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,
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
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!!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.