July 2014 Pearls of Encouragement for CWMs

Welcome
Facebook/Blog
Article – Do you like to wait?
Final Thoughts



 

 

The Voices of Christian Working Moms

Newly Released Book
written by
Author Kimberly Chastain

Welcome

We have some new CWM sisters in Christ that have been added to our group from all over the world. The purpose of the CWM website and blog is for you to know you are not alone. Often CWMs don’t have time to meet with one another or support one another. I pray these articles bring you encouragement each month.

Facebook/Blog

Did you know we have a CWM facebook page? You can find it at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/66430776618/. We also have a CWM blog, http://www.christianworkingmoms.blogspot.com. On both of those pages I have posted an article about whether or not you allow your children to go on sleepovers. Please share your comments so we can learn from one another.

Article – Do you like to wait?

Do you like to wait? Do your children like to wait? Have you noticed in our fast paced world how easily agitated we can get if we have to wait for even a few more seconds than we think necessary? Also, if you are like me you have the unique ability to pick the store checkout line that will be the longest even if the fewest people are in the line. We don’t like to wait.

Yet, do you realize in the Bible wait, waiting, or waits appears 160 times. I was definitely surprised by that number. God must think learning to wait is very important if it is mentioned that many times. Some of the verses about waiting are waiting on Christ return. Oh what a glorious day that will be! Other verses directly tell us to wait on the Lord for His direction.

Psalm 37:7-9 English Standard Version (ESV)
7 Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him;   
 fret not yourself over the one who prospers in his way,   
 over the man who carries out evil devices!
8 Refrain from anger, and forsake wrath!   
 Fret not yourself; it tends only to evil.
9 For the evildoers shall be cut off,    
but those who wait for the Lord shall inherit the land.
English Standard Version (ESV)

Throughout this year I continually hear the verse, “Be still and know that I am God.” Part of being still before God is also waiting on Him and being quiet enough to hear his voice. You can see in Psalm 37:7 that we are to wait on God and not fret (worry). So, we are to be still, wait patiently, and not worry. Pretty tall order if we do that in our strength alone.

Part of waiting on God is also learning to trust in Him and hope in Him.
In Psalm 33:20-22 English Standard Version (ESV)
20 Our soul waits for the Lord;    
He is our help and our shield.
21 For our heart is glad in him,   
 because we trust in his holy name.
22 Let your steadfast love, O Lord, be upon us,   
 even as we hope in you.

I love the picture of our Lord being our hope and shield. He is protecting us while we wait. Our job is to put our hope in Him not things of the world, other’s advice, our emotions, or things that are not of God. God’s love is steadfast and that is something we can always hope in.

Can I share a little secret with you? I don’t like waiting on God. Yet, when I choose not to wait on Him things can become a mess. God’s timing is perfect and always right. I’m a slow learner when it comes to being still and waiting on God. I do commit to continue to learn, wait on Him, hope in Him, and trust that His way is always the best way. When we choose to wait on the Lord the world will not understand. You will be swimming against the current. Teach your children waiting on the Lord is commanded by God and is ultimately what is best for us.

Final Thoughts

While researching how many times wait is mentioned in the Bible I found this excellent article on waiting, https://bible.org/article/waiting-lord. This is much more in-depth and I think will be encouraging to you.

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.