October 2012 Pearls of Encouragement for CWMs
Blog Question/Need Your Help
Book recommendation
Article – Are You a Christian Hedonist?
Final Thoughts

 

The Voices of Christian Working Moms

Newly Released Book
written by
Author Kimberly Chastain

Blog Question/Need Your Help

I hope you are having a wonderful October wherever you live. Every October I post a question about how do you as a family celebrate or don’t celebrate Halloween. I do think people tend now to go to Fall Festivals at their churches instead of door to door trick or treating. Please post what your family does at our CWM blog, www.christianworkingmoms.blogspot.com

I need more CWMs who are willing to be interviewed for our email newsletter. If you are interested, send an email to Kimberly@kimberlychastain.com with interview in the subject heading and I will email you the questions.

Book recommendation

Do you find it hard to get organized at home? Have you started to get organized and then stopped when you didn’t get help from your family or felt overwhelmed? Do you know what type of organizing personality you have? (I didn’t know till I read the book). If this sounds like a need of yours then I recommend the book Organizing from the Heart. In this book you will learn that cleaning your home can be an act of worship. Included in the book are practical proven tips to help in the organization of your home. You can also use the book as a group Bible study. To find out more go to www.organizingfromtheheart.com.

Article – Are you a Christian Hedonist?

Recently, I began reading a little book, only 88 pages, by John Piper entitled, “The Dangerous Duty of Delight”. Piper talks about Christian hedonism as seeking joy in God. He states in God alone is fullness of joy and joy forever. (p. 9). Listen to Psalm 16:11, “In your presence is fullness of joy; in your right hand there are pleasures forever.” Piper quotes C.S. Lewis who says, “It is a Christian duty, as you know, for everyone to be as happy as he can.” (p. 8).

Have you given much thought to the idea that God wants us to delight in Him and be joyful? Depending on your religious upbringing you may have thought of God as wanting us to be obedient and downright unhappy. Let’s be honest some Christians look rather grumpy. Yet, if we truly delight in God and who He is we will joyfully be obedient to His commands.

One of the things that stood out most to me in this book is that all the things in the world that can give us momentary happiness, but not true joy. Joy is something that goes down deep in our heart and is everlasting. Happiness is temporary, but joy can be in our hearts even when we are in the midst of tremendous sorrow. The world will tell us over and over again that things will make us happy, but in real life that is a lie. The happiness is short-lived and we are back to our normal selves.

The subtitle to Piper’s book is Daring to Make God your Greatest Desire. That sounds like a challenge to me. Scripture is clear about denying self. Let’s be honest, what is your first thought when you hear deny self? Do you think of that in a joyful manner or do you start counting the costs? If we follow Scripture and begin seeking the joy of walking in God’s presence our lives will be truly transformed.

Will you consider making God your greatest desire? Will you be dangerous in a way the world would never understand? Can we seek joy with our Savior and rest in His presence? I encourage you to seek and choose joy. Be a Christian hedonist, be radical!!

Final Thoughts

In the United States we will be having a presidential election on November 6th. No matter what country you live in it is always important to pray for our leaders. God’s word commands us to pray. Any leader today needs God’s wisdom to make all the tough decisions. So, take a moment to pray for the government leaders in your life.

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.