Pearls of Encouragement for Christian Working Moms
May 2008
Welcome
Prayer Partners
Blog/CWM Bible Study
CWM Coaching Tips
Article – God Chooses Different Paths for Every Mom
Final Thoughts
Welcome

May I be the first to wish you a Happy Mother’s Day! I hope you get some very special presents this Mother’s Day. I don’t know about you, but I have kept all the cards my children have given me. Can I also thank you for all you do as a Mom? I was talking with a Mom the other day and we talked about all the disgusting things that have touched our hands as a Mom. Only a Mom can understand holding someone else’s chewed gum in your hand or worse. Welcome to our new CWMs who have joined our community from all over the world.

Prayer Partners

I’m hearing wonderful things about how prayer partners are praying for one another. I have another CWM who would like a prayer partner. So, if you would like a prayer partner send an email to
Kimberly@kimberlychastain.com and put prayer partner in the subject heading. Thanks in advance for your help.

Blog/CWM Bible Study

I have posted a question on the CWM Blog, “What do you like best about being a Mom?” Please share with all of us. Also, someone posted a question on the Open Comment section and would like some advice. Please visit the CWM Blog at http://christianworkingmoms.blogspot.com. I do apologize for not adding any Bible Studies recently to our CWM Bible Study. I do intend to add another one in the near future. If you haven’t checked out the CWM Bible Study you can find it at http://cwmbiblestudy.blogspot.com.

CWM Coaching Tips

If you would like a small daily tip to help you focus on your walk with Christ delivered to your email box daily, then CWM Coaching Tips are for you. You can find out more at http://www.kimberlychastain.com/cwmtips.htm.

Article – God Chooses Different Paths for Every Mom

A frequent comment I receive from CWMs is I really want to be a stay at home Mom, but we financially can’t make it if I don’t work. Also, some Moms honestly share that they are jealous of the stay at home Moms. I’m not saying that is true of everyone, but I have heard many Moms wish they could stay home and wonder why they do not.

I wanted to point you to a fascinating story in the Bible that clearly points out to us that God has different paths for each one of us.
In Genesis 26:2, God says the following, “The LORD appeared to Isaac and said, “Do not go down to Egypt, live in the land where I tell you to live.” In Genesis 46:3-4 we see God telling Jacob, Isaac’s son, something totally different, “I am God, the God of your father, he said. “Do not be afraid to go down to Egypt, for I will make you into a great nation there.” I will go down to Egypt with you, and I will surely bring you back again. And Joseph’s own hand will close your eyes.”

So, how could God in one chapter tell one person not to go to Egypt and then years later tell someone else to go to Egypt? God’s sovereign plan and will are the answer. It was not time for Isaac to go to Egypt, he was to follow the plan God set out for him. Yet, God had a different plan for Isaac’s son, Jacob. He had Jacob go to Egypt. Did God change his mind? Absolutely not, God does not and cannot change, His character is perfect. God’s timing is always right on schedule. It was not time for Isaac to go to Egypt, but in God’s sovereign plan it was time for Jacob. Let me share with you a quote from Beth Moore in her Patriarch study, (p. 220), “God reserves the sovereign right to direct one of His children on a path He may have forbidden to another.” What does that say to you?

What does this story day to us CWMs and possibly a reluctant CWM? I have often said one size does not fit all when it comes to staying at home or working outside of the home as a Christian. God rarely works the same way twice. He is too awesome and creative to do the same thing over and over again. If God did repeat Himself then we wouldn’t give him the credit for what he does in our lives. Dear CWM God has a sovereign plan for your life and it may not look at all like the same plan of the woman sitting next to you in church. God does not want cookie cutter Christians He wants us to trust him fully with our lives and trust Him to guide us in His plan for us. Now, all of that being said there are Biblical principles that we all follow as Christians.
The Bible is our source of wisdom and learning about what God has to say to us. Yet, the Bible does not say Kimberly you should be a therapist and a coach. The Bible does not say what your occupation should be. God gave each of us talents and gifts for us to use for his glory. We spend time with Him and seek His will for our individual lives and use the wisdom he has given us.

Can I say if you are working and don’t want to be working, spend some alone time with God and ask if where you are right now is His sovereign plan for your life. If God’s plan is for you to be working then accept that is what He has for you to do right now and do not be envious of a friend who stays at home. Ask God to shine his glory in your work place and in your home. Trust that God knows what he is doing, if he wants you in Egypt and has decided another woman is not to be in Egypt (figuratively speaking). God knows what he is doing and He is sovereign in your life.

My prayer is that God’s sovereign will for you will fill you with hope and expectation. Expectation to see what is coming next. I can assure you that Jacob had to be fearful about going to Egypt and moving his entire family, but he followed God and trusted that God would go with Him. Whatever you are experiencing right now realize God is with you and it did not catch Him by surprise.

Final Thoughts

One of the things we have been discussing in the CWM Coaching Tips is not complaining. Can I challenge you to try and go a day without complaining? It is much harder than you think. As Christians, who serve a glorious Savior, we really have nothing to complain about.

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. To find out how to receive coaching tips by email daily, go to http://www.kimberlychastain.com/cwmtips.htm. You can find more information about Christian Working Moms at www.christianworkingmom.com For a free, initial coaching session send an email to free@kimberlychastain.com.