October 2011 Pearls of Encouragement for CWMs

Welcome/CWM Tips
Check out this Video
Prayer Partner Needed
Article – Lifter of my Head
Final Thoughts

Welcome/CWM Tips

 

The Voices of Christian Working Moms

Newly Released Book
written by
Author Kimberly Chastain

Everyday I’m more amazed at what a wonderful artist our Heavenly Father is in the world He created. Fall is a beautiful time of the year and seeing the trees change color is just gorgeous. I also love watching the sun go down over the mountains where we live. Often, I’m just speechless at the beauty of God’s creation. Take some time today to praise God for His beautiful world.

We have had many new sisters in Christ join CWM lately. I wanted to take an opportunity to explain CWM Coaching Tips. You will find a button in this newsletter to find out more. CWM Coaching tips is a daily devotion delivered to your email. You will dig deep into one Bible verse a week and learn how to apply it to your life. The tips are short and designed for busy CWMs. The cost for the tips is $5.00/ month less than what you spend on one or two lattes. If you have any questions, please send me an email to Kimberly@kimberlychastain.com.

Check out this Video

The battle in the pro-life movement often feels like it is at a stalemate and we use the same old arguments for life. Please check out a fascinating video that is 33 minutes long that makes people think through their views on life. Once you start watching this movie you won’t be able to stop. You can forward this link to friends. Here is the link: www.180movie.com.

Prayer Partner Needed

I have another CWM who would like a prayer partner. Prayer partners meet by email. Some have chosen to call one another. How you meet is totally up to you. If you are interested in having a prayer partner email Kimberly@kimberlychastain.com and put Prayer Partner in the subject heading. Thanks in advance for your help.

Article – Lifter of My Head

The eyes are such an important part of our body. Let’s think about two of the ways our eyes are used in our parenting. Often, when we want to get our children’s attention we will say, “Look at me!” We want to know they are hearing us. Often, if our children have done something wrong they don’t want to make eye contact. Another way we use our eyes is when our children are discouraged and frustrated. Maybe a friend has said something extremely unkind. Often, we will say look at me and then we say something like, “You know I love you. God loves you as well. Don’t you forget that.” We say so much when we use our eyes. Our eyes can be used for fun, encouragement, discipline and so much more. I often told my friends I had the Mom death stare even before I had children. My daughter is convinced that stare can be felt through walls. The Mom stare is very useful when just a glance at church can stop misbehavior.

Our Heavenly Father says look at me as well. Listen to this verse in Psalm 3:3, “But you are a shield around me, O LORD: you bestow glory on me and lift up my head.” NIV. When this was written David was in a battle with enemies all around and he was feeling hopeless. Then, David proclaims God lifts up his head. I would like to focus on what happens today when God lifts up our heads.

1. When our heads are lifted up gently by a Holy God we know he loves and cares for us deeply.
2. Sometimes God lifts up our heads for us, because we literally don’t have the strength to lift our heads. We may be so anxious or depressed that we can’t lift our heads.
3. When our heads are lifted up our eyes get off ourselves and onto our Heavenly Father.
4. When we take time to gaze at our Heavenly Father all our anxiety washes away. We know He is in control and will take care of us.
5. Sometimes when we gaze at God we realize he can see into the deepest and darkest parts of our soul. Yet, even there God still loves and accepts us. He sees the work Christ has done on the cross for our behalf and we are forgiven of our sins.
6. Looking at God often renders us speechless especially when we think of Him in all His glory. Read Isaiah’s description of the Lord in Isaiah chapter 6.
7. Several Bible heroes have been in the presence of God. Often, they fear due to their sin and ungodliness. Yet, these Bible heroes often don’t want to leave God’s presence. There is comfort and peace there even when God says difficult things.

I know as a Mom there are days when you find it hard to lift your head to God. You feel like you are on a treadmill and can’t get off or the whole world (your family) will collapse. Yet, God is saying to us as Christians that He will lift our head and we will be victorious. We have to keep our eyes on Him. We need to be still in His presence and hear Him say, “Cast all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:7.

Final Thoughts

Believe me I know it is hard, but we need to have a heavenly focus instead of an earthly focus. Keeping our gaze heavenward helps us to put everything into perspective.

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.