May 2012 Pearls of Encouragement for CWMs
Welcome
Prayer Partner Needed
Article – For I Have Learned To Be Content
Final Thoughts

 

The Voices of Christian Working Moms

Newly Released Book
written by
Author Kimberly Chastain

Welcome

Happy Belated Mother’s Day to everyone! I hope you were treated like a Queen. I was trying to find some old pictures of my children and came across those lovely homemade cards from when they were little. They are such a treasure. As a Mom you are showing God’s unconditional love to your children. May they know how much more God loves them than Mom. Also, Mother’s Day ends fairly quickly. Actually my son let me know on Sunday I had only 3 hours left on Mother’s Day and then I guess it is back to normal.

Prayer Partner Needed

I have a CWM who would like a prayer partner. Prayer partners meet through email and share one another’s prayer concerns. Some of our prayer partners talk by phone. Each set of prayer partners make their own decisions. If you are willing to be a prayer partner, send an email to Kimberly@kimberlychastain.com and put prayer partner in the subject heading.

Article – For I Have Learned To Be Content

Philippians is one of my favorite books in the Bible. There are so many rich, practical, nuggets in Philippians. One of the neat things about getting older as a Christian is seeing old verses new again for the first time. Recently, as I was reading Philippians I camped out on the verse, “Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content.” Philippians 4:11. When Paul wrote Philippians he was in jail on house arrest. He had a Roman guard chained to him 24 hours a day. Paul could have visitors, but couldn’t travel anywhere. Often, we read of Paul’s missionary journeys. He would preach the gospel until he was ran out of a town and then go to the next town. So, Paul was use to being very busy and active. Yet, when Paul was in prison he said he “learned” to be content. What stood out to me that Paul one of the greatest Christians that ever lived had to LEARN to be content. It did not come naturally. The learning process was something God was doing in Paul’s life. Paul went from a very busy life to one locked up in a house. Yet, even during that time Paul had time to write letters, like Philippians, to encourage other believers. Also, he was witnessing day in and day out to the Roman guards whether they liked it or not.

So, what does that mean for us? Being content does not come naturally to us. In fact, Satan loves to point out our discontent and encourage it. If Satan can get us discouraged then he has won most of the battle. Have you realized how often you complain or are discontented? Let me give you a small example of how this verse has started working on me. In my house, we have a laundry closet, not a laundry room. The other day I was doing laundry and wishing I had more space, especially to fold clothes and other things. Then, God brought this verse into my mind. I realized I was not content with my laundry room. As days go on and I start complaining the verse comes in my mind again. It is sad to admit how many times it comes to my mind.

As CWMs we often compare ourselves to others. Some CWMs wish they could stay home. Some wish they were not working just to pay the bills, but could actually afford a vacation. Some are on the corporate track and would love to be on the Mommy track. Our materialistic society screams out at us daily that we don’t have the newest gadget, etc. As soon as you buy your computer it is out of date. Our society encourages being discontent not content. Can you remember the last time a co-worker or family member shared with you that they were content?

I take great comfort that even Paul had to learn how to be content. So, for me I know it is a process. The first step is realizing when I’m discontent and nip it in the bud. God truly has given me everything I need, so why should I complain. I should be happy I have a laundry closet and that I’m not washing clothes down by a stream. I’m also convicted that I need to learn to be content in order to model that to my children as well. As CWMs can I encourage you to begin the process of learning to be content? If we as CWMs started modeling contentment I can guarantee you that those around us would see the difference. Are you up for the challenge?

Final Thoughts

Another part of being content is accepting who you are as a Mom. We often compare ourselves to other Moms and how they parent. God is working through you to make you the Mom He called you to be. That will not be the same as the Mom sitting by you in the pew at church, your neighbor, or co-worker. Delight in who God has called you to be.

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.