Pearls of Encouragement for
November 2009 Edition
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Article – Thankfulness and Trusting
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Blog/Online Bible Study
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How do you teach your children to be thankful
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Article – Thankfulness
True confession time! The past
few weeks my children have had many activities
scheduled and often at the same time in two
different places. I have felt like I’m
barely keeping my head above water. My teen
daughter loves to tell me to “chillax”.
(Is that even a word and did I spell it right?)
Chillaxing is easier said than done. Recently,
in a family devotion time at our house I found
the most comforting verse: “But I have
calmed and quieted my soul, like a weaned
child with its mother; like a weaned child
is my soul within me.” Psalm 131:2.
A weaned child totally trusts his/her mother
implicitly. When we have held our children
after feeding them and rock them to sleep
there is a precious sense of contentment and
peace. They are peaceful and we are as well.
I realized this week I needed
time with the Lord to quiet my soul and rest
in Him. Trust that He is control of my crazy
schedule and He will never let me down. I
needed Him and I needed to be in His presence.
So, am I a perfectly calm Mom now? Not totally,
but I’m working on it. I’m also
seeing the importance of resting and trusting
my Heavenly Father.
In a closely related theme we
are told to be thankful to our God. Did you
know the theme of thankfulness is mentioned
over 110 times in the Bible? That must mean
it is important. I want us to look at a verse
that is quoted many times in the Bible, here
is one location: “Oh give thanks to
the LORD, for He is good; for his love endures
forever.” Psalm 118:1.
Do we give thanks to the Lord?
I am convinced that being thankful is a learned
habit and does not always come naturally.
I think complaining is much more natural.
Yet, if we truly spend time thinking of all
the things God has done for us we would have
a never ending list of things to be thankful
for. So, can I encourage you today to get
in the habit of thanking God daily for the
many blessings in your life. When you get
your mind on Him instead of yourself you will
be uplifted and encouraged.
The second part of that verse
is for He is good. Do you really believe that
God is good? Depending on your situation right
now you may have your doubts. I love the chorus,
“God is good all the time. All the time
God is good.” Yes, that is true. When
we look at the Bible God’s people went
through some horrific experiences and some
were killed for their faith. Yet, they were
still able to testify that God is good. So,
when we are having our stressful days we can
trust that God is good and He only desires
what is best for us and what will bring us
closer to Him.
The last part of the verse is
His love endures forever!! Wow! Forever is
a long time. Can we be honest right now? Has
anyone loved you forever? No. My father who
loved me is now home in heaven. He loved me,
but that love stopped when He went home to
be with God. Ladies, you cannot do anything
more or anything less to change God’s
love for you. Please drink that in and remember
it. God loves you period and His love for
you will not end.
Sister CWMs take time today
to be thankful, rest in God’s goodness,
and His love for you. Take time to sit in
His presence and feel the same comfort and
peace that a little child has. Trust Him for
all things in your life.
Be purposeful in teaching your
children to be thankful to God and to others
in your life. Your children will stand out
from the rest for this one characteristic.
We live in a world that is not thankful.
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.
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