:29 we see the following: “But Peter and the apostles answered, We must obey God rather than men.” When ever there is a contradiction between God’s word and what our country or the company we work for believe we have to follow God not men.

An Ethiopian pastor visiting America remarked about the fact we often have American flags in our sanctuaries. He said that would not happen in his country, because their loyalty is first to God and then country.

In your work place have you ever been asked to do anything unethical or illegal? Have you been told to “fudge or fix” the numbers on an account? Illegal or unethical activity is against God’s law first and foremost is wrong. We all answer to a power greater than our bosses or our country’s leaders. We cannot use the excuse that my boss or country made me do it. Numerous brothers and sisters in Christ are being persecuted all over the world, because they choose to obey God and not their country.

I do think a time is coming in many countries and in the United States as well where we will have to take a stand for God and against our country. When push comes to shove we must obey God rather than men.

Please do not hear me saying it is wrong to be patriotic or love your country, we just have to have our priorities straight. We serve God first and that is where we place our loyalty. Also, if there comes a time where we have to choose our faith or our country we need to be ready to choose God over country.

Final thoughts

Just a reminder to laugh with your children. They laugh so much easier than we do, so ask them to teach you how to laugh.

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. To find out how to receive coaching tips by email daily, go to http://www.kimberlychastain.com/cwmtips.htm. You can find more information about Christian Working Moms at www.christianworkingmom.com For a free, initial coaching session send an email to free@kimberlychastain.com.