Pearls of Encouragement for Christian Working Moms
May 2007
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Article – Happy Mother’s Day
Welcome

Hello everyone. Are you having a wonderful spring (depending where you live)? When I see the wonderful world our God made I sometimes wonder how anyone could deny there is a God. You won’t believe it, but there are over 1,300 CWM’s in our newsletter community and over 1,400 have filled out the CWM survey. You are not alone in your work as a CWM. We all stand with you. Again, if you have not filled out the CWM survey go to www.christianworkingmom.com and click on survey on the home page.

Do you enjoy some of the old hymns of the Christian faith? Avalon has a new CD entitled, Faith, a Hymns Collection CD. Avalon has put different music to the traditional hymns. I have embarrassed myself many times singing at the top of my lungs at the stoplight (alone in my car). If you want to check it out, you can find it by clicking here.

Blog

Please visit the CWM blog at http://christianworkingmoms.blogspot.com. One CWM asked what devotional book you use. So, please visit the blog and post your answers. As always you can start a discussion in the Open Comment section.

Online Bible Study

Our Online Bible Study is found at http://kimberlychastain.com/discussCWMU. There are four lessons posted and you can complete the Bible Study and post your answers. I keep promising you a new lesson and I will try to do that within the month. You can visit the CWM blog and I will post when a new lesson has been posted.

One of the most important things we can do as Christian Moms is to pray for our children. Do you find yourself saying the same prayers for your children? You may want to read Stormie Omartian’s book, The Power of a Praying Parent. She gives you a list of 30 specific things to pray for and about your children. To find out more, click here.

Article – Happy Mother’s Day

May I be one of the first to wish you a Happy Mother’s Day. I know we all have different expectations for the day. My prayer is your children truly let you know how much you are appreciated.

As Christian Working Moms we have many roles. We are Moms, workers, possibly spouses, daughters, church workers, community helpers, volunteer coaches, and the list could go on and on. Yet, being a Mom is an extremely special and sometimes frustrating job. Do you realize your work as a Mom has eternal value? Do you know how much God values what you do for your children?

Let’s look at some scripture to see how God sees your work as a Mom. Matthew 25:40 says, “I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.” Children in bible times were often considered unimportant and would certainly rank as the least. The Bible is telling us when we take care of our children it is as if we were doing it for Jesus. Does that change how you see your daily drudgery of diapers, car pools, meals, laundry, and I could go on and on. Our children are on loan from God and when we take care of them we are ministering his love and care with earthly hands. We are doing holy work in our daily tasks.

In Proverbs 31, a wonderful chapter about a Godly woman and may I add a working Mom, verse 28 says, “her children arise and call her blessed.” The answer to why they call her blessed is found in verse 30, “Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting: but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.” This Mom had her priorities in order and the first was to fear her Lord. When she did that everything fell into place.

Fellow CWM’s you are serving God everyday in your workplace and in your home. When your children see you pray in the good times and bad; they are seeing that your trust is in God alone. When you patiently listen to their problems you are showing God’s love and care for them. When you correct and discipline them you are showing that a loving God chastens us when we sin.

As many of you know I am also a Marriage and Family Therapist. I have seen over and over again a person’s view of God is often based on their parents. If a person had abusive parents, they see God as a God who is waiting to zap or punish them. The reverse is true, if their parents loved and cared for them they know they can trust God to take care of them. Every small thing you do for your child each day is helping them and you are also helping them in their view of God.

When I read comments you all have left on surveys or the CWM blog I am in awe of all you do. You all are hard working and truly trying to serve God. Thank you for all you do for your children. You are a Mom with lots of hats to wear, yet as a CWM you know that pointing your children to Christ is the most important thing you can ever do.
So, if you have a great Mother’s Day or a disappointing one please allow me to thank you and say God sees all you do. God says, “when you have done it to the least of these, you have done it to me.”
You are not just taking care of your children you are showing God your love for all he has done for you.

My prayer is you will see how your every day tasks of loving your children has eternal significance.

Final Thoughts

Don’t you just love the homemade Mother’s Day presents the best? All of mine are in a box to treasure for years to come.

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. You can find more information at www.christianworkingmom.com. For a free, initial coaching session send an email to free@kimberlychastain.com.