He is Risen!!
May I be one of the first to wish you a Blessed Easter. We serve
a Risen Lord who is living today. Often on Easter we focus on Jesus
resurrection (as we should), but we don’t focus as much on
Good Friday. Jesus death on the cross was physically painful and
torture. Yet, Jesus experienced even more pain when all of the sins
of His children were place on Him the perfect lamb of God who knew
no sin. Can you imagine what it was like for Him to see all the
sins of His children and then to experience God’s wrath for
our sin? The sinless Lamb of God became sin to pay our penalty in
order to satisfy God’s judgment for our sin. Praise God for
His divine plan and for Jesus paying our penalty on the cross. We
should be thankful every day of the year.
The older I get the more I like boring. You know for teenagers
boring is about the worst thing that can happen to them. In our
family, this past month we have had some health issues that have
added some “excitement” to our lives. So, I decided
I like boring and uneventful over the unexpected. Yet none of this
came as a surprise to God and He has been faithful.
My sisters in Christ I need some more of you to volunteer to be
interviewed. We have not had the CWM interview for the past 2 months
due to no one volunteering. Many of you have said how much you appreciate
the interviews. So, if you are willing to be interviewed please
send an email to Kimberly@kimberlychastain.com
and put interview in the subject line.
Article – What every Mother Wants – Peace
My husband loves to share the story of when his father was asked
what he wanted for Christmas that his Dad responded, peace and quiet.
Does that sound familiar to you? I think as Moms we love a quiet
moment from time to time with no one fighting or wanting or needing
us. Can I just be quiet for a few moments?
Recently, I was reading Scripture and had my eyes opened to a passage
I know I have read many times (love when that happens). Here is
the passage: “On the evening of that first day of the week,
when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear
of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace
be with you!” After he said this, he showed them his hands
and side. The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord. Again
Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me,
I am sending you.” And with that he breathed on them and said,
“Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive anyone his sins,
they are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.”
Imagine if you were one of the disciples. You had just seen Jesus
crucified and you were hiding in a room with the door locked, wondering
if you were going to be killed next. Then, Jesus appears in the
room through a locked door and the first thing He says to you is
Peace be with you.
Here are some of the things I saw with fresh eyes in reading this
- Jesus knew his disciples were extremely fearful, depressed,
confused, and the very first word He says to them is Peace. Do
we realize how profound this is? There are so many first words
Jesus could have uttered, but He said Peace.
- When Jesus said peace be with you he was not just talking about
the feeling of peace He was also talking about His presence. I
am Peace and I am with you. You are no longer alone I am here.
- How many times as CWMs are we anxious, overwhelmed, harried,
and countless other feelings; but Jesus says to us as well Peace
be with you! My sisters in Christ we are never alone. Jesus is
the supreme Peace giver.
I don’t know about you, but this is so encouraging. Jesus
saw into his scared disciples hearts and said I bring you peace.
The peace Jesus gave did not exempt the disciples from trials, almost
all of the disciples died as martyrs. Yet, despite all their hardships
they had a deep internal peace that their situations could not take
away from them. They had the Prince of Peace living inside of them
and through them.
On those days when you feel like you want to pull your hair out
may you hear Jesus saying to you as well, “Peace be with you!”
I’m here my child and we will get through this together.
Once again we have a new driver in our house. Which means the new
driver is now an “expert” on driving even though he
has been driving less than 6 months. I don’t even want to
tell you how long I have been driving. Anyway, my new “expert”
driver shared some advice his teacher told him. Don’t overdrive
your headlights at night. We live in a rural area and if you drive
faster than your headlights shine, you may end up hitting a deer
because you didn’t have time to stop.
That statement also meant something else to me. As a Mom I’m
a planner, a supreme planner for many years in the future. I wonder
what my children will be doing 1 year from now, 4 years from now.
How will God use them? I begin wondering about those things and
at times worrying. I realized in my prayer life I often overdrive
my headlights. I want to worry or plan way up ahead and don’t
live in the moment. The road I’m driving on may not even be
there in one year or completely changed. I really speaking to myself
here, but I need to learn how to trust God for this moment in time
and the future as well. He is in control and is Sovereign.