Pearls of Encouragement for Christian Working Moms
October 2006 Edition
Welcome
Book Recommendation
Online Bible Study
Blog Comments
Article – “I’m Tired”
Final Thoughts

Welcome

We continue to have more and more women find Christian Working Mom each day. So many women share this is the first website where they have found support. I just want to reiterate again CWM is designed to support and encourage you as a CWM and not to pass judgment. God loves us whether we are a Mom that works outside of the home or a Mom that stays at home. We have had over 1100 women fill out the Christian Working Mom Survey. If you have not filled out the Survey go to www.christianworkingmom.com and click on survey on the home page. Thanks so much for your participation all ready. Only God knows where we will go from here.

Book Recommendation

My wonderful sister recently got my daughter a great book for her birthday. The book is called The Beauty Book: It’s a God Thing, the Lily Series. You can click here for more information. What I love about the book is it talks about make-up, pimples, and all the things that happen when you are a preteen or teenager. The book gives advice that is God honoring, also the book supports parents in saying, “Your parents have good reasons for when you should and should not wear make-up, and you need to listen to them.” So, when the world is trying to tell your daughter to dress inappropriately, here is someone giving better advice. I would highly recommend you getting one for your daughter, if she is between the ages of 8-12 or even older. Also, the Lily Series is just a good series for girls as well.

Online Bible Study

We have had several women participate in the online Bible Study. Right now there are two lessons posted for the Bible Study. You can begin anytime and participate as little or as much as you want. Let me know if you have any questions or suggestions about the Bible Study. We will see how this goes. The link for the Bible Study is http://kimberlychastain.com/discussCWMU.

Blog Comments

We have had a lot of good discussions on the blog about the difficulty of leaving your children at daycare. Also, there is a post comparing Jewish holy days to the making of a baby. I think you will find it very interesting. You can find the CWM blog at http://kimberlychastain.com/my-journal.

Article – “I’m Tired”.

There is no other way to say how I have been feeling the past week or two, but to say “I’m tired”. I’m exhausted, caput, worn out, you can add your favorite phrase.
My week last week was not only exhausting, it was extremely difficult with some very tense situations. At times, I felt I could barely keep my head above water. I would like to share with you that I went running to God immediately with my tired feeling and difficult times, but I did not. Why, is that?

Last week after one horrendous day, I finally went home and went to my room and cried out to God. I literally cried, I was having a horrible, terrible, no good very bad day (I love that children’s book). I gave it all to God. He reassured me that this day did not catch him by surprise and his grace was sufficient. The picture I had in my mind was crawling up in my father, Abba’s lap and just resting in him. He can take care of all my hurts and trials. Then, a peace came over me that yes God was in control and still on the throne. My tiredness or difficult day’s details may have not changed, but I was not alone. What a relief. God lovingly let me know that he was there and was not going anywhere.

God sees our struggles every day and he patiently waits for us to come running to him and ask for help. You have seen this in your children. They are learning to tie their shoes or learning to put on clothes and you so much want to help them, but they stubbornly stomp their feet and say, “Me, do it.” They don’t want our help. Sometimes, when they are particularly frustrated they may ask for our help. How much easier, it would be if they asked for help before reaching the breaking point.

We, well maybe I should say me, are the same way. We run to God at the height of our frustration instead of going to him first, which would cut down on the frustration. We need to take great comfort in what God told Sarah in Genesis 18:14, “Is anything too hard for the Lord?” God will accomplish his will in our lives whether we run to him or not. Oh, but it is so much sweeter when we willing come to him and allow him to work in our lives.

So, for me in my difficult worn out times I am going to try and rush to God for my daily strength, encouragement, and wisdom first, not when I have blown it. God wants me to run to him and believe me, I need to run to him.

May I encourage you to today to run to your Father, Abba’s lap crawl up and rest in him and draw strength from him.

Final Thoughts
If your children are in school, are you having “fun” learning facts the second time around? Believe me, at times I’m learning more than I want to know.

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. You can find more information at www.christianworkingmom.com. For a free, initial coaching session send an email to free@kimberlychastain.com.