March 2014 Pearls of Encouragement for CWMs
Welcome
Article – Who is in control of your schedule?
Final Thoughts


 

The Voices of Christian Working Moms

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Author Kimberly Chastain

Welcome

What a busy March has been for me. This year is flying right by. Welcome to all the new CWM subscribers in our community. One of the things I love about spring is all the new life we see. Trees are budding, flowers are starting to bloom, and the grass is getting green. Spring also reminds me of the new life we have in Christ. All things are new.

Article – Who is in control of your schedule?

Who is in control of your daily schedule? If you have a young baby, you might say the baby controls everything right now. You might also say your job controls your schedule. I know there are times when it feels my schedule is totally out of control.

I have been convicted lately of allowing God to control my schedule. I often think I have my day perfectly planned with my to do list etched out on my post it notes. (I am the post it note queen). Then, God rearranges my schedule with divine appointments and interruptions.

What do divine appointments or interruptions look like? It could be a friend who is in need, a church member who suddenly goes to the hospital, a friend who really needs someone to listen to them, another friend’s husband died, and the list can go on.

Divine interruptions happen with children as well. You may have planned to do laundry or clean the kitchen then a special little one wants a story read or to go for a walk. My children are teenagers now and they don’t often want to talk. Yet, recently they have wanted to have some long discussions and that has interrupted my plans.

I’m slowly learning to hold my plans loosely. I am a list maker and love to mark things off the list, but often God has other plans. Instead of getting frustrated I’m learning to listen and be obedient to what God has for my day.

The following verse is very convicting for me, “The heart of man plans his way, but the LORD establishes his steps.” Proverbs 16:9. The Lord establishes his steps in the sovereign direction that I need to go. In my life it often seems God’s direction is never one that I expected or planned. Can I be obedient to follow His plan for my day and not my own?

When your children are little or even old it seems plans often get thrown out the window. Yet, maybe we should realize the Divine planner has the perfect plan for our schedules.

Who controls your schedule? “God … is the blessed controller of all things, the king over all kings and the master of all masters” I Timothy 6:15. “Lord, you have assigned me my portion and my cup; you have made my lot secure.” Psalm 16:5. Can we learn to trust God with our schedule?

Final Thoughts

Becoming a Mom I think requires you to be less uptight. You learn that it is quite normal to have doll shoes and toy cars in your purse. Your time is no longer you own. I also think when you are a Mom you desperately see how much your need your Savior’s wisdom for all the things you face. May God bless you today with His presence.

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.