November 2010 Pearls of Encouragement for CWMs
Welcome
Article – Teaching our Children to Be Thankful
Final Thoughts
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The Voices of Christian Working Moms

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Author Kimberly Chastain

Welcome

Almost weekly I hear from CWMs telling me that they no longer feel alone after visiting the Christian Working Mom website. Truly, that is an answer to prayer. One of the major goals of CWM is to encourage women as CWMs and to help them grow in their faith. If you want to see if other CWMs think like you then check out my book, The Voices of Christian Working Moms. A Bible study is also included if you would like to start a Bible study in your church or work place. Welcome to all our new CWM sisters from all over the world. May God this week surprise you with His awesomeness.

Article – Teaching our Children to be Thankful

In the United States we will be celebrating Thanksgiving this month. Thanksgiving is a time to thank God for all our many blessings. Yet, as Christians we should have thankful hearts every day. Unfortunately, our society often focuses less on being thankful and more on getting what we want. Materialism is the name of the game. Let me share a few statistics with you that will let you know how rich you really are:

1. If you make more than $10,000 dollars a year you are wealthier than 84% of the world. If you make more than $50,000 a year you are wealthier than 99% of the world.
2. At least 80% of the world lives on less than $10 a day.
3. Nearly a billion people cannot read or sign their name.
4. About 1 billion people in the world live in slum conditions in major cities.

The statistics are sad and convicting. I would dare say that everyone who reads this newsletter is considered among the richest in the world. I know it doesn’t feel that way when you are struggling to meet your bills. Yet, your children have a roof over their heads when many children do not. As I type this email newsletter my washer and dryer are running as well as the dishwasher I just started another load in. What luxuries I have compared to most of the world.

I don’t say any of this to put you or our children on a guilt trip. We have to be intentional in teaching our children to be thankful. It does not come naturally due to our sin nature. We have to teach our children to thank God for the smallest things in our life every day. We can also teach our children to pray for children in other parts of the world. I would encourage you to go to www.operationworld.org. There you will find a list of countries to pray for and also information about the countries. Even with small children you could have a prayer time each night praying for a different country. You can also use the information on the website to learn more about other countries, so you get a free geography lesson as well.

So, what are some practical ways we can teach our children to be thankful:

1. Each day we should model for our children out loud by saying, “Thank you God for this beautiful day.” Thank you for heat in our home. Thank you that we have a home and food to eat. You can certainly come up with more things to be thankful for in your prayer.
2. When my children were little and they were going to bed we would start our prayer time with: Thank you God for _________ and they would fill in the blank. We had some wonderful prayers from time to time. Thank you that I didn’t have to sit by a girl (my son). Thank you that I got a bigger locker (my daughter). We can be thankful for anything and everything.
3. Christmas is coming. As a family can you decide to spend less and maybe sponsor a child through www.angeltree.org or a family through the Salvation Army, etc?
4. As a family can you decide we will put off a big purchase in order to sacrificially give to missions or some way to reach others for Christ. All throughout the year you can go to www.samaritanspurse.org and buy items to help a family support themselves. Did you know for $35.00 you can buy honeybees for a family to start their own honey business?
5. Pray as a family for God to show you how to be more thankful. Can your children give some of their clothes or toys away to children who have less than them?

My prayer is that for all our families we will have an attitude of gratitude instead of an attitude of give me. Keeping up with the Jones mentality often leads to bitterness, jealousy, and defeat. As Christ followers we are called to die to self and live for Him. Thankfulness can be caught by our children by watching us, but it must be taught as well.

I have posted a question on http://www.christianworkingmoms.blogspot.com asking how you teach your children to be thankful. Please share how you teach your children to be thankful so we can learn from one another.

Final Thoughts

We can all live on less in order to support the call of Christ. The question is are we willing to make that sacrifice and show that to our children as well.

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.