I apologize for the late issue this month and a brief article.
One of the things I studied in college many years ago (don’t
ask how many) was the sandwich generation. The sandwich generation
is where you are taking care of children and your parents at the
same time. That is where I am right now. My Mom recently has had
several difficult things going on. My sister carries the burden
for my Mom since she lives near her and I help when I can. So, it
is extremely hard for all of us.
Yet, what I want you to hear is you can be thankful and know God
is working in the midst of trials. My Mom is waiting on a motorized
wheelchair, so she uses a regular wheelchair to go eat in the independent
living facility where she lives. Mom frequently tells me that God
provides someone to bring her back up to her apartment so she doesn’t
have to push the wheelchair. She continues to look for God moments
even during very difficult, depressing times. Which speaks volumes
about her faith and to her daughters.
In the United States we are getting ready to celebrate Thanksgiving.
The Thanksgiving holiday for the most part has not been corrupted
by retailers. It is a holiday where we are supposed to thank God
for all our many blessings. As Christians, every day should be Thanksgiving.
All of our prayers should begin and even end with what we are thankful
for and how God continues to be faithful.
So, my question for you is how to you teach your children to be
thankful? I don’t think thankfulness comes naturally. We are
often not thankful for what we have. We could really trace this
attitude of not being thankful all the way back to the Garden of
Eden. Adam and Eve had everything they needed or wanted. They were
told they could not eat of one tree in the garden, but they wanted
the one thing they couldn’t have. They were not thankful with
all they already had and possessed. I’m afraid we are not
that different from them.
Please come to the CWM blog and post how you teach your children
to be thankful. You can click on Latest blog entries to post.
Since, I know the power of prayer is literally out of this world
can I ask you to pray for my Mom, my sister, and myself? Pray for
healing for my Mom and any decisions we may need to make. Thank
you in advance.
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
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