September 2007 Pearls of Encouragement for Christian Working Moms
Welcome
Blog/Online Bible Study
Article – A New School Year
Final Thoughts
Welcome

Where did the summer go? It truly flew by. Are you getting into a normal routine with school starting back? Don’t you just “love” the homework? We all ready had a project at our house and I’m sure more are to come. I hope your pace has not been too frantic. I have to remember that God loves me and wants to know even the smallest details of my life.

Many of you know I am a bookaholic (you should see my home, books everywhere). Unfortunately or fortunately that is true of everyone in my home. I just started reading an excellent book called How People Grow by Henry Cloud and John Townsend. I truly enjoy all their books. They are Christian psychologists. The book’s premise is that the Bible tells us everything we need to know about personal growth. They also punch a hole in the theory that we have emotional growth and then spiritual growth. All growth is spiritual. I couldn’t agree with them more. We have talked before about how all of life is sacred. If you are interested, you can find out more by clicking here.

Blog/Online Bible Study

Check out several postings on the CWM Blog. One is about potty training. Another is about how to memorize scripture and you will see my true confession. The CWM Blog is at http://christianworkingmoms.blogspot.com.

Lesson 7 is posted on the Online Bible Study. The lesson is entitled,
“Do you love the giver more than the gift?” The lesson is about Abraham’s sacrifice of Isaac. Please post any questions or comments that you have. You can fine the Online Bible Study at http://cwmbiblestudy.blogspot.com.


Article – A New School Year

I would imagine for most of us school has started back. A new school year is usually exciting and scary at the same time. Most children won’t admit it, but they are ready to get back to school and see their friends. As much as I love not having a rigid schedule in the summer, I do miss the structure of the school year. We get up later in the summer and go to bed later as well.
When you think of a new School Year what are your first thoughts? Back to school shopping for clothes and school supplies. A big transition from elementary to middle school, or to high school, even college. A new teacher who you heard is strict or not strict enough? Will my child have problems again this year? There can often be lots of anxiety with a new school year for parents as well as children.

Can I offer a few suggestions for your back to school list? Remember whose children they are. Yes they are our children, but they are God’s children. He cares about them and loves them more than we ever could. Pray for your children. Pray for their academics, choice of friends, study habits, and wisdom to make Godly choices. Pray for their teachers. If their teachers are not Christians, pray that God can use you to be an example to their teachers. Pray for the administrators in your child’s school. Pray for the safety of your child and all the children at their school. Pray that your children will see a Godly example in you, with how you handle school difficulties or problems with your children. Begin praying with other mothers for their children as well. We don’t have to carry the burden alone. Above all remember God is in control. I often have a difficult time remembering that principle.
Also, I have learned the hard way to pray before confronting or talking with teachers about a problem. When my children come home with a problem with a friend or teacher my first knee jerk reaction is to do something about it now. I have learned to pray for God’s guidance and to wait. Often, the HUGE problem isn’t as big as I thought and sometimes the problem takes care of itself. If I do need to confront the issue then God gives me wisdom on what to say and how to say it. God’s ways are always much better than mine.
In closing, God is a mighty God and he cares about our concerns. I often pray on the way to taking my children to school. I pray when my children are having difficulties with friends. God cares about everything in our lives and He truly cares about our children. My mother is a prayer warrior for my children and myself. May we all become prayer warriors for our children. Take your problems to Him and leave them there. Remember God has loved your children since he created the world. He loves them so much more than we do.

Final Thoughts

Remember the importance of playing with your children. We recently had a Uno marathon and I’m pleased to share that I won!!! I’m sure there will be a rematch.

 

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.