March 2010 Pearls of Encouragement for CWMS
Welcome
Easter Idea
Blog/Online Bible Study
CWM Coaching Tips
Article – How much are you dependent on God?
Final Thoughts
Welcome

What crazy weather we having been having here in the Southeastern United States. A week ago we had snow and today we are in the 60’s. What a change. Hope you are enjoying the weather wherever you live. Welcome to all the new CWMs who have joined our community. There are many ways for you to be involved. Check out www.christianworkingmom.com to find out more.

Voices of Christian Working Moms

Easter Idea

Every Easter I like to remind you of the Resurrection Eggs. These eggs help tell the Easter story. They are a great tool to teach your children and your neighborhood children as well. Why not host an Easter egg hunt and then use the Resurrection Eggs at the end of the hunt to tell the story of Easter. Your children will remember the story and share the true meaning of Easter with their friends.

Blog/Online Bible Study

I have posted a new question on the CWM Blog. How do you celebrate Easter at your house? To view the blog go to: http://christianworkingmoms.blogspot.com. There is also a new Bible study on the online Bible Study. The title is, “Are you settling for less than the best from God?” You can find it at http://cwmbiblestudy.blogspot.com. Don’t just come visit, please post and share with the rest of us.

CWM Coaching Tips

Do you need a daily inspiration from God’s Word? Then, have a devotion emailed to you daily. Grow in your knowledge of God and how He is working in your life. To find out more go to: www.christianworkingmom.com/cwmtips.htm.

Article- How much are you dependent on God?

If I asked you, “Do you depend on God?” What would you say? You would probably tell me yes. What would you say if I ask you, “What percentage do you depend on God?” What would your answer be then? Could you say 100%?

Often we say we depend on God, but we hold back a little. We give God some things in our lives, but not everything. Or we are famous for giving God an important problem in our life and then taking it back a few minutes later. The Bible has many verses that talk about trusting God in all things. Let’s look at what the Bible says about trust and dependence on God:

When I am afraid I put my trust in you. In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I shall not be afraid. What can flesh do to me? Psalm 56:3-4 (Psalm 56 is a beautiful psalm to read in its entirety. David so clearly and honestly shares his emotions in this Psalm.)

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6.

For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Matthew 6:21.

I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. John 15:5.

As I have been studying the Bible over many years I am struck by how many all or nothings are in the Bible. Proverbs 3:5-6 doesn’t say trust in the Lord with half of your heart or 75% of your heart, but all your heart. A song keeps coming to my mind as I write this article, “Without Him I can do nothing”. The first line goes without Him I can do nothing, without Him I’d surely fail. Like a ship without a sail.

You see ladies we need to depend on God 100% for our children, our families, our jobs, our churches, and most of all ourselves. Often, we go to God last out of desperation instead of first when we are experiencing difficulties. God truly wants us to lay it all on the line and go for broke. Trust Him with everything and do not hold anything back.

Are you a control freak? I think most Moms have a little bit of that in them in order to maintain some sense of control with crazy schedules and households. Yet, God wants us to give up control and give it to him. I really don’t like the bumper sticker God is my co-pilot. God is the pilot and we need to be in the back seat. Not in the front seat with our “helpful” suggestions. Can you sit in the back seat and trust God’s driving? Someone shared with me once this illustration: We actually think we are the ones driving the car, but in reality we are like the kids in the grocery store that drive the little car grocery cart. They are steering, but going nowhere. What a great picture for us.

So, what is your dependency on God percentage today? Are you happy with where it is? Can you truly trust God in all things and know He is sovereign in every area of your life?

May all of us strive to be 100% dependent on God with the Holy Spirit’s help. God loves us and he wants us to trust Him in all things first and not as an afterthought after out attempts to fix things fail.

Final Thoughts

Take time to really listen to your children. Listen to their concerns and worries. Use that time to teach them as well to be dependent on God for all things. That lesson can never be learned too early.

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.